Houseboating Just Keeps Getting Bigger

June 2015 News Web Exclusive

Houseboating is on the rise for our fellow-minded friends in Australia. For proof, just look at iconic houseboating hotspot Lake Eildon.

After the 2007 drought, more and more luxury models have graced the waters of the newly-filled lake. Now, the biggest vessel yet has made its appearance, according to The Age. Moored at the Eildon Boat Club, this three-story Legacy houseboat is spearheading this area’s evolution into houseboating with more solar power, luxury suits, and app-based remote management and monitoring systems. According to boat broker and Lake Eildon Houseboat Industry Association president Mike Dalmau, two more similar-sized watercraft are already being manufactured and five more million-dollar vessels have been completed.

What drove this change in the wind? Probably the new regulations that swung into place two years ago, opening up the manufacturing of boats up to 18 meters (about 59 feet) long and resulting in a comeback in houseboat stock.

Dalmau adds, “It's given people confidence. They're getting significant interest in building larger, bigger boats."

Lake Eildon had better be big to cradle such massive houseboats—and it is. At capacity, Lake Eildon holds the equivalent of 6 Sydney Harbours—enough for over 720 houseboats to moor on movable pontoons that shift with fluctuations in seasonal water levels. And at the rate things are going, this lake is only going to get more.

Photo credited to The Age.

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