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Houseboat Books - Any Maintenance Repair Manuals for House Boats?

by Dave V
(Cincinnati, OH)

Maintenance and repair manuals for houseboats.

Maintenance and repair manuals for houseboats.

Any houseboat books or maintenance repair manuals for fixing house boats? I'm looking for a book on houseboat maintenance, or good repair manuals? I believe you have recommended one in the past but I can't remember the title. Thanks, Dave V

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Well Dave, thanks for posting your question in the forums, and you're right, I did recommend a while back on where to find some good maintenance repair manuals.

I have always found that a repair manual pays for itself in no time, since often, you can do simple repairs yourself. The manuals tend to give you all the basic knowledge to help you get started.

If you're interested in good places to find them, have a look at our page on houseboat maintenance repair manuals. Whether you have outboards like Honda, Mercury, or Yamaha, or inboards like GM, Ford, Volvo, Mercruiser, or OMC, you will find what you need.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their experiences with houseboat repair manuals. 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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Houseboat repair manuals
by: Robert

My wife and I own a 72 Gibson houseboat, the manuals you seek will probably only apply to the mechanicals, and not directly to the houseboat itself. At least I have not found any..may be a good subject for a book.

With our houseboat being an older model, I needed to find out exactly what kind of mechanicals that were in our boat. Being a Gibson there were many options, which made for different Chrysler..Volvo Penta..Mercruiser...

Ours ended up being a Mercruiser, taking down some serial numbers off of your engine and transmission and outdrive will get you headed in the right direction when you go to your local marine shop.

I was able to purchase a Mercruiser factory manual just like the one my Mercruiser mechanic uses, mine came in two volumes with all of the factory updates along the way.

I would be lost without this valuable tool, it has gotten me out of more than one jam and has come in handy when our transmissions needed rebuilt, and when I needed to trace down a fault wire for the tach, I was able to find the proper color wire and repair it. Good luck with finding your manuals.. Robert

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