By Hanna Nilson
Houseboats have been in use
all around the world as permanent living, vacation retreats and temporary
Here in the U.S., the houseboat
is often used for vacationing or recreational purposes and is said to
have started to become popular all the way back in the late 1940s. The
Lake Cumberland area of Kentucky is considered the birthplace of house
boating in the U.S. because this is where people first started exploring
the option to spend longer periods of time living out on the water. Nowadays,
a houseboat can be found as suitable for a luxurious vacation get-away;
completed with all the extra necessities of a well-appointed home.
So, if you're planning a houseboat
retreat for your honeymoon, summer vacation or even just a no-special-reason
get-away. You may want to keep the following items in mind when setting
Houseboats can range in prices
from used, old and small houseboats for only a few thousand dollars to
a state-of-the-art, large and luxurious house boats for a few hundred
thousand dollars. Houseboat
Rentals or Renting
a Houseboat could be much cheaper then buying a brand new houseboat
which, in the long-run, can require a lot of extra money for maintenance
and storage. Overall costs really all depend on what you're looking for
and what you can afford. More specified Houseboat Resources may help you
to get a better idea of where too look and what to look for. For starters,
here are a few things to take into account:
Marine Survey - Marine Survey
prices vary according to location, but generally range from $10 to $20
per foot (boat length x fee). A Marine Surveyor is a person who would
be able to inspect, surveys and examination your houseboat to assess its
Insurance - Obviously, the
cost to insure a $10,000 boat is much less, than insuring a $200,000 boat.
It really is hard to give an estimate without the details, so you may
want to consider BoatHouseMagazine.com. It's a good place to start for
exploring houseboat insurance policies.
Fuel Costs - Diesel boats tend
to be much less expensive to operate. However, most houseboats are gasoline
powered and weekly fuel costs can average from $300.00 to $400.00 or higher.
Storage fees - Boatyards will
generally charge fees depending on boat length, and also charge extra
for winterizing, shrink wrapping, and haul outs. Prices vary depending
on the various marina and boatyard rates.
The Depreciation Factor - In
this regard, renting a houseboat would indeed be the cheaper way to go.
Houseboats are more like cars because unlike houses, this property does
not increase or even maintain its value. Keep this in mind before you
decide to purchase your houseboat.
For more information about
renting a houseboat, Houseboat
Rental FAQs and Houseboat
Rental Tips offers some useful information to consider thought your
houseboat search. Remember, buying or renting a houseboat is not like
buying or renting any other property. Since it is still a relatively unique
to the U.S., do some extra research and it will only help you to find
a better results.