Shanty Boat Living on the Hook in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basin (1 Viewer)


Dec 16, 2011
I have little boating experience but I have been interested in it for years. I currently live in Minneapolis in Summer and Lafayette LA area in the winter. It would be cool to live on a motorized shanty that I could take between the two. I am curious about how that would work living on the hook, and pushing the boat ashore when stopping. Also curious about what you do if you want to stop and explore a city.

Another question, that I am far less serious about doing but still curious about is has anyone done the great loop in a shanty?
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Read any of the books by Harlan Hubbard: PayneHollow, Shantyboat on the Bayous, and Shantyboat Journal.

Then, check out Wes Modes site which you’ll find after reading this:

I think Wes lives only a few miles from me.


Aug 13, 2019
Ahh. That would be cool, but youd be better off building a new shantee every year and floating down to Lafayette. It'd be a lot of money in fuel to bring anything up river. 1-5k at least
Apr 29, 2021
Fuel is high, but perhaps a couple of electric trolling motors, and solar panels? Probably fix them in place, and steer with a separate rudder.

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