Former Chapel on the Bay

  • $300,000
  • Location:
  • Beds: 2
  • Baths: 2
  • Sq Ft: 1,050

Former Chapel on the Bay

Famous Floating Chapel
Former Chapel on the Bay, now an exceptional houseboat up for sale, boasts a storied past as a floating chapel, famously known as one of only two in the world.

This floating chapel has been transformed into a luxurious living space, with over $1.3 million invested in its original build and modern conversion. The Former Chapel on the Bay still features much of its original religious design, including a towering 30-foot steeple and seven large stained-glass windows, each protected by hurricane-proof glass.

Spanning 1800 square feet, including decks, the Former Chapel on the Bay has a 1050 square foot living space. The floating chapel’s interior has been revamped to provide the luxuries of a home with an open-plan living room leading to a covered deck, a modern kitchen, and hardwood floors throughout. The Former Chapel on the Bay includes a primary suite with an en-suite bathroom on the main level, a guest bathroom, and a loft bedroom upstairs.

Sun shining through the stained glass casts a beautiful image on the wall.

Chapel on the Bay - image of possibly Mary and Joseph through the stained glass windows.

Located at a picturesque marina in Palmetto, Florida, the Former Chapel on the Bay offers air conditioning and supplementary large fans. An eight-kilowatt generator powers the amenities, including a motion-dish satellite TV antenna. The floating chapel, designed by renowned naval architects Daniel J. Avoures and Associates, can be moved under its own power thanks to two Cummins Diesel engines.

The infrastructure of the Former Chapel on the Bay, weighing 33 tons and measuring 30′ x 60′, is a marvel, featuring an all-fiberglass build on twin catamaran hulls. Its unique construction allows the floating chapel to dock effortlessly, even in shallow waters, thanks to electric winches that deploy stabilizing steel beams.

This floating chapel has served as a picturesque wedding venue and has also enjoyed success as a short-term rental or Airbnb, offering guests a distinctive stay on the water. The Former Chapel on the Bay is being sold fully furnished, including a 65″ flat-screen TV, leather furniture, outdoor seating, a gas grill, and a well-equipped kitchen, ready for the next owner to live in at the marina or operate as a one-of-a-kind rental.

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Price: $300,000
Address:Manatee River
Zip Code:34221
Year Built:2004
Square Feet:1,050

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