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Gibson Houseboats - Gibson 50' - Twin 454 Crusaders on Lake Conroe in Texas

by Bob Brink
(Conroe, TX, U.S.A.)

Gibson Houseboats - 4th of July

Gibson Houseboats - 4th of July

Our first houseboat was a pontoon style, 45 footer with a single outboard. Although we loved that boat for over eight years, it was difficult to maneuver with only one engine. As you can see our favorite holiday is the July 4th weekend.

When a friend of ours decided to sell his 2000 model Gibson 50 footer, we jumped on it. We sold our old boat and moved to a different marina that could handle a boat of this size.

Our main reasons for owning a houseboat is two-fold. First, it gives us a place to stay (much like a cabin or condo on the water) during our fishing trips. And, secondly, a houseboat dock can be just like a street in any town.

During the warm months, we have dinners, cruises, parties, events to celebrate and generally enjoy the company of fellow boaters. Our "street" has many wonderful people "residing" there on weekends and holidays. They have become our extended family.

Although we don't have children, we do have two Golden Retrievers who love to swim, so I built a liftable ramp & we spend hours throwing their favorite toys into the lake & watching them jump off the dock & fight over which one is going to retrieve them for us to throw again.

Our favorite holiday is the 4th of July. We decorate the boat &
dock & join in the on-the-water boat parade annually. Afterwards, we serve dinner for all in a pot luck fashion, followed by a fantastic fireworks display that is almost directly over our boat at the dock.

The display is fired from less than 200 feet from our boat. Annually, we have about 60-70 people who attend the event, which is sponsored by the boaters on our dock & the wonderful people at Walden Marina.

Bob Brink, Conroe TX

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Well Bob, congratulations on your great houseboat purchase. I can see that you lucked out in many ways, great boat, fantastic view, super boating neighbors, and 2 very lucky dogs... :)

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their Gibson houseboat experiences.

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Dogs, docks & boats
by: Anonymous

I used 1" aluminum to build a frame & screwed a carpet runner from WalMart onto the sides.

Hinges at one end mounted to the dock & a steel cable to a pulley on a post with a handle on the cable is all it took.

As far as getting your Goldies up on the swim platform, check out a product called Skamper Ramp online. Cheap & works just fine.

Houseboat Ramps - type of ramp for your dogs
by: Anonymous

Bob, we also have 2 Goldens who are quite large and love to swim and retrieve, but it is difficult to get them back on the boat. We would love to know how you built the ramp for your dogs. Would love to see a photo. Thanks.

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