Any ideas who built these Trailerable Houseboats?

by Jack
(Athens, Texas)

Any ideas as to who built these trailerable houseboats?

Any ideas as to who built these trailerable houseboats?

I am trying to figure out what kind of trailerable houseboat this is? I have very little information about it other than a picture. It was registered in 1979 and left to sit in the woods.


Basically I can describe it, and I hope someone has an idea who built these so that I can look up more information. It's powder blue, and it has a really big engine, and it says Mercruiser on the wheel house.

It's hull is one big fiberglass shell, and it looks more like a tub boat then anything.

Let me know if any old timers have a clue as to what houseboat manufacturer I would even search to find out more about these boats.

Thanks, Dr Jack



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Reply - Answer
Well Dr Jack, to help you get started, I would need to mention that "Mercruiser" is the type of engine that it has.

Possibly you could get the serial number from the engine and see if Mercruiser Mercury Marine dealer can help you find which houseboat manufacturer bought these engines. It's possible that it was a replacement engine that was put in afterwards.

I'm not sure which brand or make, or who built these houseboats, but possibly the "past" houseboat manufacturers list will help to narrow down some of the builders.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will know for sure, and they will share and post comments about which model of houseboat this is?


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Floatel
by: Vachot

Hey Dr Jack, is this old Floatel still around? I have pics of my Floatel houseboat exactly like that one at my dot com or my gee mail.

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Cobia Mobile Mini Yacht
by: Micky Burkett

David, My Dad doesn't have anything on the MMY but he did design it so my be able to recall something like the stack, I'll ask him. sorry lost your number so call back. thanks Micky

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Yes, it is a Floatel, made by AMP
by: Vachot

I have one just like it, at least what can be seen from the photo. Made by Ashley Molded Products in Wabash, Indiana.

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It's a Floatel!
by: Anonymous

That looks just like my Floatel...

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Micky Burkett, come in please...
by: David Soule

I don't know if you will check back in here but I have a Cobia Mini Yacht in Jerome AZ now. We just bought it in New Mexico.

It is missing the smoke stack. Does your Dad have any prints of the smoke stack? I'd love to make a replacement if he did.

Best wishes, David

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Cobia Mobile Mini Yacht
by: Micky Burkett

I haven't even seen one of the Cobia MMY's since the seventies and was to young when they were being designed and built to know anything much about them, but my dad Bill who is in his late 70's and in good health could maybe answer questions for you about it.

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69 Cobia owner
by: Dean Bethel

Mr Burkett, I saw the picture of the houseboat in the woods, and at first glance thought it was a Cobia mini yacht, but noticed the hull was different than mine, so I read the comments that followed, then I was amazed to read yours.

That's incredible that your Father headed that project. I am in the beginning restoration of mine, I would be interested in any comments, knowledge or information trail I could seek.

Thank you very much, Dean Bethel

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Is the boat in the picture for sale?
by: Richard

Has anyone figured out the make and model on this beauty?

Any way to go and get a Hull ID number off of this one?

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Cobia Mobile Mini Yacht
by: Micky Burkett

It's not a Cobia Mobile Mini Yacht, My Dad (Bill Burkett) designed and overseen the 1st production at Cobia between 1969-1970 and this is not one the hull is different but house does look similar. I would like to find one if anyone knows where to find one.

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This is not an Adventure Craft.
by: Anonymous

This is not an Adventure Craft.

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Houseboat in the woods
by: Anonymous

This is a Cobia houseboat, and it came with a inboard. I'm redoing one now, cool little rig.

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Mobile Mini Yacht
by: Hugh Williams

I think it is a Mobile Mini-Yacht. I believe it was built by Cobia Boats back in the early 70's.
Hugh

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Make of Houseboat - what brand of boat?
by: Jim Richmond

It looks like an Adventurecraft to me. These are still being built.

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