House boats have always been very popular as vacation homes on the water. Cruising calm lakes and rivers, while relaxing in your floating home, can be quite satisfying. Cruising on a fully equipped houseboat also comes with an air of romance. Most manufacturers of high-end luxury pontoon boats also manufacture pontoon houseboats. Like all pontoon boats, the pontoons on houseboats provide all the buoyancy and stability required by the houseboat. Because fully equipped houseboats have tremendous weight, the strength, water tightness, and durability of the supporting pontoons is critically important. The most commonly used material from which houseboat pontoons and deck frame are fabricated is aluminum. Aluminum is very light weight, but also extremely strong, rigid, and durable. The rigid solid construction of the pontoon base is the equivalent of the foundation for a conventional home. It is the base upon which everything else is constructed. Hollow posts extend upwards from the deck to provide support for the end and side walls, and ultimately the roof.
Houseboat roofs are typically designed to be adjustable up and down, and hinged panels are used to cover the side walls. With the roof on and the sides covered, you have a perfect, private houseboat. As with a conventional house, pontoon house boat roofs require a system of drains to prevent rain water from accumulating on the roof top. One portion of one of the upright posts is used to drain any accumulated water. Houseboats, because of their great size and weight, are propelled by gasoline engines, and can be quite expensive. If you cannot currently afford to own your own houseboat, but wish to enjoy the houseboat cruising experience, you can hire one for your vacation. Cruising in a pontoon houseboat is a one of those special family activities that will be remembered and cherished forever.