FAQ

– Quick Facts –

Check-in Time:                3pm to 7pm  

Check-out Time:              10am

Minimum Stay:                2 nights 

Max Occupancy:             Nomad  4 Guests     Roam  3 Guests 

Starting Nightly Rate:      Nomad  $270           Roam  $235

Pure bliss…. but we’re kind of partial to Lake Life! 

By design, your experience aboard our Floating Camps will be a decidedly unique one. Nomad and Roam have been likened to floating tiny houses. But we live in Maine, and up here, we’ve been calling our ‘tiny houses’ camps for years, so we’re officially offering the first Floating Camps on Rangeley Lake. 

Nomad is our flagship – a painstakingly renovated 1968 Thunderbird Drift-R-Cruise Houseboat – and he’s always excited to meet other traveling souls (more on Nomad’s journey to Rangeley Lake here). Roam, his new little sister, is a built-from-scratch, custom ShantySkow who loves getting her guests a little closer to the water.

Both Floating Camps are extremely stable, quite bright and airy, and very comfy for up to four overnight guests on Nomad and up to three overnight guests on Roam. Even those uneasy around the water have told us that a stay on Nomad or Roam is a friendly experience!

As a guest aboard, the entire Floating Camp is yours to enjoy:                                                            ~ Plenty of outdoor deck space with comfortable seating and propane fire pit*                                      ~ One petite (though luxurious!) bathroom with toilet & shower                                                        ~ Well-equipped kitchen with refrigerator* & small freezer or icebox, gas stove & oven*                        ~ Double bed sleeping loft with pop-up hatches* for cloud surfing & stargazing                                    ~ Single sleeping options for additional guests                                                                                  ~ Swim ladder for access on & off the aft deck 

*Nomad only

Nomad and Roam both have running water, electricity, plenty of lounging space inside & out, and a heater for the chillier Maine evenings (more specifics about what’s included on board in FAQs below). No special skills or training are required for a stay – just an adventurous spirit and some time to breathe. 

When you arrive, we’ll greet you and show you were to park. Nomad or Roam (or both!) will be waiting for you dockside a short distance away. We provide carts to transport your luggage and other items to the dock and gladly assist with boarding. After you settle in, we’ll make sure you have all the information you need for a comfortable stay. 

Once you’re all loaded aboard, we’ll get underway and motor you to your overnight location. Once you’re safely set, your host will disembark and leave you to enjoy your Nomadic Experience.  

You are welcome to check-in anytime between 3pm & 7pm on the day of your arrival, but please note that if you arrive within an hour and a half of sunset (usually by 6:30pm during the summer), your Floating Camp will remain moored near shore for your first evening due to safety restrictions. 

As the end of your stay nears, your host will coordinate your return to shore at the pre-arranged time. On the morning of your departure, you are free to leave at your leisure any time prior to 10am. Your host will happily bring you dockside when you’re ready to depart.

For one-night reservations, you will remain at our private mooring; there is not enough time with a single night to enjoy the remote anchor option. If at the mooring, your host will bring your Floating Camp dockside at a prearranged time the morning of your check-out and help you back to shore. Either way, check-out is 10am

Your floating location while aboard will be based on local regulations, length of stay, your preference and the weather. 

Option 1: Nomad or Roam can remain at our private mooring a few yards into the lake for a lovely floating experience. You will have a canoe tethered to the stern, so you can come and go from your Floating Camp as you please while enjoying all the lake has to offer.

Option 2: This option is available for reservations of 2 nights or more. For a truly immersive Nomadic Experience, you can choose to spend your time anchored in a quiet cove on Rangeley Lake. Here you’ll enjoy private, undisturbed shorelines and sweeping panoramic views. Take advantage of the swim ladder and plunge into the refreshing lake water, or enjoy the outdoor sun decks, Adirondack chairs, and on-board firepit. You’re free to remain in this lovely haven until the morning of you departure, at which time your host will meet you aboard at a pre-arranged time and motor you back to the dock.

You bet!                                                                                                    

We offer length of stay discounts for stays of two nights or more. 

When you book your stay on Airbnb, the following discounts will be applied automatically:

Two nights = 4% Discount

Three nights = 6-8% Discount

Four nights = 8-10% Discount

Seven nights or longer = 15% Discount

*For stays longer than 7 nights, please Contact Us to make your reservation. We’ll need to chat about a few logistics first.

Simple answer – everything you need, nothing you don’t.

But for the Type A’s out there, both of our Floating Camps include:                                                     ~ All linens – bath, beach & hand towels, napkins, sheets, blankets, extra blankets (it’s Maine after all)   ~ Hand & dish soap                                                                                                                       ~ Multiple ways to make coffee (just in case you were nervous about the ‘no coffee pot’ thing)               ~ Condiments & seasonings **No longer provided due to COVID-19 concerns**                                   ~ Basic cook-ware                                                                                                                       ~ Fresh drinking water                                                                                                                   ~ Propane BBQ grill with fuel                                                                                                           ~ Ice Cooler                                                                                                                                 ~ Electrical adapters & back-up device rechargers (recharges anything via USB cable)                             ~ WiFi (sometimes… see location FAQ above)                                                                                   ~ Bluetooth speaker with AUX cord and USB connection options                                                         ~ Canoe (carries two adults)                                                                                                             ~ Comfy outdoor seating & rooftop loungers                                                                                     ~ Yoga mats                                                                                                                                ~ Magazines & books                                                                                                                   ~ Life jackets, first aid kit, life preserver    

Nomad features an upper-deck firepit (with ‘mallow roasters!), refrigerator with small freezer, bathroom with stall shower & hot water.

Roam features a custom pagoda-style aft deck, built-in icebox, stove-top, and wet bath (toilet and shower) with hot water.                                                                                                        

We provide check-in & check-out transportation aboard your Floating Camp to & from your moored or anchored location on Rangeley Lake at the pre-arranged times; all other movement from Nomad or Roam is at your leisure and on your timeline.

A basic list (in no particular order):                                                                                                  ~ Enough food for everyone aboard for your time away from shore                                                      ~ Enough to drink for everyone aboard for your time away from shore                                                  ~ A person(s) you can be on a boat with for your time away from shore                                                ~ Sunscreen & after-sun lotion                                                                                                        ~ Bug spray                                                                                                                                  ~ Toiletries & any personal products                                                                                                ~ Medications                                                                                                                                ~ Music (Bluetooth speaker with AUX cord provided)                                                                          ~ Fishing license, gear & bait                                                                                                          ~ Water floats & toys                                                                                                                    ~ Stand-up paddleboard                                                                                                                  ~ Books & games                                                                                                                          ~ Charging cords                                                                                                                          ~ Extra ice

Please do take your food, beverage and activity requirements for your entire stay into account and bring all of the things you might need with you at the time of your check-in. There is no judgment for over-packing. 

Of course, if you find you need more of something, please see following FAQ…

We keep a well-stocked Floating Camp, but if you run out of provided necessities (drinking water, TP, coffee…) simply contact your host and we’ll point you to where the extras are hidden or coordinate a resupply run. 

If you would appreciate additional niceties – assuming they’re available in Oquossoc – we offer courtesy runs for $45 plus the cost of the purchase. 

Common requests include beverage mixers, wine or beer, prepared carry-out food, and ice. There are two local grocers that offer plenty of food and beverage options, and a few restaurants that offer to-go orders, so you should be covered if a craving strikes.

Sorry, friend. While our Floating Camps love a good lake tour, they will happily remain docked, moored or anchored while you visit except when your host is at the helm. Absolutely no offense to you or your mad boating skills, but liability prevents anyone else from operating the houseboats

We’ve got another Floater!

We absolutely want you to consider Nomad or Roam your floating home, and it’s not uncommon for guests to request to extend their stay – as long as you and your Floating Camp are getting along (and there’s availability…), you’re welcome to stay as long as you like. Just get in touch with your Host and we’ll see what we can float. 

If you reach the threshold of an extended stay discount, we’ll retroactively apply that discount to your stay. We can easily accept cash, check or electronic payments for the balance of your additional time upon your return to shore.   

Not sure why you’d want to limit yourself, but you can book Nomad or Roam for a minimum of two nights. 

Please Contact Us if you’d like to book specific dates and aren’t able to do so online. We sometimes get late cancellations and might be able to offer last-minute availability. 

Unfortunately, we do not allow pets aboard. While we’re sure that your pet is just lovely, Nomad and Roam aren’t particularly pet friendly. 

There are two types of cancellations:

Type 1: Weather                                                                                                                            If weather is forecasted to be questionable for your stay, your host will contact you about a day prior to your reservation to discuss options. As long as it’s safe (please see next FAQ) you’re still welcome to stay. If you’d prefer to reschedule your stay based on the weather, we will do our best to accommodate based on availability. If it’s possible to safely stay and you chose not to with no reschedule options available, we will provide you with a 50% refund. If we must cancel the reservation prior to your arrival due to extreme weather, you will receive a full refund.  

Type 2: A Change of Your Plans                                                                                                        If you decide to cancel your reservation for personal reasons, you may do so for a full refund up to 21 days prior to your reservation. Within 21 days of your reservation, we offer a 50% refund of the total reservation amount; within 48 hours, no refund is offered for cancellations

But we hope none of this applies and you can come meet Nomad and Roam!

As long as it’s safe to be on the water – no dangerous storms or extremely high winds – you’re still welcome to stay aboard. Our Floating Camps are waterproof after all! And while it may sound crazy, some of the most beautiful times on the water are just after a rain, so you may be in for a treat! 

Additionally, we monitor the radar constantly with weather alerts set – if weather picks up unexpectedly while you’re remotely anchored, we will recover you promptly and return you safely to shore. We have alternate locations for Nomad and Roam as well as other accommodations available if it’s just not safe to be on the water. 

Ultimately, Nomad and Roam’s location is at the owners discretion, and will be based on a conservative assessment for your safety. 

A great deal of thought has gone into ensuring you have a safe and comfortable experience aboard Nomad. We want your stay to be relaxing and worry-free. But if issues arise (or you just can’t remember how to light the firepit), your host is always available with a no-questions-asked 24/7 accessibility policy. 

We’ll make sure you have good 2-way communication before disembarking, and there are emergency ways to communicate just in case. 

If a bona fide medical emergency occurs while you’re onboard, local first responders are very familiar with the Just Add Water operation and we’ve pre-coordinated for emergency response. You will have all the information you need to call for help in the unlikely event that it’s needed. 

Great question! NOTHING! Or, more accurately, Anything.

But in case it’s been a while since you’ve done Anything, we offer the following:
~ Devour that pile of books that has accumulated next to your bed
~ See who can name the most constellations your first night
~ Take a morning dip in the lake
~ Flow through a few sun salutations on the upper deck (or schedule a private Floating Yoga session!)
~ Master your pour-over coffee technique
~ Take a nap for the first time since kindergarten
~ Paddle over to the Rangeley State Park and enjoy one of the quietest parks in Maine

A few notes on life afloat –

Due to electrical constraints onboard, high-draw electrical appliances (coffee pots, hair dryers, space heaters, electric kettles, toasters, blenders, etc.) are requested to stay on shore; they will disable all electricity if used aboard. Alternative options are provided whenever possible.

For full use of all that Nomad and Roam have to offer, guests should note that ladders and stairs are part of the experience.

You’ll be staying on a calm lake, so sound will carry much further on the water than you realize. Mindful of those sharing your extended space, please keep loud music and loud voices for the daylight hours.

You will be staying in Maine and enjoying an indoor/outdoor living environment. This environment includes bugs. While the accommodations include insect deterrents (essential oils, screens, mosquito nets), there will be bugs sharing your space (mostly gnats, flies, and other flying bugs). Most guests find that they are a minor nuisance, but please consider your personal tolerance before booking. 

Depending on your mobile carrier, you may or may not have strong data coverage while onboard. WiFi is not offered (but that’s okay – the live show is much better!). Emergency 911 calls can always be made no matter your mobile carrier.

You are free to come and go from your Floating Camp whenever you like utilizing the canoe included with your rental. Or if you prefer, you’re welcome to bring your own water toys – kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are popular tag alongs and easily transportable on Nomad or Roam. You are welcome to explore any of the state or publicly owned shoreline at your leisure, but please avoid going ashore on private property – your host will make sure you’re oriented. 

If an unforeseen issue arises while anchored away from our property (illness, unsafe weather conditions, etc.) there are alternative arrangements available for your stay that will be handled on a case-by-case basis. We will do our best to ensure you have a comfortable stay in Rangeley! 

Still have questions? That’s totally cool. We’d love to chat about Floating Camps, Rangeley Lake or the best cheese you’ve ever tasted in your lifeContact Us

FAQ - Water Picnic

– Quick Facts –

Available Hours: 7am to 9pm daily

Min/Max Reservation: 2 to 6 hours, at hour increments

Max Occupancy: 6 Guests; children welcome! *10yrs & younger required to wear life-jacket*

Rates: 2 Hr – $200 //  3hr – $250  //  4hr – $300  //  5hr – $350  //  6hr – $400

Pure bliss…. but we’re kind of partial to the Lake Life! 

By design, your experience aboard Nomad will be a decidedly unique one. Nomad has been likened to a floating tiny house. But we live in Maine, and up here, we’ve been calling our ‘tiny houses’ camps for years, so he’s officially the first Floating Camp on Rangeley Lake. 

Nomad is our flagship – a painstakingly renovated 1968 Thunderbird Drift-R-Cruise Houseboat – and he’s always excited to meet other traveling souls (more on Nomad’s journey to Rangeley Lake here).

He’s extremely stable, quite open and airy, and very comfortable for up to six guests. Even those uneasy around the water have told us that time on Nomad is a friendly experience!

Nomad’s got a full kitchen, running water, electricity, a toilet, and plenty of lounging space inside & out.

For full use of all that Nomad has to offer, guests should note that ladders and stairs are part of the experience.

You are most welcome to book your desired length of time aboard Nomad for 2 to 6 hours between 7am & 9pm daily. 

A few options for your time aboard:                                                                                       Floating Family Picnic – swimming & sunbathing                                                                   Couples Getaway – serenely bobbing in a secluded cove with a bottle of wine                                     Floating Expansion Space for visitors – anchored off your shore where your guests can come & go   Party Boat for a gathering of friends                                                                                               Forward Launch Point for a kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding adventure

But these are just suggestions! You’re welcome to use your time aboard for whatever activity you choose (within the realm of safety, decency and legality…) at whatever time you choose, subject only to availability. If you can think it, we can float it!

Nomad’s location is supremely flexible – based on your preference, reservation length, & the weather. 

Option 1: Nomad can remain dockside (at our dock or yours*!) for easy access to the shore…. or for a convenient Floating Yoga session (see FAQ below). This is a great option if you want to experience a day on the lake but prefer to remain a little closer to dry land.                                                       

Option 2: You can also choose to shove off a bit and remain at our private mooring a few yards into the lake for a more waterborne experience. Or if you prefer, Nomad can be anchored off your private shoreline. You’ll have a canoe tethered to the stern, so you can come and go as you please. This is a great option to offer visitors who might want some getaway space!

Option 3: Finally, for a truly immersive Floating Camp experience, you can choose to spend your time anchored out in South Bog or South Cove on Rangeley Lake. Here, you’ll enjoy private, undisturbed shorelines and sweeping panoramic views. Take advantage of the swim ladder and plunge into the refreshing lake water, or enjoy the outdoor sun decks and onboard firepit.                      

Option 3.5: We will happily consider alternate locations for Nomad further afoot on Rangeley Lake – a quiet cove, your favorite swimming hole, or secret fishing spot. We must respect local rules and regulations, as well as our landlubbing neighbors on shore, but if we can make your particular special spot work, we will! Contact us to see what we can float!

*Subject to approval – your dock and water depth must be capable of safely holding Nomad.

Yes, of course! Nomad is fully equipped with a fridge & small freezer, oven & stove, BBQ grill, running water and plenty of prep space. All plates, cups, mugs, utensils, cutlery, and bake-ware are provided as well. Whether you’d like to bring chips & salsa or baked brie, cans of PBR or snazzy cocktail mixins, Nomad’s got you covered. 

And we guarantee – whatever it is – it’ll taste better when you’re munching or sipping aboard the most scenic platform on Rangeley Lake.

Absolutely! If you just have to have more time on the water, we totally get it. With a few caveats – Nomad has to be available & there has to be enough daylight left. Just give us a call or send us a message and we’ll see what we can accommodate. We can easily accept cash, check or credit card for the balance of your additional time upon your return. 

Yes – Nomad is waterproof, after all! And he’s got plenty of indoor space to enjoy. But it all depends on what your planned activity is – reading a magazine in peace while lounging on the settee = Awesome. Swim party for your daughter and all her friends = Not so much. 

As long as it’s safe to be on the water, Nomad is available even in inclement weather. But if you’d prefer to reschedule your reservation based on the weather, we’ll do our best to accommodate (see our Cancellation Policy FAQ below). If there are extremely high winds, thunderstorms, hail, or lightening forecasted, we will have to cancel your reservation and try to reschedule. 

Additionally, we monitor the radar constantly with weather alerts set – if weather picks up unexpectedly while you’re out, we will recover you promptly and return you safely to shore. Any time left on your rental can be used at a later date or as a pro-rated refund.

There are two types of cancellations:

Type 1: Weather                                                                                                                            If weather is forecasted to be less than perfect, your Boat Captain will contact you the day prior to your reservation to discuss options. As long as it’s safe to be on the water – just rain; no hail, lightening, or high winds – we can still get you floating (please see above), but we will probably cancel if there’s any question and try to reschedule. If you’d prefer to reschedule to a non-rain day, we will do our best to accommodate based on availability. If we must cancel the reservation due to weather with no reschedule options, you will receive a full refund.  

Type 2: A Change of Your Plans                                                                                                      If you decide to cancel your reservation for personal reasons, you may do so for a 50% refund up to 24 hours prior to your reservation. Within 24 hours of your reservation, no refund is offered

But we hope none of this applies and you can come meet Nomad!

A great deal of thought has gone into ensuring you have a safe and comfortable experience aboard Nomad. We want your stay to be relaxing and worry-free. But if issues arise (or you just can’t remember how to light the grill), your Boat Captain is always available with a no-questions-asked 24/7 accessibility policy. 

We’ll make sure you have good 2-way communication before disembarking, and there are several back-up and emergency ways to communicate should your cell phone fall in the lake. 

If a bona fide medical emergency occurs while you’re onboard, local first responders are very familiar with the Just Add Water operation and we’ve pre-coordinated for emergency response. You will have all the information you need to call for help in the unlikely event that it’s needed. 

Your Boat Captain just so happens to also be a Certified Yoga Instructor … who is quite partial to yoga on Nomad’s upper decks. 

We can fit up to four yogis (…if you’re okay living on the edge) up on the rooftop deck for a one hour yoga session of your choice – Power Vinyasa, Gentle Flow, or Yin. Nomad can stay docked, anchored near shore, or in a secluded spot where our only spectators are the loons. Yoga mats are happily provided.

You can choose to simply reserve an hour on Nomad for your private session, or we can arrange for your yoga session to begin your daily rental period. 

Pricing:                                                                                                                                   One Hour Private Floating Yoga Session (at the dock or near shore): $75 for up to 4 guests                 One Hour Private Floating Yoga Session (secluded spot, cruise included): $200 for up to 4 guests       One Hour Floating Yoga in addition to daily rental: $50 + cost of rental

Still have questions? That’s totally cool. We’d love to chat about Floating Camps, Rangeley Lake or your favorite yoga pose. Contact Us

FAQ - Private Charter

– Quick Facts –

Available Hours: 7am to 9pm daily

Min/Max Reservation1 to 3 hours, at half hour increments

Max Occupancy6 Guests; children welcome! *10yrs & younger required to wear life-jacket*

Rates: 1 Hr – $150 //  1.5hr – $200  //  2hr – $250  //  2.5hr – $300  //  3hr – $350

Pure bliss…. but we’re kind of partial to the Lake Life! 

By design, your experience aboard Nomad will be a decidedly unique one. Nomad has been likened to a floating tiny house. But we live in Maine, and up here, we’ve been calling our ‘tiny houses’ camps for years, so he’s officially the first Floating Camp on Rangeley Lake. 

Nomad is our flagship – a painstakingly renovated 1968 Thunderbird Drift-R-Cruise Houseboat – and he’s always excited to meet other traveling souls (more on Nomad’s journey to Rangeley Lake here).

He’s extremely stable, quite open and airy, and very comfortable for up to six guests (eight if you’re willing – see FAQ below). Even those uneasy around the water have told us that time on Nomad is a friendly experience!

Nomad’s got running water, a bathroom, and plenty of lounging space inside & out.

Nomad is available daily between 7am & 9pm for a minimum of 1 hour, up to 3 hours, bookable at half hour increments. 

Need an excuse to make a reservation? We offer the following:                                             ~ Coffee Cruises                                                                                                               ~ Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Charters                                                                                           ~ Cocktail Cruises                                                                                                                   ~ Or our most popular – Sunset Charter

But these are just suggestions! You’re welcome to use your time aboard for whatever activity you choose at whatever time you choose, subject only to availability.

Yes, of course! Nomad is fully equipped with a fridge & small freezer, oven & stove, running water and plenty of prep space. All plates, cups, mugs, utensils, cutlery, and bake-ware are provided as well. Whether you’d like to bring chips and salsa or baked brie, cans of PBR or snazzy cocktail mixins, Nomad’s got you covered. 

And we guarantee – whatever it is – it’ll taste better when you’re munching or sipping aboard the most scenic platform on Rangeley Lake.

For general comfort and manageability aboard, we have a six-person maximum for our Private Charters. This allows for your ease of movement around Nomad during your cruise. However, if you and those in your party are okay with slightly less open space, Nomad can safely carry up to eight adults. 

As long as passengers are generally aware of their collective position while aboard (i.e. everyone can’t be on the upper deck on one side at the same time…), there is ample space for eight passengers to enjoy. 

And, of course, if an unwieldy situation were to arise due to the number of individuals aboard, the Boat Captain always retains the right to terminate the cruise in the name of safety. Pirates are welcome, as long as they save their swashbuckling for another vessel.   

He is indeed! The same charter rates apply ($150 for the first hour + $50 for each addt’l half hour) beginning at the time Nomad leaves Oquossoc and ends when the service is complete (return time is not billed). Special pricing may apply for reservations longer than three hours. 

Past requests have included:                                                                                                 ~ Wedding Party transportation to island ceremonies or shoreline properties                                 ~ Drop-offs at Loon Lodge for dinner                                                                                         ~ 4th of July Fireworks Show                                                                                                     ~ Floating viewing platform for Oquossoc Days events

If a Floating Camp can enhance your special event, please Contact Us to see what we can float!

Yes – Nomad is waterproof, after all! And he’s got plenty of indoor space to enjoy. As long as it’s safe to be on the water, we will still cruise in inclement weather, unless you’d prefer not to (see our Cancellation Policy FAQ below). And while it may sound crazy, some of the most beautiful times on the water are just after a rain, so you may be in for a treat! 

But if there are high winds, hail, thunderstorms, or lightening forecasted, we will have to cancel your charter and do our best to reschedule.

There are two types of cancellations:

Type 1: Weather                                                                                                                      If weather is forecasted to be less than perfect, your Boat Captain will contact you the day prior to your reservation to discuss options. As long as it’s safe to cruise – just light rain; no hail, lightening, high winds or thunderstorms – we can still cruise (please see above), but we will probably cancel if there’s any question. If you’d prefer to reschedule to a non-rain day, we will do our best to accommodate based on availability. If we must cancel the reservation due to weather, you will receive a full refund.  

Type 2: A Change of Your Plans                                                                                                If you decide to cancel your reservation for personal reasons, you may do so for a 50% refund up to 24 hours prior to your reservation. Within 24 hours of your reservation, no refund is offered

But we hope none of this applies and you can come meet Nomad!

Still have questions? That’s totally cool. We’d love to chat about Floating Camps, Rangeley Lake or the best cheese you’ve ever tasted in your life. Contact Us