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Old 08-07-2009, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
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Many great posts here.

Only thing I can add is that marina-style living caters to specific interests like truck stops: from the healthy and innovative to the lowest dysfunction of rebel outlaws (i.e. pirates). Drugs, prostitution, robbery, etc.

What a find to pay $1K per month docking fees to be surrounded by neighbors cooking Meth or making a living importing illegal contraband/smuggling (Illegal Aliens, Drugs, Guns/Weapons, Cash, Gemstones, Endangered Species, Historic Artifacts, etc.)!

Remember, you're talking Florida (not Rochester): gateway to Caribbean, Latin, Central and South America!

Think about your liver and the heavy drinking to "socialize" with your new found friends (i.e. what else is there to do with pirates?)...Oh, what fun and adventure!

Hope you can add this to your romantic twist! Have a safe trip!

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Old 08-08-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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Is there an estimate on how many people live on houseboats in Florida?
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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Many great posts here.

Only thing I can add is that marina-style living caters to specific interests like truck stops: from the healthy and innovative to the lowest dysfunction of rebel outlaws (i.e. pirates). Drugs, prostitution, robbery, etc.

What a find to pay $1K per month docking fees to be surrounded by neighbors cooking Meth or making a living importing illegal contraband/smuggling (Illegal Aliens, Drugs, Guns/Weapons, Cash, Gemstones, Endangered Species, Historic Artifacts, etc.)!

Remember, you're talking Florida (not Rochester): gateway to Caribbean, Latin, Central and South America!

Think about your liver and the heavy drinking to "socialize" with your new found friends (i.e. what else is there to do with pirates?)...Oh, what fun and adventure!

Hope you can add this to your romantic twist! Have a safe trip!
You are pretty right about most of what you write. Again my cousin for example. I mentioned he has a web site he keeps us updated on. It always seems the pictures on there are all people on each others boats drinking. Or they are on one of the islands in some local watering hole all obviously drunk. I really dislike that even though I was in the bar business for years. There is a difference between going out on a
Friday night with a few friends and having the whole drinking thing as a lifestyle and subculture. It bothers me when I see all those pictures.

This is funny. I just found an email from my sister. It says she just heard from Ray and he has sold the boat and he bought a house in Las Vegas. This email came on Aug 3rd. It came to an email account I don't check often so it is new news to me. I was going to post some pictures from his website and went to that email account to look for them.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:56 AM
 
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Default wrong info.

I find some of the replies amusing concerning houseboats. I have a 84ft sumerset house boat with a hot tub 2 king size rooms with the ability to sleep 15. has two outboard motors and at the moment is at lake mead near las vegas.

I live there all year round, costs me about 1100 a month with water elect,cable tv ect. And it does not need to be towed anywhere. I am not sure what type of house boats people are talking about. because if you look up any +2001 house boats they have mroe amenties then most homes.

Now that being said i would never take it to florida or california or any coast. Houseboats are made for lakes they dont go fast but have alot of room and options. they are not allowed in open water and are not made for it.

please look up any good house boat company and you will see from 100,000+ you can get a house boat that has better living then MANY homes. Not only that lake mead has 800 miles of coast to explore. i havnt done even 10% so far and i have lived here 4 years. so please instead of bashing houseboats do your research. Housboats are great@ i have a jetski attached to it and the fishing is great.

if you dont need to work or your retired it is fantasic to live on you. but for vacation you can rent them in all teh major lakes.. lake mead..mohavi ect ..try it out i bet youll love it.
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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" the Dock of the Bay" from the Otis Reading song
Sausalito, Ca

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Old 10-22-2009, 07:59 PM
 
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Default houseboat living fla west coast

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I've often dreamed of living on a houseboat in one of the many bays on the Gulf side. Tampa-Longboat, Sanibel-Pines seem ideal. Do many couples (w/o kids, of course) choose this lifestyle in those areas. Where is the most popular area in Fla for this kind of lifestyle?
There are a myriad of places to live aboard in the St.Petersburg Pasadida,gulfport & Indian rocks beach areas..... I was pleasently suprised as to the amount of places that will let you live aboard....however, It was explained that full time versuses weekend living may be of some consequence, full time may be frowned upon unless your real quite and know how to buy a drink or two perhaps for the right folks!
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Old 04-24-2010, 09:47 PM
 
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I live on a houseboat in Key West going on 14 years and no storm has sunk more than the shabbiest structures that were going down away. I'm connected to a sewage system that pumps out my houseboat twice a week for under $500 a month so unless you live it for real you don't have any business judging the 200+ live a boards in KW
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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Hi, The "Houseboats" I've seen, in person or on TV shows from HGTV, either were someones fantasy home or their good fortune to find a place as beautiful as Sauselito, on San Francisco Bay. Also, I have encountered a few people living on regular cabin cruisers right in Washington, DC. Since that is my home, a dream was to do the same, but move South along the intercoastal waterway. Instead, I bought a small, but comfotable RV - A large camper on a Chevy Silverado. The first trip South in this brand new rig - the whole thing rolled over after going around a bend on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There were no pirates or other oddballs either. I think that a nice little cabin cruiser would have been fun. Right now am two weeks from my 75th and wonder where and how to live for next five years. Probably in a ground house in Las Vegas, taking short trips to Lake Mead.

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Old 07-12-2010, 11:43 PM
 
Location: OCNJ and or lower Florida keys
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Houseboats rock!
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:06 PM
 
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Thinking about buying myself a boat house. I just want a small one bedroom boat to keep parked on the edge of the river here in Bradenton, FL. I just recently moved here and I live in a studio apartment right beside the river. I am drawn more and more to the riverboat home experience. I am just curious on fees for this. Just to get things started and how.
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