Houseboating is the rage on lakes all over the country-so much so, that houseboat rentals account for one of the top vacation options in California. They make a great venue for family reunions, business retreats, employee team-building outings, or even just friends group weekends. Spending several days or weeks on the water is bound to be fun, but here are some tips you’ll want to follow to ensure that you maintain your sanity while you’re floating through a scenic wonderland.
Tip 1: Relax, you’re on a houseboat.
Houseboats are made for leisurely meandering through the coves, inlets, and wide open spaces of a lake. There’s no rush here-nowhere you need to be, no phone calls to make, and no deadlines to meet. This is your time to go at your own pace and enjoy the scenery.
Make sure that you and the rest of the clan discuss preferences for activities and the general flow of your vacation. If part of the group wants to engage in rigorous hiking, daring water sports, and breakneck speeds while the rest want to take it slow and easy, you’ll need to work out a compromise that works for all parties involved. This type of agreement is best done before the vacation, because otherwise, it could lead to a fallout-a not-so-awesome development of your fabulous vacation.
Tip 2: Decide finances ahead of time.
Of course, everyone will want to know how much it’s going to cost. There’s one problem–it’s impossible to know this ahead of time. Yes, you can determine the actual split for the rental, deposit, and insurance, but fuel is the great unknown of houseboat rentals. Have everyone pay their share of the deposit and rental ahead of time.