Lazy Days Houseboat - a refurbish remodel restore project for the family.
by Nancy Morgart
Perseverance - our refurbished Lazy Days houseboat
Our family story to rebuild, restore, and refurbish a Lazy Days houseboat project. We were CRAZY to buy this old steel hull, 1966, 45 ft. Lazy Days houseboat, but the price was right $3500. After the first month we decided to learn about it on a forum.
We found out it needed to be pulled out of the water and checked out so we hauled it to my sons back yard. Now 3 years later, and about $35,000 dollars later, we have finally emerged with a wonderful "Lake Retreat".
We ended up needing an all new steel for the hull for the houseboat, and we actually tore everything out of the boat until all we had left were sidewalls, an engine, and a wheel.
My husband and I had remodeled several houses, but the labor and time never equalled what we put into this houseboat. He had to learn all about marine wiring, plumbing etc. And my son learned how to panel and lay flooring and cut steel, and I had the fun of painting, insulating, designing, and decorating the interior.
Salvaging this 40 year old boat was a labor of love that brought us even closer to our son, I know it taught him to never give up even when others say it can't be done.
Above are some pictures of our new/old boat which we rightfully named PERSEVERANCE.
Nancy from Garner, NC. Reply - Answer
Nancy, welcome to the houseboat forums, and a BIG CONGRATULATIONS for the "perseverance and all the effort to remodel, refurbish the classic Lazy Days.
My wife and I know that there is lots of sweat and love that goes into such a big project, but your family can now be proud of what you have all accomplished.
There is an article on our site for beginner or newbie houseboat buyers
to think about before buying older houseboats. It has time and money saving tips for new prospective houseboat buyers.
Again, congratulations on your totally redone houseboat, and do enjoy the time and memories with her. And I am sure that you now know every inch of your boat :)Lastly
, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their Lazy Days houseboat experiences. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.
Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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