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This Months Question: Will you let the economy stop you from houseboating this season? Or will you strike back, and simply reduce your operating budget and expenses, in order to continue boating?

The reason is, Manon and I have always agreed that houseboating, is one of life's most important moments together! We're grateful because our houseboat is filled with many friends, family, and so many great memories, that we would do whatever had to be done, in order to keep houseboating!

So with that in mind, let's put our collective thinking caps on, and share some of those simple budget helping and money saving tips, that can help houseboating families everywhere make it through this tough and delicate economy.

We hope you enjoy this edition as much as we had putting it together.
Safe Houseboating, Ian & Manon. www.all-about-houseboats.com

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** What's New You Ask? **

  • What's New, and been happening this month.

  • Here's the latest Articles, Tips, and Reviews.

  • What's New, and been Happening this Month.

  • Added new sections on Houseboat Books, Videos & DVDs.
    In order to help as many of you as possible, I have added two new sections to the site. One section is a collection of popular and excellent Houseboat and Boating Books.

    The other section that we added is big library of Houseboat and Boating Videos and DVDs for folks that enjoy more watching and listening, rather than reading.

  • Our two Big Projects for the Site are Almost Ready.
    As the site continues to grow in leaps and bounds, so has the workload. Especially considering that we have full time jobs and are active in the boating community, we still strive to achieve our deadlines. We're keeping these two big projects a secret for now, but we are looking forward to let the cat out of the bag soon :)

  • Both the Houseboat Shows were a great Success.
    Even though that the weather didn't place nice, both of the shows were very busy and were a success in the greater sense of the word. Houseboats were bought and sold, they were financed and transported, and the crowds were looking forward to the warmer weather. The houseboat seminars that we gave at the Kentucky Show was also a great hit.

  • Houseboat Advertising = Targeted Traffic and More Sales!
    Attention to all the related businesses, are you looking to increase traffic and sales? Our advertising rates will be reasonably priced, and will drive sales your way. It's coming shortly, and if you would like to know more, and be added on our notify list, send me a quick note to let me know.

    * This Months Topics & Articles *

    Another very busy month, with plenty of great articles to choose from.

    The Family Houseboat Economy - any Budget and Money Saving Tips?

    Let's look at the family houseboat economy, and see if there's any expense, budget, or money saving tips that can help families this boating season.

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    Houseboat Electric Windlass Anchors - Horizontal or Vertical Installations?

    When it comes to houseboat electric windlass anchors, any tips on whether horizontal or vertical installations are the easiest? The reason I ask, has

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    Green Houseboat Living - how to use Wind and Solar Power for Weekends?

    We're going to rebuild our houseboat and go green, with wind and solar power, for living on during the weekends out at anchor. We just purchased a

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    Houseboat Marine Fridges - is an LP Propane or Electric Refrigerator better?

    When it comes to houseboat marine fridges, what's better, an LP propane, or an electric refrigerator. Which is the best type of refrigerator for a

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    Houseboats and Hurricanes - Do they Move or Transport Boats to Safety?

    When it comes to houseboats and hurricanes, do they move or transport a house boats to safety? Like what do they do, or what do you do, with a

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    Steel Hull Houseboats - How to Check for Serious Rust Issues before Buying?

    How to check for serious rust issues on steel hulled houseboats, before going further in the buying process? We have found some nice looking well kept

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    Houseboat Windows - Repairing or Replacing Windows, and Seals?

    When it comes to houseboat windows, how to go about repairing or replacing those leaky window seals? Does anybody know were I can get new rubber

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    Houseboat Steering - Bow Stern Thrusters, or use Twin Rudders?

    I'm looking at houseboat steering, and I use bow and stern thrusters now, but thinking about installing twin rudders to steer? My family and I have

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    Build your own Houseboat - Any plans for house boats, and a man's dog?

    I'm looking for plans to build your own houseboat. I am thinking of building my own boat, a basic man's boat, for me and my dog. It would be used

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    Small Houseboat Bathrooms - need head space for toilets on house boats?

    When it comes to small houseboat bathrooms, we really need more space for a head, or a toilet on house boats. I am thinking of knocking out a wall and

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    Houseboat Building or Repair - What plywood, exterior or marine grade?

    When it comes to houseboat building or a deck repair, what plywood do we use, interior, exterior, or marine grade plywood's? Last September we

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    Houseboat Bed and Mattress - How to get the sheets on, in a cuddy cabin?

    We have a houseboat bed and mattress in a cuddy cabin that are very hard to make. Any ideas how to put the sheets on easily? We have a Fun Country

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    Houseboat Videos DVDs - Largest collection of Video DVD for House Boats

    Houseboat Videos DVDs - A huge library of boating Video and DVD for House Boats and Boaters

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    Used Houseboats For Sale in Florida - Any Tips to help Sell my House Boat?

    There's plenty of used houseboats for sale in Florida, and I'm looking for some tips or ideas that can help me sell my house boat? I have a 1999, 41'

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    Houseboat Options - Timeshare vs Shared Ownership vs Rentals?

    Looking at houseboat holiday rentals, and various options now exist. What's better, timeshares, shared ownership, or simple holiday rentals? My

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    Is RV motor-home and houseboat living, a possible lifestyle choice?

    People ask us if the RV motorhome, and houseboat living, are still a lifestyle choice that is possible and fun? And we reply by asking them, do the

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    Houseboat Books with Tips, Techniques, and Secrets about House Boats

    Houseboat Books - Buying Tips, Techniques, Handling, Docking, Training, Lessons, Industry Secrets, and eBooks for House Boats

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    Buying a Steel Houseboat - Inner Hull Repairs and Painting

    I'm interested in buying a steel houseboat, and curious on inner hull repairs, and painting the interior rusted surfaces? Looking to buy a 1976,

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    IHF Houseboat Show - first NMMA show on House Boats, a big Success

    After hosting the seminars at the first IHF NMMA Houseboat show in Louisville KY, I can say that the venture was a great success for visitors,

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    Buying Carri-Craft Houseboats - Any Tips or Issues before I buy a House Boat?

    I am considering purchasing a Carri-Craft houseboat and would love to hear about any issues or experiences Carri Craft owners might have with these

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    Houseboat Dock Slip Fees - What Prices or Rates, do Marinas Cost or Charge?

    When it comes to houseboat dock slip fees, what rates or prices, will marinas charge or cost for house boats? Just a quick question, what is an

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