Houseboats Then and Now

​Houseboats models have come a long way over the years, and have changed dramatically over the last few decades. Gone are the days of your grandparent’s houseboat, which, although still a fun getaway for family bonding, were barely a step up from camping. I like to enjoy everything that the outdoors has to offer, while still having some comforts from home, like when I stay on a houseboat from Forever Resorts for example. I get everything I’m looking for in one of those upgraded vessels, while still enjoying all the nostalgia to go along with it.  Let’s take a look at a brief history of houseboats to see just how much has changed over the years.

From Antique to Modern

Houseboats first made their way to America as early as 1905, and were a spectacle amongst the public since nothing had ever been seen quite like them. I can imagine some of initial comments on first sight were along the line of “A house? On the water? What an odd way to live!” and “In all my years I’ve never seen a more peculiar way to plant your roots.” Although initial houseboats were mainly used as a permanent residence, rentals became popular in the 1960’s as vacation amenities for lakes and marinas. That brings us to today, making a houseboat one of the best ways to relax and enjoy a great getaway with your family and friends. You don’t have to worry about outdated features from the 60’s though; they’re all about keeping up with the times at Forever Resorts.

All the Comforts of Home

If you’re like me, you’ll probably want to think of your houseboat as your “home away from home” so that you can enjoy all the relaxation and excitement that goes along with your vacation. These houseboats come equipped with many of the amenities that you find in your own abode, including a fully outfitted kitchen, comfortable bedrooms and even a waterslide fit for both kids and the kid in you. Forever houseboats also come with a tables & chairs, beddings & linens and cozy couches all for you to enjoy after a day out on the lake. From my experience, there’s nothing better than chilling out on one of those couches after all that fun out on the water.

Your Best Vacation Yet

That’s exactly what you’ll be telling all your friends and family after your houseboat stay with Forever Resorts. Whether it’s for a weekend, full week or even just a day getaway, they’ve got everything you need to plan your best vacation yet. Houseboat rentals are one of the best ways to enjoy your time out on the lake, so get ready to start sharing that proud American tradition with your friends and family. Check out all our marinas and the different houseboat models provided at each location to start planning your perfect getaway today!

Ryan Shatto
Outdoor Adventure Specialist
Forever Resorts