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My Thanksgiving with a view

Celebrating gratitude has never been better than the time my family and I decided to try Thanksgiving on a houseboat.

The road to Jones Valley Resort

The road to Jones Valley Resort

I woke up Thursday morning to something delicious baking in the oven, the marvelous aroma wafting through the houseboat as I roused to the solitude of Shasta Lake on Thanksgiving.

I looked outside and soaked in the view – I’m on the water! I realized how quiet it was outside, the lake was all ours. It seemed that my family and I had the whole place to ourselves. The fish were pretty much the only thing making wrinkles in the water.  In the afternoon that would change, as we decided to make splashes of our own by using the waterslide. But for the morning I just slipped into the hot tub and welcomed the morning with a delicious cup of coffee and allowed the bubbles to stir around me.

From the hot tub I viewed the beautiful fall colors, watched wildlife stir, and savored the quiet.

A few of the benefits of Thanksgiving on a houseboat didn’t come to me until I went on the trip myself. Consider a few of my notes:

1. Turkey and pumpkin pie was provided: it was a great help to have those staple items already bought, waiting for us when we arrived.

View treasures you wouldn't normally see in the summer

View treasures you wouldn’t normally see in the summer

2. We still had the option to bake the turkey the traditional way: we did have the option, but we opted to grill it. A pie in the oven and a turkey on the grill was the way to go!

3. Avoiding the traditional dishes that I don’t like: For example, we conveniently roasted all of our marshmallows over a bonfire Wednesday night – that meant no marshmallows to make Aunt Kim’s baked sweet potatoes!

4. Don’t need to do the dishes: Let me explain – Of course there are a complete set of dishes on board to use if you do so choose, and the dishwasher is available to clean most of them… but a houseboat trip gave us the excuse to not use our fine china and to opt instead for ‘oh-so-fine’ paper plates.

5. No unexpected drop-ins: I don’t know about you, but during the holidays we get many a neighbor, friend and relative (the one you try to avoid) who walk in unannounced, which can be fun most of the time. However, it is amazing to have the break from the people you didn’t plan for.

6. We could still watch the big game on TV all afternoon – Dad would have survived without watching the Big Game on Thanksgiving, but he would have been grumpy! If we decided to endure Dad’s grumpy mood we could have hid the remote (ahh, just like home).

All in all, the oven is on standby for your pies, the grill is primed for your turkey, the water is patiently waiting, and your crew will be hungry after a day cruising on the water. The vote is in – enjoy your Thanksgiving, the houseboating way!

Fall at JV

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Wakey! Wakey! Centurion Wakeboard Boats Now Available at Jones Valley Resort

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Fall Lake Conditions and Our New Centurion Wakeboard Boats Will Have You Flying High!

photo 1 faveThese Centurion wakeboard boats have water ballasts to provide the perfect wake for you. With roomy comfort to seat 10-12 passengers comfortably, a bimini and tower, stereo with mp3 hookups, and Perfect Pass speed control, you and your party will ride in style on the lake. Rent them by the hour, the day or the week. Get more details on our 22’, 300 HP Centurion Avalanche or Air Warrior models and see our special fall rates at our website (click here).


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We know you got some rollicking-good video from your houseboat adventure this summer. Now you can parlay that footage into a chance to win a discount on next year’s adventure. Clean it up, make it shine and click here for details on how to enter.


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Scare Up a Ghoulishly Great Halloween Party on the Lake
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The Ultimate Football Party
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Float this fiendish idea among your friends. Bikinis by day and costumes by night. Have a wicked time on one of our luxury houseboats and no one drives home. And, did we mention it is also football season? See right.
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Football season is upon us and it is time to plan the perfect football weekend on the Lake. Watch college games on Saturday and NFL on Sunday on our large, onboard flat screens. Fire up the wakeboard boats during halftime and score some points of your own!
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Good service saved vacation – Record Searchlight

Debbie Zachau, Castro Valley [Record Searchlight contribution]

Good service saved vacation

While house boating on Lake Shasta over the July 4 holiday we had a little incident that could have been a real sour note on our vacation. The maintenance team at Jones Valley Resort made it work for us and did so with ease in a short amount of time.

While my husband was parking the houseboat, I was with my girlfriends in the runabout. I went over an underwater mound and the propeller was damaged.

It was late in the day on the Saturday before the holiday. We had friends on the houseboat who needed to go home and others coming in the next few days. This truly was a problem as we were up the Squaw Creek Arm and we keep the houseboat at Digger bay. I called Jones Valley to see if they could help. It was 4:30 p.m. so I asked how late they were open. The guy told me, “We will wait for you.”

We arrived thirty minutes later in a very shaky boat and the maintenance team welcomed us at the dock. They took a look at the prop and changed it out in twenty minutes. No charge for the labor and no charge for staying after hours to help us. What a group of very professional guys. My thanks to them for saving us from what could have been a disastrous few days during our vacation.

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Houseboat Luxury Amid Lake Shasta’s Rugged Beauty

By Ron Tackitt

Outword Magazine, July 14, 2011

I‘ve never been houseboating before. I’ve heard a lot about the trips that others have taken, but until recently, I had yet to experience it for myself.

Happily, that has changed.

Several of my friends and coworkers and I have been talking with the folks at Houseboats.com for almost two years trying to find a time that we could get away from the office long enough between Outword’s deadlines, to drive up to Shasta Lake and be on the water for longer than two days. Recently, that opportunity came about and we were able to spend four full days on the lake.

We arranged to have a mid-line houseboat, that could sleep 12, and had, pretty much, all the comforts of home. We had no desire to fill the boat to capacity but we did end up with a great group of eight and that seemed just-right for us.

Our boat had four sleeping rooms in the main cabin, and two “penthouses” up on the top deck that accommodated all of us, without having to make the couches out into beds. That turned out to be really nice because if someone got up early and started mulling around in the kitchen, they were not right on top of someone sleeping on the couch.

Before our trip we held a planning meeting and assigned each person with a main meal, and left lunch open for each person to fend for themselves. In hindsight, we should have taken those meals into our plan, as everyone, not wanting to run out of food, brought way more than  necessary.

We had eight containers of sour cream, seven salsas, two hummus, ten bags of chips, nine  containers of sliced lunch meat, six or seven loaves of bread and an entire cooler full of various bags of lettuce. Along with the stuff that was specifically earmarked for the main meals! When we all realized the gravity of how much food was on board, we quickly dubbed our weekend, “Fat Camp.”

We thought we were going to have to walk all our stuff from our cars to the dock, but upon arrival were very pleasantly surprised that the Houseboats crew was more than ready and able to help. Their “QuadSquad” mounted on ATVs with trailers pulled up to our cars, unloaded all of our stuff and drove it to the boat. Once we were cleared to board, the squad even loaded the goods onto our boat for us. They were wonderful. In fact the quality of service was pretty amazing. Think of a relaxed Ritz Carlton…

After a short tour of the boat and a tutorial of how to drive it, one of the dock hands pulled our houseboat out of the marina and headed us out for open water. Once there, another dock hand picked him up, and we were free to navigate.

We could not have picked a better weekend to be on the lake as far as weather was concerned. Ours was perfect. It had been over 100 just days before we got there, but then dipped down to the mid 80s to low 90s. (The day after we left, it rained all day.)

We had great cruising/floating weather. The water had been warmed up and there was usually a slight breeze that helped cool the boat and keep us from having to use up precious gasoline to run the air.

Each night we pulled the boat up to land and tied up to a couple of trees. There are wonderful nooks and coves all up and down the lake, just picking the best one was our only challenge.

Our first evening we were greeted by a small flock of Canadian geese that swam around the back of the boat. Watching them, against the backdrop of calm water, catching the last of the evening’s light and hill after hill covered with trees, made for a pretty magical first impression.

The next day a friend joined us, and brought a ski boat with him. That increased the fun factor! When not being used to fling folks around on an inner-tube, or fetch ice, it was quite easily pulled behind the houseboat.

One evening we were parked in a spot where we did not have cell phone reception and it led to a great ski boat trip out onto the lake to find bars. (Can you hear me now?) I couldn’t have cared less, so I sat in the front and enjoyed the last sunlight of the day, dangling my hand over the side in the cool water and waves breaking off the bow. Heaven.

Bedtime came early each night. The darkness and the silence worked together to naturally tell our bodies that we’d had enough. Of course, eating and drinking all day might have also added to our sleepiness, but that’s another story.

Mornings brought about a familiar routine, brew some fresh coffee, mull around trying to wake up, then someone would make breakfast. After all, we had five dozen eggs to go through. Once satisfied, it was off to find another spot on the lake to hang out, stop the engine and float around in the water on a couple of styrofoam noodles.

We did this for four wonderful days. The houseboat was very comfortable, if not particularly well insulated for noise, and with just eight of us aboard, we all had plenty of room to ourselves. Some of us worshipped the sun on the top deck, others read books on their iPads or took naps, and there was almost always someone foraging in the kitchen.

All in all, this was a great trip, and there were only two things we would do differently; bring less food and get the bigger houseboat, AKA the Titan.

When we did have to return to the real world, we brought the houseboat back to the marina and once again, a dock hand came and moored the boat back in its place. The same great service that we experienced upon our arrival, we experienced again upon our return. The checkout process was quick and efficient, and it seemed almost too quick that we were in our cars and on our way home.

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Flotation Advice -Enjoy Magazine’s Jim Dyer on Shasta Lake Houseboating

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By Jim Dyer

Enjoy Magazine, June 2011

The experiences one can find on a houseboating trip can be as vast as the big blue bodies of water on which the vessels are designed to cruise.

One person could be napping on the sundeck, while another skims across the lake on a jet ski. Someone else could be fishing off the stern, while a buddy cooks a gourmet meal inside as music plays on a pristine stereo system.

For a long stretch of the 1980s, there was a chance you could cruise past a houseboat and hear Merle Haggard music drifting across the water and it was actually Merle himself. the country music legend lived on a houseboat on Shasta Lake for a long stretch.

“The coolest thing about houseboating is it’s so universally appealing,” says Chris Han, marketingcoordinator for Shasta Lake Resorts, which rents six models of houseboats (46 total) out of Jones Valley Resort on Shasta Lake. “Any lifestyle or age group can find something they really enjoy.”

In the North State, there’s an abundance of liquid terrain to explore.

With 365 miles of shoreline when full, Shasta Lake is California’s largest reservoir and features three major sections – the Sacramento, McCloud and Pit River arms. Brilliantly beautiful trinity Lake and sprawling Lake Oroville are also excellent options for houseboat trips in the region. “(trinity Lake) is more of a family lake,” explains Shannon Smith, manager of trinity Lake Resort and Marina. “It’s peaceful and quiet. It’s definitely scenic. you can see the trinity Alps from the lake and there’s a lot wildlife – eagles, deer, occasionally you’ll see bear.” At Shasta Lake’s Jones Valley Resort, all houseboats include hot tubs and waterslides. they also feature options like temperature-controlled wine storage, flat-screen tVs and satellite radio with surround-sound speaker systems. In other words, houseboat vacationers sail out with enough creature comforts to tempt them to never return home. And speaking of creatures, Jones Valley Resort’s Han says don’t leave them at home. “We encourage you to bring your dog,” she says. “Dogs love houseboating.” After a series of summers when lake levels were down significantly, Shasta Lake is full for a second season. trinity Lake is also brimming near the top. Han says the bountiful water should translate to increased business even over last summer’s boost. The view of a full lake simply tends to pull in more houseboaters, adds trinity Lake Resort’s Smith. “Even when the lake was down, there was nothing you couldn’t do out there,” says Smith. “When you’re on the lake, it’s basically the same experience even if it might not look as pretty. But right now it’s 10 feet from the top and the highest it’s been in four years.” As of late April, Lake Oroville was also close to capacity. One of the lake’s prime houseboat rental companies is Lake Oroville Marina, which features five houseboat options, including the 70-foot Silver Millennium Houseboat with four bedrooms and a six-person hot tub on the top deck.   Houseboat rental rates vary greatly based on the type of boat, duration on the lake and season. A smaller houseboat can be rented for under $1,000 for a non-summer weekend trip. A weeklong summer trip in a deluxe houseboat can run as high as $15,000. No matter what houseboat you take out, safety is always a prime consideration. Houseboaters are advised to never swim while the boat is in operation. Law enforcement offers can issue DUIs for boat drivers impaired by alcohol. Rental companies conduct extensive safety orientations prior to the beginning of trips. “It’s a great bonding experience and a great tradition year after year,” says Han. “Now we have the kids coming back that used to do houseboats trips in ‘80s. they continue on because they love it so much. There’s always a different arm of the lake they can explore, or they can pick a different model of houseboat. every time they come back it’s a different trip.”

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Houseboating on New Melones Lake – California’s hidden gem.

New Melones Lake

New Melones Lake

Beautiful New Melones Lake, one of the largest man-made lakes in California, remains surprisingly undiscovered.  It is amazingly set back in the foothills near the quaint Gold Rush town of Angels Camp.  Known for fantastic fishing, camping and houseboating.  Situated on the North side of the lake, New Melones Lake Marina at Glory Hole has a world class rental fleet, including ski boats, waverunners, patio boats and 15 passenger houseboats.  For more on New Melones Marina, click one of the following:  Rentals |  Map |  Lake Information

New Melones Lake -Northwest View from a boat

New Melones Lake -Northwest View from a boat

Serenity Now!

With nearly 120 miles of shoreline when full, New Melones Lake boasts some incredible scenery.  The Sierra foothills and Stanislaus River Canyon cliffs surround the magnificent lake.  The Stanislaus River, which feeds New Melones, was originally dammed in 1926 for the purpose of power generation and to supply usable water for agriculture.  The project was expanded dramatically in 1980 when the ‘new’ dam was built to both supply hydroelectric power at a much larger rate and prevent downstream flooding.  You can learn more at the New Melones Visitor Center.

What’s a Melones?

The naming of New Melones is somewhat of a mystery.  Originally a rich placer mining camp established by Mexican miners in early 1948, some think it was named for the gold nuggets the shape and size of melon seeds.  The local mining towns were known for extreme violence during the 1840s and 1850s, notably in the diary of Captain Leaonard Noyes, “This place called Melones was built of Brush streets, say 10 feet wide, lined on each side with these Brush houses where Gambling was carried on at an enormous extent….I don’t think there was ever in the Mines so wicked a crowd. Some are killed every night, shooting and cutting all the time. I have always felt when in those narrow streets that I was liable to have a knife shoved into me at any moment….” (article borrowed from ‘The California Gold Country, Highway 49 Revisited, through malakoff.com)

Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.
~Mark Twain

I’m no Jackass!

In 1864, Mark Twain built a cabin on what is known as Jackass Hill just south of the lake, off of 49.  It was here where he began writing “The famous Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” amongst other celebrated books and quotes we know today.  The book inspired the world renowned Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee, held each year in Angels Camp.  This year’s celebration runs from May 19th to the 22nd.

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Our Favorites

We love the lakes we operate on.  We enjoy the fabulous fishing, great time with our families on the lake, and as local residents, we know all the secrets to the lake.  Here is just a sampling of some great places on New Melones that you might not know about.  The Coyote Arm, near the center of the lake, just north and east of the highway 49 bridge, is one of the best places on the lake for water skiing and wakeboarding due its long, narrow features.

Quotes about New Melones

Carson Cove is well protected, close to the marina and feels like “It’s like your own private cove” according to Erik Guy, houseboats.com rental supervisor.

“The best part about New Melones Lake is that it’s not crowded, while most other California lakes are packed!”  – Codey Redfield, former Marina Manager

New Melones Lake Recreation Area Map

“Shhhh.  No one seems to head to this spot.  Everyone is heading to McClure or Don Pedro.  Let them go.” Tim G. from San Francisco

Houseboating on New Melones Lake

New Melones Lake Marina

New Melones Lake Marina features houseboat and small boat rentals, marine fuel, marina store, marine services, nearby boat launching and campground, and much more! Look at our Rental Fleet here

Special New Melones Lake Houseboat Rental Specials to Blog Commentors ONLY

*leave a polite comment and receive a 25%  discount on any houseboat rental through May 5th, 2011*

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Houseboat on stilts. How do you get a houseboat out of the marina?

So, for the past couple of weeks, we’ve been picking and choosing days when the weather has been cooperative, meaning limited wind and rain, to pull some of our houseboats out of the water, off the marinas and into winter storage areas so that we can prepare them for next season.  The process is quite impressive, from the precision of driving a houseboat onto a 50 foot trailer (houseboat hangs off by about 8 feet), to taking it down the windy roads, to mounting these majestic beasts onto 2x4s on our parking surfaces.  The pictures and video are worth watching.

Renaissance houseboat on 'cribs' at Jones Valley Resort

Renaissance houseboat on 'cribs' at Jones Valley Resort

First, a houseboat is pulled onto a custom trailer that can withstand the massive weight of a houseboat, which weighs about 36,000 pounds.

Truck Driver Dave of houseboats.com

Truck Driver Dave of houseboats.com

Then, the truck driver, Dave, our magician of the driving arts, hauls it down the windiest roads in the world (or so it seemed when I was on it)  I guess I didn’t even notice how windy the road was until this adventure.  He finds creative ways to maneuver around trees, light poles and even nearly missing drop offs and cliffs.  I almost lost my lunch a few times.

Finally, and maybe the most mind-boggling part, we lift the houseboat off the trailer and set it on ‘cribs,’ square 2x4s that are built to withstand the weight of the boat.  Metal crib caps hold the pontoons in place and allow the trailer to drive away.

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How do you labor on the day named Labor?

Labor-Day- Take the Day Off!

Labor-Day- Take the Day Off!

Today is a fantastic day for not working.  Ironic, don’t you think.  We celebrate Labor Day by not working.  If you are out enjoying the sun, relaxing, making time for family, chances are you’re reading this on the day after Labor Day or perhaps a few days after that.  I love how our country adopted the Holiday and made sure that Labor Unions were respected and appreciated as a part of our nation’s fabric.  We fight for quality wages, support from our employers and the freedom to say when we aren’t happy with how companies treat their loyal laborers.  I pulled the following quote from a great site as I thought they were able to summarize better than I could.

“It represents an annual national tribute to the contributions we as laborers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The history of Labor Day in the United States dates back in September 5, 1882 in New York City in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. By 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday to celebrate Labor Day, as originally proposed by the union. Since then, the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date.”

-from Labor Day History: How Did Labor Day Become a Holiday? -Dwight Hemmingway from the website worldcorrespondents.com.  Read the full article here:

Here’s some great shows of our Labor force having just a little bit of fun:

Orientator Brandon-representing Gatorade

Orientator Brandon-representing Gatorade

Rich Howe-General Manager and chef extraordinaire

Rich Howe-General Manager and chef extraordinaire

Gina-Making sure that the store is rockin'

Gina-Making sure that the store is rockin'

Orientator Mike-taking care of customers belongings with our Quad Squad service

Orientator Mike-taking care of customers belongings with our Quad Squad service

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Boat of the week at Jones Valley Resort

Boat of the week

Boat of the week

Just a cool boat we saw on the docks this week. Its a hybrid ski boat-patio cruiser. I forgot to ask the owner what the make and model was, but I just thought it was cool.  If anyone knows the make or model of this boat, let me know.

P.S. If you think your boat is eligible for ‘Boat of the Week’, stop by Reservations on our dock and ask for the Captain.

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A blanket made of stars – Majestic Shasta Nights (of course, I’m on a houseboat)

Shasta Night Sky from a houseboat on Jones Valley Resort

Shasta Night Sky from a houseboat on Jones Valley Resort

Every once in a while, something grabs me. I mean, really catches me off guard. Tonight, as I was on ‘my’ Escapade floating peacefully at Jones Valley Resort, tied up to the marina dock, I stepped outside to run back up the hill to my truck, when I caught a site I often overlook. The brightness of the sky with all the stars shining brightly with the three quarter moon low off the horizon was unreal. It reminded me of when I was a kid, going camping for the first time with my dad, looking up in wonder. Wonder of what was out there. Wonder of how it all worked. Wonder for the sake of wonder itself.
It was at that moment that a Dixie Chicks song ran through my head, hence the name of this post. The lyrics from the song, Cowboy Take Me Away, include a line that reads, “I wanna sleep on the hard ground, in the comfort of your arms, on a pillow of blue bonnets in a blanket made of stars…”

Dixie Chicks album cover "Wide Open Spaces"

Dixie Chicks album cover "Wide Open Spaces"

I realized that I often brush right past the moments I should have seen or experienced.  I bustle through life, missing these magical experiences.  Don’t miss out on the things that really matter.  Take a moment to remember the stars.

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Why houseboating is better than sailing

I’ve spent a little time recently with a friend who is absolutely in love with sailing.  So, a few weeks ago we were talking about what is a better vacation, three days on a sailboat or three days on a houseboat.  In the spirit of both humor and a little sailor-bashing, here are Captain Jackson’s top 10 reasons that houseboating is better than sailing:

1. Sharks.  I saw “Open Water”.  No thanks.  For anyone older than 20, Jaws.

Jaws

Jaws

2. Engines are better than wind.  Forgive me for getting excited about a 350 V8 engine on a 56 foot boat, but knowing you can go in a straight line to your destination is awfully nice.

3. Waterfalls.  Show me a waterfall I can get to on a sailboat, I dare you.  (Okay, there is one in California at McWay Falls, but only one)

4. Sleeping quarters.  Getting into the galley on most sailboats requires spinal flexibility.  Ever try to stand up inside a sailboat?  No concussions for me, thanks.

5. Food.  I prefer my grills and full kitchens to the mini kitchen any day of the week.

6. Terminology.  It takes nearly 10 minutes to learn all houseboating terms.  Galley. Helm. Hot tub. Waterslide.  It takes learning another language to sail a boat on the open ocean.

7. The boom.  When winds change and you aren’t paying attention, watch out for a nice concussion or trip into the water when the bar connected to the mast comes swinging across the deck.  Ouch.

Sailboat Boom

Sailboat Boom

8. Sailors don’t make videos like this: Houseboats.com

9. The Titan. I hate to brag, but the biggest houseboat rental boat in the country can draw the eye of almost anyone. The boat has 3 stories, 6 flat screen TVs, and a water slide tube. I’ve never seen a sailboat with a waterslide. It seems that it might be cool if you could add a diving board off the top of the mast.

3 Story Titan Houseboats Galley

3 Story Titan Houseboats Galley

10. This T-shirt.  Only a sailor would get this.

I sail like a Candle T-Shirt

I sail like a Candle T-Shirt

This post is designed to be a little bit humorous, so any comments outside the spirit of fun will be dismissed.

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Houseboat Recipes. The best of the best.

I was playing blog-tag this morning (a technical term for giving someone advice through their own blog, I may have made that up), and thought that this question was worth re-posting.

A Man a Can a Microwave- one of the Captain's favorites

A Man a Can a Microwave- one of the Captain's favorites

Taken from : http://bit.ly/diN1J8 “I am looking for some advice on planning a unique menu. My family is renting a houseboat for a weekend to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday; there will be about 10 people on the boat. I am in charge of the food and I’m having difficulty trying to plan a menu for the weekend. The kitchen is essentially what you would expect in a small apartment.
The kitchen has an oven, a refrigerator/freezer, a sink and a range. There is also a grill on the deck. Ideally I would love to be able to prep the ingredients beforehand and do as little cooking as possible on the actual boat.

Typically I would turn to burgers and brats on the grill, but I would like to make it a little nicer as it is such an important day for my mother. I really want to make it special, but I also don’t want to get bogged down in the kitchen as I would not be able to enjoy time with my family.

I am turning to you and the Kitchn community for help, does anyone have any ideas?”

My Response: I know this will sound slightly self-indulgent as I work for a houseboat resort company, but most of our customers do a sort of collaboration of meals. I’ve got Monday, you’ve got Tuesday, etc. Depending on the type of boat you are going on, make sure that it has the appliances you need for cooking what you are planning and please remember that most boats don’t have condiments, spices, etc, so you’ll need to remember that.

Grilled Chicken with Pappy's Seasoning -Houseboats.com

Grilled Chicken with Pappy's Seasoning -Houseboats.com

The best food I’ve had on a houseboat was actually a marinated chicken that has been pounded flat and soaked in a Pappy’s(sp) seasoning and Coors beer. As another cooking tip for boating, remember that food tastes different on the water due to humidity level and pressure changes, so a fine wine is okay, but will taste completely different on a boat.
I hope that was helpful.

Here are a few great recipes from Shasta Lake houseboaters:

The Blue Squealer Burger
J. Senger
Mission Viejo, California

Blue Squeeler Burger-Houseboats.com

Blue Squeeler Burger-Houseboats.com

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 lb raw bacon, chopped
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
2 TB Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp steak grill seasoning mix
6 hamburger buns
2 cups shredded romaine or other lettuce
1/2 cup creamy blue cheese dressing

1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bacon, blue cheese, green onions, Worcestershire sauce and steak seasoning and mix well with hands.
3. Shape the mixture into 6 equal-sized patties.
4. Grill for 8 to 12 minutes, or until cooked to medium-well or well-done, turning halfway through the grilling.
5. Serve patties on toasted hamburger buns with shredded lettuce and creamy blue cheese dressing. Favorite burger toppings can be substituted for the blue cheese dressing.

Serves 6

Chicken Romano -Houseboating Favorite

Chicken Romano -Houseboating Favorite

Easy Breaded Romano Chicken

K. Salstrom
Lincoln, California

1 cube butter, melted
1 1/2 cups Italian Breadcrumbs
3/4 cup shredded Romano Cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
4 large boneless chicken breasts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place melted butter in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl mix together breadcrumbs, Romano cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
4. Dip each chicken breast first in the butter, then in the breadcrumb mixture.
5. Place coated chicken breasts in a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish.
6. Sprinkle remaining breadcrumb mixture over the chicken.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

Serves 4

Chili Cheese Melts

M. Young
Redding, California

1 cube butter, softened
1 4 oz. can diced green chilies, drained
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 lb jack cheese, grated
1 sourdough baguette, thinly sliced

1. In medium bowl, mix butter, chilies, mayonnaise and cheese.
2. Spread mixture onto bread slices.
3. Place on a cookie sheet and broil until bubbly. Very yummy!

Serves 20

Fruit Crisp

S. Crowley
Millbrae, California

1 cup flour
3 cups dry oatmeal
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
½ tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup margarine or butter, melted
Enough apples or peaches (sliced) to fill a 9″ X 13″ pan

At home before the trip, mix thoroughly in zipper plastic bag: flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.

On the houseboat:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Add melted butter to the bag and mix well. Mixture should be crumbly.
3. Slice fruit.
4. Place sliced fruit in a 9″ X 13″ pan and top with oatmeal mixture.
5. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

During the summer time, we usually do this in the morning when the weather is cool and sit around the front deck preparing the fruit and chatting. This is a fun time and then the oven is not heating up the houseboat in the afternoon when the weather is hot.

Serves 12- 15.
Leftovers are great for breakfast.

As you venture off this summer on a houseboat or anywhere where unique cuisine makes an appearance, feel free to share it, we’d love to hear about it.

the Captain

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