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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.
Captain Rick was excellent!!! He is a skilled and patient captain. We had so much fun on the trip. Lots of laughs and great conversations. This day could not get any better. The boat and amenities were as advertised. I will definitely book this trip again with Captain Rick!
Capt. Rick was so fun! His knowledge of sailing and expertise made him a wonderful guide. Plus he is so personable! You can tell he really enjoys the water and loves to share the joys of being on the water with his guests! The boat was great and well outfitted! Such a wonderful experience!! I highly recommend! The trip on Capt. Ricks boat was so memorable and special! It made my 40th birthday an event to remember!
Rick was amazing and his boat was perfect for a larger group. He offered us an amazing time and great hospitality. We shared many laughs and many great stories. I would recommend it for anyone and you could not pick a better host. The boat was capable of hosting a party of 8-10 comfortably with plenty of room to lounge and take in the sun. Super clean and super well kept. He also offers several great historic pieces about the area and don’t forget to ask him about the jacuzzi!!!
Rick was passionate about his love for the water and for the art of sailing, he answered the questions the kids had, he even answered mine. He was great with the kids, pirate flags and buried treasure had them engaged from the start. The boat was incredible, the ride was comfortable and Rick was warm and inviting. I highly recommend sailing with Rick.
The best experience of our lives. My mom had the greatest birthday ever. Captain Rick is amazing. We’re extremely grateful for his great attitude and help putting this together. He made this experience 10x better. Thank you Captain Rick!!
Captain Rick was a gracious host, he made us feel at home on his boat. He was every engaging and so very funny! He displayed such patience with our children and even let our son steer the boat. Can't wait to book with him again!!