Other Types of Floating Structures
In addition to floating homes, the Oregon State Marina Board also has defined 2 other categories of floating structures which are similar to floating houses and can be bought and sold through a real estate broker – a “boathouse” and a “combination”.
What is a Boathouse?
A boathouse is a covered structure used primarily for the storage and protection of a vessel. Boathouses do not have finished living spaces and are not used as residences. Because they are not considered residences, they lack tenants protections in rental moorages, and can be evicted without cause.
What is a Combination or Combo?
A “combo” (short for combination boathouse and floating home) is a subcategory of floating home where approximately 50% of its square footage is dedicated to its primary purpose – the storage and protection of a boat – however, it also includes some living space. Combos tend to offer an efficient kitchen, a bathroom, and a sleeping loft/area/bedroom. Occasionally, a combo may include 1 bedroom and 1 sleeping loft area. Because its primary purpose is for boat storage and easy river access, the floor plan for combos tend to orient the boat well at the river side and the residential space toward the back of the house with views of the banks. Outdoor living space or deck space for combos does not typically offer riverfront views, although many combos have added rooftop decks to take advantage of the riverfront views. Because of the reduced riverfront views, combos are typically priced less than a floating home with boat well. Combos are a great solution for weekenders and boaters, or homeowners looking for a waterfront living experience at a reduced cost.