Here Be Floaty Things
Affordable, versatile pontoon float and framing kits, customisable to your personal, floaty fantasy
Optimised for houseboat projects, a Charnwood Floatation pontoon provides a budget and industrial quality alternative to traditional steel displacement hulls. Being immune to oxidisation, solvent and galvanic corrosion, our floats eliminate the need for blacking, slippage and standard, expensive hull maintenance
With no kit component exceeding a 'two-man lift', a full houseboat base can be assembled directly in the water using only spanners, completely avoiding any craning or slipway fees. For an elegant, cost-effective floating home solution; add a shipping container to convert, a static caravan, or build your own dream cabin structure
By virtue of a shoulder-channel framing system, our floats can be paired with a trimaran, catamaran or bespoke framing kit and arranged in multiple formations to suit site/function requirements. Available individually or with stainless / mild steel framing, this inherent versatility makes them ideal for almost any houseboat / deck / dock / pontoon / industrial raft project
"Houses are but badly built boats so firmly aground that you cannot think of moving them. They are definitely inferior things, belonging to the vegetable not the animal world, rooted and stationary, incapable of gay transition. I admit, doubtfully, as exceptions, snail-shells and caravans. The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place. It is for that reason, perhaps, that when it comes, the desire to build a boat is one that cannot be resisted. It begins as a little cloud on a serene horizon. It ends by covering the whole sky, so that you can think of nothing else. You must build to regain your freedom. And always you comfort yourself with the thought that yours will be the perfect boat, the boat that you may search the harbours of the world for and cannot find."
Racundra's First Cruise, Arthur Ransome, 1923