The Chapel on the Bay

A floating home in Palmetto, Fla. attracts buyers from around the world.

July 2018 Feature Emily FitzPatrick Web Exclusive

What do you love most about floating homes? One of our favorite things is that it can be relocated anywhere. No need to worry about purchasing a new home when that promotion you’ve been waiting for in another area comes along, just pack up your backs and go. Such is the case with “The Chapel on the Bay” in Palmetto, Fla., which is currently waiting for someone to claim it as their own.

This boat is known for its unique history as one of only two floating chapels in the world, having once been used as a wedding chapel. “The Chapel on the Bay” was even featured on the Travel Channel and written about on the “London Daily Mail.” The chapel has recently been repurposed into a luxurious home, but with its fame it could be a great spot for a number of purposes, including as a business, restaurant, and more.

A number of designs have remained from the original chapel, including a 30-foot steeple, 7 stained-glass windows with hurricane resistant glass, arched solid-wood chapel doors, a metal roof, and a combination of covered and open decks meant for entertaining.

The home is 1050 sq. ft. of luxury, thanks to the $1.3 million the owner spent on renovations. With a gorgeous kitchen stocked full of modern appliances and granite countertops, a spiral stairway to the second bedroom, and hardwood floors in the living room, anyone that visits this floating chapel is sure to automatically feel at home.

In Florida, especially, air-conditioning is a must, which this boat delivers. Supplemental cooling is also provided through fans in the home and a generator keeps the home cool when nights are spent traveling on the water.

“The Chapel on the Bay” was crafted to safely and comfortably hold up to 110 people, powered by two Diamond Series Cummins Diesel engines. Totally self-propelled, the boat can be moved under her own power at about 6 knots.

The home can edge right up to a dock – making a dinghy unnecessary. The vessel can even handle small waves and has power steel beams (rather than anchors) that drop to steady the boat when it is windy, which means that it can moor in steady waters.

Distance does not stand in the way of anyone wishing to purchase this floating chapel. Though the boat weighs 33 tons, it can be shipped anywhere. The owner has found a company that will put it on a container and ship it anywhere in the world.

“We have had many people from around the world contacting us about this floating home. One of the most interested parties was from China,” Brenda, a realtor from Special Finds shared.  “We’ve had people contacting us very frequently. The owner receiving more leads than he’s ever gotten before.”

If someone wanted a phenomenal home they would certainly find it in this floating chapel.

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