A boathouse (or a boat house) is a building especially designed for the storage of boats, normally smaller craft for sports or leisure use. These are typically located on open water, such as on a river. Often the boats stored are rowing boats. Other boats such as punts or small motor boats may also be stored.
Sometimes, a boathouse may be the headquarters of a boat club or rowing club. It may also include a restaurant, bar, and other leisure facilities, perhaps for members of an associated club. Boathouses are also sometimes modified to include living quarters for people, or the whole structure may be used as temporary or permanent housing.
In Scandinavia, the boathouse is known as a naust, a word deriving from Old Norse naverstað. These were typically built with stone walls and timber roofs and would be either open to the sea or provided with sturdy doors. The floors would be a simple continuation of the beach sand or rock, or they might be dug down to permit a boat to sail into the boathouse. The boathouse is also seen on riversides or lake sides.
Racing shells stored inside a boathouse in Israel
Log boathouse by Nordfjord
Stone boathouse at Camp Katia on Upper St. Regis Lake, United States
Boathouse at Camp Wild Air, Upper St. Regis Lake, United States
Boathouse on Lake Zürich in Zollikon, Switzerland
Large boathouses in Reed Point Marina, Canada
Another style of boathouse in Reed Point Marina, Canada
Riverside Pavilion and Boathouse in Toledo, Ohio, 1895
3. Drower, George, `A boat's abode: boathouses of the River Thames', House & Garden, March 1990, pp54-58