7 Reasons to Become a Full-Time Liveaboard

Published in the January 2017 Issue December 2016 Feature

By Houseboat Staff

Whether you’re looking for a change of pace or a change of scenery (or maybe you’re just ready to put an end to spending your Saturdays mowing the lawn) moving to a houseboat may be just the thing you need to take your landlubbing life to a whole new level.

The boating experts at Boat Trader, the nation’s largest marketplace for buying and selling boats, has created a list of reasons why you should sell your home and hit the water! By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be ready to come aboard with your family on a four bedroom houseboat.

Reason 1: No Property Tax

Bank accounts rejoice! Living on a houseboat means you are not responsible for paying a property tax because you are renting based on where you’re docking your boat at any given time. There are other rental fees for keeping your boat docked, but this one will be checked off the list for good.

Reason 2: No Yard Work

No front yard? No lawn to mow and no more weeds to pull! Your view from the front door consists of waves and sunsets now. After all, weekends should be for relaxing. 

Reason 3: Stress Relief

Studies show that being out on the water is a great way to ease anxiety and help with stress relief. When you’re living on a houseboat and water is your backyard, you have the lake, river or ocean to help battle those blues! 

Reason 4: Move With The Seasons

Not a fan of brisk winters or boiling summers? Living on a boat means you can easily get-up-and-go to wherever the weather suits you! Renting on a monthly basis allows for houseboat owners to travel with the tide as they please. Instead of leaving your homes for months at a time to avoid the weather you dislike most, just pick a different destination to enjoy while you wait out the unwanted.

Reason 5: Simplistic Lifestyle

Moving from a house onto a boat means downsizing for most, and with that comes the great feeling of de-cluttering. When you make this change, prepare to ditch the junk for the essentials onboard. Between this process and your peaceful days on the water, prepare to find your inner “zen” like never before.

Reason 6: A New Investment: Rent Out Your Boat

With the increased interest in the boat sharing marketplace there is a solution for you when life brings you back to land. Let your new home be an investment that pays you back, with companies like Boatbound, you can rent out your houseboat for a weekend or more and make the most of your time away. 

Reason 7: New Location, New Friends

Most people find that the boating community provides a very relaxed and friendly environment at the dock. You can meet people from all over the world (who you already know share your love of boating). New scenery and new friends are a recipe for an exciting life!




Boat Trader


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