Yes, that is probably THE most frequently asked question we get when we tell people we have a houseboat vacation rental business downtown. Joe initially conjured up the idea to live on a houseboat while staying at an extended stay hotel and watching a TV show on boats. His day job as an Advisor for the Department of Defense took him around the world six months out of the year, and he was tired of renting hotel rooms. He decided to look for a unique place to call his own.
Joe purchased his first houseboat, the Aries, in 2011 with intentions of living on it full time. After a few months, Joe's bachelor pad dream came to an abrupt end when he met his now-wife Chrissy. :) He moved off of the boat and began renting it to guests.
In 2012, Joe purchased his second houseboat, the Margaret Claire, and by 2014 he gutted and renovated the 1985 Hilburn and restored her to her nautical glory. (see the video tour!) In 2017 she left the Joe's Boats family and moved on to a new owner.
It's certainly been an adventure these past few years, and we are truly grateful for the staff who has joined us to help give our guests a wonderful, relaxing experience!
To provide our guests a premier vacation experience.
At Joe’s Boats we strive to give each guest a unique, fun, and relaxing vacation experience. Whether you're a local Baltimorean or traveling in to visit Charm City, you'll find that staying on a houseboat is a vacation all in its own!
Unique. Joe’s houseboats provide all the comforts of home while floating on the water, from full size kitchens and bathrooms to expansive top decks that provide great views of Baltimore's harbor skyline.
Fun. Whether it’s taking relaxing strolls along the cobblestone streets of Fells Point, enjoying the restaurants and shops of Canton, or taking in the other adventures Baltimore has to offer - Joe’s houseboats provide a fun and memorable experience to enjoy Baltimore.
Relaxing. Imagine grilling on the top deck with the family, enjoying the views of passing boats, and being rocked to sleep at night. From sunrise with a cup of coffee to sunset with your favorite cocktail, we hope you'll find Joe's houseboats a relaxing oasis!
Joe's Boats, LLC was created in 2012 to serve customers as a Baltimore vacation and business destination. We've hosted guests from all over the US - and Australia, Germany, China, Canada, and elsewhere! Local Marylanders have also found Joe's Boats to be a unique way to celebrate anniversaries or bring the kids for a hometown tourist staycation.
Over the years we've owned and managed a few different boats. As we continue to grow and refine our business, we hope that you will let us show you the awesomeness of spending time rocking on the water!
>> IMPORTANT NOTE: With mixed emotions, we are announcing that this is our LAST SEASON renting the Aries houseboat. After 8 successful years giving hundreds of guests a memorable time with their family and friends... we are now ready to make our own family memories aboard the Aries houseboat! After Oct 31, 2019 we will no longer be renting the Aries, but rather enjoying it ourselves with our growing family. Thank you to all of our guests over the years! If you'd like to experience the relaxing Aries - now is your final chance!
Our active little one always has a huge smile on his face - especially when he's rocking on the waves.
This dog LOVES to be on the water! He'll lay on the deck for hours, watching the ducks and smiling into the wind.
Hi! We're Joe and Chrissy Kelleher, welcome to our home-away-from home!