FAST TRACK Choose the GROUP you need
Join The Group.
When you are confirmed as a member of the group
Post your Houseboat details/price/location and photos
using the “Sell something ” option.
MORE DETAILED SELLING GUIDE
1.When you choose one of the links below, you will be taken to the corresponding Group on Facebook. Join the group!
Sell your cruising houseboat (For all powered and sailing houseboats)
Sell your Static houseboat ( for Static Houseboats only
Rent out your Houseboat ( Price is rent per month )
Liveaboards for sale UK (Only for liveaboard boats with Sails)
2. Near the top group members will see a blank opportunity for you to post, select the first option ” Sell Something”.
if the Sell Something box isn’t there, click the top of the left menu to go to the Home page of the facebook Group.
3.In “What are you Selling” put
(year built-if known) (length in feet or metres) (Manufacturer -if known) ( material)(type of boat)
OR if you are renting out, something like
“2 bed houseboat to Let,.Hampton Court. £600 p.m.”
4. Put the asking price in Pounds Sterling
5.Get the location right!
6.”Describe your item” relevant details about what your boat is like now. (people can message you via facebook, only put your phone number if you don’t mind everyone knowing it) put your website address as the bottom line. This will link to your site page and increase your sites’ SEO rating.
7.add your photos.
8. DONT click the blue POST button(bottom right) instead click the post to marketplace option alongside it & to the left
CAREFULLY select any other appropriate groups (as well as Marketplace, which should be selected for you) when you are certain all the correct target groups are ticked, THEN click the blue POST button .
(If you post the same boat manually in different groups, facebook doesnt like it!)
To maximise the viral power of advertising on Facebook,
9. Share to your own timeline (make it PUBLIC)
10.Share to each of your friends.
After 30 minutes, check www.houseboatcentre.co.uk Menu to see that it has been added to the appropriate listing page.
You can put ANY details in this group ad Email, Website links Telephone numbers and as many pictures as you like, also people can message you direct through facebook.
Now you can put a FREE ad in all the main websites that brokers use, linking back to your original facebook advert to show your contact info and all your pictures.
Make sure you appoint a qualified Broker
to do your conveyancing and completion.
There are many qualified professional Brokers on the web to choose from. If you chose us and placed your order online for our Broker services we’ll get right back to you to arrange a chat to make sure you fully understand the process and to decide wether or not you want to confirm appointment of your broker (if not, any fees paid will be promptly refunded).
Fixed Price Brokerage
Guaranteed Fixed Fee of £1500 plus VAT with NO up front Payments
NO SALE – NO FEE / NO cancellation fees – NO upfront payments
We recommend Fixed Price Brokerage if you want your boat to be promoted in the likes of Yachtworld.com
What you get:-
- Valuation Advice
- Visit Boat and advise on presentation *
- High quality photography *
- International & UK market leading dedicated internet marine search engines
- Professional adverts
- Conduct viewings on your behalf*
- Sale and Purchase contract.
- Issue Bill of Sale
- Check title paperwork
- Manage financial transaction via our Barclays Client Account
- NO SALE – NO FEE / NO cancellation fees – NO upfront payments
- £1500 plus vat regardless of your boats top value
* The fixed fee scheme applies to vessels within a reasonable travel area of any of our offices or our local brokers
Your Local Brokers
Your Local Brokers around the country with more being added
Suffolk & Norfolk:
Woolverstone Office: Woolverstone Marina IP9 1AS
Graham Knight +44 (0)1473 780286 –
Bradwell Office: Bradwell Marina CM0 7RB
Mark Whitley: +44(0)1621 776050 – +44 (0)7768 474575
London, Thames Including the Estuary) & The South Coast:
Richmond Park Office:
Jonathan Tait-Harris +44 (0)20 8876 6257 – +44 (0)7547 042000 –
Kent Office Area:
Joe Taylor: +44 (0)7709 493001 –
South West: Looe to Salcombe
South West Office Area
Mervyn Down: +44 (0)7867 987575 –
North West: Wales, Windermere, Liverpool & Manchester
North West Office Area
Paul Thompson: +44 (0)161 459 4225 –
Hope you like the new videos section.
If you don’t know a widebeam from a sunbeam, here’s a video below to explain canal boat styles.
If you are new to houseboats, then these videos are an excellent way to find out about what might be available and the characteristics of different kinds of houseboats.
(Please note, some of the houseboats shown for sale have been sold long ago.
Our lists of Houseboats for sale change every day with the high turnover.)
Certainly the conducted tours of Houseboats for sale will give you a good idea of the variety of houseboats on the market and what you might find inside.
photo Stephen Spencer
Maybe you think it can never happen for you.. what? you don’t deserve it? Here is how it has happened and might happen for you. If you want to sail away like you dream of, you might have to consider the time of life. Before you start a family or after they have left home seems favourite. You don’t have to be single, but a couple need to be well aligned to sail away together in what is always going to seem a small space. Not got the money? you will need to be practical anyway to sail far, so how about building your yacht? Bruce Roberts has been publishing first class plans and books for the amateur boat builder on bruceroberts.com for years. Many of his designs have been built and are a credit to his vision, knowledge and experience. Maybe you can afford this from Stephen Spencer, he wrote
…..our well traveled Roberts R50. We have owned her for 12 years and know her back to front. We have sailed many thousands of miles in all weathers and lived on board all year round. We are offering her for sale now as we have commissioned a new boat so will be moving on in the summer. She is ashore for a refit at this moment. The refit has included removal and inspection of the entire rig, engine and generator, a complete re wire and re plumb, new pumps and an internal update to the galley, shower, heads and cabins.. The ketch rig and canoe stern make this a most seaworthy design
Externally the last 20 years of paint and antifoul have been removed and she is all primed up ready for new paint in the spring [what colour would you like?].
We are open to offers and will discuss finishing to your specification on 07522395666
If you are new to living afloat, And have any dependents, I strongly recommend you to buy your new home already on an established residential mooring. This means the mooring has planning permission for residential use and you have official residents status at that address, essential for bank accounts, driving licence, benefits etc.
ENSURE that there is a properly installed sewage disposal system . Static Houseboats should have motor driven pumps and connections to the onshore system. (You do not want your family and guests to be floating on raw sewage – especially if it is a tidal mooring and the sewage soaked mud is exposed twice a day)
Ensure there are adequate fire hydrants installed. You can ask the local fire service. ( a NON-tidal mooring where water is permanently available is usually OK as the fire appliances can pump this water directly).
Ensure there is plenty of space between houseboats, more if they are higher. Just imagine a fire in one boat on one side with a wind driving the flames towards the rest of the mooring and you will have a good idea of how safe it is in case of fire.
Look to see how many Houseboats on the marina are for sale.
More than five to ten percent is a warning sign. more than twenty percent represents a queue of owners desperate to leave (for whatever reason). Furthermore it suggests it will take a very long time to sell any static houseboat on that Mooring.
If you are continuously cruising or on a mooring that doesn’t have residential planning permission, there may be many others living on the same mooring and it is worth asking their advice as to the local situation and how things happen in that area. If you have family responsibilities, a mooring with residential planning permission has to be favourite.
(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 agreement 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.
Static or Cruising, what type of boat?
Where do you want to BE??
It may be your job determines the area you need to live in, or a need to be near family or friends. If so you know what area you should live in and even if you choose a Residential Cruiser, you will need a secure mooring within travelling distance of that area
But if you are retired, or can work from anywhere (maybe you work over the internet, or as an artist in studio, or you are regularly travelling all over the country to clients. ) Then you can consider a life of freedom, using the many moorings provided free on the waterways.
You can choose to be a Continuous Cruiser all year round as I have
Sometimes for a particular contract, or family reasons, choosing a suitable Marina to stay in for a few months.
I love the freedom of the river. It is kind and friendly if you treat it with proper respect, no tides to worry about, being inland there are very few harsh gales.
It feels so civilised to be able to cruise gently up to a nice Restaurant mooring, tie up and saunter in for a drink or a meal.You may well, like me, love to see grass and trees, they are always in view on the River.
Go through any town in Europe by train, you will see the worst views, go any where by boat and you will see the best views, partly because for hundreds of years, many people with the means have bought riverside land for its beauty and often made the effort to enhance that beauty with landscaping and architecture ).
Only Buy a Static houseboat if you have a Long-lease mooring or a freehold mooring….
A static houseboat gives a permanent address and a fixed journey to and from work/school/family. There are very few moorings with planning permissin for static houseboats and their numbers have dwindled over the years as houseboat “marinas” close for that business and are developed for a more profitable market. For this reason it is important that you control the future of your mooring with a freehold or adequately long leasehold. In any case have a solicitor with experience in the field of “Riparian rights” to examine the mooring contract you are offered before you sign anything. One owner came to me heartbroken that he had bought a static houseboat on a rented mooring that the unqualified broker (who had never owned or lived in a houseboat) advertised as a “Secure residential mooring”. Went on holiday just after buyng the boat and came back to find that the mooring owner had moved him to a place where his view was blotted out by a huge three story houseboat. Ther was nothing he could do about the move. The Landlord had the right to move him.
The only recourse in such a case is to sue the broker, who is legally liable to reveal everything he knows that could affect the value of the boat. Brokers normally have professional third party liability insurance to cover such claims up to several million pounds. It still takes a lot of time, causes lot of stress and does not give you back your dream home.
After 12 great years, The Houseboat Centre website has been completely redesigned.
The reason is that internet buying has changed completely in the last two years.
The leading force for change, growing in sales-produced faster than any other, is – – Facebook.
So we are integrating with facebook establishing links and feeds which means that adverts tend to be spread virally between people with an interest in Houseboats. It does mean we deleted our entire website, (“omlettes & broken eggs”)some elements will be restored later, including the lists of Houseboats for sale.If you are a broker and want your list of boats to be sold much faster in a new channel, or a private owner selling your houseboat yourself, here is your chance.
Sell ((or rent out) your houseboat/s (for FREE!)
The Houseboat Centre was founded and run by David Greenaway C.P.Y.B. who has been a lifetime houseboat enthusiast and author, Thousands have visited from around the world to learn about Houseboat buying and living at his famous “interviews”. “The Houseboat Book” is a must read for those considering buying a houseboat for the first time. He also had an Office in Dover and has boats yachts and ships, on behalf of owners, around the Globe. A pioneer in successful yacht internet marketing, The Houseboat Centre website has a large regular following of buyers, sellers and fans of houseboats and yachts. We have high standards of integrity and ensure that all buyers realise in the final act that the broker acts for the seller and the Surveyor acts for the buyer. Consequently we have no links or associations with any surveyor.