Can I handle houseboat by myself? Solo houseboating for a woman?
Solo Houseboating - a woman handle a houseboat alone?
OK, I am in the day-dreaming stages of houseboat ownership. I spent much of my childhood on a 21' cabin cruiser and then ski-type boats on lakes and the Mississippi in Iowa, and now find myself drawn back to the water.
First of all a little bit about the dream. I would like to live on my boat. At present I live in Kansas and there are several lakes close by that allow around the calendar living.
Second, I'll be by myself so I need a boat that I can A) handle by myself and, B) is big enough to live on full time comfortable.
I'm thinking single outboard motor because that is what I'm use to and know. I don't have to get there fast, I just have to get there. And being a single 50+ lady, I'm thinking that fiberglass or aluminum would take less up keep.
What type of boat is easier for a single person to handle/dock? Grant it, most of the time she will be docked, but I want the flexibility to get out on the water.
I would love to hear opinions, especially from women who are contemplating or actually own a houseboat.
Any help would be appreciated. Christy Reply - Answer
Well Christy, I can say congratulations on the idea of living on a houseboat and I think with the proper training and practice, you could have a great time on your houseboat.
I would recommend taking a Power Squadron course
, and actually spend some time at a marina near your area. Speak to some of the local boaters who are living on their boats to see what works for you.
Everybody starts driving large houseboats with a little trepidation, but with some practice from an experienced captain, you'll grow to feel comfortable enough to pilot it yourself, even BY yourself one day... :)Lastly
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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