Thinking of buying and living on a houseboat, where to buy and live?

by John Cooper
(Cleveland, Ohio)

Where to buy and live on a houseboat?

Where to buy and live on a houseboat?

I am thinking of buying and living on a houseboat, and looking where to buy and live? I am looking for a nice, warm place to live, and just need some help with what maybe a lot of questions.

Questions like the cost of a dock slip, marina fees, are but a few. I do have lots of time before I buy a boat, since I must sell my house first.

So, I can use all the help anyone cares to offer.

Thanks for reading, John

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Reply - Answer
Well John, welcome to the forums, and congratulations on your decision to buy and live on a houseboat.

You will find plenty of information throughout the site, simply use the search function to start your question search.

If you're looking for ballpark figures for a dock or slip at a marina in the southern USA, you would be looking at $200-500 dollars per month, depending on many factors such as locations, services, amenities, size of boat, etc...

Again, since you have the time, take it slow, and you will gain all the knowledge and information to make a smart decisions.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their buying and living on a 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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Why not, just do it.
by: Bruce

I have been living on a 37ft 1998 Gibson houseboat for 8 years and it is big enough for me and my dog Julio. As I am 66 years old, it easy to handle alone, so don't get too big and think about this as you get older.

Life is good and I'm living in Texas most the time as it costs little, just the cost to dock and keep up. There is a lot of up keep to keep it in top condition, as you can't fish all the time!

The inter-coastal is my water highway and there's lots of gun holes and places to hang on the hook or dock.

Other then gas it's around 500 a month and endless places to go and see.
If you want to work its there. Weather is good year around and people are great. It's a little hot in summer but winter is great!

If you want cooler, run up the Tom-b and live the river life. All I can say is I wish I had done this way before I did, so load up the old lady and the dog and just do it! You will be dead a long time.


You can try Crystal Coast NC
by: Trish & CV

With over 3,000 miles of InnerBanks coastline in NC,there is NO EXCUSE for the average person not affording a place on the water. We have available several large sounds, navigable rivers and the ICW, all with boat slips, both permanent and transient.

With the slow down in real estate, there are also "boatominium" for sale at reasonable prices. In other words, use this lull to find your slip.

Our 42' "cottage on the water" is all fiberglass, built on a catamaran base and powered by Suzuki (115hp). It has a gabled roof with matching shutters, pickets on front & back and a screened front porch.

The interior has a cathedral ceiling, so you don't have the "closed-in" feeling of some houseboats. After 3 years, we're still believers. Feel free to contact me about living at the Crystal Coast.

Houseboat home?
by: sara

I lived at Lake of the Pines in Jefferson, Texas and plan on going back. Great scenery, peaceful, Jefferson is the antiques capital of east Texas, great fishing, good food. When I was there it was owned by Tom Mix's grandson and they had a little museum.

Now it's changed hands and been updated. It's not a fancy marina but it is comfortable and friendly. If you have kids, the schools are good.


Southern Houseboat Living
by: Old Houseboater

The Tennessee River in Northern Alabama is one of Gods best areas for houseboat living. We lived aboard for 7 years at Joe Wheeler Marina in Rogersville Alabama. (between Florence and Huntsville) Suggest 50 foot houseboat or larger for a liveaboard. Enjoy

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