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    Houseboat or RV?

    Doing a bit of daydreaming here. Thinking about the whole retirement thing. Wife and I like to travel, but she has a difficult time sleeping in strange beds/rooms.

    If you got to pick one, which one would you choose?






















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    Note: this is not a houseboat.


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    So many people that have bought RVs thinking that they would use them have sold them within two years. The houseboat thing...well, it's a whole different lifestyle.

    How about a small vacation home/cabin type thing? You can always rent it out when you aren't using it.
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    Boat: A hole in the water surrounded by wood/fiberglass into which one pours money.

    RV? Probably the same for the land.

    If I were serious, I'd get the RV. More opportunities, places to go and things to see.

    With a boat, you're buying the boat lifestyle. With an RV, you can buy the RV lifestyle or you can just make up your own. Of course, if you get a honking huge 5th wheel, you do limit your options vs a smaller one you could "dry camp" with out in the boonies, away from the other RVers. And from there you can bike and hike or whatever. With either style, you can disconnect your tow vehicle, leaving your RV as a base camp, and explore.

    For example, you could go to Rapid City, SD and find an RV park. From there, you can visit Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and the Black Hills. Then pack up and go to... wherever. Do a cross country trip starting on the west coast and ending in New England for the fall foliage before packing it up for the winter.

    If you're going to just use it for weekend trips, I guess it's a draw since your range on either is limited by the time.

    With a boat, you have lots of options, too, but when you get there, to get out and sightsee, you would have to rent a car for anything beyond the range of your bikes or feet.

    Yes, I've thought about them both; almost bought and RV a few years back. But the real decision you have to make - and be brutally honest with yourselves - is what Siu said: will you use it enough to justify the costs?
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    One of my favourite vacations was a week spent on lake Shasta in a rented houseboat.
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    houseboat.

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    Small RV, like a Westphalia.

    I hate boats.

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    I bought an RV about a month ago, so I'd have to say RV.
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    Id go with RV myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    OMG, now that's the cat's meow! I WANT. (insert drool smilie here).

    By RV, I meant either a Class A, B, or C. Not too keen on the towables.
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    Most houseboats are only able to travel in calmer waters -- even the coastlines in this country are a big turbulent for houseboats -- so your travel options are limited with a houseboat. The RV can take you from coast to coast, from the Arctic to the tropics. AND, with the RV, you can ride wherever you stop on the continent; there's Le Route Vert, AZ's North Rim trail system, all the Rail Trails, even the Maah Daah Hey and Moab. Good luck getting to any of them from the houseboat.

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    Sailboat. Getting there and being there are more fun.

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    I would say RV. If you want a boat, they are not that expensive, in comparison to a nice class a. Keep the boat in dry storage and spend a few months a year wherever the boat is, living in the RV. There is a whole culture of delivery skippers out there that will move your boat to wherever you want it, if it is saltwater. On freshwater, you could pull a decent sized boat with an RV
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    One factor to consider: If your RV springs a leak, you might get a wet bed, whereas if your houseboat springs a leak, it will sink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    Holy crap!! Even if, by some miracle, I won that thing for, say $10K, I wouldn't be able to afford the gas to make it go or the crew to run and maintain it for even a day!!

    But wow, what a nice boat!
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    RV. The stuff we like to do is land bound. And I go out of my mind with boredom when on the water for extended times.
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    houseboat

    but parking would be KILLER
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    I like vacationing but I don't like boats or driving long distances. I'd probably buy a vacation home somewhere within driving distance or close to an airport.
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    I was checking out the Specs on her on Jane's, and she has a 50,200 gallon fuel bunker, and a 5000 nMile range. That means she gets ~0.1 MG of diesel.
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    Holy crap!! Even if, by some miracle, I won that thing for, say $10K, I wouldn't be able to afford the gas to make it go or the crew to run and maintain it for even a day!!

    But wow, what a nice boat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    I was checking out the Specs on her on Jane's, and she has a 50,200 gallon fuel bunker, and a 5000 nMile range. That means she gets ~0.1 MG of diesel.
    Link please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    Link please.

    http://www.rbauction.com/theapoise/a...ifications.pdf

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    Here are the specs from the auction site. I also found them there, because I had to go back to try to retrieve the search keywords I used.

    APOISE – 220 FOOT LUXURY MEGAYACHT


    • Built by Lürssen Yachts (project name: Marlin)
    • Designed by Espen Øino
    • Built in Germany and launched in 2006
    • Ranked 89th in Power and Motoryacht magazine's list of the world's largest yachts (2009)


    • Two 1850 HP Caterpillar 3512B DITA SCAC diesel engines
    • Maximum speed: 16 knots
    • Cruising speed: 14 knots
    • Fuel capacity: 190,000 liters
    • 5,000 nm range at 12 knots
    • Length: 219.82 feet (67 m)
    • Maximum beam: 43.04 feet (13.12 m)
    • Tonnage: 1838 GT; 551 NT
    • Tenders: two 14-person Denship, one 15- and one 8-person Novurania


    • Accommodates 12 guests and 19 crew
    • Six decks in total, including the topmost sun deck, which offers 360 degree views
    • Main, bridge and upper decks feature numerous lounges and sunbathing areas, as well as indoor and outdoor dining
    • Upper deck offers a large Jacuzzi, sports bar and gym
    • Main deck highlights include the formal dining area and 1,399 sq ft (130 sq m) owner’s cabin, which includes a full-beam master bath and private Jacuzzi
    • Apoise has five spacious guest suites with king size berths and individual ensuite bathrooms




    http://www.rbauction.com/theapoise/yacht-feature.jsp

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    Thanks I had found those but was hoping to see what Janes had on her. Found some other specs on another website but was curious if there was anything more out there. http://www.superyachttimes.com/sale/details/673 Looking at all the specs I don't think that I could afford to buy even the smallest tender but it's sure fun dreaming.

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