I was introduced to houseboating by a friend of mine. He took me on board his boat one summer and showed me around. I knew before that, that he spends a lot of his time on board his boat and that his wife is complaining already that she rarely sees him at all. He uses any excuse that he could find to drive around to where their houseboat is located, and spend a night or two there. I was very much impressed with what he showed me. I have been on board huge ocean going vessels before but never on a small boat like that. What particularly struck me was how it looked like a regular house. There was nothing to tell that its interior is not part of a regular sized home. His houseboat has all the amenities that you can expect to make life comfortable. If there were any differences they were too small to be noticed.
After that first visit I was always trying to come up with an excuse to visit my friend’s houseboat. I guess, I could say that I was hooked after that. It was not long after, that I began to consider buying my own houseboat. I told my wife about my plan and sure enough she was OK with the idea. She said that she could also use the escape that a houseboat would give us. I told my friend about our plan and naturally he was very enthusiastic with the prospect of me, getting my very own houseboat. He told me that I should try to get a boat that is similar to the one that he owns. He said that Nautaline houseboats are some of the most reliable vessels that I could get.
The Nautaline houseboats were pioneer vessels in America when it comes to using fiberglass in the construction process. They are no longer being made today, but they still maintain a high level of popularity among those who know the real value of houseboats. The line was manufactured from the 60s to the 80s and is still being used, both by recreational boaters and those who live aboard their vessels. There are a lot of ways of locating a used Nautaline boat for sale. I used a website to locate mine. There are also publications that specializes in boats and other vessels. You have to keep in mind that you might have to spend a lot of money and trouble maintaining this kind of boat since it is no longer in production. Parts and accessories are starting to become scarce. You have to be willing to tinker with your boat to keep it in shape. You have to accept the fact that you are getting a reconditioned vessel if you do decide to stick with a Nautaline vessel.
One of the best Nautaline houseboats ever built is the Flybridge. This class was built in 1979 and is 43 feet long and has a beam of 14 feet. Another boat class is the Nautaline 50 which is slightly longer. These are just a couple of examples to start your search from. And of course there are other houseboat manufacturers and those that are still manufacturing houseboats if you’re looking for a new houseboat to buy.