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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.
The boat is better than the photos. Yes, the photos are impressive. But the real deal was better. We were a group of 10 hoping to do some sailgating when our team was visiting for a game at UW. The boat was amazing. We got a nicer boat than other options and did not regret it.
Mike and his crew were incredible - special shout out to the young Jude, who made the trip extra special. We had a fun day for Searfair weekend. It was an absolutely beautiful boat. It was clean, had new modern furniture and had all the necessary amemenities to make a great day on the lake. We had the best view of the Blue Angels show and was able to easily jump on and off the boat to sunbathe and swim at ease. Mike and his crew were attentive, and extremely accommodating, wanting to make sure we had all that we needed for a fun trip. We were never rushed or made to feel uncomfortable at any moment while in their care. We'll definitely make sure to do this again next year during Seafair and we'll definitely want to do it again with Mike and his crew.
Beautiful yacht, very large cabin space. We had a group of 11 (mix of adults & kids) and despite cold, rainy weather, we all had an amazing time. The cabin is beautiful and the Sunseeker provides the smoothest ride. Mike was great with communication and Jason was a wonderful captain- both were very accommodating and welcoming.
The captain was super nice and accommodating. We were confident in his ability. There was a back plastic cover that helped with the wind and the rain. There was plenty of seating for the 9 of us. In order for the downstairs to stay clean they do ask that you remove your shoes to go downstairs so wear some comfy socks,
My group booked this vessel for the July 4th holiday, and had a great experience overall. We got to travel through Lake Washington and Lake Union, and spent some time swimming out on the water. Overall, a very fun afternoon! Mike was very helpful throughout organizing our trip.
We had the BEST time on Mikes yacht! We rented this for my husbands birthday and could not have been better! Super easy communication and booking/itinerary planning made the day of our cruising the best! There was plenty of space on the Yacht so that we felt safe during Covid and the yacht was so beautiful! Can't wait to rent again!