Houseboat ownership is on the rise. This is true of all boat ownership, actually. The National Marine Manufacturers’ Association report boat sales being at a 10-year high at the tail end of 2018.  

Houseboats, in particular, have been enjoying a surge in popularity. This could be due to the fact that the average cost of houseboats has been falling in recent years.

Why are houseboats becoming so popular? Let’s take a look at the pleasures these pleasure crafts can impart.

The Perks and Pleasures of Houseboats

Do you remember the “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons? Where Homer, Marge, and the kids move onto a houseboat? Where Homer says “Wow, a houseboat.

You know, the great thing is, if you don’t like your neighbors you can just pull up the anchor and sail someplace else.”

All of their neighbors immediately pull up anchor. This, of course, is one of the perks of living on houseboats. You, of course, would be the one sailing away.

There are a lot more reasons to love living on a houseboat then getting away from annoying neighbors. If you’ve ever lived in an apartment with thin walls, that’s reason enough in and of itself.

Wake Up on the Water

How often do you wake up, roll over, and check your smartphone? It’s like we only have one second of peace before the world barrages us with its demands, bad news, and one million possible distractions.

Do you remember when you used to take your time waking up? Perhaps enjoy a cup of coffee while reading the newspaper, or watching the new day emerge?

Living on a house barge means you wake up to natural beauty every single day. You won’t believe the difference a bit of peace, calm, and tranquility will have on the rest of your day!

Enjoy Aquatic Activities

Do you like to fish? What about swimming? Imagine being able to do either whenever you want, even from the comfort of your living room.

No more waking up at the crack of dawn to get to your favorite fishing hole. No more scheduling time at the pool when you can cram it in.

Living on a houseboat means the freedom to enjoy your favorite aquatic activities any time you like. You could wind down from a stressful day at work with a long swim. Or go for a peaceful paddle on a canoe at sunset, drinking in the serenity and stillness.

No More Lawn Care

The average American spends 9.6 minutes a day on lawn care and gardening. They spend 7.8 minutes a day on homework and research or volunteering, by comparison. They only spend 6 minutes answering emails and making phone calls.

A nice lawn is great and all, but it’s a never-ending process to take care of it. Eliminating yard work would free you up to double the amount of time doing what you care about. Or simply doing nothing, which is in all-too-short of supply these days.

No Property Taxes

Living on a houseboat won’t only save you time. It can save you money, as well, in certain circumstances.

Some states don’t charge property taxes on houseboats. If you’re looking into house barges for sale, check with your local tax department to see if you qualify for these savings.

Throw Epic Parties

Do you like to entertain? Are you always filling your living room with dozens of guests, throwing potlucks and board game nights?

Just imagine what you could do with a breathtaking location to throw your galas. Just think what it would be like to create delicious dishes in your kitchen and enjoy them under the stars!

Or think how beautiful the flickering light of tiki torches would look reflecting on the dark waves at night.

Having a site to throw legendary parties whenever you feel like it is a major perk of living on houseboats! Just don’t make your neighbors sail away.

Less Upkeep

A lot of people move onto a house barge to simplify and minimize their lives. Houseboats are still super spacious and comfortable, with everything you need to enjoy life.

Houseboats are also minimal and efficient in their very design. Everything needs to be consolidated to fit into a boat-sized container. This means they’re less work to keep up with by their very nature.

Increasing amounts of people are downsizing their homes, for varieties of reasons. Maybe your home is just bigger than you need. Maybe you’re just looking to cut down on maintenance time, to allow more time to pursue your passions.

Whatever your reasoning, having fewer demands on your daily time is always a good thing. Especially when you can still live in a beautiful, inspiring, spacious home. That happens to be floating on the water, which makes it even better yet.

Living on a houseboat will help you appreciate the little things in life. Having the ability to enjoy natural beauty, away from the chaos of the big city and suburbs, lets you truly calm your mind. You’ll start seeing life in a whole new way.

You will truly be living.

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