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01-13-2018, 01:37 PM
New to the forum here. We are planning on getting back into houseboating after a 13 year absence.
Previous boats was a 1980 Carlcraft and a 1997 Gibson.
This time around we are looking at a lake style houseboat.
Previous boats had twins w/ v-drives.
We are finding that alot of the aluminum style houseboats we have looked have never been pulled since put in the water. Is this normal?
We boated on a river where pulling your boat every 5-7 years was normal.
Would appreciated any and all advice on what to look for and questions to ask.
So far we are looking at something around 16 x 69 to 76


01-16-2018, 10:59 AM
Welcome to the forum.

Is it "normal" for many lake style houseboats to not be pulled and have the outdrives serviced? Yes - that is "normal". It is not necessarily the right thing, but it is "normal". Depending on the lake they are on, the exposure of the outdrives to the sun, ... the service interval can be 10+ years.

Where are you looking? Are you planning on buying and then moving the boat?

01-16-2018, 01:52 PM
Ours is a lake style. We plan to pull it this Spring for service of outdrives. It will have been 9 years. Every dock neighbor we talk to has a different philosophy on when to do it, mostly in the 5-10 year range. It's pretty common around here to insist on serviced outdrives as part of the "deal" on a used boat. I strongly suggest you use a good marine surveyor and try to negotiate the service into the price.

01-19-2018, 06:53 PM
Really don't want to move whatever we buy, but we do plan on a full survey with pull out. Several we have looked at have never been serviced which concerns us.

01-22-2018, 07:36 AM
A full survey with pull out is going to be pricey. Which lake are you look on?

01-27-2018, 01:22 PM
Yes, it will be pricey but at least we will know upfront of anything major.