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. A Floating Bungalow is a registered boat with an assigned hull number.
Are Floating Bungalows Motorized?
Floating Bungalows 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 Floating Bungalows are boats, we have made it as safe in hurricanes as we know how to. We have done this by building to a combination of American Boat and Yacht Council Standards and High Velocity Hurricane Zone standards. Some important building features include:
· 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.
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.
Can a floating bungalow be insured?
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.
how much does it cost to live on a floating bungalow?
No, you do not pay property taxes. It is a registered boat. If you dock a 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 you have to pay property taxes?
As of now our Floating Bungalows are designed to be hooked up at a Marina or residence. They are not designed to function "off the grid".
do i have to hook up to a marina?
Floating Bungalows commissions UPF to build our copolymer hulls. For more information click here.
what is a copolymer hull?
Many floating houses in Florida have historically been shacks built on "pickle barrels" or other floating devices. They have not been built to 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 Bungalows are registered boats with FL numbers, built to American Boating and Yacht Council Standards, and insured, most marinas we have spoken with have welcomed our houseboats. When speaking with a Marina, we strongly recommend you print and take with you this Info Packet for Marinas.
i've heard that most marinas don't accept floating houses. Is this true?
The Floating Bungalow is designed to get electricity and water from the dock. It does not have a generator or fresh water tank on board.
How do you get electricity and water on the Floating Bungalow?
Not at all! A Floating Bungalow can easily be your first boat.