Rebuilding a steel hull houseboat.
by Phil Carker
(Houston, TX, USA)
A popular Steel Hull Houseboat make and model.
I am looking at rebuilding a 40ft steel hull houseboat, and I want to gut it and start new. I'm looking for help and information on all the mechanical systems, I also need a step by step guide, from design to finishing. Reply - Answer
I'm very experienced in remodeling work only on land based homes, and I am also mechanically inclined, but I am looking for some guidance.
Well Phil, congratulations on your decision to start rebuilding a steel hull houseboat. Unfortunately you didn't give us much basic or technical information on the houseboat, so I can't venture much further.
Now, the best advice I could give you for starters would be to have a qualified marine surveyor have a quick look at the houseboat to be sure that you're not investing time and money into a rebuilding nightmare.
The reason I say this, and I am presuming that it is not a newer boat, you may possibly find it difficult to insure an older steel houseboat that doesn't have a "clean bill of health survey".
There is plenty of houseboat classifieds with older steel houseboats for sale, and I always recommend a qualified marine survey
before pursuing a major retrofit.
A survey or a DIY Preliminary Inspection
can give you a great overall view of what amount of time and money is involved in retrofitting a steel hulled houseboat. It can also be the basis for priorities in deciding the bigger and smaller projects. It will be money well spent.Lastly
, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their steel houseboat rebuilding experiences. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found at the bottom of this page.
Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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