Vacation getaways aboard vessels that anchor your wanderlust for waterway stays


Vacation rental property owners serve up some unique stays – countryside yurts, cave apartments, sidetracked railway cars, sky-high tree houses, and conch seashell shaped getaways, to name just a few.

Among those offbeat vacation rental owners is a class of property owners who drop anchor and lower the gangplank to welcome guests aboard.

Ahoy! For travelers who fancy a little buoyancy in their getaway, check out these vacation homes that float.

Classic Yacht, Hayden Island, Portland, OR

How about snoozing aboard a 55-year-old, 54-footer docked on the Columbia River? For just $100 a night, the yacht accommodates four and boasts a beautiful marina where you can enjoy coffee, river breezes, and sunshine. Pets are welcome on a yacht advertised as “55 years old … (with) … her quirks.”

Guests, with mixed reviews, have dubbed the ship “spacious and lovely” and “a great getaway” offering “a beautiful view of the Columbia River” and “perfect for getting ready for a wedding.”

50-Foot Trawler, Harbor Marina, Key West, FL

If the East Coast is where you like to jam, check out this 50-footer boasting a 500-square-foot balcony and sundeck. Named the M/V Coconuts, the rental rate ranges from $375 – $500 and sleeps six with two bedrooms and 1,100 square feet of living space.

Guests applauded the trawler as “Best. Vacation. Ever.” and “Nuts for Coconuts.” They also gave shout outs for “A fun change-of-pace from staying in vanilla-flavored condos,” and “The boat, the harbor, the support. All just great.”

40-Foot Houseboat, Lake Union, Seattle, WA Houseboat on Lake Union

At just $73 a night, the moored “Wild Thing” has a rooftop deck overlooking the marina and is promoted as offering 350-square feet of snug indoor living space best-suited for a solo traveler or couple. It’s within a mile of Fremont, South Lake Union Park, Amazon headquarters, and the new Streetcar to downtown Seattle.

Historic New York Ferry Boat, Hudson River, Hoboken, NJ

This NYC ferryboat gem was built in Philadelphia in 1907. Known as “Yankee,” docked on Sinatra Drive, this ferry has it’s own Facebook page and is the oldest known ferryboat in the nation. It’s ironically just a seven-minute ferry ride from midtown Manhattan. For $599, renters gain access to the entire property of eight bedrooms and accommodations for 16.

It’s a five-star stay that warrants comments like “The boat is a fantasia world,” “incredibly unique experience” and “I lost myself in their rabbit hole.”

Barn Loft, Fayetteville, WV

A little something for landlubbers is this uplifting upgrade from camping on the ground, a byre with homemade breakfasts in the not-so-rough.

At only $55 a night or $360 a week this stay-in-the-hay has been deemed by guests “honeymoon fab,” “a treasure,” “awesome,” “romantic,” “magic,” “like something out of a movie,” and so much more.

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A DeadlineNews.Com Contributing Editor, Ashley Halligan is a property management analyst for Software Advice, an online resource offering property management software reviews and comparisons. Halligan, a 2007 Marietta College graduate with a bachelor's degree in journalism, is also a freelance travel writer and managing editor of Austin Lifestyle Magazine. Follow Ashley Halligan on Twitter, connect with her on LinkedIn, or email her at

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