Definition of houseboat in US English:



  • A boat which is or can be moored for use as a dwelling.

    • ‘I'd like to point out that there is an associated problem: mooring of houseboats in marinas that have habitable buildings located close to the boat slips.’
    • ‘But we also want people who own houseboats to look at their own boats.’
    • ‘They range from houseboats to 25-foot deep sea fishing boats and 42-foot sailboats.’
    • ‘A MAN who drove his private motor boat so fast along the Thames that houseboats in Isleworth were rocked by large waves has been formally cautioned by the Port of London Authority.’
    • ‘One by one, other houseboats come into view and join our convoy astern.’
    • ‘But what galvanized education and research efforts to a more urgent level was the discovery in 2000 that many houseboats were built with a fatal flaw.’
    • ‘Shasta Lake, the largest man-made lake in the state, has more shoreline than San Francisco Bay and is home to a large fleet of houseboats.’
    • ‘A single roadside store caters to the affluent on their way to their houseboats moored at Miles, where one can also play electronic slots on the Spokane Indian Reservation adjacent.’
    • ‘The government should act just as swiftly, if not more so, to warn the boating public of the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning aboard motorboats of all types, not just houseboats.’
    • ‘Since then, the federal government has confined its interests to propeller hazards on houseboats and nonplaning vessels.’
    • ‘This problem may not be confined to houseboats since any boat with the generator exhaust located between the transom and a swim platform could present the same lethal hazard.’
    • ‘Live-aboard houseboats with small boats plunge deep upstream from immense river-mouths into heart-stopping scenery where new species of fish are being discovered at a prodigious rate.’
    • ‘The bizarre drama happened in February on the banks of the Thames near Windsor, where the one-time friends both moored their houseboats.’
    • ‘Another preventative measure has been warning labels and transom placards, particularly on rental houseboats commonly used by less experienced boaters.’
    • ‘I was living on a houseboat, moored in the middle of a perfect mountain lake.’
    • ‘However, due to the severity of the swollen river, they have not yet been able to return home to their houseboat, which is moored at Fulford.’
    • ‘Some 1,650 houseboats subject to the recall were over the five-year limit and not required to be fixed under current rules, although some manufacturers have done so.’
    • ‘The U.S. Coast Guard is recalling certain models of houseboats that are built with an air cavity underneath the swim platform and transom in the wake of a series of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning.’
    • ‘It's home to about 2,000 houseboats, nearly 400 of them in a rental fleet and the rest privately owned, many in joint ownership.’
    • ‘Here a fleet of sedate houseboats lies moored in permanent residence.’