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Need Houseboat Tips

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detroit michigan
posts: 208
reviews: 17
Need Houseboat Tips

Four adults, with boating experience in Michigan, are renting a houseboat from Wahweap Marina in September. We have never been west so we would appreciate any tips. ie food ideas, ice availability,places to go anything we would find helpful. We rented the Voyager XL 46. Thank you, karenm

Cedar City, UT
posts: 306
reviews: 117
11. Re: Need Houseboat Tips

Don't forget the binocs....important for reading channel & canyon markers.

Your rental will have the lake map on the boat wall (not far from the helm) so no need to buy one unless the skipper wants it in hand.

We've done a fair amount of Powell houseboating with and w/o a tag along powerboat. The powerboat is a definite advantage, but being there w/o is wonderful as well. Without one we found a different mooring spot each day, while motoring up the lake from Wahweap, which did require additional elbow grease for pulling up anchor & digging new holes ea. day, but as 4 middle aged folks we did fine & it was all wonderful. They do rent kayaks which are wonderful for narrow canyon exploring.

After Labor Day weekend the lake won't be as busy so not as much competition for campsites, yet the water is still warm for perfect swimming.

Load up on ice, particularly block as it lasts longer than cube. The large deck cooler that comes with the boat is great & the marina sells ice at the dock. Page offers any needed groceries. If you love to cook & eat then pack small amounts of favorite spices in ziplocs from home.

Food depends entirely on your group, appetites, desire to make it simple or an affair? I always enjoy the grill, big salads & veggies, but we live 2 1/2 hrs. from Powell so I can freeze meat, drinks, water bottles, etc & bring them from home.

Paper towels do dbl. duty for clean up, napkins, etc.

Ask Wahweap whether your rental week will allow you to take the houseboat into the Rainbow Bridge dock? We've done that in Oct. when it's slow so space available, but if Sept. still requires a powerboat for that stop then no need to do the 50 miles up the lake as fuel will be costly. Rainbow is well worth seeing, but you can also consider taking an extra 1/2 day to do the tour boat if Sept. is still off limits to houseboats in that canyon.

Days will be warm, nights will be cool. The night sky will be incredible....sleeping on deck is an opportunity to star gaze from dusk to dawn.

Water, ice, sunscreen, extra memory cards, camera charger, binocs, Keen type shoes for water & land are musts. The rest is particular to your group.

Utah is arid so beach towels, bathing suits, shorts, etc, all dry within minutes on the deck railing. No need to take many duplicates.

Many people say we should all see the Grand Canyon, Disney World & Las Vegas at least once on our lives...probably true, but I could experience the wonder of Lake Powell (from the water) year after year and still in awe each time.


highlands ranch, co
posts: 58
reviews: 40
12. Re: Need Houseboat Tips

I completely agree with lovelady. That is just how we did it and it was great. On top of that, we precooked our meals (for instance made taco meat and put it in a ziplock and heated it in the microwave, lasagna you buy in the metal containers, clean up easy, everything was throw away ....of course there was hamburgers etc.) We also made breakfast burritos before we went, froze them and just left a few out...threw them on the grill in the morning.

I think you must have a speed boat. Our boat went 6 miles per hour. I know some of the bigger ones go faster but it took forever to get anywhere and then you have to find a spot to park it. Look at the rates to rent a boat further out. For instance, if coming from Colo you can rent in Grand Junction and it is a lot cheaper. Ask about AAA (it saved us 25%).

Make sure the propane is full before you leave, We ran out fast (without using it much) and had a very very large rat chew through our stove). Good times! But fun memories....

Have a great time!

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