The amphibious houseboat project


The ultimate car for houseboat owners

Amphibious vehicles – great stuff. To buy one however you pretty much need a military budget, and building one will cost an obscene amount of money as well. But now Theon Parseghian has changed the game. He transformed a Volvo station and a houseboat to conquer both land and water. 


By Linh Vo

Down the line an amphibious vehicle is the ultimate vehicle for houseboat owners. Picture yourself driving away from your floating home with your fun boat, climb the ramp and hit the road for a pick nick in the park. But there is a good reason why you don’t see this scene too often: a huge financial investment, even if you would build one yourself. Not only financially, but also the investment in time and energy for finding the right materials and running tests. 


Theon Parseghian, originally a car mechanic from New York, proved us wrong. His job allows him to work with lots of different car and pick up tons of skills along with job such as welding, fabricating and machining. This resulted in some amazing amphibious vehicles.


Amphibious Volvo station Wagon

Theon proved that you can built an amphibious vehicle for an affordable price. The first step to the realization of an amphibious houseboat. (Photo: Theon Parseghian)


Floating Volvo station wagon

Initially, Theon came up with the idea that he wanted to cross the lake with a boat. But it would be more exciting if  he could do this by car. However, he could not afford to buy that dream car. Challenge accepted! He decided to build it. 

A jet pump was soon installed in the rear. Thanks to his recent job, he was able to apply the right materials which helped the amphibious car operating well. The car can reach the high way speed when it is on the road and it runs approximately 10 mph when it is on the water. And did he need a ‘military budget’? Not at all: he only spent $5000 on this idea, it is way much cheaper than any amphibious cars presented in showrooms.


Second project: the Amphibious Houseboat

The floating Volvo was a big hit. But that was not the end of Theons' aspirations. He commenced  his second project with a 32- foot abandoned houseboat and a huge tractor sprayer. As a result, he created a traveling accommodation on land and on the lake. It took him almost a year to complete this amphibious houseboat in his front yard. He soon got attention from his neighbors passing by his house every day. Hence, he made a shoutout for  everyone if they wanted to see how this amphibious houseboat perform in both different environments. Many people showed up to witness his ‘Maiden Voyage’. 


Maiden Voyage of The Beast of Burden

The maiden voyage of The Beast of Burden - the first amphibious houseboat built by Theon - was a huge attraction and a big success. (Photo: Theon Parseghian)


“No police escort - that is a good sign”

Captain Theon was afraid that his Beast of Burden – name of his tractor houseboat-  would be flipped over due to giant tires in Cayuga Lake. His concern immediately disappeared because the tractor houseboat functioned perfectly without an accident. The speed is 20 mph on land and around 7mph on water. He spent $10.000 for this project but everything has paid off worthy. 


Captain Theon

Theon proves to be a great mechanic, captain and inspiration for many. (Photo: Theon Parseghian)


What’s next? 

Parseghian is yearning to build an amphibious  all – aluminum - body vehicle with three wheels. This vehicle is expected to be super light and fast. Last but not least, Theon is doing a good job and he is such an inspirational guy for those people who want to build or create something from scratch. 


Theon driving his amphibious houseboat

The Beast of Burden proves that one can realize dreams without huge financial resources. She sails the waves like a charm!  (Photo: Theon Parseghian)


More inspiration can be found on the Facebook page of Theon Parseghian.