Tim and Kim Summers from Indianan

by Roy Schreyer - Wasaga Beach, Ontario - Canada

Recently, I submitted an article to Duckworks (Clones of our Dianne’s Rose, Dec. 2016) about some of the “Tiny” houseboats (DIANNE’S ROSE Design) that have been launched. Updated pictures and my wish to better represent each individual build, has me back at the laptop typing. The builds are so unique with personal touches that they each deserve their 15 minutes of fame and stand alone for the fine work the builders have achieved! While some of the content is a repeat of the original article, the pictures are new and are worth a thousand words! Lets start with Tim and Kim Summers from Indianan.

Hi Roy. Hope all is going well with you and Dianne. I wanted to send you a few pictures of our boat since we have finished. It has been a really fun project to work on and we are more than satisfied with the outcome. As you will be able to see I made a few changes and added a few things that we thought we would like. I installed awnings over the windows so during rain storms we would be able to leave the windows open so the cabin would not get so hot (works really well). I put in a marine head and installed the holding tank under the rear deck. I also cut the door opening to the head lower to make it easier to enter. In the rear deck area I made shelves that attached to the transom to hold the gas tank and battery box thus freeing up deck space where we can put our two coolers. I also put in a fresh water and a grey water tank under the sink area.

I would like to take the time to say Thank-you for helping me to be able to do something that I have wanted to do for years. My wife and I have already taken the boat out 3 times and we love it. We have plans to take it to Lake Cumberland in KY. In the next few weeks and from there who knows, which is the greatest thing about this boat, you can take it anywhere. We look forward to many fun trips in the years to come, your plans were easy to read and very detailed, which made the build fun and easy.

Thanks Again. Tim Summers.”


  1. I am continually humbled by the magnitude and quality of so many of the boat projects on Duckworks Magazine. “The Kim Sue” is a great example. Such efforts make my small kayak builds seem very minor by comparison. My pink foam “Sawfish 12” is nearing completion, lacking only canvas covering, paint and finishing details. An article will eventually follow, as well as a comparo with my Chuckanut 12. Spring is coming…

    • Jim,

      I’ve been involved with boat building now for 5 years and I’ve seen boats from 6 duck boats to 28 foot fishing trawlers that people have put together with their hands. One defining characteristic of these builds is the labor of love that each builder puts into the boat. Regardless of the size or scope of the project, they are all works of art and put the builder in a separate category of unique individuals. I am building a 21 foot cabin cruiser but am continually amazed at the quality of smaller boats (especially kayaks). I am quite sure yours is in that same class of boats.

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