Houseboat as a Permanent Residence



Imagine seeing the sparkling sun reflecting off the cobalt blue waters without having to leave the comfort of your home! This is possible for those living in a houseboat on an everyday occurrence. Houseboats have become increasingly popular over the past few years. The layouts and styles of houseboats are now varied to please all who want to live-aboard all year round.

Living on a houseboat is not all that different than living on land. The only real difference is your backyard. However, it is less expensive overall living on a houseboat rather than on land, which is the reason it is becoming more appealing to those without ties to land. Those who choose to live-aboard tend to love the environment and the peaceful atmosphere it has to offer.

Small communities of people who live on their houseboats year round, tend to look out for one another and have strong bonds because of their common interest in boating.

In today’s houseboats many have an Internet connection, telephone, air conditioning, heat, fresh water, toilets and showers. It is not much different than a “bricks and mortar” house. These people can also send and receive mail while enjoying all the benefits of living on a beautiful lake or waterway.

Houseboats that are considered a permanent residence are not motored and are anchored securely to the ground. Most owners also own a smaller boat to ride around in for leisure and transportation to a nearby marina. Some marinas offer showers, water, gasoline, and other necessities year round for their habitants. However, there are some marinas that shut down for the winter months and those that live on the lake are forced to be prepared for the chilly winter.


Living on a houseboat permanently is not for everyone. Some people will love the secluded, peaceful and calm atmosphere it offers, but other will despise being trapped to a boat. Just like most things it can be a great experience for some, but horrible for others.

If you are thinking about living in a houseboat, you should first rent one for a week or 2 to get a feel for what life would be like. There are many things you have to worry about, such as weather conditions, having enough fresh water and gasoline to make it through the week. Before deciding on one place to moor, do a lot of research into the marina, weather, fees and what type of license and insurance is available or required in that state. Try to tie up any loose ends before spending thousands of dollars on your beautiful permanent residential houseboat.