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Bateau Des Iles - A House Made from a Ship at Bourg Des Saintes, Iles Des Saintes

By Arieu
Coming into the marina of Bourg des Saintes, on Terre de Haut, the largest island of the Iles des Saintes archipelago, the observant visitor will notice a big white bow sticking out of a rock on the water. On its flank is written Bateau des Iles. Only then will the visitor notice that it’s not a ship but a house, build on the real bow of some old ship.
I remember watching a Discovery Channel special about this house, but I hadn’t remembered where it was. I do remember it cost the owner a fortune to get the bow there, and to convert it into a house. But it was his life’s dream, and his wife (interviewed on the side) seemed happy with it too. I wondered then, and am still, why anyone would want to drag some old bow onto a plot of land and not (a) build a new house in the shape of a ship, or (b) buy a ship and live on it.
If I would feel the need to live on a boat (I’m now living on a boat, but I mean when I’m not working), I’d probably buy some old ship somewhere, buy a waterfront plot and build a dock to park the boat against. Then the dock could be expanded into a house, based on the boat. Now that I’m thinking, I’d probably make the whole thing detachable so that Draga and I could take the living room and kitchen out for a spin on Sunday afternoons, while the garage and the bathroom stay behind.
We could even park a camper in the carport and connect it to the main structure with a flexi-duct, so that when we come back with the living room, we can take the spare bedroom out shopping. And maybe we can build a bedroom out of a helicopter.
There, it’s been decided. I’ll tell her over dinner. Now all we need to find is a waterfront plot, not too expensive and preferably close to home, and a supermarket nearby with a movie theatre, and a library of course. And Draga wants a dog, so there has to be a park in the immediate vicinity.
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Bateau des Iles - A House made from a Ship at Bourg des Saintes, Iles des Saintes

Bateau des Iles - A House made from a Ship at Bourg des Saintes, Iles des Saintes

Bateau des Iles - A House made from a Ship at Bourg des Saintes, Iles des Saintes

Bateau des Iles - A House made from a Ship at Bourg des Saintes, Iles des Saintes

Bateau des Iles - A House made from a Ship at Bourg des Saintes, Iles des Saintes

Bateau des Iles - A House made from a Ship at Bourg des Saintes, Iles des Saintes

Bateau des Iles - A House made from a Ship at Bourg des Saintes, Iles des Saintes

Bateau des Iles - A House made from a Ship at Bourg des Saintes, Iles des Saintes


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