Remodeling a 60 foot Hilburn Houseboat

by Tom
(New Orleans)

The 60 foot Hilburn houseboat

The 60 foot Hilburn houseboat

I currently live in a 48 foot Hilburn Coastal Cruiser which I am going to sell. I recently re-purchased a 60 foot Hilburn with a planning hull. I want to totally rebuild the boat with a $100,000 budget.

I was looking a $100k as follows: (25K for hull, 25K for Kitchen, 25K for overhauling engines, and 25K for wall and ceiling repair and replacement. I am looking for help in doing this.

The boat is in New Orleans and I plan to haul it out in about 2 weeks. I would be willing to allow help to live aboard the 48 foot Hilburn. It is in great shape.

Thanks, Tom from New Orleans.

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Hi Tom, congratulations on purchasing a 60ft Hilburn houseboat. I am sure that once finished, it will be a great liveaboard boat with lots of living space.

I also presume with a budget of your size, the boat will have plenty of great amenities and will be "a boat of your dreams".

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their HOUSEBOAT REMODELING experiences and tips.

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

PS: I just hope that people read the Houseboat BUYING Guide before going out and buying a boat.



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Re-purposing my 72 foot mobile home
by: Michael H.


Hello Ian,
I'm currently land-locked essentially in the very center of the North American continent.

My plans are to move my 72-foot mobile home to the Colorado River and have it placed onto a 78-foot pontoon deck. I'm saving money to help make this a reality.

My worries about doing this include the fact that I've never before piloted such a huge craft! My home isn't considered unusually large by mobile-home standards, in fact, it is pretty much the norm.

But I am seeing articles about houseboats being 40,50, and like this month, a rebuild of a 60 footer. Am I biting off more than I can chew?

The other thing I'm wondering about is the availability of mooring spots. Are there places to anchor such a craft readily available?

And what would I expect to have to pay to have mooring, electrical and sewer service anywhere I'd want to "plant" myself? I'm guessing it would be a bit pricier than camping-out at a state camp ground!

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