I live on a 154 foot long abandoned ferry which I converted into a stunning house – it has its own cinema and is now worth £2 million

A Briton has revealed how he bought a 154ft-long abandoned ferry before converting it into a luxury waterfront home now worth a staggering £2million.

Called Dot, the floating mansion is located in Hong Kong and boasts an incredible 6,000 square feet of living space and a private home theater.

The ferry was purchased by an anonymous buyer in 2011 and transformed into a stunning home


The ferry was purchased by an anonymous buyer in 2011 and transformed into a stunning homePhoto credit: Ocean Independence
Inside is a luxurious home theater with a three-tier sofa and wall-to-wall television


Inside is a luxurious home theater with a three-tier sofa and wall-to-wall televisionPhoto credit: Ocean Independence
Each cabin has a private bathroom and panoramic water views


Each cabin has a private bathroom and panoramic water viewsPhoto credit: Ocean Independence

The 154-foot yacht can sleep up to eight guests in its four ensuite cabins.

The central living space on board the luxury ship houses the largest sofa in Hong Kong and is said to have enough space for a huge 14-foot Christmas tree Independence of the Ocean.

Dot, formerly called Golden Star, once sailed through Hong Kong Harbor and carried 762 passengers.

The British-built boat served until 2011 when it was sold to one in a private sale anonymous Shopper in Hong Kong who had childhood memories of taking the ferry.


He transformed the old boat into a glamorous home that bore a lot of resemblance to spacious, chic New York lofts.

The conversion took a long 18 months as the buyer began work at the Leung Wan Kee shipyard in Zhuhai, China.

Inside, the breathtaking ship is no longer recognizable from its time as a ferry.

The impressive 6,000 square feet of space is spread over three decks, with each bedroom featuring an en-suite bathroom and shower stall.

The bathroom area consists of marble-like tiles and wood paneling, with a modern metal tub in one corner.

In conversation with the Daily MailThe owner said: “I have been obsessed with old brick industrial buildings for many years. I love industrial furniture, rust and elegant expiration dates.”

“DOT is heavy, sturdy and leggy…Its old, worn thick teak floors and abundant steel suggest a factory rather than an elegant home.”

All the huts offer panoramic water views and crescent-shaped balconies fronting French doors.

There are also two huge office rooms, a galley and a huge salon.

The kitchen and dining area feature large sliding doors that open on both sides, allowing refreshing sea breezes to blow through the wide open space.

A large wooden table with six chairs stands in front of an artistic wall, and a long L-shaped sofa stands in front of a wall-length window with a view of the harbor.

The original wooden beams on the ceiling have been retained, but modern characteristics Now fill the space in it.

A metallic kitchen area with sink and other essential appliances fills the space in the center as the water can be seen from the side doors.

The incredible ship also houses a cozy home theater with a three-tier sofa and a wall-to-wall TV.

The wooden beams and crisp white walls remain in keeping with the trendy home, but don’t completely rid the boat of its former life.

But it’s not just the interior that amazes the viewer, the exterior also has some great qualities to offer.

On Dot’s rooftop terrace there is a shaded lounge area with a horseshoe-shaped sofa and a round table in the middle.

Next The seating area includes a wooden terrace reserved for sunbathing and guests wishing to gather and enjoy the panoramic sea views.

“This boat was about my three beautiful children. Watching them jump from the roof into the sea, watching the stars with them from above, playing charades games and watching the sunsets after dinner,” the owner said.

To ensure that the lucky guests feel comfortable on board the yacht, the owner has installed thirty air conditioning units to combat the Hong Kong summers.

The roof also serves as a water collection system and the boat has two filtration systems for filtering seawater and rainwater.

However, this feature is not used often as Dot has a 57,000 liter water storage for everyday use.

In addition to its self-sufficient water system, the ship also has 170 square meters of flexible solar panels on the roof that absorb sunlight during the day to keep the boat running.

The boat, which is on sale for a whopping £2 million, can cruise at seven knots and reach a top speed of nine knots.

Dot isn’t the only vehicle converted into luxurious new accommodation, as one man revealed he and his family of four have been living in a school bus which he converted into a home.

Caleb Nelson shared a tour of his six-bed home on wheels, which is now worth a whopping £70,000.

A mother who bought an Army boat revealed how she turned the former US Coast Guard tugboat into a tiny home to save thousands on rent and bills.

Your cost will be around £1,047 per month – including mooring fee, liveaboard fee and electricity.

And a woman who lives in an early 20th century train car has incorporated unique features to make the boxcar feel more like a home.

Your renovated space has all the amenities of a regular home, including inviting rocking chairs, a desk, a full-size bed, a nightstand, and a flat-screen TV.

The bathrooms consist of metal tubs and stunning woodwork


The bathrooms consist of metal tubs and stunning woodworkPhoto credit: Ocean Independence
On the upper deck, Dot has a bathing and shaded lounge area


On the upper deck, Dot has a bathing and shaded lounge areaPhoto credit: Ocean Independence
There is ample office space available on the ship, valued at £2 million


There is ample office space available on the ship, valued at £2 millionPhoto credit: Ocean Independence
Dot is currently docked in Hong Kong


Dot is currently docked in Hong KongPhoto credit: Ocean Independence

John Verrall

John Verrall is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: johnverrall@nytimas.com.

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