Ya know what would be cool? To live on a houseboat. Or at least have a houseboat as a summer cottage. Imagine being surrounded by water, enjoying the outdoors and falling asleep at night to the gentle rocking of your house, as it floats on the waves.

I imagine this would be quite a lifestyle. In some places of the world houseboat living is quite common, or rather, it is not uncommon. For some it is a matter of choice or no choice, especially places where there is more water available than land. For others it is a very clear lifestyle choice, especially for people who love to be around water.

In Canada, houseboats are catching on in places like British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec where there are lots of lakes and big rivers suitable for floating a houseboat. Unlike Europe, where houseboats are usually non-motorized, in Canada most houseboats have a motor and are moved around occasionally.

In many places, houseboats are literally houses that are boats, like the one in this picture on Lake Bigeaux near Henderson, LA.

While many folks own their own houseboat, it is very possible to rent a houseboat for a vacation in many of the popular houseboat areas.
In the United States, according to Wilkipedia, Lake Cumberland, Kentucky is considered to be the birthplace of houseboat living. There are also a lot of houseboats on the West Coast in places like Seattle, Washington where there are said to be some 500 houseboats.

I’m sure that houseboat living, like houses and cottages have their own set of pros and cons. What might be nice in fine weather might be rather uncomfortable during high winds and rainstorms etc. Winter might have a whole new set of challenges and I am sure that septic systems are probably a big consideration in houseboat living.

On the other hand, waking in the morning to the sound of loons calling in the same lake you are floating on, seeing the sunset through your bedroom window…well that is all nice stuff. So is being able to jump off your front deck into a cool, refreshing lake for a swim.

Houseboat living is very romantic sounding. It’s like a place where you might expect to find an eccentric character from a novel living, following some kind of upset in his life or as a retreat from the rest of the world. I am sure that there are many who dream about the idea of moving to a houseboat as a way of escaping the everyday drudgery of the work-a-day world. For all intents and purposes, I think a houseboat would make a pretty nice cottage or camp. It would certainly be different.

For me, I guess the reality is I like living beside the lake, not on it, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t dream about living on a houseboat from time to time.

What about you? Have you ever lived on a houseboat or thought about it? Is it something you’d like to do?
Houseboat Pic: Wilkipedia Commons

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