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Houseboat Purchase Tips?

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We are seriously considering a houseboat purchase. It will be used, probably in the 10-15 year old range.

For anyone who owns or has owned a houseboat, what tips and advice can you give?

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Never owned one outright but I have been partners on a number of Boats  

personally I wouldn’t consider anything but aluminum hull.

Depending on where you boat, outboards have an advantage if you can tilt them all the way out of the water when you aren’t using it. 

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We owned a 16x75 for 10 years.  Biggest expense is the roof, so make sure the roof is solid with recent gelcoat.  Aluminum hull is a must.  If you are going to drive it much, twin motors are essential.  Hull and roof are the essentials, anything else can be remodeled.


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Does anyone have opinions on the River Queen?  I saw two of them at a marina last weekend, they were beautiful.  And not in a "well appointed" way, they were just so classic looking - painted steel decks, small but cute berths, nice upper decks with beach chairs, just really cool.  I want one.

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