Small Trailerable Houseboats - do I buy new, used, or build a house boat?

by Ken
(Dallas TX)

Small Trailerable Houseboats - do I buy new, used, or build one?

Small Trailerable Houseboats - do I buy new, used, or build one?

When it comes to small trailerable houseboats, is it better to buy new, used, or to build my own house boat? What are some of the Pros & Cons of each.

Inevitably I would like to do some traveling with the boat and explore new areas and lakes. My budget is more inclined to either buying a used houseboat, or to build my own trailerable boat.

However if push came to shove, I could splurge and go for a new trailerable houseboat, especially considering that the financing and loan rates are very competitive.


Regards, Ken
Dallas, Tx




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Reply - Answer

Well Ken, congratulations on your decision to get into houseboating, especially with a trailerable model. They have plenty of advantages, and traveling is one of the major ones.

All of the choices that you mentioned, whether you should buy new, used, or build your own houseboat are all viable options.


Building your own trailerable houseboat?


When it comes to building your own small houseboat, you have to really evaluate your skill level, space, time, and the time frame to which you would like to start boating.

You can have a look at some of the following article to see if building a boat is for you.

The advantages of Small Houseboats

Building Plans for Trailerable Houseboats


Buy a New Trailerable Houseboat?


When it comes to new houseboats, there are some compelling reasons, depending on your financial budget, and future plans. You may find the article on the advantages of a new houseboats of interest and enlightening.


Buying a Used Trailerable Houseboat?


When it comes to the boat market, there is always plenty of movement amongst the used house boats, and there is many good deals to be had (plus plenty of bad deals too). That's why I always recommend to visitors to download our houseboat buying guide to save themselves the financial consequences & heartache.

You could have a look at our used houseboats for sale page, and see if there's a boat for you.

If you're looking for good deal, or a limited budget for a houseboat, have a look and try the houseboat auctions section to see what is available.


The following articles will be of interest to you:

FAQ Questions about Small Trailerable Houseboats

Readers share their Trailerable Houseboat experiences




Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their experiences about buying or building small trailerable houseboats. 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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The Travelwave 360 is the perfect boat to go from lake to lake or even campground and have all the comforts of home.

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Build or Buy?
by: jeffnick

We have a saying, "You're either a builder or sailor." It's been my experience that very, very few who build actually hit the water.

Then again almost every used trailerable houseboat needs considerable work. There's none of houseboaters I run with that could afford to pay someone else to do the work their boats require, so if you're not handy - newer is better.

My rig is 43 years old and it took me about 6 grand after purchase and a year to get it water ready, but I loved every minute.

I guess I'm not considered small at 28 feet, but my wife has MS and if we were to continue boating all the comforts of home had to be included. Big Duck sleeps 7, has a generator and air conditioning, 4 burner range w/ large oven, microwave, stand up hot water shower -- even a freezer on the aft deck.

On the last major outing, to Lake Powell, my daughter her husband and two grand kids joined me my wife Suzy and our dog Merlin for a week on the water and we never overnighted at a marina...the grandkids are 2 and 5.


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