Turn a Tug Into Your Home!

Phil Wallis wanted to move out of London. So he found an old Army tugboat and turned it into his home. The article says it was a Navy tug, but I believe it is the U.S. Army tug ATTLEBORO (LT 1977). Look below and left at the name.

Phil Wallis’ Tugboat

I have always had a thing for trawlers and tugboats. USS Retirement, here I come!

7 thoughts on “Turn a Tug Into Your Home!”

  1. He must have ripped out the engines. I would like to be able to go where ever on the boat. But he did a great job re-doing it. I like the sky-lights!!!

  2. I once lived on a wide beamed canal boat (I looked after it for a mate of mine who deployed to foreign waters for just over a year).

    *Narrow boats vary in length (up to 60’) with a standard beam of 6’10”.
    *Wide beam boats vary in length up to 70’ with a beam varying between 10’ to 13’.


    As my mate was over 6’ 2” he opted for the 13’ wide beam, which suited me down to the ground. Although the beam restricts its use to certain rivers and waterways, the life it offers is one of total freedom that lends itself to peaceful tranquillity, which enriches the soul.

    On the river banks along the waterways are some of the finest pubs & eateries as well as ‘chandlers’ that sell every thing from buttons to diesel fuel. I had state of the art mod cons on board, from a self-seeking satellite dish to a toilet that heated the seat in winter as well as sprayed your ‘privates’ with water, which caught me out the first time I used it. (When it squirted I actually leaped up in shock and smacked my head on a cupboard)! Having read the instructions afterwards I ceased the function of ‘warm-delicate-spray’; it has to be a lady thing?

    Needless to say; I was sought out by ex/serving Bootneck’s seeking summer sawari’s and winter parties that added to the ambience of it all.

    The simple life is also a very cheap way of living; you can also change your scenic view daily should you wish. The ‘boat’ community has a unique camaraderie, which welcomes newcomers with open arms. It was a blessed year that allowed me to come to terms with civvie-street.

    Several years ago Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart discovered the tranquillity of life aboard a narrow boat when they holidayed in Wales for a fortnight.


    They must have spread the word; we tend to see a lot of our friends (and ‘celebs’) from across the pond taking on canal boat adventures (from small two berths up to family 10 berths).

    So what are you all waiting for?

    Yours Aye.

    1. Already been there and done that, Ex Bootneck…for a four day break including a weekend…a great deal of fun…but it was a very small boat and there were about six to ten of us on it…I felt my claustrophobia kick in…and I got the mal de mer as well…boats and I don’t relate to each other well; in fact not at all…I was in the shore Navy…for women in the intelligence community…or at least then….it’s different now for those women in the seagoing services…and in the intelligence community…we actually get to go and enjoy shipboard life..I was one of the last ones who stayed ashore and saw a lot of isolated duty….you know Diego Garcia, the Azores, Panama, Keflavik, Adak, AK….those sorts of stations….I saw my share of the isolated duty stations….but not shipboard….k

      1. I am planning to bring an eight berth wide beam boat into a prepared position in my field. It is logistically possible as the low loader can access the field as well as a crane to off load it.

        The idea is to sink the boat to its trim depth just as it would sit in a canal, then scatter blue granite chippings around the boat to give the effect of the boat floating. The prepared position will be edged on one side with decking as if it were tied up.

        The power and water cabling is quite simple to enable supply; the grey water and ablution waste can be run off into a digester dug in some distance away.

        Its my winter ‘ prep’ project which I hope to have completed by May 2013.

        One of my many ‘insane’ ideas that keeps me sane through these dark winter evenings.

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