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Refurbishing a Rental Pontoon Houseboat

by Beth Fleuelling
(Richmond, British Columbia)

Refurbishing a Pontoon Houseboat project.

Refurbishing a Pontoon Houseboat project.

We are thinking of buying an older pontoon houseboat that was used as a rental houseboat unit in Okanagan Lake, BC.

Our opinion is to gut the entire inside and remove the motor and use that area for storage of a generator, batteries etc.

Then we are considering moving back the patio doors in the bedroom 3 feet to enable the fitting of a Queen size bed. Removing all the cabinets down the walkway to open up the aisle.

Then once all has been removed try to get plans designed with our ideas and see if it's possible....would put back a seating area built in to maybe a daybed with wrap around seating.....
are we on the right track?

Don't have any pictures yet as we only looked at the unit today. We would hire a surveyor to make sure the pontoons are still in reasonably shape for flotation.

Thanks, Beth

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Hi Beth, sounds like a good plan. The only advice is to verify that the slip (dock) that you would get, will they allow a "un-motorized" houseboat to be moored there for the season?

Some marinas require that houseboats be able to motor out into the harbor or bay to be classified as a boat.

Also just be sure that any major modifications done don't adversely affect your resale value or potential, since you may want to sell it at a later date?

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

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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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Check the electrical and other houseboat issues.
by: Dr. Terryl M. Asla

Just finishing a similar remodel. You especially need to look at electrical and proper venting on a BC lake boat. Contact me if you like. We live aboard at the Port of Brownsville, WA.

pontoon remodels
by: Linda

Weight distribution will be important. I have seen 2 remodels where 1 pontoons were under water, 2 too much weight aft so bow was out of water. Happy remodeling.

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