Published in the January 2013 Issue January 2013 News

SkipperLiner has been building high-quality custom houseboats and commercial passenger vessels since 1971. Its vessels are known for quality, dependability and durability. SkipperLiner is also the largest builder of 149 passenger commercial vessels in the U.S. With over 1,000 vessels built since inception, SkipperLiner has a long history and extensive experience meeting and exceeding the needs of its diverse customer base.

In addition to leisure houseboats and commercial passenger vessels, the company also builds canal boats, ferry boats, government work boats, tugs and tow boats, barges, paddle wheelers and sightseeing vessels of all types. These vessels are built from either aluminum or steel, depending on the customer’s preference. The hulls and interior bracing is all metal—no wood stringers or wood supports are used.

SkipperLiner also builds deeper hulls—up to 96 inches—to provide maximum headroom and living space designed for style and performance. Its shipyard has room to build vessels, up to 150 feet, and is completely indoors, which provides ultimate control of all the important variables that go into the construction of a quality vessel and keeps everything neat and clean throughout the entire process. 


Date Founded:            1971

Location: La Crosse, WI

Best-Selling Model or Floor Plan: Custom

Smallest Houseboat Built to Date: 32’ X 14’ 7”

Largest Houseboat Built to Date: 85’ X 24’ (Three Decks)

Hull Design: Custom

Water Application: Lakes, Rivers and Intracoastal

In-House Transportation: No

In-House Interior Designer: Yes



Manufacturer Comment:

“SkipperLiner is unique in our detailed one-on-one custom approach to building a houseboat for a new customer. Every vessel is unique and designed specifically with and for, the specific buyer. There is no such thing as a ‘standard’ model at SkipperLiner.”

Gary Smith, Vice President of Sales & Marketing


2012 Recap: 

2012 was spent re-tooling its sales and marketing efforts after its recent acquisition by new owners, the Griffith family. SkipperLiner completed construction and delivery of a couple of vessels previously under construction and built two new 2013 leisure houseboats to be used for sales demos and trade shows. These are the finest examples to date of SkipperLiner's houseboat building capabilities and are loaded with the latest and most innovative accessories and systems.


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