Captain Kirk's Enterprise - to boldly go where no
boat has gone before!
One of our huge building projects for this year is done
(well, almost done!) and we had our maiden voyage
on her. I had done a post about building a new
and we did get it finished enough to have our first trip
Captain Kirk and I held a competition to name the boat.
We offered a cash prize. My 24 year old niece suggested
the Enterprise (as in Captain Kirk's Starship Enterprise).
That ended up being the winning name!
I told you I would show you the rest of the
houseboat when we finished.
This is the main salon, one of many spots where the
whole group can gather.
We are not big on television and movies when we are
at Lake Powell, but it will be fun to watch slideshows
and videos of the day's activities.
In the newer houseboats the main salon has been moved
from the front of the houseboat to the rear of the
houseboat with a sliding glass wall so that you can
enjoy the view of the water and the water activities
that are all located at the rear of the houseboat.
The other end of the room is the large kitchen with
bar seating for eight. This was really fun when meal
preparation was taking place as it fit many cooks and
The kitchen features dark maple cabinets with brown
tone-on-tone glass tile for the back splash and
Copper Canyon granite tops. The Copper Canyon
reflects the colors of the Lake Powell sandstone walls.
A large hammered copper sink is great for
washing up and such a nice size.
This fridge and freezer were such a joy as they easily
fit in all of our food for the week.
Our very first houseboat had a small marine
fridge so we always had to use extra coolers.
One of the big needs for a week of houseboating
is ice and we have two clear ice icemakers. They
were perfect. We never ran out of ice.
This is a view back into the kitchen with the beautiful
stainless steel and glass hood hanging almost
as a piece of art.
The floors in the main cabin are all
engineered wood which can withstand the
Captain Kirk's quarters
are the most luxurious, as fitting
his status of course!
The tufted headboard features blinged up buttons
(as fits the taste of his First and Only Mate -
that would be me!)
Along with the bling, the First Mate also likes some
touches of animal print throughout the boat.
The houseboat is manufactured by Bravada Yachts
in Phoenix and Tracey, the co-owner had the most
wonderful sources for blinged up pillows and bedding.
The bedding came from Eastern Accents.
Tracey and Jim created the unique look of Bravada
yachts and were so delightful to work with.
Needless to say, the bedding was love at first sight for me.
The master bath is connected to the stateroom.
newest bathroom products
which are now being sold internationally.
The master has double shower heads and double
faucets in a textured bronze trough sink
which was also manufactured
This is the second full bath also featuring Tyvarian on
the counter, walls and in the shower. I chose beautiful
vessel sinks for the main bath
and for a sink between two of the cuddies (lower
The half bath turned out beautifully with a
nautilus shell sink in brushed bronze also made
It is fun to have a project that I am designing that
they can then carry out my designs.
The water spirals down the sink!
It is undermounted in Tyvarian also.
There are six additional staterooms.
Each stateroom is individually decorated.
Four staterooms are on the main floor
and two are down below.
But each of them have their advantages with the
lower cuddies having more space but only queens
while the upper staterooms have king sized beds.
In addition their are two crawl-through cuddies for
In the end we decided we didn't need quite that many rooms
even for our largest crowds so we turned one into a
massage room complete with remote control
electric candles and music.
This room will have an electronic roller massage
bed, which is on order. That way you don't have to find
someone willing to give you a massage. For now, we have
a traditional massage table.
Now we move up to the middle deck which has been designed to
comfortably entertain crowds. I found this super comfy piece
on Costco.com! This looks out the back of the houseboat
at the lake.
Whitewater custom made this 7 x 7 foot table
that seats 12 beautifully. It is also made out of Tyvarian.
Tyvarian is an
imaged cultured marble product so you can
create any design you would like. This is a faux wood finish
with interesting hidden details and I chose to add a vine
pattern to it.
Shaunna is the graphic's designer working with Tyvarian
to create the custom design.
At the last minute I chose to add a chandelier embellished
with shells to hang over the table.
We do a lot of outdoor cooking on the lake. There is a
built in BBQ and side burners,
...a sink, dishwasher, ice maker, trash compactor and
audio equipment. Each bar is 14 foot long so it can
accommodate many cooks and many cleaners.
Past the kitchen is the driver's station where everyone
loves to gather as we travel up lake.
I included two wonderful lounges up by the driver's
station so that the whole group can gather there.
These and the dining chairs and barstools are all
manufactured by Tropitone.
The very top deck is open air and we love to gather here
in the evenings and stargaze. These king sized day beds
are from Babmar. The summer sky is amazing
at Lake Powell. You can see the Milky Way so clearly
it almost looks like a cloud painted across the sky.
The special treat is to be able to see shooting stars.
Captain Kirk has put together a collection of
stargazing music which includes music from
Celestial Soda Pop by Ray Lynch, Sam Cardon, Kurt Bestor,
Enya and Kenny G.
Listening to this music and watching the stars
is one of my favorite activities at Lake Powell (after water sports!)
We have four king sized beds on this top deck. They can also
be used for sun bathing and sleeping under the stars.
Dave Taylor owns Houseboats Unlimited and is the
dealer for Bravada Yachts. Dave also builds the third
decks in Page, AZ. He manages the boats and provides
services for Antelope Point Marina and Wahweap Marina.
It is amazing that they can provide any service you need
during the busy summer days and can do it with a smile!
We post the weekly menu. Everyone onboard
becomes a guest chef.
I also have to include a picture of this
that my daughter got Captain Kirk for Father's Day.
Captain Kirk is now including Star Trek music to listen to
as we leave the slip.
(Still left to be done - screens on the second deck, logos
for the boat and some artwork.
This is one of the art pieces that Captain Kirk designed and
that shows the map of
Lake Powell and pictures of our family and guests
over the last 20 years. It will also be made out of Tyvarian.
While it has been a lot of work
to go from this
to this - we know it will bring many years of
family togetherness and time spent with friends.
All we need to add is family, friends and some
You can see the video of the houseboat produced
(Jim, the owner of Bravada Yachts
is featured on the video with his family
and I have to admit that I thought
some of the prices were overinflated
in the video - but you know how
these things go!)
I will be posting this with