Out on deck.
Inside the Boatel.
Cruise the Murray River like you never imagined in this magnificent luxurious boat.
Even before they met and married, the owners of River Dream Boatels were passionate about houseboating.
The hotel architects were researching material for five-star hotels and realised they could incorporate a lot of the better features into a houseboat.
They compiled a list of things they didn't care for on houseboats they had been on things such as tiny bedrooms, even tinier bathrooms and having to climb a ladder to reach an entertaining area.
Once they were satisfied with what was on paper for their Boatel, they approached boat-builders. As none of them knew where to start, they did it themselves by prefabricating pieces and assembling the lot in just three days, much to the amazement of curious onlookers.
The Boatel's structural design differs from traditional houseboats it is based on the chassis of a car, using stable building concepts to create a straight, strong frame. This allowed them to use lots of glass. The shape is streamlined and sophisticated and there are two levels of living area.
The craft has five large, acoustically-lined bedrooms, each with tiled ensuite of full shower, basin, electric toilet and long mirror. All showers can be used simultaneously without water pressure dropping. What a great idea!
Beds are custom made king size and can be unzipped to become single beds. Lighting and blinds are bedside controlled, and there are no fluorescent lights on board, just quality halogen globes giving light that enhances atmosphere and ambience. Feather and down pillows complete the comfort and each bedroom has a private deck.
The upstairs lounge area comfortably accommodates 12, with a dining table for 14, and a wonderfully functional kitchen with quality equipment, classic white dinnerware and chrome cutlery. Ten people can work together without getting in each other's way.
In the evening, a touch of a button will produce a large screen and surround sound speakers, creating your own comfortable theatre. This also makes the Boatel perfect for small conferences or presentations.
The aft deck, which leads to the swimming and fishing deck, is carpeted and has a gourmet barbecue.
Passengers enter the front door into an atrium lobby with grand staircase leading to the upper level.
The Boatel is light and easily maneuvered, but you are given a lesson at the marina before taking off. The driver sits in the middle of a two-storey 7.5 metre wide windscreen which wraps around a further 15 metres. This provides not only clear vision for safe driving, but the most wonderful views of the lagoons and cliffs of the Murray River.