What is a Houseboat?
Houseboats, or boats designed for living aboard on a daily basis, were made popular in the 1960s and 1970s, and although they have mostly gone by the wayside, some luxury boating enthusiasts have started a resurgence in the market with high-end houseboats tricked out like palatial mansions. These boats are typically flat-bottomed for stability and many feature a pontoon-style base, although the handful of manufacturers all have their own designs and styles available.
How are Houseboats built?
Today, houseboat building is a specialty trade that takes time. Since there are only a handful of available builders, these boats can take a long time to procure and many people will opt to buy used instead. Boats are typically designed with sturdy aluminum or fiberglass bases that can handle constant exposure to the water and provide stability. Some models will feature premium marine wood construction with a handcrafted design, but these are going to be on the more expensive end of the market.
What Types of Engines Power Houseboats?
Houseboats will typically feature a propulsion system that utilizes an outboard engine and/or a sterndrive. Inboard and electric motors are available on some models, and custom builds can include whatever engine the boater desires. Gasoline and diesel models are available, as well. Engines will typically be designed for efficiency and power, with smaller trolling motors available to assist with mooring or traversing shallow waters.
What optional equipment is available for Houseboats?
Most houseboats come standard with performance engines, fuel tanks, ventilation systems, premium navigational systems, and everything else that boaters demand for modern excursions. Houseboats, however, also include interior décor, furnishings, and marine appliances for everyday living. There are a number of furnishings and optional accessories available for today’s houseboats, including entertainment systems, premium security systems, and so much more.