End of Summer ~ only one rental for this Labor Day weekend at New Melones Lake! Call now!

What:
•25% off Labor Day weekend trip on an Escapade (only one available at this price)

Where:
•New Melones Lake

When:
• Labor Day Weekend 2014

How:
•Call our Reservations Dept. TOLL FREE at 1 (877) HOUSEBOAT
•Must mention this web weekly special when booking.

Fine Print: Does not apply to existing reservations.
•Not valid with any other offer or promotion.
•Applies only to NEW bookings

How would you like to spend Independence Day out on the Lake?

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It’s the 4th of July Weekend ~ how are you celebrating America’s birthday?

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Are you planning on spending the day with friends and family?

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Are you planning a cookout with delicious food?

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Are you planning to keep cool?

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Well, we are! Here at houseboats.com we celebrate Independence Day on the lake. It’s no secret that the best place to enjoy hot weather is on the water.

Want to join us?

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Believe it or not, it IS possible to spend 4th of July weekend on a houseboat on Lake Shasta. Lucky for you, Jones Valley has a few boats available this weekend!

Take a last minute weekend trip Friday through Sunday on a Corinthian, Escapade, Odyssey or Royal Star at Jones Valley Resort on Shasta Lake ~ call us for our last minute deals!

And though the water is low, there is still plenty of water to recreate on Shasta Lake. We still have lots of houseboaters enjoying the lake, and no one comes back having experienced any less of a good time. A recent note from a guest puts it best:

“…They are right, plenty of water… Back in 2005 or so a similar drought happened. I was worried that the lake was to low and we were going to be disappointed. 10 of us had the time of our lives. Went back 4 years in a row. Awesome! HIT IT!” – Ray Mikota, Ashland OR 7/2/14

So if you have no plans, or want to experience something new this holiday, come on out for a last minute houseboat trip! See ya out there!

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Lake Level & Our Guarantee to You

We all know California needs water…now let’s do something about it and take advantage of the sun while it’s shining.

The water is calm, the fish are biting. And rates are at their rock-bottom lowest this time of year.

So come on, help us make it rain! Just book and take a trip on any houseboat now until May 2, and while at Jones Valley Resort, do a rain dance before embarking on your houseboat trip and receive a certificate for 33% off asecond trip to be taken prior to 12/31/2014.*

Excludes existing reservations.

Lake Level & Our Guarantee to You

As all Californian’s are painfully aware, a drought has brought our lake levels down. However, we are confident that both Lakes Shasta and New Melones have adequate water storage to last through the 2014 recreation and boating season.

With the current depth of 380’ of water in Shasta Lake and 211 miles of shoreline (full pool boasts 365 miles), there is plenty of water for boating, fishing, and watersports. It is about 130′ from crest at this time, and water outflows have been drastically reduced in the past week or so. New Melones currently contains about 460′ of water at the dam, and the water has actually come up in the past month.

To help alleviate concerns regarding prepayment of rent (our policy is full payment is due 75 days prior to your houseboat embarkation date), here’s yourguarantee should Mother Nature fail to produce the needed rainfall:

During the 2014 season, Jones Valley Resort and New Melones Lake Marina (Shasta Lake Resorts LP/houseboats.com) guarantees a refund of the full rental fee up until one day prior to your vacation start date if the marina is unable to operate houseboat rentals due to low water and unsafe navigation.* 

We hope Mother Nature changes course soon!

*No other circumstances will be eligible for refund, including guest’s decision to cancel based on low water level or any other reason (certain circumstances are insurable, we encourage you to explore and purchase trip insurance). Only applies to trips scheduled after  the point at which the marina(s) can no longer operate, if houseboat rentals take place for a partial season, all trips prior to the non-operation date will be subject to current reservation terms.

Top Ten Reasons Why Fall Houseboating Rocks!

The secret is out. If you think houseboating season ends after Labor Day, you have a big treat in store. There are dozens of reasons why fall is the best time to take to the lake. But we have narrowed the list down to the ten best. Please read on.

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10.  Kids are gone – Yeah, we love kids and all. But once they have all gone back to school, the lake takes on a much more adult feeling. Fall is time to let the grownups have their fun.

9.   Lake is quieter – See “kids are gone” above. But in addition to the lack of young sounds, there are just quite a few less people on the lake. Drop anchor anywhere you want. Take your watercraft anywhere you want. The place is yours.

8.   Water is smoother – We have already established that the kids are gone and that there are fewer people. But fall weather generally brings days of absolute still air keeping the lake glassy. Time to really let rip with the wake boards and water skis!!

7.   Weather is the best of the year – Okay, we all like 110 degree days on the lake (or mostly “IN” the lake!). But how about some nice 90 degree days, plus 75+ degree water? You’re comfortable all day long in and out of the water. See the average temps at http://houseboats.com/shasta-lake/

6.   More romantic – You get where we are heading with this? No kids. No crowds. Quiet, smooth water. Nice weather. Fall is time for romance on the lake.

5.   Food tastes better – Time to put away the hot dogs and macaroni. When the weather is nice and the mood is slower, it’s time to spend a bit more time in the kitchen galley or on the upper-deck outdoor grill making some really special meals.

4.   Fish are hungrier – The fish are toning up their taste buds as well. They sense that winter is not far off and they are looking to eat. And fewer fishermen mean more bites for you.

3.   Wildlife is more abundant – This might seem contradictory to what we have said above. But we are talking about wildlife and not “wild life”.  Quiet lakes bring out the birds and beasts in larger numbers.

2.   Best selection of watercraft – It stands to reason that, with fewer people on the lake, you get the pick of the litter when it comes to the watercraft you want to rent. And while those super-fine models might cost dearly during the summer, read on to our number one reason why fall is the best time for houseboating!!

1.   Screaming deals – Yes, the best reason of all for fall houseboating is the price. Most prices drop by over 40% from the peak summer rate! Click here to see what sort of deals we have for you!!

Call Reservations TODAY at 877-HOUSEBOAT or email Reservations.

Planning your houseboat trip

Okay – You’re houseboat vacation dates are set! You’ve completed your guest manifest and used our new online payment feature. So where do you start in the planning process?

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Meal planning is a very important aspect of your trip, for obvious reasons.

There are several ways you can plan your meals, depending on your group. Some ideas are:

#1 Have one person prepare the entire menu for the trip – post a written menu indicating what food is for what meal.

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#2 Assign meals to various people, making each person responsible for one or more specific meals.

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#3 Let each individual or family take care of their own food.

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As for beverages, it is often a good idea to have each family bring their own. Keep in mind that sharing is a big part of houseboating, so throw in a few extras! Here is an easy breakfast recipe for a big group.

Of course there are advantages and disadvantages of all of these choices – the guests on the houseboat vacation will need to decide which is best for the group as a whole.

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So, besides food, what else will you need to pack?

Our houseboats come equipped with most of the necessities. The only things we recommend you put on your packing checklist are itemized here including your electronics (cell phone, IPod, camera, etc.), personal bathing necessities, hats and sunscreen, bedding, and your outdoor entertainment like inflatables and fishing gear.

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We always recommend bringing another boat to enhance your houseboat vacation. If no one in your party owns a boat, our marinas can rent them to you!

Don’t forget your floaties and towables! If you don’t own all of the towables and toys you would like in order to add some variety to your floating, we have all the latest models for rent.

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The next step is to take the scenic drive to Shasta or New Melones! Once you arrive, our quad squad will unload all of the gear you packed and load it into the houseboat for you. The pilot service we offer will drive your houseboat safely out of the marina, then you find your own private cove and begin the fun of a houseboat vacation.

We want to provide everything we can to make planning this trip the easiest it can be. You will find that organizing your trip is easy and also gets you pumped for your future trips! You, your loved ones, the lake, a cold beverage… All the right stuff to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Memorial Weekend: The Unofficial Start to Summer

Memorial Day is just around the corner. A fun day of boats, bathing suits and beverages!

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Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. What do you have planned? How about a day of boating on either Lake Shasta or New Melones?

Maybe some of us don’t have a boat. Or some of us are procrastinators and maybe you’ve not yet prepped the boat to be out on the water. These are not excuses to miss Memorial Day boating fun! A quick tune up or our daily ‘stress-free’ boat rentals are both simple answers. So pack your bags – Turns out a lake trip is within reach!

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Just remember that the Memorial Weekend holiday can be a bustling, busy time on the lake. Crowds can make being on the lake fun and social, but its good to remember safety!

Here’s a few simple reminders… though all apply, remember ‘stress-free’ rentals come with essential safety items such as life jackets.

Have the proper amount of life jackets on board.
Do not drink and drive.
Have an orange flag on board when towing.
Stock up on sunscreen.
Bring and drink lots of water.

Don't forget to fit man's best friend with a life jacket!

Don’t forget to fit man’s best friend with a life jacket!

Not only is safety important for keeping us alive and well, but it will also prevent any tickets from the lake patrol officers!

Let’s all just try and remember to be considerate and courteous. Use common sense. Follow posted rules and regulations.

So – No excuses! We’ll see you out on the water!

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Get Your Boating Body Back

 

We’d like to point out that the following 5 tips all have a common thread with houseboating~

1) Get More Sleep Getting enough sleep aids in mental clarity, reduces the risk of diabetes and heart problems, and fights off depression. Sleep is also linked to the ease with which you lose weight and build muscle. In fact, people who sleep less than six hours per night also eat, on average, an additional 220 calories per day. What better way to do this than aboard a luxury houseboat floating on a peaceful lake?

2) Fill your plate with colorful vegetables
Try adding a new vegetable to your diet each week, trying something you’ve never tasted before at least once a month. Brightly colored, as well as dark green leafy vegetables are full of antioxidants and necessary vitamins.
What a pretty picture they’ll paint inside your houseboat full-sized refrigerator!

3) Avoid Processed Foods
You can easily chow down a bag of chips or a chocolate candy bar with 300 calories, but 300 calories is what’s in a lunch size 6-inch sub sandwich! Try to remove highly processed foods like frozen dinners and pre-packaged snack cakes. 
Our houseboats are fully outfitted with kitchen galleys, and some gourmet galleys, to make your meal preparation easy and fun!

4)Cook at home (or aboard a boat) and have dinner around the table
Cooking provides a healthy option to fast food and highly processed foods while building life lasting memories. Taking some time to talk together as a family and create a healthy meal could provide you with a healthy stress relief alternative that you may have not expected. Every houseboats.com vessel features a community table for enjoying delicious meals prepared in the galley kitchen or BBQ.

5) Grab the Weights 
When you do cardio, the calories you burn are a combination of fat and muscle. Weight training burns nearly twice as many calories as doing cardio at a slow, long pace. If you want the fastest results with less time in the gym, your best bet is to grab the weights. 
Or rent a ski boat or wakeboard boat and get out on the lake; skiing and other watersports provide the exhilarating fun and exercise!


Boat Sales Rev Back to Life

12/27/12 Wall Street Journal

By JIM CARLTON

SAN FRANCISCO—Don Lorenz decided to hold off on splurging on a new boat until he was convinced the economy had stabilized.

The right moment came this summer, when the 63-year-old chief investment officer for a real-estate firm paid $75,000 for a 20-foot water-skiing boat for his family’s lake trips in Northern California.

“I wouldn’t have bought one earlier because the recession and uncertainty were severe,” said Mr. Lorenz, a resident of Menlo Park, Calif., who last bought a boat eight years ago and plans to keep using it, in addition to the new one. “I was trying to maintain my liquidity.”

 

 

What is Shasta Lake Houseboating all about?

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Shasta Lake is a magnificent body of water shrouded by a massive evergreen forest. This is the best of Mother Nature, raw and unspoiled, at your fingertips. Four rivers or “arms” merge together to create this man-made wonder: the Sacramento, McCloud, Squaw Creek and Pit. Each has its own personality and unique beauty.

Unlike anywhere on Earth

The scenery and views are endlessly breathtaking. Mt. Shasta rises majestically to the North and the Lassen Volcanic peaks to the East. Shasta Dam, the highest center spillway dam in the world, can be found at the Southwest corner of the lake. Shasta Caverns, a fascinating natural wonder that can only be reached from the lake, offers daily tours year round.

Watersport Haven

Shasta Lake offers countless coves for the ultimate watersport experience. Since the mountains create a constant windbreak, “glass” conditions are abundant. And with 365 miles of shoreline, finding your own private spot is easy. Summer days are almost guaranteed sunny and the average water temperature is a heavenly 76 degrees.

Epic Fishing

In the spring, before water temperatures have started to rise, anglers are drawn to Shasta for the great variety of fish species. Brown and rainbow trout and silver salmon can be caught from the bank or by trolling. Bass tournaments throughout the year attract fishermen from far and wide.

A myriad of hiking trails crisscross the rugged terrain surrounding the lake. Levels of difficulty range from casual walking paths to advanced trails for the serious hiker or mountain-biker.

Without a doubt, houseboating is the most relaxing way to explore Shasta Lake. All of the conveniences of home, the luxury of a yacht, the perfect ‘home base’ for your boats and waverunners, all  in the midst of the great outdoors, are what makes houseboating so attractive  to those looking to escape civilization without sacrificing comfort.

Shasta Lake is located in Northern California about four hours drive Northeast of the Bay Area, three hours North of Sacramento, off Interstate 5.

Be Your Own Captain!

Oftentimes, I’m reminded of how blessed we, who spend our days working on the water, truly are.  As one of our crew members often reminds me, “We walk on water 8 hours a day!”  We live and breathe everything houseboats.  We build them, repair them, drive them, and some of us live on them.  Not a summer days goes by that a happy customer doesn’t threaten to quit their job and join us on one of our marinas.  If you are one of those, either you already own a boat and are thinking of buying a houseboat, have considered buying one but weren’t sure where to start, or just someone who thinks it would be cool to getaway for weeks at a time and live-aboard a luxury houseboat, this is written with you in mind.

This year, we only have a few vessels for sale and you can see them here.  All of our boats are maintained at the highest standard as their appearance and functional use dictate our value.  You can trust that we take impeccable care of each houseboat as any issues we have with our boats cost us money if we can’t rent them.  Most of our boats are sold at or above market rate due to the quality of our maintenance.  Of course, any older houseboat generally requires more maintenance and repair, but the cost-savings is usually well worth it.

A few years ago, we began offering a new program to allow first-time boat owners to make the investment, but minimize the out of pocket expense.  Our alternative plan had to allow the owner to use the boat themselves but share in the profits if they allow the vessel to remain in our rental fleet.  We designed our leaseback program with just that purpose in mind.  You can own a luxury houseboat yourself and have the opportunity to profit as well.  The boat is managed and maintained by our professional staff and you can have the boat for more than a month each year!   If you’d like to consider the advanages of houseboat ownership with the potential to profit, check out the leaseback program here.

Think about how great you’ll feel with the freedom of the open water on a vessel of your own.  If you are considering boat ownership or know someone who might be, feel free to connect with us via email or facebook.