Unless you own a gold mine or have a load of cash to spare, the cheaper the better. But, is cheaper really better?
The answer to that is yes. Cheap houseboats do exist and are great for people who are just starting and don’t want anything over the top. You can go to any marina in the world and here the topic of cheap houseboats being talked about and argued over. Now, don’t get me wrong. If you are looking for a cheap houseboat, but you want something huge and grand, you are probably going to have a tough time sticking to your budget. The best comparison to the houseboat market would be the automobile market. You can by a standard or basic houseboat the same you buy a standard car, like a Honda. Also, you have the option of a high-end model the same you do when buying a vehicle. It all depends on your budget.
Starter houseboats, or budget friendly houseboats, are great for beginners. They are much lower in price than the high-end models and they allow for little depreciation. The basic or standard models give you more of the “boating” experience, about 90 percent. Unfortunately, if like a lot of extra odds and ends, these base models have few optional extras that come with them. Also, you may have to spend the money and add those extra bells and whistles anyways. Remember, the cheaper the price can mean lower quality, but not always.
Many of the great houseboats you will see around are standard model houseboats. A cheap houseboat usually has just as nice quality of a luxury houseboat. The only main problem is that they don’t come with many extra options. Cheaper houseboats are built of the same quality as luxury houseboats. The only difference happens with options and up-grades. Basic houseboats are just as good as luxury boats, and you can see both of these in any lake or bay.
I am sure you are wondering who makes these inexpensive houseboats. A few of the top manufacturers are Catamaran Cruiser and Adventure Craft. You can also look at Nomad houseboats, Myacht Houseboats and Destination Yachts. All of these manufacturers offer a cheap houseboat package to help you get started.
Always remember that boats are not an investment. But, you will always find a market that has low budget houseboats for fair prices. So, you decide that you would like to up-grade later, than it should be pretty easier to sell your boat. When you buy a new standard boat, a wise option would be to finance for 20 years or more, making small payments. Considering that most of the depreciation has happened it isn’t a bad idea to buy a used houseboat either.
If you are a beginner and looking for a cheap houseboat, don’t worry you’re not alone. There is a pretty big market for cheap houseboats and you should have no trouble finding one that is right for you.