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Yes, you can sleep overnight on the water with a houseboat rental. Houseboats are great options for people who love being on the water - because you can combine your love for boating with your accommodation on a vacation. Houseboat sizes and amenities range drastically, but you can find many modest houseboats with one or two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen onboard.
If you can drive a car safely, you can definitely learn how to drive a houseboat. If you are renting a houseboat for the first time, make sure you get an orientation from the owner or rental company before you cruise out from the docks. The main difference is that there are no brakes on a houseboat, so the only way to slow the boat is to release the throttle slowly and always be looking far ahead to avoid any obstacles when navigating. Make sure you bring a valid driver’s license when renting a houseboat.
There are many lakes across the country that offer incredible houseboating opportunities. Some of the best lakes for a houseboat rental include Lake Lanier in Georgia, Lake Vermillion in Minnesota, Lake Powell in Arizona, and Lake Cumberland in Kentucky.
Pricing for houseboat rentals starts around $200/night, but can range anywhere from $200 to over $1000 per night, depending on the location and the size of the vessel. If you are renting a large houseboat to accommodate many people, the cost will be more but it could be cheaper once you split with everyone onboard. Houseboats are a fun way to combine an activity like boating with your accommodation, which is sometimes a cheaper way to experience both instead of booking a vacation rental AND a boat rental. Plus, who doesn’t love to sleep on the water? Browse thousands of houseboat rentals on GetMyBoat and book one right on your phone with the mobile app.
Renting a houseboat is easy with GetMyBoat. Browse your desired location for your houseboat rental and select the “Houseboats & Sleepaboards” option from the Trip Type menu. This will show you all the boats available with sleeping quarters that you can rent in that location. Find the best houseboat to rent with GetMyBoat, on the desktop site or on the mobile app.
We had such a special day. Our captain was so attentive to everyone's comfort and went above and beyond for our member who was a first time sailor with motion sickness. His company was enjoyable and never intrusive and the day relaxing because he made sure no matter what each individual wanted to do, they got to do it. Thank you for your expertise and kindness Captain!!
I gave 5 stars on everything. Would have given 6 if it were an option. Jim was Quick to respond to questions. He was very accommodating and flexible on everything before and during the sailing trip. He was very friendly and has a ton of sailing experience. It was an extremely enjoyable trip.
The trip was exactly as described. Very easy to find and go out for a couple of hours and learn about sailing and the sites to see. Communication was great, the boat was fantastic, and the captain was a great guy who will make sure you have an awesome time. We hope to do this again some day!
The weather was perfect so he was able to take us straight out to Lake Michigan but Lake Muskeegon is plenty big to sail also. The boat is well maintained and he has a wonderful Bimini on the boat to keep the sun and wind off of you, when it's needed.
Had a great day-long sail, went for a swim, and finished with an amazing sunset. Then we spent the night aboard and the next morning working from the marina. The slip location is right next to the club house, and the marina is very clean and quiet, so we had an easy time working on Wifi at the dock. Jim is super friendly and laid-back. Thanks for a great experience!
This was the perfect adventure! I surprised my husband with a sunset sail for his birthday and Captain Jim was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Truly, a 5+ star review. We received a warm welcome as soon as we arrived and Captain Jim's hospitality, extensive knowledge, and 20+ years of experience continued from there. My husband and I were able to venture out on the bow to relax and take in the views. We also had great conversation with Captain Jim, who truly is incredibly kind and the best kind of company. We'll definitely book with Captain Jim again. Highly recommended!