View Full Version : My first Houseboat!

01-08-2014, 05:48 PM
I am looking at a 1989 Gibson 36' that from what I can tell is in good condition. I've been on it several times and never noticed any problems. The owners told me that they have taken good care of it and have even had some recent upgrades done to the electrical wiring, prop and engine.

What are some of the most common problems that I should look for when buying a new houseboat?
Do you folks have any advice for a first time buyer?

01-09-2014, 09:26 AM
Note advice to newbies in the heading of this section.


04-10-2014, 02:06 PM
I had a 1989 36' Gibson duel helm, twin 305 Crusaders, on Velvet Drives, awesome boat.

04-10-2014, 04:26 PM
our 1st Gibson was a 1989 42 classic.twin 305's,6.5 onan. it only had 1 a/c unit when we bought it but that was soon corrected.other than that it was 1 sweet fast boat and economical to run.

04-13-2014, 07:52 PM
It may be as the owners claim and it may not. The best thing to do is get a Condition and Value survey (C&V) Hire a certified marine surveyor. It will cost you some bucks but it will save you a whole lot more than it will cost to have it surveyed. Under no circumstances hire a surveyor recommended by the seller. Find your own. Check with SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors) http://www.marinesurvey.org/us-regions.html. Make sure you get both an in water (so they can run everything) and an out of the water survey.

04-14-2014, 03:58 PM
Watch the windows and doors, especially the rear sliders for water damage and rot. Also pay attention to the front hatches for rot.