There are houseboat designs for just about any style or budget!
The subject of houseboat designs is never ending since style, function, and features are constantly added to provide improved functionality and practicality.
They've improved incredibly since their humble beginnings.
For a better understanding of the different terms and houseboat styles and designs found around the world, we've put together a small
selection to show the differences. These are some of the basic houseboat styles.
The advantages of a planning hull are that with enough horsepower they can get up on plane to
achieve higher speeds.
The trailerable house boats offer the best of both sides, considering the excellent functionality and
transportability. Outboards are the common engine choice.
Barge style Houseboat
The barge hull style is a common model, yet offers plenty of storage space for
personal effects and equipment.
Full Hull Houseboat
The full hull style is popular since it is full width and provides a very stable platform for many boats in North America.
The pontoon houseboat can come in the twin pontoon, or the tri-pontoon design. You will see either outboards, or sterndrives. Note: The outdrive is not installed.
The displacement style is an excellent choice for rough water, or long distance
traveling. Diesel is a common engine choice for the economy and longevity.
Catamaran houseboats are less popular, yet offer unsurpassed economy and stability. Dual diesel engine installations are common.
The "twin level" houseboats have to be the ultimate in size, space,
comfort, and luxury. There are many available as rental units.
Floating Home Houseboat
If simplicity and cost are a factor, than these floating home houseboats may be just for you.
Great for fishing camps, or floating cottages.
You will find that gasoline is the most popular propulsion option whether in single or dual installations. Diesel fuel is also available, however
it is less popular in certain parts of the world. You can find Outboard, I/O
Inboard Outboard, and Sterndrives as the most common types of propulsion units.
I/O Inboard Outboard
Outdrive or Stern Drives
Single Engine Sterndrive
installation is cheaper, yet provides less
Single or Twin Inboard
Twin Engine Inboard
Propellers are "under" the boat. Note: The propellers are not on the shafts.
Twin Engine Outboards
Easy to maintain, and a dual installation provides great handling.
Mercruiser Stern drives
Mercuiser sterndrives are very popular, therefore parts are everywhere.
If you're looking at Aluminum, Fiberglass, Steel or Wood Houseboats, each construction material has
unique characteristics that have pros & cons. To read more about the different houseboat construction material choices.
When looking at houseboat exteriors, you will find features such as Steps, Catwalks, Ladders, Water Slides, Front Decks, Railings, Fly Bridges, etc...
Here's a sampling of different exterior features on some houseboat models.