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Houseboat/ Yacht Rental In Downtown Providence

Bedrooms 2
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 4. 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Sleep Aboard is Rhode Island's exclusive houseboat rental company located in Providence, RI. Our Providence fleet numbers 4 unique boats and we specialize in offering a unique overnight experience as an alternative to drab hotels. Visit for additional pictures, video tour of the yacht and company information.

We were voted BEST HOTEL ALTERNATIVE by Yankee Magazine in 2015!!

You are currently looking at Brasil - your own private 61 foot yacht in downtown Providence. This is an upgrade from a regular houseboat which we also offer. Our 61 foot yacht is conveniently located in downtown Providence just a stone’s throw from Brown University, Waterfire, the East side and Davol Square. Our marina is also host to three major Providence hot spots for dinning and nightlife including the Whiskey Republic, Lola’s and The HOT CLUB.

We offer an alternative to conventional hotels in the local providence area by offering overnight stays aboard our fully furnished, 61 foot motoryacht. Our yacht, a Geerd Hendel 61, was custom built for a member of the DuPont family and is available to select customers for single to multi-night stays.

Our yacht provides a floating experience aboard a well appointed motoryacht. Our yacht offers the following features:

-NEW Pump Out station added at Fox Point Marina allowing for disposal of waste from holding tanks on a weekly basis - this removea any smell issue from the houseboats

- NEW electric toilet with backflow sewage prevention installed in June 2017 - this has eliminated any smell issue

-NEW August 2016!!! Brand new Teak and Holly floor has been laid to replace the older cork floor as a response to customer feedback

-NEW August 2016!!! Air conditioning units have been placed in the master bedroom and guest bedrooms

• Sun-Filled 3rd Level Salon with 360 degree views of the city

• Full Deck area perfect for barbeques

• Master Bedroom complete with Queen Size Bed and full bathroom

• Fully functional kitchen with mini- fridge/freezer, 4-burner stove and oven

• Guest quarters including 2 twin beds and separate full bathroom (hammock and inflatable bed available in upper salon to accommodate 2-3 more people for overnight stays - additional $50 per extra guest, maximum 6 guests total)

• Private end- dock removed from the marina traffic and restaurants

We offer different rates depending on the season and depending on the occasion. Our standard summer rates reflect an occupancy of 4 people maximum for overnight stays. 6 people maximum could stay overnight with the additional cost of $50 per extra guest.

For guests looking to have a larger gathering, we offer a 'Function' rate which reflects having a larger crowd aboard. Function rates apply to parties where there are more than 8 visitors at any one time. Our yacht is also perfect for special functions including reunions, photo shoots for weddings and corporate events. Please ask about our special rate for larger functions of up to 20 guests. Due to the wear and tear on the boat and the increased water/electrical usage by having more people aboard, we also reflect that in the rate and appreciate your understanding in this matter. Please review our rates to see what fits your budget.

Note: this is an older yacht with its share of minor defects; there is normal wear and tear on floors, cushions and furniture and is not perfect; clean freaks should not book if you anticipate perfection equal to a sterile hotel room - this is a yacht in the middle of a city, not a hotel room. This experience is so much more unique and original than a hotel room. As a boat, expect bathrooms to be manual and to smell like marine heads do - this is not a house.

New in 2016 - Kayak, Stand Up Paddle and Row Boat Rentals ....As part of your stay at our marina, Sleep Aboard now offers several water-craft available for rental including several kayaks, several Stand-Up Paddle Boards (SUP) and a classic Whitehall rowing boat. Pricing is available upon booking and arrangement for hourly, daily or weekly watercraft rentals can be made as part of your Sleep Aboard stay.

Included with each stay is overnight parking, all marina/dockage fees and cleaning services.

From all of us at Sleep Aboard, we look forward to having you aboard!

Please see Sleep Aboard and Marina Policies for additional information

More Details

Neil Malik
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi and Bahasa Indonesian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
8 July, 2017

About Neil Malik

My name is Neil Malik and I am the owner of Sleep Aboard. I have 35 years of boating experience including short-handed crossings of the North and South Atlantic Oceans (USA-Europe-Brazil). After so much extensive travel, my goal is to provide a very unique, different experience for my guests that will pale any hotel experience. As an ex-COO of an Inc 500 company, I recognize the needs of my customers and try as hard as possible to accommodate each and every guest.

Neil Malik purchased this house boat in 2011

Why Neil Malik chose Providence

Brasil is such a truly unique yacht. The lines of the boat originate from a period dating from the 1950's to early 1960's and the high, pointed bow and open stern transom are Geerd Hendel signatures. This design is pedigree as Geerd Hendel served as the draftsman for Star Burgess designing some of the most famous America's Cup boats in the 1930's and 1940's. A step inside and you are taken back to a time of classic yacht taste- no overornamentation or gaudy sofa fabrics. Instead, varnished battens, heavy use of teak and mahogany, and classic liners reflect a well appointed yacht.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat in Fox Point in Providence

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • wheelchair inaccessible


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 4.2941175 based on 17 reviews

Yacht adventure.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time aboard this boat. It's was a unique experience so I recommend it for the adventurous... the weather was gorgeous and Neil was available for all our questions... having coffee for us available in the morning is a nice touch. The view is amazing and the decor boat worthy! Thank you for giving us this opportunity to be sea captains...

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Yacht Brasil is a classic 61' wooden craft well maintained and fun for those seeking an alternative.

  • 4 of 5

Yacht Brasil is a fun alternative to your usual lodging options. The boat is well maintained and equipped. It is comfortable for 4, 5 and 6 persons are possible. It is moored in a small marina and surrounded by 3/4 very nice eating establishments. It is easily in walking distance to downtown and all that Providence has to offer.

It was an ideal location for a reunion of men who enjoy life on the water. Our host Neil was very responsive to any question or need that we had during our stay. We would have given the boat a five star rating had it not been for a minor problem with the head in the aft sleeping quarters.

In all it was a fun experience and the attention to our needs could not have been better.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely satisfied

  • 5 of 5

Brasil was everything I hoped for and more. Great location. And the Host Neil was excellent and a very nice guy. Willing to do anything to help out and make your stay better. Will definitely return someday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice idea but disappointing

  • 2 of 5

Firstly, this was an 'experience' as the owner promised. It's just not one I'd want to repeat. Another review mentions how unclean it is and I'd have to agree. We tried to see beyond the 'surface dirt' to appreciate the 'experience' as the owner suggested we should do. However, although the owner now stipulates (after our booking) that this is not an 'hotel', it is a service that he is providing. For the price of lan average priced hotel room I'd at least expect clean. The owner seemed to think that our issue was with it being an old yacht. It wasn't. I expect old to be imperfect. It was the items the owner has included that needed cleaned or replaced. If a cloth surface becomes too dirty and cannot be cleaned adequately, it needs replacing. Mold on the shower curtain is never ok.

The owner suggested we were not as well travelled as him to appreciate the finer aspects of his yacht and that clean freaks should be in a sterile hotel. I'd suggest keeping his personal thoughts to himself and merely give to his customers what the online photos show from 2014 show - a clean, fun experience.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One night was enough

  • 2 of 5

The boat pictures on line are dated . The toilets were backed up with waste which resulted in a horrific odor , despite multiple attempts to clear the lines .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A dirty disappointment

  • 1 of 5

Filthy. From the sticky floors, stained upholstery and grimy surfaces to the continuous headache-inducing tone coming from the industrial plant across the river and being 100 feet from outdoor patio at the Whiskey Row that made it no place for kids. How this boat received any 5-star reviews we don’t understand. After repeated calls to the owner for access instructions, we discovered the place unlocked (the padlock combo is even given out in the Internet video – how’s that for “secure”). The owner was rude, and never offered any real solutions or recompense; going as far as to say we put HIM in a terrible position (Him? Really?). We found no option but to walk away and book something else. Trust me, we’re not unreasonable people, or ridiculously picky guests. Far from it. We’re vacation rental owners ourselves and well understand what guests reasonably expect for their money. This was an expensive disappointment. The owner should be embarrassed.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have 11 5-star reviews - now I receive a 1 star review? This is one if the worst guests I have ever had - super arrogant and uptight. This customer could never have fun - even in a sterile hotel! The yacht was well represented - it is older and has some minor cosmetic defects as all older boats do - but filthy?!? You must be kidding!!! And me rude?!? Ask anyone of my guests who have dealt with me and my character speaks for itself. As a Founder of an Inc. 500 start-up, I try my best to provide valye and fun for my customers - I work 24/7 to work to improve my business. Sadly, there are always those miserable people that are inconsolable.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
TF Green Airport (PVD)
Nearest Barpub
Whiskey Republic
Nearest Train
0.25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
195 and 95
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
India Point Park
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house boat in Fox Point, Rhode Island

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
August 5 Special
5 Aug 2017 - 5 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
August 12 Special
12 Aug 2017 - 12 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
August 26 Special
26 Aug 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sept 9 Special
9 Sep 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
Sept 16 Special
16 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
Sept 23 Special
23 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £76.77

Waterfire weekends require a surcharge of $100 in addition to the Function rate. Pets are not allowed onboard; ; Off-site parking, all utilities, cleaning services, and all marina fees are included. Guests are responsible for any damage to the yacht including spills, carpet stains, physical property damage, etc. See Sleep Aboard and Marina Policies for further information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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