Thursday, April 18, 2024

Where We Live: Climb aboard the ‘Rooster,’ a houseboat fit for two

A pair of "lovebirds" live part-time in the "Rooster," a one bedroom one bathroom houseboat docked on the Intracoastal Waterway.

WILMINGTON—Inside the “Rooster,” you’ll find two “cruisers” in training. Shared by Jill Caldwell and Curtis Jacobson, the Rooster is a commercial fishing vessel-turned houseboat docked near Masonboro Island on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Referred to as “lovebirds” by their matchmaking friend, the Rooster is Caldwell and Jacobson’s soon-to-be permanent residence.

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“We’re not actual ‘liveaboards’ yet,” Caldwell said. “What we want to actually become is called a ‘cruiser,’ which means we live on the boat as we travel.”

Docked at Masonboro Yacht Club and Marina, the pair live nearby and bike to the Rooster daily. “We’re here every day,” she said. “We’re one of the few marinas that allow liveaboards.”

Alongside its dingy counterpart, “little hen” that sits atop the waterborne abode, The Rooster is a one-bedroom one-bath houseboat fit for cruising.

“Curtis and I are still working so it’s going to be probably another five to 10 years before we become cruisers,” Caldwell said.

A Thompson vessel built and designed in Florida, the boat is a rare find. Jacobson renovated electrical wiring and performed engine work on the boat to get it ready for a houseboat lifestyle.

“This one’s rare because of the length,” Jacobson said. “It’s a commercial fishing boat converted; it wasn’t built for cruising.”

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