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Urban Houseboats Urban 5

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Boat REF# 166077
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 14.63m (48'0")
Year 2009
Construction Aluminium
Underwater profile Other
Berths 1
Lying Seattle, WA USA - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Builder Urban Houseboats
Lying Seattle, WA USA - Shown by Appointment
Holding tank capacity 1,136.4 ltr (250.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Shorepower is standard 30 amp marine-type shorepower connection and cable.

There are no engines installed. If it is desired to move the houseboat under her own power then two outboards, sized depending upon desired speed and distance would be installed in the existing engine wells. A couple of relatively inexpensive used outboards would do the trick.


LOA 14.63m (48'0")
Beam 4.27m (14'0")
Draft Min 0.30m (1'0")
Airdraft 5.18m (17'0")
Displacement 12,698kg (28,000.0lbs)
Headroom 2.13m (7'0")
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

120 volt,


Construction Aluminium
Underwater profile Other
Finish Paint finish

Note -- photos include freestanding furniture and kayaks that are not included with the boat. Bring your own preferred home furnishings!

Built upon an aluminum pontoon hull. The deck and house are built with contemporary and sturdy home-type materials, and the deck is coated with Rhino Lining. Every aspect of this houseboat appears to be built to last and for easy maintenance.

One 250 gallon black water holding tank.
2 x 500 gallon gray water holding tanks.
There is no water tank aboard, though this could be added if required. Water supply is direct from the shore connection.
Total weight estimated at 28,000 lbs.

The Urban 5 is designed to be capable of meeting a reasonable definition of "boat" to comply with live-aboard and vessel moorage laws. Check your local regulations however! With the addition of twin outboards and associated controls the houseboat could be operated quite effectively. It has navigational lights, a suitable helm station area, a pontoon hull (with engine mounting wells) that is designed as a real boat hull, and marvelous fore and aft decks.


Total # of berths 1
No. of double berths 1
Cabin(s) 1
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Electric)
Cooker tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick
Microwave tick
Dishwasher tick

Board astern from the large aft deck which has plenty of sitting space plus storage enough for kayaks or paddleboards.

The main deck interior includes a well-lit office-like desk and storage area aft and a storage closet and a pantry aft port. The linear gourmet galley with granite countertop extends forward starboard and includes the following stainless steel appliances:
- Fisher & Paykel propane range
- Maytag convection microwave
- GE refrigerator/freezer
- Dishwasher

The roomy head port midships is nicely appointed and includes a large enclosed shower stall.

The saloon is framed by lots of windows and is roomy enough to accommodate a variety of buyer-supplied freestanding furniture. Bamboo paneling, cork ceiling tiles and simple but attractive joinery make this a very appealing living space. And you can't beat the view. Access to the foredeck is through a centerline door.

The top deck is reached by a ladder/stair to the master stateroom. A door aft provides access to more spacious deck area, and wide side decks on each side lead to yet another beautiful deck.

With a fold-out sofa or futon in the saloon this boat could accommodate guests -- and lots more guests if sleeping under the stars is ok!

Cabin heat is from an installed electric fireplace and portable electric heaters. A furnace could be installed (or air conditioning if desired). Good insulation in the walls and floors mean low heating requirements. Stainless steel hot water heater.

4 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Navigation lights tick

Deck Gear

Warps tick
Fenders tick

Broker's Comments

Urban Houseboats, the manufacturer of this Urban 5 was established in Seattle which is famed for its live-aboard houseboat community. But unlike the typical Seattle houseboat (often floating on a raft of logs) this houseboat is built on a real aluminum pontoon hull (with a distinct pointy end!). Its dimensions are suitable for moorage in a 48' or 50' slip, and with the addition of outboard engines and associated controls it could maneuver under its own power.

It's no wonder that houseboats of this type are such attractive lifestyle choices -- beautiful surroundings, ease of relocation, and a unique mode of living that few in the world get to enjoy. And simplicity -- maintenance compared to a similarly-sized conventional boat would be immensely less demanding and expensive. This 2009 Urban 5 is beautifully designed and built, and in terrific condition. It boasts quality home-style appliances, a comfortable layout, and lots of exterior deck space from which to enjoy life on the water. Live-aboard Seattle moorage is potentially transferable.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Urban Houseboats Urban 5 has been personally photographed and viewed by Scott Helker of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical.

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