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Old 07-28-2016, 12:19 PM   #1
City: New Bern, NC
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From Trawler to Houseboat

So I have lived on a 33' sailboat, then a 40' trawler and now looking to live on a 45' - 50' houseboat. I do enjoy living on the water; BUT I find, as I get older, that i like more nice things: a recliner, a full sofa, a queen size bed, a full shower, less stairs.

I found as a liveaboard, I rarely left the dock. It just did not happen; so why not have more space, less stairs, more luxuries?

Having lived aboard for more than 10 years on the east coast, I will be returning to the Cumberland River and TN River systems.

I know, as a true blooded sailor, I shall have to buy a smallish sailboat to "play" with.

So. Anyone else done this?
Can give ideas on houseboats? What to look for? Brands to be wary of?
Good liveaboard marinas for a houseboat on these river systems?

And, I suppose, just to know I am not the only crazy one out here with desires for boating, but wanting some of the extras an older guy just wants.

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Old 07-28-2016, 12:22 PM   #2
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You are not crazy, you are being honest with yourself.

If you have found that you enjoy marina life, why not maximize it with a houseboat.

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Old 07-28-2016, 12:49 PM   #3
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Great idea.....they call them houseboats for a reason.

If I didn't have plans to hit the Bahamas or Cuba...I would have bought a houseboat in a second over my trawler.
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Old 07-28-2016, 05:07 PM   #4
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Like any other boat get a survey and go for it. My dad had a houseboat when I was a kid and they are big fun. Couple of friends have them on a local lake and they'd be awful easy to live on full time.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 07-28-2016, 05:23 PM   #5
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Couple slips down from me in Crisfield, MD is an older couple with a houseboat. They've had it for a number of years and took it (AICW) to the Florida Keys, twice! Cost a lot of money in gasoline, but it's doable if you wait for weather windows.

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I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
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