Looking on the Internet with the hopes of finding a well built, good looking and affordable houseboat I kept coming back to the photos of this one.
Take the comforts of your backyard deck with you with this novel home-built version of a pontoon boat! Established in 1992, Southland specializes in the manufacturing of pontoon boats and recently of HRV ground and water (kind of hybrid recreational vessel which can go on water and ground). Southland distributes its products all over the word through a network of dealers or distributors. Southland believes that the best advertising is made by a satisfied customer who recommends the product that he bought.
Each of our ten different lines of pontoon boats is available in 2 to 3 possible set-up which means that thirty models of pontoon boats are offered in total. The superior design of Southland pontoon boats doesn’t happen by chance, but is the result of an on-going research and development. The tubes of Southland’s pontoon boats have four, five or even six sealed air chambers, isolated one from the other by a solid baffle which adds rigidity to the tubes. The full camper top of Southland’s pontoon boats covers the entire floor, which means that it is anchored from the very front bumper and covers the part in front of the railing. I have a 20 ft pontoon boat and have entered the Christmas Boat Parade on the lake where I live in South Georgia.A  Last year I used inverters and just hung lights all over the boat - but the other boats were more elaborately decorated and we looked like the Clampett's on water! To attach this to your deck, you would take a 2x4 and mount each end of the PVC pipes into it by simply boring a hole into the wood and sticking the end of the pipe down into it.
If you use a generator to power your lights, just say the noise is from the Polar Express chugging along the lake. In the meantime I enquired about other boats located on various Quebec rivers but none caught my fancy like this one. If you have the skills to build a gazebo and a deck, I guess now you can build your own pontoon boat too!

The company’s mission is to manufacture the nicest, safest and most versatile pontoon boats available.
At Southland our mission is to carefully design and manufacture leisure goods that will meet top quality and performance standards to insure that your hours spent on the water are safe and pleasurable. Southland carries ten different lines of pontoon boats, from its top-of-the line CHAMPAGNE SX, CHAMPAGNE, MAJESTY SX, MAJESTY, MISTRAL, FISHING DLX to basic FLY SE, with the standard models being the DIAMOND, FISHIND STD and HORIZON. The only way to make this possible is to put on the market the best products, here, the best pontoon boats, of high quality. If you add the various dimensions and the four colours available for each model, you can see how wide is the range of Southland products. To improve our different models, our Design Department is constantly looking for the best colours, the top-of-the-line design, the most resistant vinyl and the finest accessories. Most of our competitors put only two sections, which makes for a weak and less secure pontoon, because if you perforate a section, it will take on water. Many competitors stop their full camper top at the railing and add a section to cover the space between the railing and the bumper. Using luaun, other cheap plywood or osb, cut out your engine shape and screw it to the 2x2 frame. Use bedsheets sewn together, you're going to create a skin to put over some PVC pipes, similar to a greenhouse. Electrical PVC conduit (the grey stuff) is a better choice than plumbing PVC because it has UV inhibitors in it and it's cheaper than plumbing PVC.
And in case the builder decides he wants to go out fishing alone, he included a remote-controlled trolling motor that is installed under the table in the gazebo, as well as a Lowrance Fish-Finder, and two electric winches with 40 lb anchors.
Southland offers to water-based recreation enthusiasts, couples, families, fishermen, young and less young people, a line of pontoon boats that appeals to all tastes and meets all needs.
The models are available in lengths of 16? to 28’ (although it could come longer on request).

With many sections, there is almost no water at infiltrating the perforated section because the others keep on floating.
Southland has become a leader for reliability and versatility due to the high quality of its pontoon boats allied to its flexibility in meeting specific requirements.
We offer a choice of various interior settings along with four different colour combinations. Many features described in the following paragraphs will prove you the quality of Southland’s pontoon boats. In fact, Southland is to achieve any particular set up, the only limitation being the technical restrictions of a project. To screw the floor at every 8” allows Southland to provide a limited lifetime warranty against the deck’s warping and delaminating. They are built with the utmost care, which is part of an extensive quality control process. This boat builder is constantly striving to improve its products and offers a complete line of pontoon boats from the most inexpensive to the most sophisticated. You can make a little stand for the bow of the boat and hang a lantern on it for the locomotive's headlight. Where you paint the engine's railing going down the side, use safety pins as a loop through which to hold your strings of Christmas lights.
Something tells me that you will be beaching her often for some great weekend getaways.Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their homemade pontoon houseboat experiences.

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