Boat With Soul

I’m getting my boat back in the water this year (12′ aluminum with 15 hp Evinrude). I took my motor into Bill Lochblum’s outboard motor shop in Sausalito and this little boat was sitting in the yard. Bill said everyone was charmed with it. It was 11′, had a special bottom, and looked like it would crank. I later heard it can go over 25 mph. The guy who built it calls it a Mini-Tug and he apparently can build various sizes to order.


About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Boat With Soul

  1. It appears to be either a Micro 9 or a Perfect 10 built with plans from Berkeley Engineering. They can be reached at
    They have 4 different sizes available and depending on the motor, they WILL go 25! People have put in electric, gas outboards and diesels! These boats are a blast! Draw crowds wherever you go! Susie

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