In the quest for worthwhile livelihood, I'm always on the lookout for clever occupational situations. I hope you'll agree that Graham of Tiller Cycles in Warwickshire, England is among them. He runs a bicycle repair business from his long boat, serving the communities between Leamington Spa and Braunston, since 2003.
The good ship Brass Farthing
He uses a Morizumi spoke machine to maintain a spoke cutting and threading service. Check it out if you've considered the commercial side of owning a Morizumi. Graham's nautical theme would fit nicely in Seattle. We have a couple shops that are next to the water, Speedy Reedy on Northlake and Recycled on Boat St come to mind. But none are literally waterborne.
Compact but cozy.
While making ends meet must present a challenge, I can't think of a nicer combination of mobility: the silent gliding of a canal boat and the breezy simplicity of cycling. Best of luck to Graham in 2011!