Second WaterWoody has extra length, more electronics, same superb craftsmanship

When we showed you Salem, Oregon, craftsman Kerry Elwood’s first WaterWoody houseboat a couple of years ago, we mentioned that he was already working on another one. He’s done with it now, and it’s every bit as beautiful as the first. At 36½ feet with an 11½-foot beam and approximately 10,500 pounds displacement, the WaterWoody EL is also considerably bigger than the 28-foot, 5,500-pound original. Still, the draft is quite shallow at just 2’4”, and the addition of an electric bow thruster and windlass makes it easier to control. It carries a set of lithium ion batteries which feed an Elco electric motor, LED lighting, and an electric-flush toilet. A 5.5-kW diesel generator provides backup power, and there’s a wood stove for heat. This was a private commission for a local family, so there’s no word on how much it cost; as a point of reference, the 28-footer starts at $125,000.

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