September 4th, 2009 – by: Jennica11
The outside of the houseboat... this boat was 9 years old... it was in good condition and you really couldn't tell the age.
This was my first time on a houseboat. Basically, a houseboat is like a multi-storied RV with pontoons in lieu of wheels- right down to the tacky decor and RV style toilets. Also, the boat does tend to rock a bit... so if you get motion sickness easily... you might want to think twice about living on one for a week. Luckily, I don't suffer from such a problem.
My favorite part of living on a boat had to be being rocked to sleep every night.... I used to think that was a luxury only babies were privy to. It felt really nice. The worst thing for me had to be the mattress. I'm not a super picky person but these mattress felt like plastic... and when you moved the bedsheet would move against the plastic and you could feel that it was plastic underneath.
Top deck. I spent most of the time here. There was a hot tub, sun deck, and you could control the boat from up here if you wanted to. I liked sitting up in the front on the benches when the boat was moving.
Ugh! If you can bring a sleeping bag with you to put under the sheet... that would help a lot. Luckily we had brought one sleeping bag so I just spread it on the floor and slept their every night. While I dislike bad mattresses I don't seem to mind the floor, so that worked well for me. Another really bad thing is the walls are really really paper thin, I think they are worse than an RV... you can hear everything. When someone turns over on a squeeky bed, or starts to snore, or is talking. So if you go with a large crowd a pair of ear plugs is a great idea.
All in all, houseboating is really great.... and I wouldn't mind going again. Although, I did think 4-5 days would have been better, Because after 7 days of having so many people around you and zero privacy... you really start to crave your own bedroom with a real bathroom and some alone time. I guess I must be a loner at heart, lol.