2004 Custom Floating Home or Office

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2004 Custom Floating Home or Office

Palmetto FL, US




One of the most unique homes you will encounter. Built in 2004, for over a million dollars, as a Coast Guard inspected wedding chapel that held 110 guests. There are only two built in the world. The other is in Australia. Transformed by the current owners into a private upscale residence. All original stained glass windows were preserved. Nineteen foot ceilings add to the open space wow factor. The master stateroom has an in-suite head and enclosed shower, a large closet, flat panel TV and ceiling fan. A spiral stair way leads to the sleeping loft. Hardwood and tile floors, granite counters, new GE Profile appliances, leather furniture and two large folding glass doors and Mahogany doors through out complete this extraordinary floating home. Enjoy the large exterior open space and covered decks. Barbecue on the premium quality gas grill. Relax outside and enjoy priceless water views and a soothing Florida breeze. The fit and finish and appointments are what you would expect in a land based water side mansion costing millions of dollars. The same views and quality of life style can be yours for under $600,000. 

  • Over $1,300,000 invested in the original construction and conversion to a floating residence
  • Originally a Coast Guard inspected catamaran barge hull and wedding chapel, with a robust construction.
  • Converted into a high quality upscale tasteful floating residence
  • 6 knot cruising speed and 9 knot wide open throttle speed
  • Approximately 1,100 square feet of interior living space
  • Modern upscale interior decor taste level
  • Premium fit and finish throughout 
  • Granite counter tops and high end appliances
  • Separate showers in each bathroom
  • Genuine stain glass windows
  • New hardwood and tile floors thoughout
  • Two large heavy duty bi-fold glass doors opening to large deck
  • All new light fixtures, fans, appliances and LED TVs
  • Twin Cummins 165HP diesel engines
  • Phasor 27KW diesel generator
  • New Bryant 4 ton air conditioning/heating unit
  • Waterfront mansion views and lifestyle normally costing millions of dollars for under $600,000


Full Specs

The Concept

The Wedding Chapel, well known on Florida's west coast, was originally a Coast Guard inspected vessel that could seat 110 guests. When it came on the resale market the current owners had a vision that would convert this aesthetically pleasing structure into an upscale and very POSH private residence. With years of experience and success in the construction and interior design business the current owners were well qualified to bring their vision to fruition. The finished conversion exceeded their dreams. They have put the finished product on the market for much less than the replacement cost. 

The Interior

The interior is made up of the living area, a dinette, the large galley, two bathrooms with separate showers, the owner's stateroom and a sleeping loft. Premium finishes, hardware, appliances, hardwood and tile flooring are features that add value to the interior. Features include:

  • Hardwood and tile floors
  • Stain glass windows
  • 6' X 8' impact resistant bi-fold glass doors lead to the large deck aft
  • 19' cathedral ceilings add volume and expanse
  • Warm grey coloring brings modern interior design taste level
  • Granite counters are present in the galley and bathrooms
  • GE Profile appliances  are used in the galley, stainless steel finishes
  • Generous outside light opens up the interior
  • There is a very large suspended fan in the living room
  • The master stateroom has a ceiling fan and wall mounted TV
  • 65" LED TV is wall mounted in the living room 
  • Lots of overhead lighting
  • All 110 volt items are powered by the 50 amp, three phase shore power or the 27KW Phasor diesel generator
  • Both bathrooms feature separate enclosed showers
  • Interior is cooled and heated by a new Bryant 4 ton unit
  • There are two leather sectionals with recliner function and large coffee table
  • The galley has a pantry and storage area
  • Water capacity is from city water or the 210 gallon on board water tank
  • The holding tank is 190 gallons
  • All light fixtures are high quality and reflect the taste level of the interior

The Exterior and Deck

There are large deck areas at the entrance and as part of the aft deck. Both areas feature seating with tables. The double mahogany doors has an 8' X 7' covered entrance. The aft deck features a canopy above the double glass doors.Other features include: 

  • Large aft deck
  • Large fore deck
  • Large gas grill and cover
  • Helm station on starboard side of fore deck
  • 12 volt distribution panel at helm station
  • Electric windlass and anchor hawse pipe
  • Approximately 24" side walk ways
  • 42" powder coated aluminum railing around the entire perimeter of the deck
  • Numerous dorade vents for below deck ventilation
  • Numerous water tight deck access points for inspection and maintenance of tanks and machinery in the hull
  • Outside lighting
  • Mooring cleats
  • Two temporary anchoring spuds
  • Gang way entrance from shore side onto the vessel
  • 50 Amp three phase shore power cords
  • Shore side water hook up
  • Water and fuel tank inlets
  • Holding tank pump out fitting
  • Table and chairs on fore and aft decks

Propulsion and Energy

The vessel is very maneuverable with twin diesel engines and a helm station on the fore deck. Features include:

  • Twin Cummins Diamond Series 165HP diesel engines
  • Straight shaft power through bronze stuffing boxes
  • Phasor 27KW diesel generator
  • 89 gallons fuel tank for each engine and the generator
  • Engine start batteries
  • 50 amp three phase 110 volt shore power

Navigation Aids & Electronics

This vessel will be used principally as a personal residence or a potential rental vacation vessel and will not move very often. As a result there are minimal navigation electronics. The include:

  • Uniden Solara DSC VHF radio
  • Raymarine ST 60 depthsounder
  • Navigation lights
  • Ritchie 3" magnetic compass
  • Radio antenna

Hull & Deck Construction

The hull and deck were built as a commercial wedding chapel. They were Coast Guard inspected during construction and are robust. Construction features include:

  • A catamaran barge constructed of molded fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) atop of which is a FRP over plywood vinyl siding sheathed deck-house superstructure in the design of a chapel
  • The catamaran barge has a raked bow, transom stern and generally flat bottom with hard chines
  • The hull has recently been bottom painted at a refit yard in Tampa, Florida
  • The port and starboard catamaran hulls are compartmentalized by four transverse watertight bulkheads giving five compartments on each side
  • The stiffening is achieved by full and partial plywood bulkheads and a stringer system of wood encapsulated in FRP
  • There are longitudinal and transverse stringers throughout 


Exclusions include:

  • Living room furniture
  • Art work
  • Outdoor furniture

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Call Ed Massey at 941-725-2350 or email at edwardm@masseyyacht.com for additional information.