Houseboats have come a long way since the original barge style that were so popular in the past. From the one room boats that didn’t include washroom facilities, to multiple room versions that have amenities from kitchens to water slides, it has never been easier to toy with the idea of living on a houseboat and spending your days on some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the world.
Here are some of the things that you should expect while living on a houseboat:
Though there are no costs that are associated with the rent for the houseboat if it’s owned, there are indeed costs that are charged to the owner for the docking fees and marina fees throughout the time that the boat is spent docked. These fees can vary depending on the marina and the size of the boat, as well as the amenities that are provided through the marina and should be considered in the budget.
Something else that houseboat owners often forget about in the budget is the cost of fuel. Not only is fuel required for travel but is also required for electricity and the ability of homeowners to cook and complete other activities on the boat. It is important to consider all of these factors when choosing between the various models of houseboats that are available.
Finally, it is important to consider where you are going to live. Though some areas remain warm enough to live in the marina all year long, it is important to consider whether there are off-season times when the marina may be closed or times that it just might be too cold to live in that particular location.
Features and amenities available on the houseboat can help determine whether you can indeed live on the boat all year round.
Talk to people that have had experience living on a houseboat and are aware of the various factors that need to be considered. This can help to make the decision easier and ensure that the potential houseboat owner is aware of what’s involved in living on the boat – as chances are, it’s quite a bit different than a two week vacation during high season.