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Name:
Land's End

Built: 1980

Style: Floating home

Registered:
July, 1983

Dimensions: 42 feet x 24 feet

The Land's End floating home is a 42 x 24 feet two leveled (1200square feet) registered vessel. Although referred to as a houseboat in the series, it's correct designation is floating home because it has no motor and is designed to be moored in a marina rather than move around as a boat does.

All external “houseboat” scenes where filmed at the actual houseboat itself with the downstairs bathroom being used as a dressing room during filming of those scenes. The internal Houseboat scenes were filmed on a sound stage set which had a number of differences to the real interior of the boat; The most obvious being that the kitchen and lounge areas where opposite to the real boats interior. After filming had completed it was moved from its filming location of Coal Harbor to Richmond Marina and from there to the private marina it’s now docked in.

Floatation is achieved by 3 x 36 inch diameter steel pontoons which run the length of the home and are filled with injected “expanding” foam. In 2005 the flotation was supplemented with Styrofoam blocks between the pontoons for additional floatation.

The ground level has a hardwood floor with 3 sections of the floor cleverly built and set to be almost invisible, which can be removed to access the pontoons (and see the water below). If needed, this is where a pump hose could be inserted to allow the pontoons to be pumped out. This ground level is also where we find the most noticeable difference between the on-screen interior and the real interior. The real interior has the kitchen and lounge area reversed to what we see on screen. We do actually get a couple of glimpses of this in the episodes “Legend of the Holy Rose” where we can see the kitchen counter through the open French doors, and the episode “Serenity” we see the empty lounge area where MacGyver’s kitchen should be.

The upstairs area is built off-square to the bottom floor of the house. Much like two blocks on top of each other with the top one skewed like an 8 pointed star, allowing for enough room for the Master bedroom and shower/bathroom as well as an office or working area.

Since its days of being used to film MacGyver the Houseboat has been moved to a private marina in Langley, BC where it has been overhauled and renovated with notable changes including the small “garden” window being moved from the “kitchen” end of the house to the side wall where we saw the bookshelves in the show and the outside being painted blue.

In April, 2012 the houseboat was listed for sale on EBay. In spite of  becoming the number 1 viewed auction on the site it didn't meet the reserve and so remained for sale for a number of months until finally selling to an unknown buyer in late 2012.

It was again listed for sale as a "fixer upper" on Craigs List in November 2014 for $36,000, a fraction of it’s original $200,000 price tag where it was stated specifically that the floats needed repairing and the house needs some TLC.


Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images as we go on a photographic tour of the Houseboat and see how it looked after the show



From the outside

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Front View
showing new paint job and an added window to the front wall.
Back View
Shows the extra space used for upper and lower bathroom and laundry area.
End View
we can see the upstairs bathroom window to the left and the open bedroom window to the right.
Floatation
Styrofoam blocks fitted between the floatation pontoons for extra buoyancy
Front of house
Showing french doors and front side of the house

 

French Doors
Front porch and end of house.
Front of the House
Great shot of the front side of the house with new paint and added window.
With Trellis
Trellis allows privacy and sun shade on the main porch.
   
Floatation Pontoons
Closer view of the “expanding” foam filled pontoons
Back View
You can clearly see the upstairs bathrooms sliding door and mini balcony.
Storage Room Door
Blue door leads to small storage room.
Good shot of floatation pontoons
Bathroom Door
View of the upstairs Bathrooms sliding door leading onto mini balcony
Bay Windows
These were seen as MacGyver's kitchen windows, but are actually the lounge widows.
Front Door
Leading into the lounge area with blue storage room door to the right.

 

 

 

Inside - Downstairs

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Kitchen
We can see here that the kitchen and dining room are opposite to what we saw in the MacGyver set with the kitchen located where MacGyver's fireplace was.
Dining Room
Looking from the kitchen we can see what the real staircase looks like, and beyond that we can see a fireplace sits where we saw the kitchen on the MacGyver set.
Shelving Area
Here we can see cupboards and a desk area where the MacGyver set had shelves running the length of the lounge. We can also see a new window has been added.
Lounge
The lounge is situated where we saw MacGyver’s kitchen and dining room area.
Bay Window
The tri-windows which where regularly seen at the end of MacGyver’s kitchen bench are actually the lounge bay windows..
Fire place
The fire place is located next to the door, where we saw MacGyver's fridge in the show.
Downstairs Toilet
The downstairs toilet is located behind the lounge area. .
Downstairs Toilet
The downstairs toilet also houses the laundry area.
Downstairs Toilet
This was used as a dressing room during filming of external scenes.

 

 

Inside - Upstairs

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Stairway Landing
Looking at the stairway landing from about where MacGyver's bed would have been.
Half wall
This half-wall is where we saw MacGyver's stairway landing in the few upstairs scenes we get to see.
MacGyvers Bedroom
This is looking at about where MacGyver's bed would have been in the show.
MacGyvers Bedroom
The other end of the bedroom shows the distinctive Bay windows.
MacGyvers Bedroom
This end of the bedroom is much smaller than it was shown on the shows filming set.
The Shower
Here we finally get to see where the shower is. Although in MacGyver's house, it would have been more to the right.
Master Bedroom
This room is never shown in the series, and probably wasn't even present in the filming set.
Master Bedroom
Located over the area we saw as being the lounge (but in real life is the kitchen).
Master Bedroom
This small triangle window looks down onto the decking in front of the french doors below.
Master Bedroom
Looking at the other end of the bedroom we can see the main skylights through the bedroom window.
Master Bedroom
Looking out from the bedroom we get a sense of the upstairs layout where we can see the skylight,stairs landing and "MacGyver" bedroom.
 

 
Upstairs Bathroom
The master bathroom with navy soaker tub and stained triangle window.
Upstairs Bathroom
Sliding door leads from the master bathroom out to a mini-porch.

 

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