Monday, July 23, 2012

Her Maiden Voyage - Captain Kirk's Enterprise

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
on it.  

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 
wet environment.

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.

It features Tyvarian, Whitewater's
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!  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


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  1. I have never in my life seen something like this:) What a showcase for your husband's line of work and your decorating talents.
    I bet you have a ball when the family comes to visit..
    Actually I have never even seen a hotel like this:)

    That seashell sink:)

    This was a fun tour..When I first stared surfing the net it was for gardening.. a very lovely site with lovely people..the owner of the site has a boat at lake Powell I think..i could be wrong but I was a houseboat also..

  2. WOW! The house boat is decorated beautifully!!! It looks like the inside of a 5 star resort! I never knew how they looked on the inside, or that they were so nice! Enjoy your fabulous retreat! :)

  3. All that comes to my mind is GORGEOUS. Simply GORGEOUS.

  4. This is such a beauriful boat!!! love it love it!! I have fallen deeply in love with that hammered copper sink! ( im thinkin i NEED THIS!:')) CAN U IN ALL UR BUSY WORLD make time to tell me where i can buy a sink like this one! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE TOUR OF UR BOAT FUN!! elegances!! describes this boat!:')

  5. Truly a remarkable boat, wishing you many years of fun times:@)

  6. How wonderful to be able to share these luxuries with you family and friends. It is a blessing and I'm jealous. By the way congrats to your niece for such a great name.

  7. Incredibly beautiful! You are so very blessed to own a boat like that and spend time on that gorgeous lake. You both did an amazing job with the design details, and I especially love that shell sink. :) Thanks for the wonderful tour!

    xoxo laurie

  8. WOW! That is amazing. I know you and your family will make some wonderful memories on it.

  9. What a wonderful new toy ;). Thanks for taking us on such an extensive tour. I love all the interior finishes - and boy would I love to cook in that kitchen! Love the enterprise pizza cutter too - that was a great gift idea. I hope you and your husband enjoy many years of entertaining friends and family on the new houseboat.

  10. PS - I meant to comment on that amazing 7x7 square table - it makes me drool... I think I'm in love!!!

  11. unbelievably gorgeous!! Wow the decor the layout, the brightness and of course I am a "Trekkie," so I love it!!! Where is this at? Simple beautiful 3 cheers for you..~~Debb

  12. Oh Jacqueline, I am so glad I stopped by today. Your houseboat is so very amazing! What a treat to see. I love the name too, it's perfect! The craftmanship and details are just stunning. I can easily imagine all the wonderful times and memories you will have. Congrats to all of you..The Enterprise is truly a star ship! Love it!

  13. I'm Googling as fast as my fingers can type, Tyvarian and Whitewater products! Where were you when we built in 2005? I love the colors and the ability to customize. The boat... WOW! What can I say, everything is so thought out, the perfect vessel for entertaining! We live on the lake and see the big houseboats, my imagination of what they look like inside pales to reality! Thanks so much for the wonderful tour. You guest and your kids are lucky... and they get to be spoiled with your cooking!

  14. AND I am pinning the heck out of this post!!!

  15. Wow Jackie, its completely stunning! You did a great job on the interiors, im sure your guest will have the vacation of a lifetime on it!

  16. I. Am. Speechless!!!!!
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  17. Wow this is amazing! I've seen boats like this on the lake and always wondered what they looked like inside. Beautiful! You did an amazing job decorating!

    And I'm very intrigued about the Tyvarian also! We are in the planning stages of a major remodel and this looks like something I would like to use. Will definitely be looking at his website and contacting them to see if it can be shipped to NW NM.

    Lake Powell is a beautiful place!

  18. must feel like that's a little piece of heaven on water. What fun for your whole family to enjoy that beauty! Thanks for the tour.

  19. What a beauty! I remember the first time I saw Lake Powell. I was in awe of the vast area and all the big house boats cruising the lake. What a wonderful family retreat.

  20. Jacqueline, Your houseboat is so,so awesome! You have wonderful decorating skills. Truly beautiful. Here's to many happy memories on the Enterprise!
    Blessings, Beth

  21. Oh Jacqueline, I am SO HAPPY for you!!! Your dream has become an amazing reality! The design and decoration is beautiful. I LOVE all the bedding and will be searchig your links. I am sending this link to my SIL who lives on a river and we always see houseboats and wonder what they are like INSIDE!!! This is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!! Many, many happy years enjoying this new vessel. XO, Pinky

  22. Jackie I am OBSESSED with the new boat!!! It's absolutely gorgeous and could EASILY be in a magazine! The old boat brought fun memories for me and I hope this new one brings YEARS more for you!

  23. What an elegant houseboat and gorgeous attention to detail I'm not sure I'd ever want to leave it and the beautiful red rocks of Lake Powell.

    A long time Trekkie fan - I love the name :)

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  25. There just aren't words - what a beautiful holiday home-on-the-water! I've never been to Lake Powell, but it sounds like a wonderful place for family fun time - especially with such a great houseboat. I just know you'll be making memories!

  26. Now you realize that everyone who was thinking about buying a houseboat is going to go out and think that this is what they are going to find. LOL. You did a magnificent job on your boat. It is absolutely glorious! I know that you'll make many memories surrounded by family and friends. I'm thrilled for you! Congratulations and Bon Voyage. Cherry Kay

  27. Wow, Jacqueline. It is beautiful. How blessed you are. It was a delightful tour. Happy sailing! Now, I can really picture you on your trips.

  28. Wow, wow, and wow again. I don't have the words to express how lovely your boat is. Enjoy!

  29. HI!!!!
    OH MY GOODNESS....I too am speechless!!That is amazing...a dream place for sure...I have lived in Az my entire life....well 4 short months of being a native...I have never been to Lake Powelll...hubby goes every summer with his company.....I stay home....I figured it was far to hot!!!I now want to come up......the lake is Huge and beautiful I have heard!!!!I would love to see the bridge.......rainbow bridge????
    Well.,,I am off to bed....dreaming for sure of that yacht!!!!God Bless you....for sharing that with us!!
    hugs 2 U,

  30. All of that leopard print make my heart flutter! It is quite possibly the only thing better than Lake Powell. Love it- beautiful houseboat!

  31. Stunning boat home!! What a dream. Thanks for linking up at Making Space Mondays! Hope to see you at the next party. -Tabitha

  32. Well, I can say that this seems nothing like a houseboat. I was on your first houseboat, and this is a huge step up. Such beautiful decorating, and I love all of Kirk's products....the one with the family memories is spectacular. Joni

  33. Absolutlely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Oh my....I am speechless...WOW!
    Absolutely stunning!
    Tastefully decorated for all to enjoy. Thank you for sharing and including us in making such wonderful memories on the Enterprise. `Andrea

  35. The most gorgeous house boat I have ever see!!! Been on beautiful yachts but never a beautiful house boat. The ones here on the lake my son calls trailers!! Loved how you decorated it too. Fit for a king and queen!! Enjoy!

  36. Stunning, fabulous, and magnificent! This is very much a yacht- it surely raises the standard of houseboats! I hope you get to use it a lot!

  37. I have just discovered your blog. Your houseboat is gorgeous. I love your taste in decor.


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