Your Antelope Point Marina Houseboat comes equipped with several water management systems, all designed to help make sure you have endless clean water throughout your trip. These systems are convenient and easy to understand and provide a visual display of how much water is available for use. Your houseboat instructor will explain the functions and limitations of this system prior to departure, and will answer any questions you or your crew may have.
When you arrive at the marina for your houseboat orientation, a qualified and experienced Houseboat Instructor will review the water systems with you. Most “Captains” find it helpful to assign one or two ” First Mates” to take part in this important orientation to make sure everyone else on board is briefed on water use and conservation.
The fresh water system on your boat provides unlimited clean, filtered water for the sinks, showers, dishwasher, and ice makers – drinking water too.. Unlike rental houseboats with potable water holding tanks, with an Antelope Point Marina rental houseboat you’ll never run dry. There’s no need to bring bottled water with you either. Save time, money, and trips to the store by simply brining your favorite hydration bottles with to fill and re-fill on the boat.
Houseboat Tip: The hot water heater runs on generator power. It is important to make sure the generator is switched on BEFORE you step into the shower.
All of the sinks, showers, and toilets on your boat drain into a common waste holding tank (The capacity of this tank will vary depending on your houseboat type). None of your wastewater goes into the lake. This tank is emptied back at the marina when you return your houseboat. Conservation is very important to avoid filling up your tanks too quickly. A gage at the helm will show tank capacity and “Tank Full” warning lights will alert you to the need to have your tank pumped out sooner.
It looks similar to a normal toilet, but you will find that there are some big differences in how a marine toilet works compared to the one you use at home. The marine toilet on your houseboat draws water from the lake for flushing, and the water is discharged into the same tanks that all of the sinks and showers drain into. This way nothing goes into the lake. The whirring sound you hear when flushing is the in-line macerator grinding up the waste on its way to the holding tank.
Many houseboat models come equipped with a water slide. When you push the button on the top of the slide a pump draws water from the lake and gets it wet for that perfect slide into the lake! The water will stop flowing when you release the button.