(ESSENTIAL for a STATIC houseboat is a long leasehold OR Freehold Mooring.
Many lives have been shattered when their static (= unpowered) houseboat has been told their rented mooring is no longer available.
These moorings are disappearing fast due to development and you have no protection as you would in a house or caravan.
It then cost many of them thousands of pounds to have the boat towed away and broken up for scrap. Study the mooring agreemant and imagine the worst case scenario – THAT is the risk you are taking. The true valuation of a Static houseboat WITHOUT a long leasehold OR Freehold Mooring is the scrap value of the weight of metal, less the cost of towing away and breaking up plus what you can get on ebay for any re-saleable contents. ) NEVER buy any houseboat without an “Out of the Water Survey” If that costs too much (get a quote first) Then it will cost too much every 4 years for maintenance and insurance survey