Since we were talking about boats...
I really want this.
Wait, we weren't talking about boats? WE ARE NOW!
I don't really care how ridiculous it is. I want a camp trailer and I want a camp boat and I might as well have both on one.
I realize I live in a desert, but there is still plenty of water. Lake Powell has more shoreline than the US pacific coast after all. I love the idea of a mini houseboat that's been optimized to be trailered and use as a camper. Sure you have to climb up more stairs to get in and you will have to answer a lot more camp neighbor questions, but it looks comfy and usable both on the trailer and in the water.
Its ticks off all my boxes
- room for 4 comfortably
- everything you need in a camper including bathroom and fridge/freezer.
- small enough with a shallow enough draft to explore and not be an issue in most campsites.
- maximized interior volume
- twin-engine for safety
- Light enough for the GX to handle it.
The only real downside is that its clearly not very seaworthy and while it would never see a sea, lake powell does get pretty nasty. That being said, you can usually spot a storm and get to shore when one comes up without too much trouble.
"but why not just buy a small houseboat to leave at the lake and a camp trailer?"
This is a good point, but shutup.
Also, I could just rent a houseboat the times I want to use it, but I like the idea of taking our camping trips more on the water. There are a lot of really cool things to see in desert reservoirs.
I wont and can't buy one, but I like the idea a lot.
Chariotoflove last edited by
I love this so much, and I don't Caraboat anyone's opinion.
Not exactly "Overland", but still a good find.
HoustonRunner last edited by
@hammerheadfistpunch Sweet, a camping trailer that can leak from the top AND the bottom!
aremmes last edited by
That looks like a very neat concept, though it seems limited to coastal and inland waters.
If I had the money I'd look for something like the Seapiper trawler.
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@hammerheadfistpunch Is there some kind of law that requires every new boat video to have the same soundtrack? Is there a royalty-free file called New_Boat_launch_music.MP3 out there?
@forsweden Fun story? My neighbor's houseboat blew up from the on-site refueling team down there because they didn't vent the engine compartment.
@hammerheadfistpunch Why yes it was a refueling accident. Definitely not caused by the meth lab we set up in your basically-abandoned houseboat.
@hammerheadfistpunch What was the before and after gearing in your truck? You mentioned re-gearing in another post. Did you upgrade any axle innards at the same time?
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@hammerheadfistpunch Looks like an old school tri-hull. If it is I hope they managed to figure out how to get it to ride better. The old ones would beat the shit out of you with even a small chop.
Rider last edited by
Better idea: amphibious motorhomes
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@rider if only it wasn't the only one and a million plus bucks
@hammerheadfistpunch This is what you need:
My B-I-L's houseboat on Trinity Lake. It would probably float just as well on Lake Powell, but...
Sleeping capacity > 18.
Also: probably what you really want is a patio boat.
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@pos_camaro yes, that is a concern. they should have had a deeper v entry tapering to a traditional v out back. my little boat was a tri-hull and it wasn't amazing, though it just skipped the waves
@rusty-vandura Houseboats are pretty common for Powell and I've been on more than few. Some VERY nice ones. I love em, but I can't justify that expense or the expense of keeping those friends.
This was the last one I was one, but its been a few years.
and NO I do NOT want a patio boat. I need something with a roof and the ones that are psuedo houseboats aren't nearly houseboat enough.
@hammerheadfistpunch We very seldom sleep indoors, but some mornings are chilly and we enjoy the kitchen/dining area at those times. We usually sleep out on the deck(s). Once in a while it'll start raining in the middle of the night and we all drag our cushions and bedding inside and sleep in a giant heap.
Houseboating is the thing I've missed the most during quarantine. And this year, there are three wee ones anchoring the next generation.
BicycleBuck last edited by BicycleBuck
What I want:
What I can afford.:
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@hammerheadfistpunch If one was anywhere near Lake Mead, this thing would be the most amazing thing to have, pretty much ever.
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@aremmes oh I desperately want a tug (not that kind sicko) or trawler, but they are MUCH monenies.
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@hammerheadfistpunch Converted to Freedom Units, the two models are between 25 and 30 ft long, and cost roughly $105k+ to $115k+. You would also need to add a trailer allowance, so figure at least another 5-10ft to those lengths for actual towing length.
Towing something that size is gonna be absolutely miserable with an SUV that isn't an Excursion. Even more so if the SUV is loaded down with people and stuff.
A much better use of your $100k in cash (or extended term, high interest loans) would be buying a new, lightly option'd diesel truck and a used cabin cruiser boat in the same size range. Much better towing, much better boating.
@nermal They come with a trailer and they weigh 6100 lbs. I tow a boat that heavy already with the GX. It don't love it but it can handle it.