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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Love the service we got. Houseboat almost caught fire. The tech they sent said "you are lucky you didnt all burn in your sleep" when he came to fix the boat. Then my friend broke a toe in a hole in the back deck. When we bring it up to the owner (the guy in this video) he was pissed his employee was honest and said "I don't give a fuck about that" right after mentioning my friends toe. Avoid these cash grabbing scammers at all costs. Btw lots of witnesses and pics for when we hire a lawyer.

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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.