Jan 162013
 

In case you were losing sleep wondering what the difference is between a vessel and a house, at least according to the latest SCOTUS ruling, here goes:

These are all vessels.  Some you can live on, but they are all powered, can transport passengers, navigate the seas, and generally do all that vessel stuff.  Most of the time, they come under admiralty law.

I'm pretty sure that if you look up the opposite of minimalism, this is the picture you would see.

I’m pretty sure that if you look up the opposite of minimalism, this is the picture you would see.

 

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A more modern design.

A more modern design.

 

20120826-094011.jpgThese are houseboats.  They house people, just like a land based house, but also have propulsion systems, can be steered, generally can be moved over the water like a vessel, and have to be registered with the same safety equipment as other vessels.

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And this is a house that floats.  According to the ruling, this is not a vessel.  It cannot move under it’s own power.  It has to be hooked up to utilities.  The only difference is that instead of sitting on solid ground, it sits on the top of the water.

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Got it?  Study it.  There will be a test later.  It will be interesting to see how governments approach this issue now.  Will the floating house now come under the same rules and regulations, and taxing authority, as land based properties?  By definition it is a house now.

I’ll stick with good ole fashion sailboats.  No gray areas there.

Capt. Fritter