Frequently Asked Questions
Is it a boat? Is it a house?
This is often the first question people ask... the answer is, it is a BOAT. The Floating Bungalow is a registered boat with an assigned hull number.
Is the Floating Bungalow motorized?
The Floating Bungalow can be motorized if it is required to meet your Marina's rules. We are happy to discuss this with you.
What about hurricanes?
We recommend that owners of Floating Bungalows do what all owners of large boats do during a hurricane: double tie down your vessel, check with your insurance agent that your premiums are paid and evacuate to dry land.
Recognizing that the Floating Bungalow is a boat, we have made it as safe in hurricanes as we know how to. We have done this by building to American Boat and Yacht Council Standards. Additionally, we have built with the following standards:
· Windows are hurricane rated impact glass
· Roof is covered 100% with self-adhering bituminous membrane
· Metal roof is double screwed for hurricane rating
· Frame itself is glued and screwed together
· Wall sheathing is glued and screwed
· Interior is insulated with closed cell spray foam which acts as an adhesive and an insulator
· Hull is divided into two compartments with bilge pumps in each compartment
· Hull is constructed out of near indestructible 1” thick co-polymer plastic
· Holding tanks is 300 gallons and can be filled with water to act as additional ballast in the event of a storm.
Can the Floating Bungalow be insured?
Absolutely, the Floating Bungalow can be insured at reasonable prices. Because the boat does not have engines, insuring the Floating Bungalow is much less expensive than insuring most boats or houses. For more information about insuring a Floating Bungalow click here.
How much does it cost to live on a Floating Bungalow?
This is one of the great benefits of living on a boat! It is an affordable option to living right on the water. To compare your land home budget to the costs of living on a boat click here.
Do you pay property taxes with a Floating Bungalow?
No, you do not pay property taxes. It is a registered boat. If you dock the Floating Bungalow at a piece of property you own it is not taxed (just like if you tied off a boat to your dock).
Do I have to hook up to a marina?
This Floating Bungalow is designed to be hooked up at a Marina or residence. It is not designed to function "off the grid".
What is a copolymer hull?
Floating Bungalows commissions UPF to build our copolymer hulls. For more information click here.
I've heard that most marinas don't accept floating houses. Is this true?
Many foating houses in Florida have historically been shacks built on "pickle barrels" or other floating devices. They have not been built by American Boating and Yacht Council Standards, are not registered, and are unable to be insured. Because of this, many marinas will say they do not accept floating houses. However, because our Floating Bungalow is a registered boat with FL numbers, built to American Boating and Yacht Council Standards, and insured, every marina we have approached have welcome our Floating Bungalow. When speaking with a Marina, we strongly recommend you print and take with you this Info Packet for Marinas.
How do you get electricity and water on the Floating Bungalow?
The Floating Bungalow is designed to get electricity and water from the dock.
Do I need to know a lot about boats before buying a Floating Bungalow?
No. Without needing to maintain motors, the Floating Bungalow can easily be your first boat.