LUXURY HOUSEBOATS GO OFF THE GRID

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The Waterlovt houseboat is hoping to make a splash in the prestige property market. Photo: Waterlovt

The creator of Waterlovt luxury houseboats is hoping to make a splash in the prestige property market.

Dutch entrepreneur and head of Waterlovt Berend Lens van Rijn, has designed the world’s first commercially-produced and solar powered houseboat, which can be docked in a new place each night.

Or for those hoping to go off the grid completely, the boat provides enough of its own power to become self-sustaining on water indefinitely. 

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The Waterlovt can go completely off the grid thanks to solar technology. Photo: Waterlovt

Mr van Rijn hopes to revitalise the house boat as something high class rather than daggy, with new technology like home automation and a guarantee of safety. 

“The Waterlovt is based on the concept of a circular economy. It is built with modular components made of natural materials that can easily be recycled.

“We cooperate with universities, start-ups and designers to ensure that we incorporate the very latest innovations in materials, design and equipment. This ultra-modern way of living gives a glimpse into a future when sustainable living will become the norm,” the company writes on its website. 

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Inspired as an alternative to the rising rents in Abu Dhabi where it’s being marketed, the houseboat is a cheaper, more luxurious and more freeing option than being chained to a mortgage. Photo: Waterlovt

Inspired as an alternative to the rising rents in Abu Dhabi where it’s being marketed, the houseboat is a cheaper, more luxurious and more freeing option than being chained to a mortgage.

The Waterlovt maintains a pleasant temperature with smart glass, advanced air conditioning and a special floor with cooling and heating capabilities.

Equipped with a desalination plant, owners can enjoy clean, fresh water and the organic waste can be recycled and converted into energy with a maintain digester. 

It uses solar panels installed on the roof to store energy and power the boat’s internal appliances and optional home theatre.  

The foundation of the boat is a large concrete barge.

It comes in 4 models varying in size and each has an upper and lower level. 

Waterlovt is reportedly negotiating offers on 20 houseboats, the price dependent on the amount of extras included. 

With rents around the country becoming more of a burden on the hip pocket, it’s easy to imagine the Waterlovt docking in Sydney Harbour or floating down the Yarra River.

~ Madeleine Wedesweiler / Domain Reporter