BoatWiki - Definitions
A houseboat can be defined as self-propelled watercraft with a rectangular superstructure that is situated on a displacement hull or flotation devices. Although designed with living quarters, these are more temporary in nature and used mostly for recreational purposes. Houseboats are typically equipped for navigation on inshore waters, lakes and rivers.
Houseboats differ from floating homes which are permanently moored on a wetlands parcel and are intended for permanent or long term residency. They are also much smaller than a typical floating home.
Houseboats are registered and titled just like any other boat. They can also become Coast Guard documented when in compliance with such regulations.
Houseboats are often utilized as rentals or bareboat charters, which may afford certain tax advantages. Governing rules for these kinds of operations may vary by jurisdiction and should be confirmed with the appropriate agency.
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