Published in the January 2012 Issue Published online: Jan 19, 2012
Viewed 577 time(s)

MetroShipMetroShip is the result of re-designing the typical RV of the sea houseboat. Almost nine years ago, British-born designer (with previous design credits for Harley-Davidson, BMW, MetroSofa and MetroShed) David Ballinger set out to Kentucky and Tennessee to visit houseboat companies and see if his vision for an open floorplan houseboat could see the light of day. According to Ballinger, most manufacturers either wanted too much money to build it or just didn't understand the new direction of houseboats he wanted to create.

After several failed attempts, Ballinger met a builder in Georgia that shared his vision and the MetroShip went into full production in 2009. MetroShip is an open floorplan with a New York loft style that uses unique opaque aluminum grid panels to create a light and airy practical houseboat. The stunning high-end interior is more like a luxury city condo than a houseboat.

MetroShips are built with year-round living in mind and Ballinger lived on one on the Hudson River for two years to test the concept. Using tried and tested components, MetroShips can be built from 31 feet to 110 feet with aluminum, steel or fiberglass hulls, depending on the boat's destination.

2011 Recap:

The 31- by 8-foot trailerable houseboat is almost complete and the 51- by 12-foot custom two level houseboat is currently being built. This houseboat is merging super yacht finishes like stainless steel and teak into the MetroShip design.

You May Also Be Interested In...

April 17, 2015

Simple Ways To Update: Part 1

There are two different kinds of interior decorating. Both projects can lead to great satisfaction for the boat owner.
April 16, 2015

Canada's Top Ten Houseboating Destinations

The Canadian Tourism Commission just released their suggestion of the top ten places in Canada to take a houseboat holiday at.
April 15, 2015

Houseboat Travels To Puerto Rico For New Christian Bale Movie

A 1960s River Queen houseboat is making the exciting trip to Puerto Rico to take part in a 20th Century Fox film called "The Deep Blue Good-by," starring Christian Bale.
April 13, 2015

Ice Onboard!

U-Line is now offering its Marine Series of Crescent Ice Makers and Combo Models.
April 13, 2015

Not Your Average Houseboat Story

The new home of Jan and Apryl Nebozenko, a couple who switched gears from building their own house to buying a new lifestyle...
Follow us on Facebook!   Follow us on Instagram!   Follow us on Pinterest!   Follow us on YouTube!