It's hard to believe that we're already at the end of July, and that August is just around the corner. Those hot humid summer days and nights just seem to blend together, and the fans or air conditioners can really help for a great nights sleep.

How do you manage to stay cool during the summer, and what are your tips on staying cool during the day or for a good nights sleep? Do take a moment and tell us about it here, and share your tips with other boaters.

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

  • We hope you enjoy this edition as much as we had putting it together.
    If you're new to the Insider, we welcome you, and do enjoy your stay.
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  • Great Houseboat Stories!
    Houseboating has a different meaning to everybody, and it's really nice to able to read and see the houseboating world through the eyes, and from another boaters perspective.

    We'll be gathering some of the excellent posts each month, and we'll share them here for everyone to enjoy. We have chosen a few great stories, from the many post and comments that we receive:

    * The 1st year after buying our own houseboat from Kim in Arizona.

    * Watching those great houseboat sunsets from Dean in Nashville.

    * Houseboat fuels, what are you filling up with? from Russell in Florida.

    If you have a story, tip, or memory to share, you can post it here.

  • Winners for the Discover Boating Contest are announced.
    The photo and video contest is now over, and the winners & finalists have been announced. Do have a look at the Top-10 entries as there are some very well done and touching stories.

  • Get some extra spending money, by using the free Classifieds!
    Are you finding the storage areas on your houseboat getting full? Use our free Classifieds section to sell your space gathering odds & ends, and help other houseboaters who need them.

  • Want to be the best First Mate? Learn the Tips and Secrets!

    First Mate 101: How To Stop Worrying & Start BoatingEvery captain wants every outing to go smoothly, and needs teamwork, and the First Mate is a vital part of the team.

    Houseboating can be an intimidating experience, especially when things go wrong, however having the right skills and knowledge makes for great trips and adventures.

    That's why I highly recommend a great book or eBook, from Brenda who has spent her lifetime being Doug's First Mate and she really knows the problems and issues.

    The tip filled book FIRST MATE 101, is truly the easiest and quickest way to become the envy of all your friends, neighbors, and other captains around.

    If you want to gain the confidence and learn the tips and tricks to help you become the best, I highly recommend Brenda's book, as it's filled with hundreds of easy to apply skills and techniques.

  • * This Months Topics & Articles *

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

    Alcan Houseboat - called Alloy Mfg, Alwest, Chimo, or Sea Villa boats

    When it comes to Alcan houseboats, these house boats were also known as Alcan, Alloy Manufacturing, Alwest, Chimo and Sea Villa and were very well

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    Three Buoys Houseboats - buy my custom designed 3 bouys houseboat back.

    When the new owners of my custom designed Three Buoys houseboat put her up For Sale, I just knew that I had to buy her back. I am so glad that I did.

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    Houseboat Energy Savings Tips - power consumption of computers and laptops

    If your interested in houseboat energy savings, have a look at the power consumption of desktop computers, laptops, and netbooks to compare the amount

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    Hybrid Houseboats - any electric, solar, or paddle wheel propulsion house boat?

    When it comes to hybrid houseboats, is there any electric, solar, or paddle wheel propulsion aluminum house boat around? I think an aluminum Marinette

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    Houseboat Living with Dogs - the Animal Planets show, UnderDog to WonderDog

    Since my wife and I love living on our houseboat with our two dogs, we wanted to know who would be interested in adopting a rescue shelter dog for an

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    Houseboat Props - 3 or 4 blade propellers better for control, docking, handling on house boats?

    When it comes to houseboat props, is a 3 blade or 4 blade propellers better for control, docking, and handling in windy conditions? We have a new 55

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    MetroShip Houseboats - the first modern production houseboat

    I wanted to let the houseboat community know about our new modern houseboat. It's been a 7 year process to design. The boat can be aluminum, steel

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    Financing a Houseboat

    Houseboat financing and boat loans are sometimes confusing for new or used houseboat buyers. But in reality, there's many options available for

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    Houseboats and Electrical Storms - are lightning strikes safe on a house boat?

    My question is about houseboats and electrical storms, and wonder if we're safe on a house boat when lightening strikes while aboard or out on the

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    First Year Houseboating - the 1st year stories after buying a houseboat

    After our first year of houseboating, here's our stories and experiences about the 1st year after buying our houseboat. We are first year

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    Houseboat Sunsets - Sunset from Murray River house boats

    When it comes to houseboat sunsets, I thought I'd share a sunset from the Murray River. I saw a sunset photo, so I thought I would post on from the

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    Houseboat Sunsets - waiting for the next great sunset on house boats.

    Great houseboat moments have to include great sunsets. We have been on the lake for 14 years on other peoples and our own boat. This year we decided

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    Houseboat Sales Brochures - original photos, manuals, brochures available?

    Looking to find a houseboat sales brochures, or if any original photos, manuals, or houseboat manufacturers brochure still available? I have had

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    Houseboat Fuel Problems - ethanol gas, water condensation, and gummy carburetors

    We're trying to troubleshoot houseboat fuel problems, and there's water condensation, ethanol gas, and gummy carburetors that are causing an ongoing

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    Houseboat Transport Company - any shipping movers for house boats?

    I am looking for a houseboat transport company that can move house boats in the Texas area. I need to find someone to move a houseboat for me from

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