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Repurposed Boats

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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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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12:34PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

10:58PM PDT on May 30, 2011

What creative ideas!

11:34AM PDT on May 30, 2011

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

9:17AM PDT on May 21, 2011

Thanks, great ideas and I do have an old canoe

9:39PM PDT on May 18, 2011

Sweeeeeet! I love that!

12:34AM PDT on May 16, 2011

Thanks for this interesting article.

6:54AM PDT on May 14, 2011

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.

5:24PM PDT on May 12, 2011

Thank you for the article.

4:43AM PDT on May 12, 2011

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

8:09AM PDT on May 11, 2011


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