Houseboats are and will always be an attractive idea for any boater who’s ever dreamed of living on the water—literally. Sure, the party crowd may gravitate towards pontoon boats and anglers may prefer bass boats or center consoles, but when pure, unadulterated relaxation is the goal, houseboats are the ultimate choice. After all, what sort of boat could be more relaxing than one with all the comforts of home? But look again when you cross paths with a modern houseboat and you may see something you don’t expect. They’re not the tin box roof, worn-carpet types you may have become accustomed to seeing years ago. Many boaters are finding there’s more to houseboats—a lot more.