Unique Waterfront Dwellings: Converting Abandoned Boats into Tiny Homes Atypical accommodation, 100% eco-responsible, beautiful and comfortable, with a strong social and environmental impact…

The Bathô shipyard proves that up-cycling is an industry of the future, one that never ceases to reinvent itself… These “deconstructors” give a second life to sailing yachts that can no longer sail, transforming them into comfortable, well-designed places to stay…

These Bathôs (Bateau Hôtel) are built at the Nantes shipyard, a unique facility in France, using traditional skills and modern techniques to completely rebuild old yachts into new homes with top-of-the-range amenities. Insulating the hull, installing new joinery and door frames made to measure in noble materials, customizing upholstery, flooring and paintwork to the tastes of the future owners…

Each Bathô is unique and a small work of art in itself. Playing with colors and textures, Bathô is not afraid to revisit all styles. Thanks to this unique know-how, these boats become unusual spaces for open-air hotels (campsites), a guest room or house extension for individuals, but also meeting or co-working spaces for companies…

These spaces guarantee optimal comfort: terrace, picnic table, separate bedrooms… Sailboats with infinite potential! Bathô is expanding its offer to include half-boats fitted out with functional modules: kitchens, bathrooms, beach cabins… The possibilities are endless! 

About Bathô

The Nantes-based company is part of a consortium of companies that have decided to combine their respective strengths to help make the nautical sector part of the circular economy, led by the SOS Group, Europe’s leading social entrepreneurship group. Bathô’s Director of Operations, Thibault Saint-Olive, a naval architect by training, tracks down end-of-life boats throughout France to give them a second life, and invents new techniques on a daily basis to make them ever more comfortable and attractive… An official partner of APER, the eco-organization that manages the dismantling and recycling of end-of-life pleasure boats, Bathô aims to recycle 50 boats a year by 2025. The company is deeply rooted in the social and solidarity economy, and is committed to the professional integration of people who are far from employment, using boat refurbishment, which requires multiple trades over the course of its projects.

Converting old abandoned boats or yachts into tiny houses offers several distinct advantages.

Firstly, it provides a unique and visually appealing living space. The boat’s nautical design elements, such as portholes, woodwork, and marine features, create a charming and one-of-a-kind ambiance that sets it apart from traditional houses. Another advantage is the mobility and flexibility it provides. Unlike stationary tiny houses on land, boat-based tiny houses can be moved from one location to another. This mobility offers opportunities for exploration and the ability to change your surroundings whenever desired. Moreover, repurposing old boats or yachts is often more affordable compared to building a tiny house from scratch. These vessels can be acquired at a relatively low cost or even for free. By renovating and repurposing them, you can save money while still having a unique and comfortable living space.

In terms of sustainability, converting old boats into tiny houses promotes the reuse of existing materials. This reduces the need for new construction and helps minimize waste, making it an environmentally friendly choice. Living on a boat also provides a unique waterfront experience. The stunning views, access to water-based activities, and a close connection to nature make it an attractive option for those seeking a different lifestyle compared to living in a land-based tiny house.

Boats also offer portability and accessibility advantages. They can reach waterways and ports that are inaccessible to traditional housing. This portability opens up opportunities to live in coastal communities, explore different regions, or even cruise along rivers and canals. Furthermore, living on a boat introduces you to a vibrant and close-knit community of boat dwellers. You can connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for boating and enjoy the unique lifestyle it offers. It’s important to note that there may be challenges associated with converting boats into tiny houses, such as maintenance costs, limited space, and the need for specialized knowledge to handle boat-specific systems. Thorough research and careful planning are crucial to ensure a successful and enjoyable living experience.

More info on Bathô can be found via https://www.batho.fr/

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