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Bought a Yukon Delta houseboat

by Seon
(Lake Camanch, CA)

A classic Yukon Delta houseboat

A classic Yukon Delta houseboat

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I decided to look for and buy a trailerable houseboat. Days later we found and bought a 26' Yukon Delta houseboat some in the Los Angeles area, some 6 hr away. It had been sitting a while but was in very good condition.

Before the drive back home I bought 4 new tires, repacked the bearings and checked the electric brakes, brake and tail lights. Took it slow on the first few miles until I felt comfortable towing then maintained 55mph and occasionally when passing slower drivers, increased the speed to 65mph with the trailer tracking well.

Once home I got the motor running and found no leaks after pressure testing the Volvo 280 outdrive then changed lower gear oil.

So the next will be changing the points to electronic, change oil filter, plugs and plug wires and adjusting the valves on the Volvo 130, then I’ll tow it to the Sacramento Delta for a shakedown cruise.

Here are a few pictures of the very original YD.

Thanks, Seon from Lake Camanch, CA

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Hello Seon, congratulations on finding a Yukon Delta in good shape. You know what they say, Plan your Work, and Work your Plan, and you can find some gems out there. But that is where our Houseboat Buying Guide helps folks really "plan their work, and than work their plan".

Now you will surely have other little things come up, but it is such a pleasure to see older classic houseboats (or other vintage boats for that matter) out there cruising around.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your journey.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their houseboat related PURCHASE 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

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1977 Yukon Delta
by: Mike Bigler

I rebuilt a 1977 Yukon 31 ft ford 302 it turned out great. I have lots of great ideas that made it a great houseboat. if I can help your rebuild give me a call at 765-346-7901 I can send photos
Thanks Mike

Top Railing
by: Val

Hi Seon,
My friend Ron and I just looked at your Yukon Delta for sale. In this picture there is a railing on top. Is the railing still available? And is this the same boat we looked at this afternoon? We are still interested. Val and Ron 775-741-4020

Yukon Delta
by: Anonymous

Hi Seon, I am looking at buying a Yukon at C Lake and planning on bringing it to Sac and the Delta. If you have time could you please email me any info. or advice you have
I am excited but a bit nervous as I have never worked on boats. Angel Lopes

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