The Steury houseboat market is pretty small and finding one in good, working condition can be a challenge. They are definitely worth the effort though, for theses trailerable houseboats provide style, function, and are comfortable for about four to five people.
There is little known history about Steury houseboats. The Steury Company was known for these boats and trailers. Sometime in the 1970’s Chris Craft bought out the Steury Company. These houseboats were made between the 70’s and early 80’s, but soon disappeared from the market after.
The Steury design, is a houseboat that is average in size but has a “big feel” too it. Steury built boats boast a tri-hull design made out of fiberglass. The hull averages at 23 feet in length and has an 8 foot beam. These houseboats have a two-level deck, which offers plenty of space to relax on. The pilothouse design offers a great view and there is ample storage on these boats. With a front and rear deck, a head, and galley, a quick getaway is no problem on any weekend.
An advantage in having a small houseboat and a Steury design is the fact that they are trailerable. Small trailerable houseboats are easy to move from one place to another. Steury houseboats hook up easily to any truck or large vehicle. Trailing these houseboats is a piece a cake and getting to your favorite marina or lake takes no time at all.
Steury houseboats are average in size, so they come with the general amenities. Refrigerators, stoves, and Inboard engines can be found on a these houseboats. Because these boats were made in the 1970’s and 80’s, the refrigerators and stoves are run by propane. So, if purchasing a Steury deigned houseboat that has not been updated, consider putting the money in to make it a little more efficient for today. Also, many of these houseboat owners have replaced the Inboard engines, and converted them to Outboard engines. Outboard engines create more space for storage.
The speed of these houseboats definitely depends on the engine that it has or you put in it. You can sail slowly and peacefully between five and six knots with most engines. If you are looking to go fast and plane, you want to get an engine that will get you up between 20 and 25 knots. You can look at engines from any boat company such as Travelwave, Catamaran Cruises, and Adventure Craft. These manufacturers specialize in trailerable houseboats.
If you are looking to buy a Steury houseboat, make sure you ask for a Marine Survey. A Marine Survey will tell you the exact condition of the boat and how it runs. This will give you an estimated value of the boat you are looking at and will save you from wasting your money on a complete junker.