i have been thinking about house boats a lot lately. with my son on the way, i have realized that i cant afford water front property. (shocking right?) but, it is a dream to be able to have some sort of "home base" on the water. hopefully, to give my kid and me a place to explore the delta, and the fishing without having to drive too far back and forth. my ol man had a house boat when i was a teenager. well, it was more of a floating shack on the al. river. we slept, cooked, and fished off of the houseboat. and ran trotlines all over the river. i loved that place. you could fish in the rain and not get wet. it was great. i have since discovered that there are more modernized houseboats. "floating houses" might be more accurate. many of them are hooked up to water/utilities. they can be as big as 3 bedrooms. i think that is a lil much for me, but it would be easier to convince the ol lady to let me buy/build one if it was equipped with AC and shower. prices on these range anywhere from 2500$ to 100,000$. im leaning towards the extreme low end. im not so sure you can insure a floating house and this is hurricane country. i have been looking at one in particular up on the delta. it is about 600 yards down river from a public launch. it has water and lights. a big flotation style dock/deck thingy. and a metal roof. it is one room with a small fridge, stove, sink area. a toilet and standup shower. and a foldout sofa across from a set of bunk beds. they want 3500$ for it. what do yall think? i allready have 2 uncles with 2 different bay houses. so my saltwater fishing is covered. but, i really want a place like this so my boy can experience the river and delta. (o.k. maybe its for me too.) i have also considered building one myself. starting with the flotation/flooring/deck. just building on top of a flatbed trailer so that i can launch it once, tow it where i want it, and then build the rest on top. do any of yall have experience with houseboats? any suggestions? tips on building them? are they just bigger holes in the water than regular boats? any info. or experience about houseboats is deeply appreciated. j.d.