The Villa Houseboat

Project Detail

LOA 15.24 m (50′ 0″)
Max Beam 8.13 m (26′ 8″)
Draft 1.12 m (3′ 8″)
DSPL 38,100 kgs (84,000 lbs)

Van Gorkom Yacht Design are in the process of developing a line of luxury houseboats styled after the grand architecture of yesteryear. The line will be called WATER MANSIONS and are co-designed with Chris Howel, a local New England architect.

The design for the Villa Houseboat was inspired by the elegance and style of Mediterranean villa architecture and conveyed into a working design where the overall aesthetics of this unique design is not necessarily compromised by the practical aspects of having a motorized vessel.

The house is to be a single story structure with a roomy interior and a spacious roof deck. The interior living spaces will be open and in keeping with the mansion style of high ceilings. The primary entrance to the houseboat is from the after lower deck. There is a galley and a half bathroom aft. The galley is well equipped with a full-sized refrigerator, an electric countertop stove and oven, a trash compactor, a stacked washer and dryer unit, and a dumb waiter that serves the upper deck.

The galley opens up into a large central entertaining area complete with a formal dining space and a generous floor plan for a comfortable lounge suite. In the forward end of the houseboat there are two staterooms, each with its own full bathroom. Besides direct access into the main living area, each of these cabins also has French doors opening up onto the forward lower deck.

The upper deck will be the place to be during the summer months. There will be room for a Jacuzzi, a bar, a dining area, and a barbecue. The helm stations (port and starboard), will also be located on the upper deck so that the operator of the houseboat will have a clear field of vision when approaching a dock. There are two stairways up to this deck, one forward and one aft.