PodBoats.co.uk


A spare room to tow behind a boat or leave at a mooring or garden

Advantages - Models & Sizes - Order - Payments

  • Small Space for:
    • Firewood
    • Less frequently used boxes
    • Dog or other pet (dependant on the nature of the pet!)
  • Larger Space for:
    • Office
    • Workshop
    • Spare Bed
    • Storage/Boxes(including those more frequently used)
    • Book/CD/DVD library
    • etc.
  • Multiple units can be joined together
    • Later or at time of order
    • Via same profile or door size
    • Increases stability further
    • Allows different Pods to be used for different purposes
    • Joined Pods make one boat requiring only one licence
  • Low price compared to an engined boat
  • Convenient compared to changing your main boat or accommodation
  • Light weight, low maintenance, environmentally efficient
On any boat or where water abounds, dry space is a very valuable asset. Sometimes you just need that extra space to sort yourself out. Even for those not on a boat, a spare room in the garden could make all the difference. Or you might want to prepare for when you unfortunately find yourself in need of dry space when the weather outside finds its way into the house.

Background

The idea behind these pods grew out of the Haiti earthquake situation where people died and were made homeless because cheap construction methods were used to make simple boxes with no diagonal reinforcement. These pods are therefore designed to be cheap but by using a diagonal triangle in the shape, a strong box is formed, that is also larger than could be made from just joining square pieces at 90.
A number of designs have been registered at the Intellectual Property Office July 2013 using this principle based on the mathematical small Rhombicuboctahedron ("Rhombi Cube Octahedron"). This shape is formed in a weather resistant aluminium outer shell lined with good quality thermal insulation. The insulation also doubles as insurance to keep moisture out as well as prevent condensation forming on the inside. Internally a simple wooden lining protects the insulation from impacts that might reduce its thickness and thermal value while allowing a versatile interface that allows a multitude of adaptations and permits internal variations required to meet customers' needs.
a part built '2x4/1' prototype shown without roof
In terms of utility services, optionally an electrical feed can be installed that can both provide utility sockets inside as well as supply underfloor heating (with thermal mass ballast) to either just keep the frost off in deep winter or provide a comfortable work environment for anyone spending time in the Pod. Other utilities may be available on request. It should be noted that the addition of utilities requires the additional cost of a boat safety certificate (required every 4 years, available from a surveyor for about 130), whereas the basic unit is exempt.
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While aluminium provides a weatherproof exterior that does not rust away like steel, it is understood that a shiny metal surface, or one that might dull with a surface protecting oxidation might not be seen to be to all tastes. Aluminium can be painted, coated or covered to achieve whatever appearance is desired, either at the time of order (ask particularly if a coloured durable anodised coating is desired) or after delivery (using paint or similar supplies from the local DIY store). Exterior panelling can also be applied, fixed to built in battens at surface edges that can hide the true structure under a uPVC or wooden facade.
These Pod Boat units are modular both in construction and in nature. The modular construction allows all sorts of shapes and sizes to be constructed easily, though certain sizes make sense on the 7' narrow canals in the UK. The 'Podular' nature of the units allows multiple pods to be fitted end to end, side to side or top to bottom, even permitting diagonal joining in certain sized variations to make the most of the space available as required. For floating stability it is not recommended to go up without first going horizontally by at least an equal or double the amount, and only where the design will support the weight both structurally and with sufficient buoyancy for the expected contents of all levels. Ask about this feature before placing any orders if you may wish to expand vertically later!

Based in the heart of the UK canal network, this floating Birmingham based company hopes to be able to be of service to your podular floating space needs. Please email info@podboats.co.uk for more information.



Updated and © copyright 25/08/2013-20/09/2013 Pod Boats Limited, registered in England and Wales number 8603484

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