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A houseboat is a boat that has been designed or modified to be used primarily as a home. Most houseboats are not motorized as they are usually moored or kept stationary at a fixed point, and often tethered to land to provide utilities. However, many are capable of operation under their own power. Float house is a Canadian and American term for a house on a float (raft); a rough house may be called a shanty boat.[1] In Western countries, houseboats tend to be either owned privately or rented out to holiday-goers, and on some canals in Europe, people dwell in houseboats all year round. Examples of this include, but are not limited to, Amsterdam, London, and Paris.[2]

A houseboat on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington, USA
Houseboat Cornelia in Ystad, Sweden, 2018.
Floating house on the Amazon, Iquitos, Peru
A houseboat on Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam, India