Thursday, August 12, 2010

I'm on a BOAT!

As we've established, I am completely enamored with tiny living spaces and the idea of taking my home with me when I travel. Those turtles and snails and crabs! So clever! Though nothing can eclipse my love for travel trailers, houseboats come in a very close second. Let's swoon over these gorgeous vessels, shall we?

Berlin is my favorite city, ever, and I'd probably like it even
if I got to live there in this house boat. Apparently, this house
started its life as a barge!


They bought this boat for $16,000 before they remodeled it.


Garden on deck.

How gorgeous is this? Although at $239,000 is a bit
more than that barge.



You could do running cannonballs off of your bed into the water!
You know, hypothetically.

Dear owners, I am available to move in ASAP.
Clean, quiet, will blog in exchange for a bedroom.



Would you ever live in a houseboat? I'd love to rent one with a big group of friends for a long summer weekend!

26 comments

  1. I would love to. There's just something about them that fascinates me.

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  2. A friend of mine lived on a canal boat for a summer. They even had a pet cat! There is an extensive canal network where I live (West Midlands, UK) and I really like the idea of taking a boating holiday :)

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  3. I'd love to live on a house boat! I mean, all the cute factor of a cottage, without the pesky yard to take care of! And if you don't like the neighbours, just more a bit!

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  4. My friends stayed on a houseboat in Amsterdam - sounded fantastic!

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  5. A friend and his relatives rented a houseboat.. All he could say was "NEVER again"... Guess the relatives got on each other's nerves...lol...As he said " not enough boat" lol....

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  6. I have seriously considered living permanently on a houseboat, but I can't afford it now... Maybe some day I will though! ;)

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  7. My house (room) is soon (next friday, eek!) to be on a boat! starting work for the cruise line. The boat itself is excessive and large, but I'll be in a very small space for living. A little worried about the smallness of the space, but I am trying to remember the photos you've pulled of how living in small spaces can be great!

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  8. I love house boats. I went to Amsterdam back in May and I took so many pictures of the house boats in the canals! I love them! They are too cute!

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  9. Oooh, did you know there's a hostel boat in Berlin, parked up right alongside remnants of the Berlin Wall. I stayed there a few years ago - not v glam but hilarious!

    There's also a houseboat moored up next to my apartment. I keep meaning to make friends with the owners, they always have the most awesome BBQs.

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  10. Kat, you just described my dream! Berlin + house boat hostel = WIN!

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  11. This isn't a house boat, but you might like this video.
    It's about a guy who makes really tiny (90 square feet) houses.
    http://vitality.yahoo.com/video-second-act-jay-shafer-20910192

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  12. I rent out a houseboat everytime I'm in Amsterdam. From here: http://houseboatapartments.com/

    I would really recommend it if you need somewhere to stay.

    It's so much fun waking up in the morning to ducks and swans on the canal off your deck <3

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  13. For several summers, I spent a week-ish on a houseboat on a lake in California and LOVED IT. None of them were quite as glamorous as these options; I have a feeling I might like that even better.

    If you *do* have the good fortune to spend time on a houseboat, be sure you jump off the roof, at least once. It's definitely worth it.

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  14. I couldn't do it. I get so motion-sick. I even got motion sickness on a CRUISE. Those things are supposed to be like gliding through butter!

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  15. My mom and step dad live on a huge beautiful sail boat, and have for quite a few years now. They're leaving Alaska next spring to start sailing around the world! I love visiting home and staying on the boat, but it would definitely get old fast with more than two people!

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  16. I spent some time yesterday researching living on a houseboat! How timely your post was!

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  17. soooooooo obsessed with living on a houseboat! Also: the movie "Houseboat"- amazing. Get on that.

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  18. Next time we're in Britain, my family plans to go house boating for a week or two and travel around. It looks so amazing!

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  19. I'd love to live on a boat! How amazing! My husband stayed for a week on a house boat on the Norfolk Broads (UK) and he loved it!

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  20. When I was really little, my family (+aunt/uncle+grandma) rented a houseboat for a week and floated around the Lake of the Ozarks. 9 people on a boat for a week.

    I recall the adults being frustrated with always having to have someone drive. ...but my most vivid memory is my father swimming back from shore, pushing a little floaty-raft holding a bunch of beer on it, hahahaha.

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  21. House boats are cool! But have you heard about the family of 5 who lived on their tiny boat for 7 years and traveled around the world! I'm both in awe and jealous!
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2010/07/31/ST2010073103147.html?sid=ST2010073103147

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  22. My family enjoyed a few weeks every summer on a houseboat and they were some of the best times of my life! Sleeping under the stars (why sleep inside when you can have a breeze and starlight overhead?), cooking on bbq (even food you wouldn't think you could bbq, heat is heat), and endless hours of water play...cannonballs included. I highly recommned you grab some friends and rent a boat for a week, it's a great time all around!

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  23. I would LOVE to live on a houseboat! It seems like it would be so freeing.

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  24. hahahaha! I'm on a Boat! Good one. My teenagers go around singing that all the time at the moment. With the bleeps :) Back to topic. Gorgeous boat. Maybe for a weekender cos I still love to lie on some grass.
    Jennifer

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  25. This post brought me out of my feverish funk,I sat straight up in bed and called to my Mr. "Look! Other people love house boats too!" I am seriously looking into buying a houseboat instead of a "regular" house in a year or two....and maybe a vintage airstream with a
    '55 Chevy contertible to pull it around for the "off" season...or a tree house!
    Great post (as usual!)
    josie
    everydayjuju.blogspot.com

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  26. I love the little house idea too--either on wheels or on the water works for me. But water... how peaceful!

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