A Colorful Collection of Houseboat Photos

I stumbled across this wonderful, colorful collection of houseboat photos today and wanted to share them with you…

This is just one of 37.

See the rest here: http://www.terragalleria.com/pictures-subjects/houseboats/index.html

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  1. I went to the site and really was surprised at all the houseboats in British Columbia. I just never would have thought…

    I had heard some rumors that they were trying to clean out some of the houseboats in Sausalito, Oakland, etc. I haven’t a clue if that’s true or not. I do know that liveaboards have been having problems in Florida. A couple of people I know moved their boats out of the state because of the regulations regarding length of stay, etc. Quirkiness, idiosyncracies and personal freedom are under assault, no doubt.

    Love the photos. Thanks for the post!

    Liveaboards and Florida have had a decades-long history of conflict. I think it all boils down to envy. Here you have a group of people who’s paid many hundreds of thousands of dollars for an ocean, or Intracoastal view and along come some vagabonds in a boat who are getting the same thing for free. Can’t have THAT, now can we?

    Growing up I always wanted to own a boat I could live on (sail, mostly) and didn’t give much thought to house/shanty boats. Then, in 1980 when I was visiting friends in Maine, I was thumbing through one of their National Geographics and came across a story that changed my way of thinking. It was about a young couple in Louisiana who bought an old cedar shotgun house that was slated for demolition to make way for a highway expansion project. They bought a used, steel deck barge and put the house on it. They then had a tug boat take them deep into the Atchafalaya (I LOVE that word. Right up there with Tchoupitoulas Street in my book) where they lived happily ever after. I though, “HOW COOL IS THAT?” And that started me off on a whole new train of thought. I bought my shanty boat a couple of years later and spent my last two years in Louisiana on Bayou Bienvenue in Chalmette.