Houseboating News Editions

Learn more about houseboating and the family of Forever Resorts marina locations all across the USA. Each newsletter issue offers information on safe boating,
vacation planning and sample itineraries - and of course seasonal special vacation packages to help you get the most of your next houseboat trip.

How Hard is it to Drive a Houseboat? Answers from an Expert

Category: Houseboat Tips

A houseboat vacation is one that anyone can enjoy. From families with young children who are looking for an affordable, fun-filled summer vacation to couples who want an adventurous yet romantic getaway, there's a houseboat and a marina for every type of traveler.

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What You Need To Know About A Houseboat Vacation with Kids

Category: Houseboat Tips

For kids, a houseboat vacation is the adventure of a lifetime. Sleeping in a house that is floating each night is quite literally a dream come true, and there's nothing better than waking up only to realize they have an entire day filled with outdoor fun ahead. If you are a parent who is planning a houseboat vacation with your kids this summer, here are a few tips to help make your vacation safe and enjoyable.

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Pros and Cons of Living on a Houseboat Full-Time

Category: Houseboat Tips

A houseboat is quite literally a home that floats. Most people assume that a houseboat makes a great vacation property, and that it's a fun and exciting way to temporarily experience a different way of life. However, there are many people around the country who permanently reside on houseboats.

 

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Are you Required to Purchase Houseboat Insurance?

Category: Houseboat Tips

At Forever Houseboats, we understand that things come up unexpectedly, which is why it’s important to protect yourself when it comes to owning or renting a houseboat. Though you aren’t required to purchase houseboat insurance if you’re renting a houseboat, trip cancellation protection is another type of insurance that ensures you’re covered if you need to cancel your trip. Whether you’re anticipating a possible event that may change your vacation plans, or simply want to cover yourself in case of an emergency, it’s a good idea to know your options when it comes to houseboat insurance.

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What Happens if you Get Too Close to the Lake Berryessa Hole?

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Although the Lake Berryessa hole may look like a spiraling tunnel that leads to certain death, its actual purpose could save many lives. Curious to learn what it’s all about? Keep reading to find out what happens if you get too close to the spillway.

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​Choosing the Best Houseboating Destination

Category: Houseboat Tips

Not sure where to book your next houseboat vacation? At Forever Houseboats, we’re pleased to offer some of the greatest houseboating destinations in the Southwest. Whether you’re looking at Lake Powell, Lake Mead or Lake Mohave to host your upcoming vacay, you’ll find the perfect location for your group by following these steps.

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​ Q & A: Houseboat Water Systems Explained

Category: Houseboat Tips

As a first time houseboater, you may be interested in learning about how the water system on a houseboat actually works. At Forever Houseboats, we proudly equip each of our houseboats with several convenient water management systems to ensure you have enough clean water to use throughout the duration of your trip. These water management systems are both convenient and easy to understand and provide a visual display of how much water is available for use.
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Quiz: What Size Houseboat is Right for Me?

Category: Houseboat Tips

If you’re new to private houseboat rentals, you might not be sure which boat to choose. At Antelope Point Marina on Lake Powell, our fleet includes houseboat models ranging from 59 to 75 feet long. The ideal houseboat for your vacation depends on the size of your group and your preferred amenities. Take this short quiz to find out which one is right for you.

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​Treat your Valentine to a Houseboat Vacation

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to escape on a romantic getaway with your sweetheart. We might be a little biased, but at Forever Houseboats, we believe there’s nowhere quite as ideal for romance as a houseboat vacation. Treat your Valentine to a romantic weekend on the water this year. Here’s how you can make it extra memorable.

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3 Major Attractions Near Lakes in the Southwest

Category: Houseboat Vacations

The Southwest is home to many magnificent sites. From historic hiking spots to stunning coves within the deep Black Canyons, there’s much to explore by land and boat. Up for a vacation that will satisfy your inner adventurous side? We’ve compiled a list of 3 major attractions near popular lakes in the Southwest.

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​4 Things You’ll Need for the Perfect Winter Houseboat Vacation

Category: Houseboat Tips

If you’re seeking a fun way to spend a few nights away from home this season, houseboating is the perfect getaway. At Forever Houseboats, we offer rentals for winter houseboat vacations on some of the best recreational lakes in the Southwestern United States. But before you set out on your boating vacation, you’ll want to plan on bringing a few additional items aside from the basic packing list to keep you comfortable.

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​3 Simple Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Tips

Looking for a couple easy dishes to make on your holiday houseboat vacation? At Forever Houseboats, every single boat in our Forever Fleet has a fully-equipped kitchen and BBQ grill. Almost anything you can make in your home kitchen can be made on a houseboat. However, most travelers prefer to spend their time onboard relaxing instead of cooking. That’s why we compiled a few of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes for a no-stress feast on the water.

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​4 Best Reasons to Houseboat in the Winter

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Summer is the most popular season for houseboat trips. In fact, a lot of people don’t even realize that houseboat rentals are available in the winter. But winter on the water is one of the best-kept secrets of houseboating – especially in the Southwest, where winter temperatures are most comfortable.

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How to Beach Your Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Setting out on your first houseboat expedition can be exciting and nerve-wracking. Rest assured that you are perfectly capable of maneuvering and beaching your houseboat, provided you pay close attention to the instructions given to you before leaving the marina. Feel free to spend your day enjoying the lake, but keep in mind you’ll need to beach your houseboat before sunset. If you’ve never beached a houseboat before, here’s what you’ll need to do.

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​How to Prepare a Thanksgiving Meal on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Tips

Spending your Thanksgiving holiday on a houseboat may sound a bit odd, but don’t knock it before you try it! If you’re looking to do something a little different this year, spending Turkey Day on the lake might just be exactly what you’re looking for. Because all our Forever Houseboats include a full kitchen, cooking up your feast on a boat isn’t as hard as you might think.

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​How to Have Halloween on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Tired of the same old routine every Halloween? Why not switch it up this year by spending the spookiest holiday of the year on the water. Renting a Forever houseboat is an ideal way to start a fun, new holiday tradition. With marinas at Lake Powell in Arizona and Lake Mead on the Arizona-Utah border, residents in Arizona, California, Utah, and Nevada can reach the lake in just a few hours. Invite your friends and have the best Halloween night to date.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Operating a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Tips

If you’re nervous about piloting a houseboat for the first time, you’re not alone. Luckily, when you rent a Forever Houseboat, you don’t just show up and get the keys. Vacationers receive a houseboat manual and instruction guide for their specific boat after making a reservation. This gives first-time pilots plenty of time to study the manual and watch instructional videos before their houseboat vacation. Read everything over thoroughly and your family will think you’re a natural on the water.

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​Houseboating on a Holiday Weekend

Category: Houseboat Tips

If you’re planning on spending Labor Day at the lake, you’re not alone. Last year, 37% of Americans traveled for the 3-day weekend – about ten percent more than in 2015. The increase in holiday traffic led to booked hotels and crowded tourist attractions.

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​How to Stay Sun-Safe on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Lake Powell is one of the largest man-made lakes in the nation. There are over 90 side canyons to explore, plus 1960 miles of shoreline. Dozens of sandy beaches provide endless opportunities to soak up some rays. Whether you’re sunbathing and fishing on your houseboat’s upper deck, setting up towels on the beach or hiking to Rainbow Bridge (note: permit required), it’s important to protect yourself against sun damage.

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​Where Should I Take a Houseboat Vacation?

Category: Houseboat Vacations

You’ve got your vacation destination in mind. You know you want to tour the Southwest, maybe visit the Grand Canyon or see your favorite band live in Las Vegas. Best of all, you know exactly where you want to stay – on a houseboat! From the awe-inspiring vistas of Lake Mead to the quieter shores of Lake Powell, Arizona and Nevada offer a range of recreational lakes where you can play, stay and fish without ever leaving your “home away from home.”

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Best Ways to Anchor your Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Tips

One of the most common questions we hear at Forever Houseboats is, “What is the best way to anchor my houseboat for the night?” While it is absolutely necessary to safely secure your houseboat each evening, it doesn’t need to be intimidating for first-time houseboaters. We’ve compiled our top tips to ensure your houseboat is safely and securely in place at the end of the day.

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5 Ways to Have Fun on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Houseboats are a unique alternative to hotels or bed-and-breakfasts. You get the comfort and convenience of a private home, plus the ability to jump in the water or cast a line any time of day.

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Breakfast on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Tips

Maybe you love to cook, or you just don’t want to venture far from the water to eat every meal. That’s why we’ve equipped our Forever Houseboats with all the comforts of home, from gas grills for nighttime barbecues to refrigerated compartments for storing essential ingredients. Your houseboat rental includes a dining area for family meals and countertop space for preparing food. From plates and cups to cookware and utensils, we’ve thought of everything you might need, whether you’re just popping in for snacks or making gourmet meals from scratch.

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​Honoring Our Military Heroes On Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer. Nearly 40% of Americans travel over the long holiday weekend. While we at Forever Houseboats love the promise of hot temperatures and great grilling that every Memorial Day brings, we never forget the true point of this holiday. That is why we are proud to honor the Americans who have given their lives in service of our great nation.

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​The Girls’ Getaway Where You Can Really Get Away!

Category: Houseboat Tips

When you think about a vacation with your best girlfriends, renting a houseboat may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but maybe it should. Houseboat trips aren’t just for the guys! The whole point of a girls’ getaway is to get away – from work, from household responsibilities, from everything! On a houseboat vacation, you can leave the stresses of daily life on the shore. Here are a few tips to make your houseboat girls’ getaway extraordinary.

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