Well, after three full days on the lake I realized I made the right choice.
For those who felt the water would not be steady enough for 10x binos I'd like to disagree.
Keeping in mind most of Trinity lake is long and narrow with steep mountain walls thickly filled with trees. So when we did have wind and rain some it was probably absord by the surroundings.
The hunting trip on a houseboat, well, I saw one bear disappear into the woods. And I was to chicken to go after it. But after talking to my 20+ year bear hunting experienced buddy, next time I will persue.
And no bucks but about 10 does/fawns.
But with 3 days and 4 nights with a buddy and my 15 year young son, it was a total and complete success. Every morning (without me saying a word) my son got up and completed his assigned school for that day. And every meal was fit for a king. A good time was had.