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Luxury Houseboat Rental on Lake Mead

-- a guest article by Tony Conboy III

Lake Mead, NV: You’ve gone skiing with the family, you’ve done the obligatory trips to Orlando, and now you're looking for a unique getaway: look no further – a luxury houseboat rental from Forever Resorts is just what the doctor ordered.

A houseboat rental will provide a boatful of memories; and you don’t even need to be a seasoned deckhand to take the wheel of one of these floating abodes. (The boats, which can sleep 4-12 people, start at 44 feet but can go as large as 70 feet.)

For the kids, a houseboat rental is the equivalent of a multi-day sleepover party; for the adults it’s one of the most relaxing and therapeutic getaways you’ll ever enjoy.

Luxury Houseboat Rental: what to expect

Forever Resorts offers specially constructed luxury houseboats in 18 states at 50 different marinas.

These are not your typical pontoon models, but boats equipped with everything you can think of to keep both mom and dad, as well as the children, happy for your days on the water: a waterslide off of the back of the boat that drops the swimmer into the water; a complete kitchen that's fully stocked with everything you need to cook; a television with VCR/DVD player; air conditioning throughout; on-board gas grill; range and oven; built-in ice chests; toaster; blender; bed linens, coffee maker and more.

The three-bedroom boat we rented even had a flying bridge, basically a second story where the boat could be steered or controlled. On the expansive flying bridge there was also a bar area and separate refrigerator/freezer so you didn’t have to walk downstairs to enjoy a drink or snack.

To sum it up, your houseboat rental is basically a small floating condo. All you bring is your food for your stay!

Not a seasoned deckhand?

First, for those who are not real familiar with houseboats or boats of any type, it is not hard to operate the large boats. Before you arrive an instructional CD is sent to you that educates you on the performance characteristics of the craft, its safety features, and what to expect when houseboating.

If you're worried about manoeuvring your houseboat rental in and out of a marina, the folks at Forever Resorts have that covered: they have a pilot take it in and out of the slip. Other than that, it’s just like operating any other boat or almost like driving a car. One thing that you won’t be doing is setting any speed records; the top speed is around 8-12 knots.

The most difficult part of the experience is finding a cove and beaching it. Basically, you run the houseboat right up on a non-rocky stretch of shore just as if it was a Navy amphibious boat like you might see in the old WW II movies. Then the most important part, properly secure your floating home on the beach; then sit back and enjoy.

Although you have the option to "pull anchor" any time you want, this is just an expression, as there is actually no real anchor involved. Instead there are a number of steel spikes that you drive into the ground with a sledgehammer and attach mooring ropes.

We took the recommendation of the folks at the marina who helpfully suggeted coves, and we hunkered down on our slice of heaven in the same spot for all four nights near a famous Lake Mead geological formation known as Mushroom Rock.

The Houseboat Rental experience on Lake Mead

Days on Lake Mead are spent swimming in the cool lake water, riding jet skis (which are often towed by houseboats), while at night families return to days gone by: the entire family actually sits down and eats a meal together.

The rest of the time on the boat is quality time with the family, where you can reconnect relationships by playing board games, watching movies and other activities onboard or onshore.

Finally, there's nature’s evening light show; the absence of light pollution on isolated Lake Mead means fine opportunities to see the heavens including numerous shootings stars.

For more information on Forever Resorts houseboats call 800.255.5561 or visit www.ForeverHouseboats.com.

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