|Name: Land's End
Registered: July, 1983
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 its 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 MacGyvers 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
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 site's number one viewed
auction of all time 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