February 28, 2014
Feature
Rick Lauper, Houseboats A to Z

Ask Uncle Ricky: Anodes

All metals corrode—some faster than others. Marine-grade aluminum is corrosion-resistant, but is still subject to three forms of corrosion: simple corrosion, galvanic corrosion and electrolytic corrosion. Simple corrosion is the slowest form of corrosion,
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February 26, 2014
How We Got our Name

Lovin Livin

We bought a fixer upper in 2001 and as of 2011, we have completed a total remodel, outside and inside.
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February 26, 2014
Feature
Rick Lauper, Houseboats A to Z

Maintenance Tips : Gearing Up For Spring

Well, we have made it through another winter. Thank goodness warm weekends are in sight. And the best part is, now is the time to start getting our boats ready for summer. Seems like every season I see a pattern of common mistakes that cause panic and som
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February 26, 2014
Product

SuperTrack X-Series: KNS launches satellite antenna

KNS, Inc., a manufacturer of marine communication systems, recently announced the launch of its satellite antenna X10MK3 SuperTrack X-Series. The system provides military standard communication, for larger houseboats requiring high-speed broadband. “KN
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February 24, 2014
Product
Web Exclusive

Guardian Trailerable PWC Ratchet Fastening covers

OWCO’s easy-to-use Guardian Trailerable PWC Ratchet Fastening covers provide maximum protection from the elements for your PWC, allow you to trailer your unit with ease.
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February 21, 2014

Heather Rae’s Gypsy Yacht: Living The American Dream

Like many water-loving couples, Wesley and Heather Story knew they wanted a houseboat but didn't think it would be easy to attain.
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February 20, 2014
Feature
Brady L. Kay

At The Helm: Just Dock Walk’n

“Do you wanna ride?” These were the words that came from a dock worker on a golf cart that on this 90-degree plus day figured he already knew my answer. But to his surprise I turned him down. Yep, despite the warm temperature, the blazing sun and the inti
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February 20, 2014
Web Exclusive

West Marine supports Discover Boating

West Marine , the largest specialty waterlife outfitter of quality marine grade products, apparel, footwear and accessories, today presented a check to Carl Blackwell, president of Discover Boating,
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February 19, 2014
Industry

Remembering Michael Cooksey

Last Friday we lost JMC Softub owner Michael Cooksey who has been a friend of Houseboat magazine and a regular exhibitor at our Houseboat Expo since 2006.
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February 18, 2014
Industry

It’s Official: Boaters Like To Wave

If you thought people seemed happier spending time on a boat, you’re right.
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February 17, 2014
Feature
Gary Kramer

Keys To Longevity: 55 years and four generations later

Some folks dream about owning a houseboat for years before they actually buy one. A lot of times, though, that first boat is then sold as the owners move up and on. That couldn't be further from the way getting into houseboating worked out for Tom and Cha
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February 16, 2014
How We Got our Name

Empty Pockets

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February 15, 2014
Industry

MyVacationBoat Teams Up With Travelocity

MyVacationBoat.com, a global yacht chartering and boat rental website, has entered into a promotional advertising campaign with Travelocity.com.
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February 14, 2014
Katie Burke

Christening A Houseboat In Style: All because two people fell in love

There’s something sacred about naming something as awesome as your houseboat after a significant moment in your relationship. In fact, I would say that it’s the second biggest commitment you can make after marriage.
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February 13, 2014
How We Got our Name
Web Exclusive

How We Got Our Name: Stories behind some of our favorite houseboat names

Do you have a great story about how you named your boat? We want to hear it! Not only will we post them on the website, we run some of the best ones in every issue. Submit your story here: http://www.houseboatmagazine.com/sf/hb-boatname.aspx Here a
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February 12, 2014
Michael Duelley

A Closer Look At Floor Plans

Owning a houseboat is one way to capitalize on the phrase, “living the good life.” There is a vast spectrum of houseboat setups that fit a myriad of lifestyles.
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February 12, 2014
Gini McKain

A Refuge Like No Other: Stardust family discovers the ultimate get away

It wasn’t really an ultimatum, only a strong suggestion from his wife, Johna Orr, to her busy and almost workaholic type husband, Jason, who has a thriving Nissan dealership in Searcy, Ark.
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February 12, 2014
Feature
Janet Groene with Gordon Groene

Gross Neglect: Maintenance Steps: Liveaboards too often forget

You have all the comforts of home onboard your houseboat so it’s easy to forget that boats have special needs.
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February 12, 2014
Katie Burke

Houseboating Abroad

The houseboat adventure abroad is one-of-a-kind. Imagine seeing everything Europe has to offer while traveling on a houseboat. If this sounds exciting, then you need to look into Le Boat.
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February 12, 2014
Gary Kramer

Pocket Change: The five-year rehab of a MasterFab

Ray Walker is brutally honest when he describes his five-year houseboat renovation project. “I thought it would be fun to own a houseboat and I could afford this one,” he says. But he adds, “I bought it mostly because I was crazy. I shouldn't have starte
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February 10, 2014
Feature
Janet Groene

Living Aboard: Extended Warranties: Sink Or Swim?

Is your houseboat nearing the time when you must buy or renew extended warranties? As a liveaboard you can’t afford to have your floating home out of commission. However, if you’re also cruising and are a stranger everywhere you go, making a big investmen
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February 10, 2014
Product

Product: Kohler Revamps Marine Generator Line

Kohler Power Systems, a manufacturer of diesel and gasoline marine generators from 4 to 500kW for a wide range of pleasure and commercial craft applications, has introduced updated emissions-compliant diesel generators, ranging from 40 to 99 kW for 60 Hz
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February 08, 2014
Industry

Get The Shark: Perfect for underwater maintenance

To keep houseboat bottoms looking as nice as their topsides, the new PowerShark WB3000 from Waveblade, Inc.
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February 07, 2014
Feature
Brady L. Kay

From The Helm: Is Brand Loyalty Costing You?

Ah, the great loyalty debates in life: Coke versus Pepsi, Home Depot versus Lowes or Ford versus Chevy. Face it: if someone doesn't have a decal of Calvin defacing it, it probably isn't a true brand debate.
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February 07, 2014
Feature
Brady L. Kay

A Keller Homecoming: The ultimate family tradition

Scott and Karen Keller have been blessed in many ways and have always tried to share their good fortune with others. Houseboating has been a positive avenue for the couple to entertain family and friends, as well as introduce others to the joys of boating
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February 06, 2014
Product

BacTankt3 Holding Tank Treatment

This is a bacterial holding tank product solution that reduces embarrassing odors and degrades cheap white toilet paper in the holding tanks.
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February 04, 2014
Houseboater of the Week
Web Exclusive

Forum Member Spotlight: Amelia

Check out our forum to ask houseboating questions and offer your own responses. If you do, there is a very good chance that you'll interact with our member Amelia aka Amelia (Mimi) Reiheld and Robert G. (Rob) Reiheld.
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February 03, 2014
Feature
Rick Lauper, Houseboats A to Z

Gearing Up For Spring

Well, we have almost made it through another winter. Thank goodness warm weekends are in sight.
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