Owning a Houseboat
Responsibilities of Owning a Houseboat
Many people dream of owning a houseboat. If you are serious about making this unique and rewarding investment, you are likely to be curious about the expenses associated with maintaining your purchase. No potential houseboat proprietor should sign a bill of sale without researching the responsibilities that accompany ownership.
Apart from a possible obligation to entertain friends and family aboard your new floating domicile, the responsibilities associated with houseboat ownership are primarily divided into two categories: basic maintenance costs and costs associated with repairs. It is important to factor both of these into your budget. Whereas a damaged traditional home might be a nuisance, when something happens to your houseboat, the consequences can be significantly more grim. Keeping up with routine maintenance and making necessary repairs, therefore, are an essential part of any houseboat owner's responsibilities.
Basic houseboat costs of operation include gas, water, and electricity. However, whereas the majority of homes on land have these amenities conveniently piped in, boats must be necessarily more self-sufficient. Not only must water and gas be purchased and stored in tanks aboard ship, the tanks must be regularly inspected for leaks and there is generally a cost associated with transporting the liquids to the vessel. Those wishing to save money on gas by remaining in port should remember that marinas charge fees to moor your boat, and you must take these fees into consideration in addition to your fuel, water, and maintenance expenses.
It is very important to stay ahead of houseboat repairs wherever possible. Not only can small problems quickly escalate into large-scale damage, that damage can occasionally be life threatening. As alluded to earlier, it is important to keep on top of any damage to a boat’s fuel and water storage tanks. Acquiring some simple knowledge about patching smaller leaks and keeping some patch supplies nearby can save significant time and headaches. Not surprisingly, the most common repair costs associated with houseboat ownership involve leaks. These leaks are not always below the level of the water. Windows are a common problem area and remaining vigilant regarding small problems can again save time and money over the long term. Leaks encourage mold and corrosion, both of which spread if left unattended for long.
One of the best ways to ascertain the costs associated with houseboat ownership is to ask current houseboat owners. Many are passionate about their chosen lifestyle and would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Inquiring at the local marina can also be helpful as some costs associated with houseboat maintenance vary considerably in different parts of the country and around the world. When you’ve ascertained that you can financially support this unique lifestyle, you can begin the next stage of your adventure and choose the vessel that best fits your unique tastes.