Live on a houseboat year round?

  • Profile photo of mnfishmnfish
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    Big Lake, MN
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    #1249262

    Anyone know anyone that lives on a houseboat year round? In Minnesota? On the Miss River? Just curious.

    avatarTBOMN11
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    Circle Pines, MN
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    #429228

    I live on mine all summer, and stay in it from time to time in the winter. We pull ours out of the water in the winter, but still have everything working so it can be used in the winter. We don’t keep water in it, so we bring water jugs.

    avatarhorsch
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    Hastings, MN
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    #429238

    Thats what me and the wife want to do too, when kids get older!! I think be great to live on boat year round, and no yard work either!!!!

    Profile photo of mnfishmnfish
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    Big Lake, MN
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    #429245

    TBO/MN…where do you live in the winter?

    Profile photo of mnfishmnfish
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    Big Lake, MN
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    #429246

    And where do you keep it?

    avatarTBOMN11
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    Circle Pines, MN
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    #429256

    Circle Pines, MN/Voyageurs National Park(Crane Lk.)

    Profile photo of mnfishmnfish
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    #429262

    Just curious because I thought it would be cool once I’m totally single just to live on a boat on the river. By St. Paul? Anyone know anyone living in that area? Watergate marina or ??? And what do the utitlites run? Where to live in the winter? And do girls like houseboats? Probably not I’m thinking. Oh, well. Can’t have it all.

    Profile photo of ederdederd
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    #429269

    My wife said it would be neat, she said if you had a deck where they could sunbathe that women would probably like it.

    Ed

    Profile photo of john23john23
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    St. Paul, MN
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    #429273

    I think it would be pretty cool to live on a houseboat, or to at least have one available for summer/weekend living. If you find anything out, please post the info here! I know there are several people who do live in Watergate year round, and I’m sure there are marinas down river that have more year-rounders.

    Oh, and if the girls like you, and the houseboat is nice enough, I bet it would be just fine. They’re pretty tolerant for the first month or two…

    Profile photo of chris-tucknerchris-tuckner
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    Hastings/Isle MN
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    #429277

    It was my understanding that if you had a houseboat, the girls came with it. Every one I have seen came equipped with a number of them.

    avatarTBOMN11
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    Circle Pines, MN
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    #429278

    Mine did, wife,,Joanie, and cat,,Kallie……..

    Profile photo of kjkUNOIMFISHEN
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    Cottage Grove
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    #429329

    There are a few people that live on their boats all year
    round down at Willy’s hidden harbor in St.Paul Park.

    In the winter you have to build a shrink wrap enclosure around the boat to keep the wind out.

    They have a pretty have a nice bar/restaurant. Give’em a call for the slip rates.

    avatarcherilovell
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    Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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    #429361

    Big River Magazine did a special story last year on living year round on a house boat and where you could park for the winter, etc. I’ll try to dig it up for you.

    Profile photo of DaveBDaveB
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    Eagan MN
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    #429392

    I am pretty sure that people live year round at Watergate. My friend was going to do it too, but the deal fell through. He was going to have it on Harriet Island. I am really not sure how the water works in the winter though.

    Profile photo of WhiskerkevWhiskerkev
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    Madison
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    #429450

    Houseboats are fun and you get what you pay for. Most are not designed for warmth and are not insulated very well. The slippage can get expensive and some marinas require they be taken out each year. If you don’t run them frequently maintenance can be a bear. If you like to work on things you can get a great deal on one that might not be in pristine shape. I have never had a problem getting the fairer sex to come on mine. Houseboats are usually on the slow side and can be a pain to manuever in current. They are great if you want to be the first one on the water and also night fishing when you don’t want to worry about launching and landing at night.

    avatar2Fishy4U
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    #429526

    A friend of mine; Jay Kohner, Latsch Island, Winona, MN. And he doesn’t have have to pay property taxes.

    Profile photo of gary_wellmangary_wellman
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    West Metro
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    #429537

    No property taxes.

    And

    If you keep it on the Mississippi, you can stake claim in a residence of a state that does not have income taxes. I’m not quite exactly sure how it works, but I know it can be done.

    Profile photo of john23john23
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    St. Paul, MN
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    #429557

    No state income taxes? This I’m looking into…

    Profile photo of chris-tucknerchris-tuckner
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    Hastings/Isle MN
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    #429571

    You would need a PO box for mail. No biggie. I could handle that.

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