Here in the Caravan Guard offices, we rarely have the opportunity to idle away our time. But if we did, perhaps we’d come up with something like this.
The manufacturer calls it a “trailable houseboat”, quickly adding it’s “the ultimate in boating and caravan travelling”. And who’d have thought there was a market for that?
However, considering well over two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered in water, maybe they’re onto something.
Based in Queensland, Australia, where it gets very sunny, Boat A Homes are made from marine quality GRP and come with a five-year construction warranty. When it’s not churning out Boat A Homes, parent company Poppy’s Fibreglass also turns its skilled hands to ski boats, house boats, shower cubicles, camper roofs and more.
There are 6.9m and 7.5m long Boat A Home variants (8.7m and 9.3m when on their respective trailers), both 2.4m wide and 2.5m high. Weights start at a not totally unreasonable 2,150kg.
For the “boat bit”, the standard specification starts with a 40hp Suzuki four-stroke engine, hydraulic steering, electric anchor winch, automatic bilge pumps and more.
Accommodation includes a fold-out double bed, L-shaped kitchen, separate dinette and washroom with cassette toilet and separate shower. It almost goes without saying you can choose from a variety of upholsteries and colourings.
Also among the options are air conditioning, fridge upgrades, solar panelling, stereo systems, GPS/fish finder and more.
At the time of writing, a one-year-old ex-demonstrator 7.9m version was up for sale… for a cool 121,000 dollars (Australian, of course), that’s around 81,371.89 British Pounds. Don’t even think about the delivery charge, although you might get plenty of offers from “volunteers” willing to go and collect it for you…
Worth a splash, then? Perhaps not…
Visit the Boat A Home website for more information.