• Ask Uncle Ricky: Anodes

    February 28, 2014
    Feature
    Rick Lauper, Houseboats A to Z
    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,
  • Lovin Livin

    February 26, 2014
    How We Got our Name
    We bought a fixer upper in 2001 and as of 2011, we have completed a total remodel, outside and inside.
  • Maintenance Tips

    February 26, 2014
    Feature
    Rick Lauper, Houseboats A to Z
    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
  • SuperTrack X-Series

    February 26, 2014
    Product
    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
  • Guardian Trailerable PWC Ratchet Fastening covers

    Web Exclusive February 24, 2014
    Product
    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.
  • Heather Rae’s Gypsy Yacht

    February 21, 2014
    Like many water-loving couples, Wesley and Heather Story knew they wanted a houseboat but didn't think it would be easy to attain.
  • At The Helm

    February 20, 2014
    Feature
    Brady L. Kay
    “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
  • West Marine supports Discover Boating

    Web Exclusive February 20, 2014
    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,
  • Remembering Michael Cooksey

    February 19, 2014
    Industry
    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.
  • It’s Official: Boaters Like To Wave

    February 18, 2014
    Industry
    If you thought people seemed happier spending time on a boat, you’re right.
  • Keys To Longevity

    February 17, 2014
    Feature
    Gary Kramer
    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
  • Empty Pockets

    February 16, 2014
    How We Got our Name
  • MyVacationBoat Teams Up With Travelocity

    February 15, 2014
    Industry
    MyVacationBoat.com, a global yacht chartering and boat rental website, has entered into a promotional advertising campaign with Travelocity.com.
  • Christening A Houseboat In Style

    February 14, 2014
    Katie Burke
    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.
  • How We Got Our Name

    Web Exclusive February 13, 2014
    How We Got our Name
    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
  • From The Helm: 2014

    February 12, 2014 Published in the February 2014 issue
    News
    Brady L. Kay
    It’s no secret. The houseboat industry has taken its share of lumps over the last few years with the down economy.
  • A Closer Look At Floor Plans

    February 12, 2014
    Michael Duelley
    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.
  • A Refuge Like No Other

    February 12, 2014
    Gini McKain
    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.
  • Gross Neglect: Maintenance Steps

    February 12, 2014
    Feature
    Janet Groene with Gordon Groene
    You have all the comforts of home onboard your houseboat so it’s easy to forget that boats have special needs.
  • Houseboating Abroad

    February 12, 2014
    Katie Burke
    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.
  • Pocket Change

    February 12, 2014
    Gary Kramer
    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
  • Living Aboard

    February 10, 2014
    Feature
    Janet Groene
    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
  • Product

    February 10, 2014
    Product
    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
  • Looking For Some Advice?

    February 10, 2014 Published in the February 2014 issue
    News
    Barb Hansen
    If 2014 means a houseboat acquisition or sale for you, I would like to share some tips that we have found helpful and useful for our brokerage clients over the years.
  • Covering Your Insurance Needs

    February 08, 2014 Published in the February 2014 issue
    News
    Roy Sparks
    When it comes to buying anything—including a new or used houseboat—the advice is always the same: “Research, research and shop around.”
  • Get The Shark

    February 08, 2014
    Industry
    To keep houseboat bottoms looking as nice as their topsides, the new PowerShark WB3000 from Waveblade, Inc.
  • From The Helm

    February 07, 2014
    Feature
    Brady L. Kay
    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.
  • A Keller Homecoming

    February 07, 2014
    Feature
    Brady L. Kay
    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
  • Industry News

    February 06, 2014 Published in the February 2014 issue
    News
  • BacTankt3 Holding Tank Treatment

    February 06, 2014
    Product
    This is a bacterial holding tank product solution that reduces embarrassing odors and degrades cheap white toilet paper in the holding tanks.
  • Forum Member Spotlight: Amelia

    Web Exclusive February 04, 2014
    Houseboater of the Week
    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.
  • Gearing Up For Spring

    February 03, 2014
    Feature
    Rick Lauper, Houseboats A to Z
    Well, we have almost made it through another winter. Thank goodness warm weekends are in sight.
  • Anchor In

    February 02, 2014 Published in the February 2014 issue
    News
    We’re going to give you all a little hint for finding the anchor.