Buying Old trojan Houseboat

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Buying Old trojan Houseboat

Post by MagPie1972 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:24 am

My husband and I live in a popular coastal tourist area and want to buy and old houseboat (1970-1985) for $10-15K, completely gut interior and remodel with high end finishes, moor it at a marina that permits live-aboards, and rent it out year round on airbnb as lodging. Obviously it must have a working engine but we do not intend to really ride it around much at all hardly. I have read 1970 Trojans have leak problems. And that if you require engine work you have to tear up the salon floor board. Is this true? If you are going to be mooring your boat 95% of the time, how important are issues like hull stability, engines, gas tanks, etc. (And I do realize we will have to do a haul out every year or so and have accounted for that cost, as well as insurance) Obviously we would put in new dual pump system, new AC/heat, etc. I am looking at a 1970 Trojan houseboat that has been kept on a lake for years. We also plan to have a surveyer check out boat before we buy. Like I said, it would be rented out to vacationers probably 2-3 nights at a time usually as a "floating hotel" kind of - our goal being 150 night a year. We are also looking at Gibsons and a Holiday Mansion but I really like the idea of small 34' that sleeps 2 plus a kid maybe, as opposed to going over 40'.

I would love to get thoughts/advise from you experts who are familiar with Trojans. We have done a ton of research and really tried to account for everything we can, but the technical side of boating is where we are newbees. Of course, we dont really care about riding it around much. Maybe put around here and there in our town occasionally but that's it. Is this a crazy idea?? Thank you for any info

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Re: Buying Old trojan Houseboat

Post by prowlersfish » Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:11 pm

I don't think you will find much difference in brands of house boats . A survey would be in in order .But before I would do that I would check on a few things . Places you would keep the boat . While you will be able to find a marina that permits live-aboards , finding one that would allow you to rent it out will be another story . Also Insurance will be a issue being that's its a rental . Even city codes . We had some here that wanted to open bed and breakfast on a large house boat .They had a lot of legal issues not sure if they ever got it done .
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Re: Buying Old trojan Houseboat

Post by lawyerdave71 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:02 pm

Hello,

Yeah that airbnb is a big thing and everyone coming up with ideas. I think in NY you can sleep in an old converted taxi.

Here is something else to think about consider and ponder. What about Coast Guard issues? Its a vessel that floats and has motors. You take money from passengers to stay on the vessel. Guests would not necessarily know how to handle issues with the boat. I think you would need to have a Captain's license and obviously the Captain would need to be present.

An issue to look into. I do not know the answer. They probably doing something like this in Seattle.

Also, marina issues. The Marinas I have moored at in the past would not allow this sort of a thing, but I'm talking about Illinois and Wisconsin marinas which are run by morons.

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Post by 1967 seavoyager » Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:06 am

My marina has a 34 Trojan houseboat for sale www.jsmarinejim.com
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Post by Christine1! » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:05 pm

Just got this one givin to me last week she needs some love but it's a cozy Lil boat
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Post by prowlersfish » Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:36 pm

Survey maybe a good idea btw Congrats
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Post by Christine1! » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:52 am

She needs some work but overall a good sound vessel small block Chevy is siezed and the air conditioning unit is bad, but so far all else seems to be in gd working order I did however thanks to this website found the only drain plug (which the original owner hadn't a clue exsisted) in the nose of the boat😎
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Post by prowlersfish » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:14 pm

What are your plans for her ? Looks like a repower is in order . Looks like its cleaning up pretty good
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Re: Buying Old trojan Houseboat

Post by Big D » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:46 am

Go over the sterndrive with a fine toothed comb, repairs on those can get costly. Looks like a older Merc Alpha MR. You want to make sure all is in order there before she is launched or you could be paying for a haul out soon after.

Congrats and good luck with her.
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Re: Buying Old trojan Houseboat

Post by Christine1! » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:01 pm

Well my plans are to go thru it and restore it slowly about to pull the small block Chevy out of her this weekend I have a skid steer so pulling the motor should be easy I also got with this a 40ft kyot poontoon houseboat that's been leveled to the deck...just a big barge so I've two projects Ill only keep one but which one is yet to be seen😎

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