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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Home Sweet Lobster Boat

Walter Spear of Machias spends his workdays restoring lighthouses and churches with renowned craftsmanship. He spends his spare time turning an old lobster boat into a home for himself.
The project - which is meant for land, not sea, and is held up with adjustable boat stands - incorporates the original hull, which he bought for $300. Using that as a base, he built a single-story living space just big enough for a small kitchen, sleeping area and a table or two. In the cabin, he built a bathroom and guest sleeping quarters. When the sun shines in there, a pair of small, red glass windows salvaged from a lighthouse restoration cast crisp, blood-orange rectangles of light onto the floor and walls.

"This is a way big improvement over where I'm living now," Spear said. [Link]


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