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Old 10-21-2017, 10:36am   #21
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There's also the issue of depreciation to factor in. Saving money on property taxes sounds great, but I'm assuming that would be no different than a mobile home......it will depreciate over time, which will offset the savings achieved.
It's a 2008. Current owner is the original owner.

They took the biggest depreciation hit. I'll take some loss too, but it is cheap living, right in the water. With my pontoon boat docked next to me. Plus 1725 sf of covered outdoor living space. With 825 sf heated and cooled living space.

Heck even if it costs me $80,000 to get it all set up, and I live in it for 5 years and I sell it for $20,000, that is only $12,000 per year.

That's $1000 per month including utilities.

Can't beat that with a stick.




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I almost bought a houseboat when I was in my 20s. Being in Silicon Valley, the thing that made it cost prohibitive was what it cost to dock it anywhere in that area. If you've got a free place to dock it, I think it's a great idea. The other thing that made me hesitate was the parking situation, but you've got no problem there, either.
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I can't see a downside to it. You've taken care of all the necessities for shore hookups. Sounds like a hell of a bachelor pad.
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Sea Six, do you have to raise the boat out of the water every few years to clean the hull, etc.? If so, that seems expensive.
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Bottom work every three years. It's about $3000- $4000 every time. Plus about $250 to tow it there and back.

Not a deal breaker.
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It's a 2008. Current owner is the original owner.

They took the biggest depreciation hit. I'll take some loss too, but it is cheap living, right in the water. With my pontoon boat docked next to me. Plus 1725 sf of covered outdoor living space. With 825 sf heated and cooled living space.

Heck even if it costs me $80,000 to get it all set up, and I live in it for 5 years and I sell it for $20,000, that is only $12,000 per year.

That's $1000 per month including utilities.

Can't beat that with a stick.




Cheap living on the water is always good! It sounds like you have covered all the bases pretty well. The only thing that I would make sure of is zoning for it. I would double check that it is all legal and that there isn't the possibility of pissed off neighbors who could raise hell with it.
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You are not really living until its in a boat down in the river.
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Some good points mentioned above, particularly zoning and maintenance issues.

Could be a nice gig and the numbers certainly seem to work out.

My Dad and step Mom lived aboard their boat (57' w/ 3 bedrooms) and they only lasted 6 months before they got sick of life abroad and having no home base. Of course you'll have a home base.

Only negative I see would be hurricanes but it's not a hell of a lot different than surrounding homes.

Hell, go for it and see if it suits you.
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Privacy. Easy water access.






Surprise Muthafucka!
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Default Wow, wow, wow, wow wow!

It's even more beautiful in person. Just amazing.

I actually looked at four floating houses and found an even better one that is at a lower price. This one is a one bedroom one bath vs the two bedroom one and a half bath. The bedroom is quite a bit bigger than the master bedroom on the other house. And the bathroom is much bigger, which is good because I don't need that extra half bath. This bathroom has a big double vanity sink. And the air conditioner is a larger 3T unit that is brand new.

I'm going to get actual estimates for everything- moving it, bottom work, verify I don't need any permits, etc.




And it looks like the owner will let me rent it for a week so I can see what it's really like to live on it!


Can't wait.

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personally i'd opt for a yacht.
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The price is right. https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/...358138722.html Cheap living...
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no matter where you live, if you wake up and step onto a wet floor, you have a problem.
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The price is right. https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/...358138722.html Cheap living...
Pffft. He can buy this one and still be in America.

https://houston.craigslist.org/boa/d...352931683.html


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39' Holiday Mansion Houseboat For Sale

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Title is in another persons name
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$2500.00
I'm guessing the slip fee is $ 350 or so, based on length.
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personally i'd opt for a yacht.
This one looks like it's been well maintained. Could be fun.

https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/boa...290348440.html
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This one looks like it's been well maintained. Could be fun.

https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/boa...290348440.html
Viking builds a nice boat and the owners I've talked to at marinas love them.

But...

Gas powered 43' cruiser with that much wood work is an absolute nightmare.

That and $50k for a 1977?

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I lived on a 509.5' long, 66' beam houseboat (with guns and missiles) for quite a while. Does that count?

Sounds like it could be fun.
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The thing to really be careful of on those older Vikings is the transom and stringers. They used wood encapsulated in fiberglass for the stringers and over time water tends to get into the wood causes rot over time. Vikings are notorious for that. The same thing goes for the transom.
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How much should a 1977 Viking go for?

I'll be getting a marine survey so if there are any issues we will know in advance.
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