HOUSEBOATING 101

YOUR ARRIVAL

You will be greeted by our friendly hosts, who will direct you to parking and initiate check-in procedures. At the registration office necessary information will be provided to the Captain and Co-Captains assuring a safe and enjoyable vacation. Once your boat is available the hosts will arrange to have our complimentary porter service transport your gear to the houseboat. The Captain and Co-Captains will receive an orientation onboard the houseboat. This will take about 45 minutes and before you know it, you will be on your way to experience a classic Twin Anchors adventure.

CAPTAIN’S ARRIVAL CHECKLIST
THINGS TO DO IN SICAMOUS
DEPARTURE CHECKLIST
RECOMMENDED BEACHES

HOUSEBOAT ORIENTATION

You will learn a lot about the operation of your houseboat in 45 minutes. We recommend you appoint a few first mates and review the “how to” videos (links below) and operation manuals (links below – average PDF size is 25MB) prior to your arrival at our marinas. The more you know, the more enjoyable your houseboat vacation will be.

OPERATOR’S LICENSE

A Pleasurecraft Operator’s Licence is not required on rental boats but is recommended. However, you will need one to operate ski boats and personal watercraft. If you own your own boat it is the law for all operators. Twin Anchors requires all captains to be at least 19 years of age and hold valid drivers’ licences.

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Come by to check out our NEW GIFT SHOP!🎁

We have everything you need for your houseboat trip, the beach, games, souvenirs, the kids and items you may have forgotten before heading out on your vacation!🏖

Located in our upper parking lot it’s where you register once arriving for your houseboat vacation!

Don’t miss those last minute ideas or things that will make your houseboat trip or day on the lake better!🧢

With deals and savings changing each week! It’s the place to start or end of your trip!

Ps. It’s the first place with Advil after your vacation too!🤕
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Come by to check out our NEW GIFT SHOP!🎁

We have everything you need for your houseboat trip, the beach, games, souvenirs, the kids and items you may have forgotten before heading out on your vacation!🏖

Located in our upper parking lot it’s where you register once arriving for your houseboat vacation! 

Don’t miss those last minute ideas or things that will make your houseboat trip or day on the lake better!🧢

With deals and savings changing each week! It’s the place to start or end of your trip! 

Ps. It’s the first place with Advil after your vacation too!🤕

More exciting things to add to your houseboat vacation!!🏖 Or if you are exploring the lake and want to stop to grab a drink or some tasty food!🍹🍔 Opening date coming soon…⏳OTBM Pub is opening soon in #Sicamous. Our pub manager, Todd, is putting the final touches on his spectacular menu, and an official opening date will be announced shortly!

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More exciting things to add to your houseboat vacation!!🏖 Or if you are exploring the lake and want to stop to grab a drink or some tasty food!🍹🍔 Opening date coming soon…⏳

Don’t miss out on a boat slip with direct access to the Shuswap this summer!☀️

Also make sure to check online at twinanchors.com for the last available houseboat vacations! We are very close to being sold out for the summer⏳🎉🏖

PS. We have big news coming soon....🍔🍦🍹Last Chance for a 26' slip for the 2021 season 🛥🛶🚤🚣‍♀️

ONE left, if you want access to power and water, gas dock on site, no current to fight with, this spot has your name on it.

Manager@oldtownmarina.com to make it yours!
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Don’t miss out on a boat slip with direct access to the Shuswap this summer!☀️

Also make sure to check online at twinanchors.com for the last available houseboat vacations! We are very close to being sold out for the summer⏳🎉🏖

PS. We have big news coming soon....🍔🍦🍹

It’s almost the long weekend!🎉🎉 and the boats are ready for the weekend and the rest of the summer!🤘☀️ with good weather this weekend we hope everyone has a great May Long houseboating and enjoying the lake!🏖

If you are not headed on a houseboat this May Long... Old Town Bay Marina is the place to start your Shuswap experience!🚤 with fuel, Bulldog Boat Rentals, a boat launch, parking, ice, wood, snacks and drinks! They have everything you need to enjoy the lake!

Feeling like you are missing out or wanting a adventure?

Head over to twinanchors.com and look at our live booking feature for dates in the summer or call our office at 1-800-663-4026 to capture one of the final sailings available of the summer!🏖☀️
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It’s almost the long weekend!🎉🎉 and the boats are ready for the weekend and the rest of the summer!🤘☀️ with good weather this weekend we hope everyone has a great May Long houseboating and enjoying the lake!🏖 

If you are not headed on a houseboat this May Long... Old Town Bay Marina is the place to start your Shuswap experience!🚤 with fuel, Bulldog Boat Rentals, a boat launch, parking, ice, wood, snacks and drinks! They have everything you need to enjoy the lake!

Feeling like you are missing out or wanting a adventure? 

Head over to twinanchors.com and look at our live booking feature for dates in the summer or call our office at 1-800-663-4026 to capture one of the final sailings available of the summer!🏖☀️

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Got ours booked again this year and looking forward to seeing everyone there and getting out on the water😁❤️

What about people out of BC Province?

Christina Belozer Boating !!!!!!! 🤣

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Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations is holding a virtual career fair for this upcoming season! Send an email to janette@twinanchors.com with your resume and be contacted for a virtual interview!

Don’t miss your opportunity to work on the beautiful Shuswap lake!🏔

Also check out our job postings by clicking on our facebook page or our website twinanchors.com/employment/.
We are looking forward to hear from all applicants!👍
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LESSON ONE

HOUSEBOATING SAFETY

We want everyone to have fun on their houseboat vacation. However, it is important to remember a few things to keep everyone safe. Never drive your boat with swimmers in the water.

LESSON TWO

STARTING  THE HOUSEBOAT

The throttle has forward, neutral and reverse.  To steer from up top, place the throttle in neutral at the helm, then upstairs, press the control button on the throttle here.

LESSON THREE

NAVIGATING

The throttle has forward, neutral and reverse.  To steer from up top, place the throttle in neutral at the helm, then upstairs, press the control button on the throttle here.

LESSON FOUR

RADIO OPERATION

How to operate your radio onboard a Twin Anchors Houseboat. Instructions are also included in the manual. Ensure you don’t say anything bad on the boat to base channel or you can be fined. The main radio hours are between 8:00am – 6:00pm, outside that timeframe it is EMERGENCY USE ONLY.
LESSON FIVE

STORM PROCEDURE

What to do during a storm? Being in a storm on a houseboat can seem scary and stressful, but the boats are built strong and they won’t sink. Follow these instructions to ensure your boat isn’t damaged and you stay straight on the beach if you are already parked there.

LESSON SIX

DRIVING FROM THE TOP DECK

How to drive from the top deck on your Twin Anchors Houseboat. Ensure you are only driving from the top deck in open water and all crew are onboard before starting the boat. More information about driving from the top deck is located in the operation manual onboard the boat.

LESSON SEVEN

CO, PROPANE, GAS, LOW VOLTAGE DETECTORS

Onboard all Twin Anchor Houseboats there are Carbon Monoxide, Propane Gas, and Low voltage detectors which have different functions as described in the video. Don’t be alarmed if any of these go off during your vacation. This video will help better understand why each alarm might go off during your trip. In the manual onboard there is full instructions on these detectors as well.

LESSON EIGHT

FUEL TRANSFER PROCEDURE

How to Transfer Fuel onboard your Twin Anchors Houseboat. Ensure your engine and generator are both off before transferring fuel. Fuel Transfer steps are also included in your operation manual.

LESSON NINE

RETURN TO DOCK PROCEDURE

How to return to dock at the end of your vacation. Includes a checklist at the end of the video to help your return to dock as quick and efficient as possible. There are also instructions in the operation manual onboard to guide you through the return process.

LESSON TEN

HOT TUB FILL, DRAIN & HEAT PROCEDURE

This video will assist you with draining your hot tub, filling the hot tub and finally how to heat the hot tub. The hot tub is a common spot some people have issues so we also have a hot tub troubleshooting video.

Easiest thing for the hot tub is to follow the steps in the video or the instructions in the operations manual in order to be able to use the hot tub whenever you or your crew wants too.

LESSON ELEVEN

HOT TUB TROUBLE SHOOTING

Hot tub troubleshooting is something some people will have to do during their trip if the hot tub runs into problems. This video will go over different problems and solutions to get your hot tub working again. In the video it will go over how to get the hot tub filling if it won’t. How to get it heating with a large array of troubleshooting tips depending on the situation in the hot tub. This video pair with the instructions in the operation manual is the easiest way to troubleshoot the problems with your hot tub.

LESSON TWELVE

THE THRONE ROOM

How does the bathroom operate on a houseboat? Keep it simple – and use only the toilet paper provided!

LESSON THIRTEEN

THE STEAM SHOWER

Enjoy these beautiful spa-like showers on the CruiseCraft 5 & 6 houseboats!

LESSON FOURTEEN

WATER PUMP AIRLOCK PROCEDURE

If you end up with an air-locked water pump(s) by driving with the water pump on, you may need to follow this procedure to get water going throughout the houseboat again. This process should be paired with the manual onboard to ensure it is done correctly. After removing the airlock ensure you TURN OFF your water pump breakers well driving. Full instructions are located in the manual.

HOUSEBOAT BREAKER PANELS

CRUISECRAFT 1 BREAKER PANEL

Full description of the CC breaker panel, including how to start/stop your generator and inverter panel/charging the boat. Learn how to operate your breaker panel/generator/inverter panel and enjoy everything your boat has to offer. There are also instructions located in the operations manual onboard.

CRUISECRAFT 2 BREAKER PANEL

Full description of the CC2 breaker panel, including how to start/stop your generator and inverter panel/charging the boat. Learn how to operate your breaker panel/generator/inverter panel and enjoy everything your boat has to offer. There are also instructions located in the operations manual onboard.

CRUISECRAFT 3 BREAKER PANEL

Full description of the CC3 breaker panel, including how to start/stop your generator and inverter panel/charging the boat. Learn how to operate your breaker panel/generator/inverter panel and enjoy everything your boat has to offer. There are also instructions located in the operations manual onboard.

CRUISECRAFT 4 BREAKER PANEL

Full description of the CC4 breaker panel, including how to start/stop your generator and inverter panel/charging the boat. Learn how to operate your breaker panel/generator/inverter panel and enjoy everything your boat has to offer. There are also instructions located in the operations manual onboard.

CRUISECRAFT 5 LOWER BREAKER PANEL

Full description of the CC3 breaker panel, including how to start/stop your generator and inverter panel/charging the boat. Learn how to operate your breaker panel/generator/inverter panel and enjoy everything your boat has to offer. There are also instructions located in the operations manual onboard.

CRUISECRAFT 5 UPPER BREAKER PANEL

Full description of the CC5 upper breaker panel, including how to start/stop your generator (located on the CC5 lower breaker panel video) and inverter panel/charging the boat. Learn how to operate your breaker panel/inverter panel/hot tub and enjoy everything your boat has to offer. There are also instructions located in the operations manual onboard.

CRUISECRAFT 6 BREAKER PANEL

Full description of the CCVI breaker panel, including how to start/stop your generator and inverter panel/charging the boat. Learn how to operate your breaker panel/generator/inverter panel and enjoy everything your boat has to offer. There are also instructions in the operating manual located onboard.

GENESIS 60 BREAKER PANEL

Full description of the Genesis 60 breaker panel, including how to start/stop your generator and inverter panel/charging the boat. Learn how to operate your breaker panel/generator/inverter panel and enjoy everything your boat has to offer. There are also instructions located in the operations manual onboard.

GENESIS 70/75 BREAKER PANEL

Full description of the Genesis 70/75 breaker panel, including how to start/stop your generator and inverter panel/charging the boat. Learn how to operate your breaker panel/generator/inverter panel and enjoy everything your boat has to offer. There are also instructions located in the operations manual onboard.

LEGACY 94 BREAKER PANEL

Full description of the Legacy 94 breaker panel, including how to start/stop your generator and inverter panel/charging the boat. Learn how to operate your breaker panel/generator/inverter panel and enjoy everything your boat has to offer.  There are also instructions located in the operations manual onboard.