Have house, will travel: life on the lake floats this family’s boat




Neil McMahon – www.smh.com.au THE lake rocks. The beach sucks. Take a teenager’s word for it: sand between your toes is not what summer is all about. This may sound like summer sacrilege, but it comes on the excellent authority of Cambell Courtney, 15, who reckons he’s found the secret to a holiday that involves […]




Innovative new Footprint boat debuts at the Toronto International Boat Show




www.footprintboats.com Toronto, Ontario, January 17, 2012 – The Footprint Boat, a trailerable camper-catamaran, is taking the lead at this years’ Toronto International Boat Show. Designed to change the way we play and sleep on the water, the Footprint Boat is 27 feet long, trailerable, and sleeps 6 comfortably. The boat’s sleek design and lightweight materials […]




Morgan couple find their river legs again




Kay and Trevor Burr have only just settled into their houseboat home after high water levels, and the flow on effects, kept them away for one year. Flows into the Murray in South Australia peaked at 93,000 megalitres a day around February 2011. The Murray River widened and water levels remained high in the Mid […]




Thoroughbred Is Relocating




Houseboat manufacturer heads to Monticello Thoroughbred Houseboats has recently acquired the Fantasy Yacht building on East Hwy 90 in Monticello, Ky. Thoroughbred will be moving all their sales and production operation into the building this month and hopes to be fully operational by the first of February, 2012. Thoroughbred has done exceedingly well through the […]




Making a houseboat a home




Sharae Myers – The Times-Tribune A Corbin family will soon be first-time homeowners but they won’t be living in a typical home. Dennis Reynolds, 29, his wife, Billie Reynolds, 28, and their 3-year-old son, Grabrille Reynolds, will  soon move into the second prototype of an energy-efficient manufactured house called Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences. The […]




Check out a sleek houseboat that was inspired by its stunning environment




A stunning view of the Vancouver marina, the North Shore mountains and downtown are only a taste of the upsides of living in this floating home. Owners Doug McClelland and Anthony Tucker plopped their newly built floating home in Coal Harbour Marina in Vancouver, British Columbia. This harbor is considered one of the best in […]




Houseboat owners find home at N. Miss. marina




M. Scott Morris – Associated Press Solid ground feels funny to someone who isn’t used to it. Raymond Shoemaker is such a person. “A lot of the time when we go up north to visit our son, we’ll be lying in bed and something will be wrong,” the 72-year-old said. “It’s that we’re not moving […]




NMMA: Push Congress to keep mortgage deduction




Trade Only Today The National Marine Manufacturers Association is asking its members to contact Congress about threats to the second-mortgage interest deduction. The second-home-mortgage interest deduction can be used by boat owners if their vessel meets certain criteria and they have not used the deduction on another home. This deduction, though very modest in its effects on […]




Making a big splash re-creating water recreation




As of 11/1/11, H2OChills, a company located in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and designer and distributor of patent pending recreational flotation devices, launched its new suite of products into the market via its online sales channel: www.h2ochills.com. Obvious head-turners by appearance, the H2OChills water floats are ear benders by name: Water Bosom, Ball Sling, and 3-Ball Package. With the two founders of […]




Mo-Bros: Brooklyn business gets into the Movember spirit




Tracey Findlay – hornsby-advocate.whereilive.com.au THINGS are getting a bit hairy around the waterfront at Brooklyn. The lads at Holidays Afloat and Ripples Houseboat Hire have signed up for Movember – and in the spirit of the event, they donned some weird and wonderful whiskers for the Advocate’s photo shoot at their work last Friday. They have also […]




SkipperLiner delivers stunning 105′ 149, USCG-certified passenger yacht




SkipperLiner, LaCrosse WI, USA (http://www.skipperliner.com/) delivered the M/V LADY OF THE LADY (105′ x 25.5′ three deck yacht) this month to Riverside Resort, LLC, Lake Charles, LA. Here are her particulars: LOA: 105’ Beam: 25.6’ Hull Depth: 6’0″ Draft (clearance): 4’3″ Hull Thickness: 1/4″ Displacement: 126 long tons Certification: USCG, Sub Chapter T Propulsion Engines: Twin John Deere 330 hp marine diesel engines […]




A buoyant business: Alentejo’s liquid asset




PAUL BERNHARDT, ETN PORTUGAL A unique Portuguese tourism product has enjoyed its busiest summer season since operations began in 2006. According to Manuel Maia, Commercial Director of Amieira Marina whose core activity is the rental of houseboats, onboard stays averaged 5 nights, an occupation rate of over 80%. Overnights increased to 100% during August, the […]