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Deck boat to houseboat?

by Steve
(Columbus, OH)

Spied a 26' Bayliner Rendezvous deck boat and I'm toying with the idea of buying it and taking everything off/out from the deck up, keeping the sides of course. Probably go with a aluminum frame for the walls and then go from there. Anyone out there heard of anyone else doing anything close to this I could hook up with.

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Don't even think about it
by: Bob

The hull is not designed to stabilize the weight. It will roll on you. Even if you tried, you would have to weigh every thing you added using a formula to determine how much weight you can add in relationship to the centerline, otherwise, it will lean to one side. One pound at the centerline equals about 6 pounds at the gunnel.

A friend of mine tried this with a 24 foot pontoon boat. We now use it as crappie structure. He spent close to $25,000 making the conversion.

Also, the added weight will lessen the freeboard. Waves will easily come aboard & any strong breeze will probably roll the boat over.

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