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.

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) 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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What's 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 👏

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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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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

BEACHING THE HOUSEBOAT

At night you must beach your houseboat and properly tie it up.

LESSON FIVE

OPERATING THE MARINE RADIO

Channel 1= Boat to Boat

Channel 2 = Boat to Base

Remember – always be polite.

LESSON SIX

HOT TUB OPERATION

Fill. Heat. Drain. Repeat!

LESSON SEVEN

HOUSEBOAT BREAKER PANELS

What do all the switches on these panels do? We’ll show you!

LESSON EIGHT

THE THRONE ROOM

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

LESSON NINE

THE STEAM SHOWER

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

LESSON TEN

REFUELLING YOUR WATER TOYS

Learn how to refuel your water toys from your onboard fuel station.