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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published May 16th 2011

It's hard to remember sometimes that the actual City of New York City has a lot of waterfront property. Manhattan is actually an island within itself, and then you have Long Island and Staten Island. Queens and Brooklyn both have waterfront property.

Because of this, it's not unusual to find houseboats docked at or floating near some of the marinas and other waterfront areas in these places. Some of the houseboats are actually either year-round homes or long-term vacation residences for some New Yorkers. However, some are offered out for rent to tourists, just as a house, cottage, or apartment would be.

In addition, you may be able to rent houseboats that you can pilot yourself. You can sail around the different bays and harbors of New York City, its boroughs, and other areas. When you're ready for a "land" adventure, you simply dock at a marina or other place.

If you're interested in renting a houseboat to use as vacation lodgings, or in buying a houseboat, there are several places that can help you. Three are listed here; two actually have physical locations while one is a website that provides information on houseboat renting.

MetroShip Hamptons Edition

Located in The Hamptons, this business offers you a chance to rent a houseboat as a vacation home. You're close to everything The Hamptons and Long Island has to offer, and New York City itself is easily accessible by public transportation or by driving, if you wish.

If you wish to remain right there in The Hamptons area, you can take your houseboat to Montauk, Shelter Island, Sag Harbor, and other places. Just think, you're actually taking a tour from your vacation house. It doesn't get much better than that.

This is the Internet site that lists houseboat rentals that are available to tourists. Depending on the houseboat that is available, you may have access to wireless internet, so you can remain connected even when you're out on the water. As long as you can get a signal, you can get on the Internet.

Other houseboat rentals have amenities such as air conditioning, outdoor cooking facilities, and even provide linens and towels and other necessities. Again, it all depends on whose houseboat it is that you are renting, and what they leave behind or allow you to use.

New York Houseboat

This houseboat rental place provides information on houseboats that are available in and around the Manhattan area. You are on the water, but still literally steps away from everything that Manhattan has to offer. You have to admit staying on a houseboat while visiting Manhattan certainly puts a unique spin on your New York City visit. Think of the stories you'll have to tell when you return home.
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Why? Because houseboats are an unique adventure to endure
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York City's waters
Cost: Depends on the boat
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