DIAB Divinycell core composites houseboat

When is a boat not a boat – when it’s a caravan

Poppy Fibreglass (Warana, Queensland, Australia) has introduced a new concept in trailable houseboats that are equally at home on the water, on the road or at a favorite camping spot.

Called ‘Boat A Home’ the 7.9 x 2.4 meter (26 x 7.8 ft.) vessel/vehicle comes complete with all the home comforts including a cooker, fridge/freezer, shower, toilet and a double bed. Although it is designed to sleep two, it can readily accommodate up to six people for a day of fishing and cruising. Its planing twin hulls and 2 x 40 hp Honda engines allow it to achieve a top cruising speed of 25 knots.

Then, when it comes to weigh anchor, the vessel can be loaded on to its custom-designed, dual-axle trailer using the integrated electric winch and driven to wherever the owners want to go. The trailer features integrated staircases on both sides to allow easy access when a ‘Boat A Home’ is being used as a caravan.

One of the keys to the versatility of the ‘Boat A Home’ is its extensive use of Diab sandwich composites in order to achieve a lightweight, strong and durable structure. As a result of this lightweight/high strength performance, no special vehicle permits are required as ‘Boat A Home’ meets the relevant Australian build standards and towing regulations.

Other significant features of ‘Boat A Home’ include the use of a vinyl ester resin to minimize osmosis problems and the inclusion of collision bulkheads.

With production ramping up, Poppy Fibreglass is investigating moving from contact moulding to a faster resin infusion process. As part of this work a company representative has recently attended one of Diab Australia’s popular infusion training courses to learn more about the process.


Louise Eriksson Jacka
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