Houseboats are like hen's teeth, very hard to find, especially when you want to buy one in a hurry.
There are many stunning houseboats in America and Australia, not much choice in South Africa.
I finally found a 10m houseboat for sale in the Cape. Flew down to Cape Town, rented a car and drove to Port Owen. Fell in love with her and bought her.
The then owner arranged to put her on a flat bed truck and ship it to Manten Marina on the Vaal Dam. We did some basic designs as to what we wanted changed and Dick Manten’s team took over and now you will see “Laughing Waters” meandering along the 1100 kilometres of the Vaal Dam water frontage.
2 x double beds , bar, shower, running hot & cold water, oven to bake bread or roast chicken, gas hob, aft balcony to fish from and 2X85 Yamaha motors, means you can “Run” when you need to.
She was finally "relaunched" April 2010
Now after many hours of enjoyment the time has come when we sadly have to part ways.
|Port Owen from the Google Earth image.|
|Port Owen from sea level.|
|The soon to be Laughing waters moored in Port Owen.|
|About to leave for the Vaal.|
|Laughing Waters in her new livery|
|Fore view of the interior after the refurbishment|
|Aft view of the interior after the refurbishment|
|Fishing from the aft deck.|
|Twin 85hp Yamaha motors|
|Moored at Manten Marina on the Vaal Dam|
|Bird's eye view Manten Marina on the Vaal Dam|
|Satellite pictue of the Vaal Dam with Manten Marina indicated.|
All SERIOUSLY interested buyers please contact Norman.
Cell 082 800 0027
Office 011 704 7000