Chapter 37: Little House on the Water is For Sale, so we can Sail!

After two years of living aboard our amazing tiny floating home, we’re ready to move onto the next phase of our adventure.  We have found a 50 foot sailboat we’d love to put an offer on, but need to sell our Cruise-a-home first.  Projects wrapped up, our tiny home looks exactly as I dreamed it would, homey and cozy.  We listed it for sale on Seattle’s Craiglist.


This tiny floating home was our “test” to see if our family could manage tiny living.  We can.  We thrived.  We love living on the water, and the next step of the adventure is beckoning us like never before.  Of all the homes I’ve lived in, our tiny floating home is my favorite for many reasons. Besides the beautiful warm tones of maple wood throughout the interior, my favorite three aspects of my home are my spacious IKEA galley drawers, roomy head with large tiled shower, and nine huge windows measuring 3’x4′ each!  My home is so light and bright all year round. The Cruise-a-home, built in Everett, Wa, is a unique boat unlike any other. It is a commodious tiny house, with a boat hull, specifically built to explore the Pacific Northwest waters.

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Though there are many houseboats in Seattle’s Lake Union, very few are ever able to leave the dock, much less cruise and explore the enchanting waters of the Pacific Northwest. In two years we have traveled all over the Puget Sound, explored the Canadian Gulf Islands and cruised all the way up to Princess Louisa Inlet (Chatterbox Falls) 200 nautical miles away!


Better than a one bedroom apartment, or perfect as a relaxing retreat on the water, our current slip in Everett is transferable to the next owner. Our slip boasts the best unobstructed views in the entire marina. The Port of Everett Central Marina, located 15 minutes west of I-5, is also still accepting live-a-boards (with approval of credit). The approx. monthly moorage is $650p/m.

Our Cruise-a-home includes the following:

  • 1 Bedroom (currently configured to hold 4 bunk beds, but can easily be converted back to a single queen stateroom).
  • 1 Bathroom (Electric Macerating Head, Glass Tile and River Rock Shower, Hanging Closest, Ample Drawer Storage)
  • Beautiful Kitchen with 24″ full pull out soft close, locking drawers (I have so much storage space in my kitchen. I literally have everything at my fingertips)
  • Propane Princess 3 burner stove with Oven
  • Electric Haier Stainless Steel Fridge and Magic Chef Microwave-convection oven
  • Hardwood Floors throughout with full length below floor access
  • Dinette seating for 6 with storage under the seats.  The table drops down to create a Full size bed
  • U Shaped Couch forward of the kitchen for entertaining and a great reading nook
  • Built in bookshelf
  • Plumbed for a washer/dryer unit
  • 200 sq ft upper deck with large Magma BBQ
  • Upper Helm Driving Station
  • Main Windows have been replaced with Vinyl Double Pane Saftey Glass Windows
  • On Demand Water Pressure
  • Electric Torrid Water Heater with Heat Exchanger (10 gal)
  • Plumbed for washer/dryer
  • Diesel Forced Air Heater with vents throughout the house
  • 6(qty) 6volt Golf Cart Batteries
  • 2000 watt Trace Engineering Inverter
  • 3500 watt Predator Inverter/Generator
  • LED Lighting throughout with Touch Dimmers
  • 200 Gallons Fresh Water (Stainless Steel Tank)
  • 150 Gallons Fresh Water (Stainless Steel Tank)
  • 50 Gallon Black Water Tank (weekly pump out service at the port, $15 p/w)
  • Electric Windlass with 100′ 5/16″ BBB Chain & 150′ Rode

Our Cruise-a-home has twin Crusader 270 and holds 200 gallons gasoline.  Cruising speed is 8-16 knots.  All Plumbing and Electrical systems have been replaced.  Fuel tanks were professionally cleaned and access ports installed in 2017.

Though we finally got our houseboat looking the way I dreamed, our family is ready to move onto the next step of our journey toward circumnavigation.  We have a 50 foot sailboat we’d love to make an offer on, but need to sell our Cruise-a-home first.

If you, reading this, know of anyone who would be interested in our story and purchasing our beautiful floating home, please share this post and have them contact us via either our listing on Craig’s List or via my blog.  Ryan and I would be so appreciative!

We’re taking the next step in faith, believing our tiny floating home will bless and enrich the next owner as much as it has blessed and enriched our family.



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