Charlie Solar Floating Home 25-Years
Charlie built an off-the-grid floating home 25-years-ago after retiring from his foresting job and has been living there ever since. His wife Ellen joined him in 2016 on this solar-powered living space that spans 900-square-feet over 2-levels. Most of the wood used in the build was milled by Charlie himself, while a hydraulic splitter can be found in the workstation to make splitting the pieces easier for additions.



Most of their power comes from solar, but on cloudy days or during inclement weather, they rely on a generator. A wood stove provides heat, while propane is used for cooking and laundry. Yes, there’s a composting toilet, so you won’t need any makeshift devices. For something less extreme, you can also turn a sailboat into a solar electric home.

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Charlie and Ellen acknowledge and express our gratitude to all those people and businesses who are on the grid and provide supplies and services that help us maintain our ability to live out where we do, off-grid and in the wilderness. We are so fortunate to be where we are and we know we couldn’t do it without their support,” said the Exploring Alternatives team.

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