Gibson Boats

Published in the January 2013 Issue January 2013 News

For over 44 years, Gibson Boats has produced a hybrid cross between a houseboat and a cabin cruiser. The Gibson boat offers cruiser-like performance with houseboat-like amenities and ranges from 44 to 59 feet in length. Gibson Boats can be found literally all over the world because all boats are saltwater ready, which gives the Gibson owner thousand of miles of Intracoastal waterways to explore with its fiberglass modified V-hull. 

After Gibson’s previous facility was destroyed in a tornado in early spring of 2006, a new manufacturing facility was built in Portland, Tenn. Gibson uses an extensive hand-laid process when building all of its hulls. Many staff members have been building boats for over 25 years. This level of experience contributes to the quality and tradition known worldwide as Gibson Boats.


Date Founded: 1968

Location: Portland, Tenn.

Best-Selling Model or Floor Plan: 50’ Classic

Smallest Houseboat Built to Date: 44’ 

Largest Houseboat Built to Date:  59’ X 16’

Hull Design: Fiberglass

Water Application: Lakes, Rivers and Intracoastal

In-House Transportation: Yes (Exclusive)

In-House Interior Designer: Yes



Manufacturer Comment:

"Deciding on a houseboat is similar to selecting the right tool for a job. Depending upon the intended use of the boat and its performance, the Gibson Boat cruising capabilities on lakes, rivers and Intracoastal provides thousands of miles of waterways to explore." Ivan Ryan, Marketing

2012 Recap:

Last year Gibson Boats continued to explore new cost-effective, innovative and environmentally-friendly ways to build new boats and is currently in place to pass those savings and efforts on to its customers. While 2012 was not a break out year for boat production in the industry, ongoing efforts continue to explore the needs of both the personal and commercial market for the boats with new design as in the trawler design, party boat, medical boat, water boat and others to support the needs of the family houseboat/cruiser or commercial application.

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