A Lake Powell houseboat adventure had been on our "bucket list" for some time so we booked a boat with another couple the first week in October from the Bullfrog Marina. The weather was lovely and the scenery spectacular. The fact that it was the end of their season may have contributed to the down side of our experience. Upon boarding the boat we checked the inventory that was listed to be on board. A number of things were missing but were quickly delivered by the pleasant girl who was checking us onto the boat. An operation manual was provided which was a good thing since either we missed a few very important points or (as we believe) were not adequately covered. As boat owners ourselves we were surprised to learn, after we left the marina, that a number of the features of the boat were not working...like the radio, the depth finder, etc. I wish we had spent more time inspecting the cleanliness of the boat. Once we were on our way we discovered that the boat was truly filthy...dried urine on the floor of the bathroom, cobwebs in the corners, dried food in the pans provided. We spent two days basically cleaning the boat. That said, the scenery was gorgeous! We slept under the stars on the upper deck every night which I would recommend since the bedrooms are small and a bit stuffy. They provide queen-size mats for this purpose. My advice: take the time to make sure you have all the inventory and DEFINITELY check the boat carefully for cleanliness. Also, we checked on renting a wave runner when we booked the houseboat. We found that we could rent one in Boise (where we live) for half the price of renting one at Lake Powell. I would definitely recommend that you have a wave runner because it can get you to some spectacular places where the houseboat could not go. We would have missed some great places (and a lot of fun) without it.
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