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    The difference between 12 foot and 14 is huge.

    I would never own a 12 after motoring both, 12 and 14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    Thanks for posting Mimi, been way too long since I visited this blog.
    PS: Sorry I missed y'all this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack88 View Post
    42gibson- have you found that its more cost effective to rebuild an existing hull as opposed to starting from scratch with a new hull?

    Amelia- Why did you guys decide to build from scratch as opposed to a major remodel of an existing houseboat? Do you have a thread you could send me a link to showing your build?

    I'd like to compare the costs of starting from scratch as opposed to doing a major overhaul. For example, for a 12x40 bare hull in aluminum (pontoon or barge), what should I expect to pay?
    first of all I wouldn't go for anything but 14 foot or more wider,12 is very small inside,14 is nice and 16 is great.it all depends on what you can get a good hull or pontoons for but at any rate its all expensive even if you do the work yourself and if you hire it out its very expensive.if I had the money I would buy what I want already done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BananaTom View Post
    Thanks for posting Mimi, been way too long since I visited this blog.
    PS: Sorry I missed y'all this summer.
    Hi, Tom,
    We will be back, probably sooner than later, and we will make a point of hunting you down. This trip was lovely, water and weather both perfect, but demanding...92 y/o mother in wheelchair to care for, and my bad cold, and obligations.... Heck, I need a vacation after that trip!

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    How often are you going to move it? Generally speaking, there is not that much difference in the states in moving a 14' wide boat vs a 12' wide boat. Even 16' is not that bad. Move up to 18' and you will be in big money territory concerning permits. I have moved a 12' wide twice, a 14' wide once, and a 18' wide twice.

    And, each foot of width is a big change in interior living space.

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    i just upgraded from a 40x12 to a 40x14 and the difference is night and day. I am still helping the guy who bought my old boat work on it and it feels so cramped when I am in there. I upgraded to the 12 wide from a 10 wide and that was just as great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easttnboater View Post
    How often are you going to move it? Generally speaking, there is not that much difference in the states in moving a 14' wide boat vs a 12' wide boat. Even 16' is not that bad. Move up to 18' and you will be in big money territory concerning permits. I have moved a 12' wide twice, a 14' wide once, and a 18' wide twice.

    And, each foot of width is a big change in interior living space.
    I'm expecting that we will want to move it about once every 2-3 years. Unfortunately, when I say move, I'm talking from Lake of the Woods, in Ontario, Canada to Colorado or somewhere else in the west. (1200 miles or so)

    I've looked at buying a modular home in the past, and have always read that 16' is the max unless you want to spend big bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLD HOUSEBOATER View Post
    http://www.u-fabboats.com/

    Go at least 14' wide
    I got a quote from these guys- a 40' X 14' twin-pontoon hull will cost me around $25 grand. That seems excessively high. Your thoughts? That's one of the reasons I figured buying an existing aluminum hull pontoon houseboat, and then doing a total remodel would be a lot more cost effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack88 View Post
    I got a quote from these guys- a 40' X 14' twin-pontoon hull will cost me around $25 grand. That seems excessively high. Your thoughts? That's one of the reasons I figured buying an existing aluminum hull pontoon houseboat, and then doing a total remodel would be a lot more cost effective.
    try destination yachts and playcraft for a quote.
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    Aqua Chalet seems closest to your specs. Check them out. They might sell you a shell.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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