Repurposed Boats

Having just spent a few days on an island known for its warm, beachy summer vacations, and cold, damp shoulder seasons (fall and spring), it became apparent to me that people who live on islands are both adaptive and resourceful.

The insular world of living on an island constantly changes and unfolds as water, weather and whim dictate living conditions. While much of the local economy of an island may depend upon the glut of summer people, year-rounder’s know that they need to be practical and imaginative to survive the off-season.

Lighting and wind may change from season to season, but one thing remains constant – boats are a lifeline for those who choose to live on islands. When a boat’s usefulness ends, why not give it a new life?

3 Repurposed Abandoned Boats

Floating Garden

Chicago’s Lincoln Park launches the Floating Garden from spring to mid-fall. This floating tropical oasis was planted in a retired 17-foot lifeguard boat and is secured by three concrete block anchors.

Abandoned Fishing Boat Storage Sheds

These abandoned fishing boats are enjoying a second life as storage sheds on Holy Island in the UK.

Canoe ‘O Plants

Got a canoe or kayak that is no longer seaworthy? Plant a garden!

Credits: Recylcart, Inhabitat, Garden Design

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73 comments

Tom S.
Tom S.about a month ago

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Delanee Ramdon
.4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Linda E.
Linda E.4 years ago

What creative ideas!

melissa m.
melissa m.4 years ago

just a grammatical note here-repurpose is NOT a word or a noun or verb. purpose is a noun only.

John S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks, great ideas and I do have an old canoe

Camila K.
Kamila A.4 years ago

Sweeeeeet! I love that!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for this interesting article.

Judi Casey
Judi C.4 years ago

Great ideas! I love the sheds - so unique looking - and wish I had thought of the idea of using a leaky old boat as a garden, it adds such an interesting touch to the garden.

criss S.
criss s.4 years ago

Thank you for the article.

Massage Jazmin
Massage Jazmin4 years ago

love those sheds. and the gardens are a great idea wish i had a pond to float one in.