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Best 50 foot Houseboat to Buy?

A typical pontoon houseboat

A typical pontoon houseboat

We are looking to buy a 50 foot houseboat and aren't sure what style or model we should purchase. We are so confused and don't want to make a mistake.

What are the pros and cons of a pontoon style houseboat? Should we get an aluminum or fiberglass houseboat?

What about floor construction, inboard, inboard/outboard or outboard engine, engine size, external wall and roof construction. The houseboat must have air conditioning.

The houseboat will be docked under roof most of the time on a major waterway in the U.S., and estimated water flow speed is probably between 3-5 miles/hour.

Thanks for any help.

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Thanks for posting in the houseboat forums. Now to "try" and answer your questions, since there are so many variables, I will have you start by reading the following articles below.

You will find some of the following articles of interest to you.

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