Houseboat Restoration Project - how to restore trailerable Steury house boats
(Mount Plymouth, FL)
Houseboat Restoration Project - restoring a trailerable Steury
Houseboat Restoration Project - My husband is an avid boater and particularly likes small trailerable houseboats. He is now on his 4th houseboat restoration challenge, a 1979 Steury.
He has a continually running ad in Boat Trader and Bargain news magazines, looking to buy small houseboats. His latest find was this 1979 Steury, desperately in need of serious TLC. As you can see from the pic he is very excited about it.
The first major challenge of this project is replacing the windows. The previous owner had begun the restoration project and had taken the windows out in the process, laying them on a trailer beside the boat. (He had the boat stored on a lot in, lets say, not the best part of town.)
Big surprise!!, someone stole the windows, assumedly for the aluminum. We are now trying to find replacement windows (we need 4 of them) without it costing an arm and a leg. We would appreciate it very much if anyone could advise of where we could find, or have made, windows for this boat at a reasonable price.
We would also love, and appreciate very much, seeing Steury interior pictures. We have come across some unique challenges there as well, such as how the pilot house and the floor could be finished.
The floor in the houseboat we bought was finished flat straight across which leaves very little head room. We are both about 5 ft.8in. tall and our heads almost touch the ceiling. I suspect that in the original design the floor was lower in the center aisle.
I have no doubt that my husband will do a
fine job with this restoration. He is very good with this type of project and has done a beautiful job restoring the 69 Fish-N-Ski houseboat we are currently enjoying.
We live near Mt Dora, FL and have easy access to a beautiful chain of lakes, which we are in with our houseboat frequently. It will take a while, I am sure, but I will submit the “after” pics for anyone interested.
Thanks! Patti Reply - Answer
Well Patti, thanks for submitting the picture of your houseboat restoration project. I should congratulate your husband on having the time, skills, and the available energy/effort to undertake these kind of re-fit projects.
In regards to the windows for RV, Campers and Houseboats, you may likely find them at Hehr International Windows
Good luck with the work, and do keep us up-to-date with the progress and remember to take some pictures of the final completion.Lastly
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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