People buy houseboats for many different reasons. You might buy this type of boat for taking long summer trips with your family, for example. Another popular option is to entertain a group of friends for an afternoon and evening. A lively party on a houseboat can be fun to attend, and you'll want to keep this intended usage in mind while you shop. Houseboats can vary significantly in design, so it's important for you to choose a model that will be a good fit for entertaining. Here are some points to consider.
The ideal houseboat for entertaining should have a number of different open spaces in which people can congregate. At most parties, you'll find that people break off into small groups, so choosing a boat that offers different areas for multiple groups will be ideal. For example, a lot of houseboats have open spaces at the bow and stern. People will gather in these areas during your parties, as well as in the living room area. A houseboat that has an open deck space on the roof will provide even more room for your guests.
You don't want to host a party on your houseboat without having an ample supply of food for your guests. Most houseboats have kitchens, but the kitchen space can vary in size. Few things can be more challenging than trying to prepare food with a couple of helpers if you're constantly bumping into one another and finding that you're short on counter space. You won't regret choosing a houseboat that has the largest kitchen that fits your budget. Its spaciousness will make preparing food easy in advance of your parties, as well as provide you with a lot of storage space for food, dishes, and more.
You'll also want to take note of the ceiling height inside of any houseboat you're thinking about buying. While you and your guests might want to spend as much time as possible out in the sun, the reality is that people will also spend time indoors—especially during inclement weather. The ceiling height can vary from boat to boat. If the ceiling is low, the boat can feel crowded and perhaps even make some people feel claustrophobic. Even if you have to spend a little more money, buying a houseboat with taller ceilings will provide a better indoor environment for you and your guests. Visit a local boat dealer for the best houseboat for your entertaining needs.