Summer Houseboating - use the wind and breeze to keep cool on houseboats

by Jerome Pirkl
(Palmeto, FL)

Summer Houseboats - just sitting at the dock

Summer Houseboats - just sitting at the dock

When it comes to summer houseboating, I tend to use the wind and breeze to keep cool on our houseboat.

Luckily, I have my houseboat at a great marina, in Palmetto FL, right on the Manatee River, right off Tampa Bay. I don't care if I ever leave the dock.

The westerly winds blow right across my front porch, and that works just fine. The same with the easterly winds, so it's just fine where I am.

The only bad times is when it's still and there is no wind.... but then I try not to move much.

Jerome in Palmeto, Florida

Reply - Answer
Well Jerome, I can agree with you there in respect to using the wind and breeze to keep cool in the summer.

And houseboats tend to have great big doors and windows to allow more of the breeze to flow through. Many cruisers and sailboats have very small doors and windows.

As I can see in your photo, you are in a great looking marina, and your houseboat seems well setup.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their summer houseboat staying cool tips and 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

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Keeping Cool on Houseboats
by: Suzanne

Our houseboat roof is white...that really helps....also we have a "penthouse" with windows on two sides....we open the penthouse windows...

There is a hatch from the main salon area to the penthouse ... we open the hatch and the hot air rises and exits the windows in the penthouse....

With the doors and windows open on the lower level is stays very cool.

Cooling a houseboat in the summer
by: Mark, South Australia

My houseboat has an upper deck and in summer, I put shade cloth from the railings on the top deck down over the lower deck railing and down to the deck. This keeps the sun off the walls of the houseboat reducing the temperature inside.

Because the roof has eaves, the shade cloth comes down nearly vertically to the lower deck railings. This means I can still walk along the side deck without stooping.

Keeping Cool on Houseboats
by: Old Houseboater

And when all else fails I turn on the air conditioner :>)

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