How about a houseboat that’s a steamboat?

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How about a houseboat that's a steamboat?

Did you say “steamboat?” Yes, an actual steamboat! It’s Bruce Benton’s sternwheel paddleboat the “Taste of Being.” When was the last time you saw something like this (if ever)?

It’s a 40 foot long trailerable steamboat.

According to Benton:

“She’s plywood with 2-3 layers of fiberglass, a 40 hp Westerbeke diesel 12.7 KVD gen-set with hydraulic pump on front. Hyd. “motor on wheel,” 30 rpm., 8-1/2 in. draft at stern. Six bunks, head, galley, refrigerator/freezer and apartment-sized 4 burner 220v range with oven.”

He bought this unit originally from a Canadian Boat Buyer type ad after flying up to Edmonton, AB to make the purchase. Then he did a bunch of work to make it sea worthy (it was originally outfitted for freshwater).

Would you believe this is his first fully constructed boat?

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