SAN DIEGO (TheStreet) -- Lake Powell has long been known as a destination for houseboating.
Since at least the late 1960s, the slow moving boats have been lumbering around the canyon-lined reservoir that straddles Utah and Arizona.
This month, however, a new breed of boat was introduced to Lake Powell that may lead to a substantial change in the type of boating that takes place there.Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas added a first-of-its-kind, lavish, 65-foot lake yacht to its rental fleet. The yacht includes such luxurious amenities as a 55-inch flatscreen television, satellite TV, four private staterooms with queen beds, a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and an eight-person Jacuzzi. The yacht rents for about $13,000 a week and is the first of seven such vehicles Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas plans to add to its fleet between now and Memorial Day, says Eric Johnson, vice-president of operations for Aramark Parks & Destinations, which manages Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas. "We really believe that the future of houseboating in America is this next-generation lake yacht," Johnson says. "It's truly all of the luxuries you would have in a hotel, with the ability to venture out onto magnificent Lake Powell."