While surfing the Houseboat Forum at www.houseboatmagazine.com we came across a video posted by Captain Richard Jeske of his maiden launch of his custom-built paddle wheel houseboat. Jeske started building the 16- by 70-foot houseboat nine years this summer after buying the aluminum hull from Horizon Yachts.
Transporting the houseboat 35 miles to Lake Wateree in Columbia, S.C., to be launched took over three hours just to get it to the ramp at 10 miles per hour and a police escort.
Many videos can be found, but our favorite is the actual launch. Seeing a boat of this size that Jeske built himself make its way down the ramp can be viewed through our digital issue by clicking on the link. Or search for "My new boat launch" by member LACAPT on the forum.