Floating a fifth wheel.

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by patagoniadave, Jun 27, 2015.

  1. patagoniadave
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    patagoniadave Junior Member

    Thank you Petros, that was pretty much exactly the answer I needed. I had already kind of figured I would go that route instead of the barge idea. I just really needed to look into it to satisfy my curiosity first. My one fear is that ocean going houseboat translates to yacht, which translates to "I cannot afford it" A quick google search returned something like this:

    http://www.bravadayachts.com/gallery.php

    Any advice on what I should be looking at? If I do find something in my range, I will sell the truck and rv, or trade towards it depending on the situation.
     
  2. FAST FRED
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    FAST FRED Senior Member

    Leapfrog cruising is not easy, the vehicle has to be left someplace and a rental carbid required to go bring itb to the next location.

    Frequently easier just to rent a car at each stop.

    You might contemplate getting a motorhome RV and a small trailerable boat to take withnyou.

    There is usually power water and plenty of parking space at a boat yard in season with most of the stored boats launched.

    We have a bus camper,35 ft ,1956 Flxible VL 100,, Angola Coach conversion and tow a 23ft Regal IO.
     
  3. patagoniadave
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    I appreciate the advice and feedback, but I really want to try full timing on a boat and moving from port to port. I will figure out the port transportation issue, maybe zip cars or something. We already live full time in an rv, and I can by how often I put the canoe in the water, that I would be the same way with a bigger boat. If I am already living on it, then that eliminates all the hassle of launching.

    It is a years away fantasy, I am not tired of rving yet, and I have not fleshed out the lower 48 states map, and I want to do Alaska next year. Someday, we will move onto a boat though. Whole new set of adventures. That being said, there are boats on this page I could actually afford!

    https://www.yatco.com/yachts/motor/Houseboat
     
  4. patagoniadave
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    So, I am going to have to buy a boat, because the attached image does not seam practical. It needs to be safe on the ocean for say... a trip to the bahamas, and it has to be big enough to live on.

    I cannot afford luxury, I am going to have to get something used, possibly very used, and do repairs. I know nothing about boats. What are the most important key things to shop for at a base level, hull design? Motor condition? Things I am not aware of or thinking of?

    Thanks for any ideas
     

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  5. FAST FRED
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    Travel to a place, anchor up for a week or two, travel to the next place.

    The dogs will have no problem with this

    THe campground is their toilet..

    On a boat usually its 2x a day (at least ) they need to be rowed ashore , where they can toilet with out you being shot at.
     
  6. patagoniadave
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    These are the things that add to the spice of the adventure. I will rig up an industrial version of this on the boat somewhere.

    http://www.petsafe.net/petloo
     
  7. FAST FRED
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    Astroturf poop spot is common , but it mostly works for puppies that are brought up with it from the start


    Old dog ? new trick?
     
  8. patagoniadave
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    My dogs are blue heelers, crazy smart. If Buddy had thumbs, I am pretty sure he could drive. We will teach them astropoo in less than a day, I am sure.
     
  9. markstrimaran
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    River cruise

    There is an outfit that takes the whole RV down the Mississippi. Probably a lot more. On a full size barge with a large tug boat and crew. You will have to Google " RV barge river trips".
     

  10. SamSam
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    Houseboats are not for ocean travel.
    The second line on the site you posted says this, "These boats rerely, if ever, leave the dock. If they do, they wouldn't be a very comfortable ride as the boat would pound over the waves."
     
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