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HOUSEBOATING FAQs2019-05-04T14:35:48+00:00

HOUSEBOATING FAQs

How long does it take to check-in?2019-05-04T14:33:25+00:00

The whole check-in process can take up to 4-5 hours. This includes office paperwork, then once the boat is ready and assigned to you, Orientation and loading your belongings.

Do the houseboats come with bedding?2019-05-04T14:32:46+00:00

No, please bring your bedding and towels from home.

Can I bring my own stereo and speaker system?2019-05-04T14:32:03+00:00

No, each boat has a stereo system on board. Please bring an aux cord with you to connect any iPods or phones to the stereo.

Are there fees to stay in Marine Parks?2020-01-21T20:48:02+00:00

The provincial government does charge for park usage.  The following fees are applied per houseboat model:

  • Cruiser: $75
  • CC1, CC2, CC4:  $150
  • CC3, CC5, CC6: $200
  • Genesis 60 & Genesis 75: $200
Do cell phones work on the lake?2019-05-04T14:30:26+00:00

Some work quite well, others not very well at all or only at specific locations. You should still give family and friends our office number (250) 836-2450), as this will be your best way of ensuring their messages reach you. If necessary we will advise you where the nearest telephone is to you so you can speak to the caller in person.

Can people contact us on the houseboat?2019-05-04T14:29:50+00:00

Yes, just make sure your family has our office phone number (250) 836-2450, and we will relay any messages to you via your V.H.F. radio. However, you must be monitoring your radio to receive the message. We require all guests fill out a Boat Manifest prior to leaving dock. This manifest ensures that we know which boat every guest is on in the event of a family emergency.

What happens in a medical emergency?2019-08-21T15:58:24+00:00

In the event of a medical emergency, call 911.  There is a rescue boat on the lake, they will come get you.  If you can’t reach 911 by your cell, call us via radio. Cell phones do not work on all areas of the lake.

Can friends join us during our trip?2019-08-21T15:59:17+00:00

Friends can join you in the middle of your trip.  You will need to call a water taxi.  We suggest using Sea Dog Boat Rentals as they leave from our dock.  Their number is 250-836-4567.  Or the houseboat can return to Old Town Marina to pick up guests.

Where do we stay at night?2019-05-04T14:27:30+00:00

Before dark you must “beach” your houseboat – houseboats cannot be safely secured in the middle of the lake as it is too deep – and we don’t provide anchors! You will be instructed on how to do this during your Captain’s Orientation. There are over 30 marine parks to choose from on the Shuswap Lake system.

How fast do houseboats travel?2019-05-04T14:26:37+00:00

Your houseboat will travel up to 6 knots or 7 miles an hour. We do recommend a specific travel speed to allow you to achieve the best fuel consumption. For example the average cruising time from Sicamous to Cinnemousun Narrows is 3 hours.

Are there age restrictions?2019-05-04T14:25:57+00:00

The ‘Captain’ of the houseboat must hold a valid driver’s licence and be at least 19 years old.

Can we bring pets with us?2019-08-21T15:59:56+00:00

We are dog and cat friendly.  There is a fee of $50 for a small pet and $75 for a large pet.  Both are subject to tax.  These fees are a 1 time fee for the duration of your trip.

What is the return time?2019-05-04T14:25:02+00:00

Return times are on an assigned basis between 8AM and 10AM on your final day.

What is the Captain’s Orientation?2019-05-04T14:24:25+00:00

The Captain’s Orientation covers all the operating systems of the houseboat. We also include a video onboard that you may review at any time, along with an Operating Manual specific to the boat you have chartered.

Who can drive the houseboat?2019-05-04T14:23:18+00:00

Anyone over the age of 19 can drive the houseboat provided that they have completed the Captain’s Orientation and hold a valid driver’s license.

What are my payment options?2019-05-04T14:22:13+00:00

OPTION A: Pay the balance (less deposit) 120 days prior to departure.

OPTION B: Pay the balance (less deposit) in 4 equal monthly installments starting 120 days prior to departure. (120 days / 90 days / 60 days / 30 days) for an additional 5% administration fee.

We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, INTERAC or CASH! For more detailed information, please view our Policies page.

What are the extra costs?2020-02-19T22:29:08+00:00

Your costs are minimal. You pay for the gas you use during your vacation, marine park fees, septic pump out and daily insurance during your trip. Your gas costs will vary depending on upon how far you travel, generator usage, as well as use of the remote fueling station. Septic pump-out fee is $30. Marine park fees are charged per boat type.
Damage Deposit: Payment of $28/day will reduce the amount of security deposit required. If the payment is not made, we require the applicable damage deposit to be placed on a credit card as indicated:

Security Deposit w/buydown w/o buydown
Cruiser $2,500 $5,000
CC 1/2 $2,500 $5,000
CC 3 $4,000 $8,000
CC 4 $4,500 $9,000
CC 5/6 $6,000 $12,000

Security Deposit: The security deposit will be applied to any outstanding charges including but not limited to lost or damaged items, late returns, excessively unclean boats, or any damages. Deposit must be placed on the Captain’s credit card. CASH OR PERSONAL CHEQUES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

Is a deposit required when booking?2019-05-04T14:20:58+00:00

Yes. All you require is a deposit of $500 (Cruiser and CruiseCraft 1, 2, 3 and 4); the CruiseCraft 5 and 6 require a deposit of $1500 to confirm your reservation. Your deposit will be applied to your charter fee and is required 10 days after making your reservation. Your deposit can be paid over the phone by approved credit card or you may mail a money order.

How far in advance should I book?2019-05-04T14:21:13+00:00

We recommend you reserve your houseboat 6 months to a year in advance, but we can usually accommodate most requests, as long as you have some flexibility in dates and houseboat types. It’s also always worthwhile calling us even on short notice (1-800-663-4026), as we occasionally get cancellations. If you are requiring very specific dates for your vacation, we highly recommend that you book 12 months in advance. Check out our online booking for to view immediate availability.

What will a houseboat vacation cost?2019-05-04T14:13:00+00:00

Houseboat vacations with Twin Anchors are based on the size of the boat, features, the number of people it can accommodate, the season you choose to vacation in and how many nights you would like to spend on Shuswap Lake. Choose the houseboat type that fits your needs and view the rates.

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Whats your favourite Shuswap Lake destination/activity?

We want to know about your favourite thing to do or place to go on the Shuswap! Can anyone guess where this is? The first person to guess correctly wins a crisp, virtual high-five 👏  

Enjoy your Friday and have a safe weekend!

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Every year we have gone houseboating, we have hiked Albas Falls. Interesting to see it all change year to year and season to season. Hiked it two years in the spring during runoff and once mid summer, first time hiking it in the fall was this year when the water was way down. Super interesting terrain.

Just cruising out on the lake....the best time ever!!

Marble point?

Pierre’s point campground

The whole lake! Enjoyed each spot we stopped at. Always enjoyed going to see the salmon run.

The beach to go to Alba falls?

best family trip ever!

Twin bays, quite and calm waters.

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Renovate and complete necessary repairs or installations on houseboats with reference to the Quality System. Construct, erect, install, maintain, and repair houseboat structures and other components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes. Measure, cut, shape, assemble, and join materials made of wood and wood substitutes. Renovate electrical, plumbing, or construction requirements on the houseboats as detected. Ensure work areas are clean and that major safety issues with houseboats are reported to the management team. The work environment is both in and outside of the shop in all weather conditions where work is done in and near fiberglass and mechanical. Certified or proven abilities in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, or construction are considered an asset. Must work well within a team have your own basic tools to do the job. ... See MoreSee Less

Winter is on its way to Old Town Bay!

Throughout the winter our boats either remain on the dock or get pulled out of the water to get their seasonal spa treatment in the manufacturing plant 😎 Twin Anchors sailings run from May throughout the first week of October of every year!

Winters in the Columbia-Shuswap region come with heavy snowfall and mild temperatures, making it a popular area for avid skiers, snowmobilers, and other outdoor enthusiasts! Even though the average winter temperature is below freezing, Shuswap Lake never freezes over so you will likely find a few boats out on the water during the sunny days 🥶
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Winter is on its way to Old Town Bay!

Throughout the winter our boats either remain on the dock or get pulled out of the water to get their seasonal spa treatment in the manufacturing plant 😎 Twin Anchors sailings run from May throughout the first week of October of every year!

Winters in the Columbia-Shuswap region come with heavy snowfall and mild temperatures, making it a popular area for avid skiers, snowmobilers, and other outdoor enthusiasts! Even though the average winter temperature is below freezing, Shuswap Lake never freezes over so you will likely find a few boats out on the water during the sunny days 🥶

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I need this in the summer.

Dawn Gailey was a nice time

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