Waterworld done right: NY Truck-a-Float as truck/boat camper

Architects Matteo Pinto and Carolina Cisneros wanted to create a houseboat to live on in the summertime in New York City. The owners of Marina 59 in Far Rockaway, Queens had given them the space to build something (they paid the slip fee). Inspired by the hundreds of used truck caps they saw for sale along the highways of New Jersey and New York, they decided to build a floating home using a cap as a prefab roof complete with windows and screens.

They built four: one for themselves, for their partners (and friends) who had inspired the project, and two extra to rent out to help pay for the adventure. Dubbing it “Truck-A-Float”, each pod has a sleeping platform with a full size convertible sofa bed (an IKEA hack), a small closet, and a compact flip table as a very limited kitchen (coffee pot and kitchenware).

Each floating shelters is named after its truck parent: the Century Horseshoe, the GMC Diamondback, the Jeraco Barnacle, and the Jeraco Swan.

Pinto and Cisneros run the design/art firm ComboColab together and say perhaps one day they will build other truck-capped shelters on lakes, in trees, etc.


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  1. J Parnell
    June 19, 2017

    They want $85 a weekday night and $130 a night for weekends to rent one side (one pod) of these eyesores…You have to be shitting me…

  2. TheDtfamu89
    June 19, 2017

    Is it me or have the comments on your videos devolved in the last year and a half or so? I see terms like 'hipsters', 'liberals' but mentioned in a derogatory way. I remember reading the comments on your videos way back and people adding to the conversation and brainstorming on how to improve ideas. Even the most unfinished, limited funds, DIY tiny houses got positive comments and constructive suggestions. Now, these comments are just mean and angry, like the whole tone has changed. What the heck happened? Did you get a whole slew of new subscribers in the last two years or something?

  3. Youngman lee
    June 21, 2017

    What an eye sore. Id set those things on fire if, i had a house boat in the vicinity

  4. Mr. L
    June 23, 2017

    That looks like junk strapped together with truck caps on top. I'd be upset if that mess was in a boat slip next to me!

  5. Bret H
    June 27, 2017

    Grapes of Wrath done right!
    what should it be Grapes of raft? ☜

  6. stanley steele
    July 1, 2017

    I love these as*holes who wanna, "outlaw" certain boats etc cause they find them, "ugly!"
    in this world of trouble and strife, that is what lawmakers should be doing? wow!
    or, the people who, "would be angry if they had a yacht, and had that parked next to them!"
    go to hell please

  7. PirateStyle2013
    July 8, 2017

    Stupid as fuck no screens and they look cold, to hot and out right gross.

  8. B. Chan
    July 9, 2017

    that convertible bed frame is genius!

  9. C Vortex - CSGO
    July 9, 2017

    only downside there ugly looking

  10. Abby Something
    July 9, 2017

    Four most expensive parts of MOST houses:
    They had number 2 donated, and spent only a couple hundred bucks for used number 3s….considering it is probably the Hudson River I expect all the water surrounding them is number 4….(jk)

    As an idea in frugal living in an expensive city it is very interesting as a "stepping stone" idea, but agree that it isn't beautiful and needs some finishing paint.

    I wouldn't mind spending a few nights there to check it out and have a few discussions with them on certain aspects of their build and lifestyle. As for all the judge mental people being overly critical, unless you live in that Marina, what do you care if they haven't painted? Lots of people on the internet saying lots of foul things for no reason other than they are petty, rude, terrible people….. amazing how little class there is displayed in the comments of YouTube…….

  11. Myrlene Joseph
    July 10, 2017

    That's my mother's neighborhood. What do they do in winter

  12. Paul Gray
    July 11, 2017

    stupid,urban rednecks .

  13. Doug Kimball
    July 17, 2017

    So they are top heavy with no ballast good luck in a hurricane, or a mild storm .

  14. Joan Trotter
    July 22, 2017

    While it does not looked like a finished product to me, I think the idea has potential. Maybe paint the camper shells to match the cream of the sides and awning? Paint or varnish the exposed wood? Are there any shells that might work for the loft area in a cargo container? Anything else that might?

  15. wayneyd2
    July 25, 2017


  16. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017

    At least the bugs aren't too bad in the city because the powers that be make sure to include some bug spray in our aerosol regimen.

  17. john hern
    July 29, 2017

    i dont think i would want these shack's ! next to me or my boat! there is no value in this! you could put the time in and build something on land and have a safer building ! —-high winds—- heavy rain and that power cord ??? no way is that safe!

  18. Elaine Moltrup
    August 1, 2017

    My friend had a leaking pontoon on a party boat and to fix it was going to be cost a lot. I told him to have spray foam put in the pontoon, it worked. He patched the leak with rv roof tape first.   With the foam it will support more weight on your floating boat camper,   please test it out.

  19. GarrettTheFisherman
    August 2, 2017

    If you're that desperate just buy a dang boat.

  20. jim reuss
    August 3, 2017

    i'd love having no sound insulation and having to walk hundreds of feet to go to the bathroom.

  21. Carlos Roberto Gouvea
    August 4, 2017

    E ai Dona Neide, Gostou!

  22. Jennifer Eastep
    August 4, 2017

    Little education.. those are not trucks nor truck cabins, they are called camper shells… Camper shells are truck accessories.. So no. thes are not truck-a-floats the are camper boats…

  23. Ruth Presti
    August 7, 2017

    I don't understand all the haters on this. this should serve as some sort of inspiration as to what can be done with cast off items people dispose of everyday, and while I agree that it is not beautiful to look at, it could possibly serve a need for someone who doesn't have the wherewithal to afford any kind of a home or houseboat and maybe has a place they could safely moor.

  24. Melanie & Harish
    August 9, 2017

    Ummm… no. They're not gonna last long at all. Great idea, wrong materials.

  25. real genericuser
    August 11, 2017

    I was on the fence about these little boats until I read the comments. People who believe that they have a right to tell the occupants of a neighboring slip should LOOK LIKE are disgusting. It isn't any of your business what someone else's boat looks like. You don't have the right to demand that the boat in the dock next to you looks like the overpriced nonsense you bought. I hope two of these show up in every marina in the country. Just to make the snobs cry.

  26. N W
    August 11, 2017

    I've built houses and buildings of all kinds and had 4 sail boats and I can tell you that is a dangerous setup. The Harbor master must be a basket case. Does the marina not have inclement weather? No bugs, perfect temperature etc? Built on barrels? Hope you have good insurance for your guest. Speaking of insurance, who would insure these? What if one gets loose and hits an expensive yacht? If I were the other boat owners I would demand to see an insurance policy.

  27. Sean Macys
    August 12, 2017

    this really doesn't make sense especially for the city.

  28. Retired Tony 1970
    August 13, 2017

    buen trabajo Mateo Y Carolina 🙂

  29. Ezra T
    August 16, 2017

    It looks like the "club house" I built with my neighbors when we were 9-10 years old. Our parents made us take it apart after about a week lol.

  30. Rhonda Kelley
    August 16, 2017

    ADD solar strips to the roof…purrrr fect.

  31. Fatso Currywurst
    August 17, 2017

    Yeah,great Idea and getting People out of the Homeless – Shelter and the Road, just don't see this Favela – Style Houseboat – Yachting getting on for too long with them Snobby – Toffee-nosed, 20 million Yacht Owner for a long Time, sorry..( Plus the Winter in New Juk and Rhode to look out 4 nono…)

  32. Mike Wagenblast
    August 20, 2017

    Such ingenuity! Thank you. I now have the carwashes saving their plastic barrells so I too can build one of these great little rigs. Thank you.

  33. Alison Dawson
    August 25, 2017

    Great use of truck canopies !!!

  34. GreatBigRanz
    August 28, 2017

    What is Rockaway know for? George Carlin was conceived there.

  35. cyan bloodbane
    September 3, 2017

    Try marine wood

  36. Symphytum Tribe
    September 10, 2017

    Haha people pay to stay in that? Oh no. I do not care how much recycling you accomplished , it looks like they put a junkyard on the water. If they actually tired to make an effort to do the idea with simplicity and made it look more pulled together less like a 12 year olds fort. For being in New York you would expect a little more pulled together. The materials are not going to last and end up right back in landfills. The one thing I liked was the floating grass.

  37. Bmac 814
    September 13, 2017

    I don't understand how this shit is allowed in NYC. I live in PA and I doubt there's anywhere here that would put up with those eyesores. How do they pass any kind of inspection? I can't even put a canoe in water without it being registered. It doesn't look like they have any real building experience, they didn't even use treated lumber from what I can tell and these aren't just for personal use if they are renting them out.

  38. brian appshole
    September 17, 2017

    some homeless have nicer set ups then this and what they prob wanna charge 4-600 a mth for these to rent screw that

  39. Duncan F.
    September 18, 2017

    +1 for the idea, however it will not last long unless that's treated wood. Not very environmentally friendly if you have to keep replacing it.

  40. Doug Earnest
    September 30, 2017

    This is similar to something I might have built when I was 12, only mine wouldn't be nearly as unclassy as this.

  41. Elizabeth Long
    October 3, 2017

    ..fun;;'' comments

  42. Karima Osmani
    October 17, 2017

    I would use the second container for the people's use too. Like a kitchen and mini bathroom. The center would be an outdoor kitchen and garden. But both cubes would be for 1 renter.

  43. internet person
    October 17, 2017

    yeah, this is pretty shitty

  44. Sloan
    October 21, 2017

    quaint and totally impractical. It's not weather proof or event storm proof, secure, durable or sea worthy, no real shower or toilet.

  45. Rixanne H
    October 22, 2017

    how god awful looking and not useful at all. Floating crap. Industrial? that is not an industrial "look". It's pure junk yard. Go to the marina for the bathroom? mmmk. You can pay me and I still wouldn't stay there.

    November 11, 2017

    They are ready for the next Water World movie
    Interesting but not practical – seasonal right? Not great for winter as I did not see insulation.
    Good on them for trying something.
    How much are mooring fees?

  47. thequickredfoxjumped overthelazybrowndog
    November 20, 2017

    What's the shipping container one in the first 15 second of this? I wanna see that

  48. Teo Ebratt
    November 23, 2017

    Love the floating gardens!

    The pods are cool to. Great forms and concept.

    On a side note I remember when that big wood sided houseboat was docked up at the 79th st boat basin back in the 90's.

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