Thoroughbred Houseboats LLC has grown this year building 17 boats that were/will be launched in 2013. About half have been glass-sided with its first half glass, half windows boat this year. International market continues with its Russian partners building five new boats for the river Volga. The manufacturer has also been developing a strong dealer network in Georgia, Lake Powell in Utah as well as Center Hill Lake in Tennessee.
Thoroughbred will continue developing more fiberglass parts for 2014 with the new credenza for the upper bar, improved canopy TV box, etc. The builder has also developed exterior yacht-style LED lighting, plus specialized in smooth front and back exterior soffit surfaces. Also a big improvement for houseboat gel coat roof surface is the new urethane paints that will last for a long time. And its exterior Stone Pebble Tec surfaces continue to improve with texture and looks. Thoroughbred Renovations has taken off helping many folks with insurance work, upgrades or renovations, small repairs and moving houseboats.
Date Founded: 1996
Location: Albany, KY
Best-Selling Model or Floor Plan: All Glass for Max Views, 16x75, 19’ X 90’, 21x110
Smallest Houseboat Built to Date: 15’ X 50’
Largest Houseboat Built to Date: 23’ X 118’ (Yacht Style)
Hull Design: Mostly Aluminum Mono Hulls and Catamaran Hulls
Water Application: Lakes, Rivers and Intracoastal
In-House Transportation: Yes
In-House Interior Designer: Yes
For 2013 we sold 15 new boats with eight being all-glass. Glass is definitely taking hold since it really offers a timeless exterior finish. As part of this glass boat, we always do an insulated glass front wall, which is really important to all customers for the view and opening up the boat. Pebble Tec exterior stone surfaces instead of carpet is always a big hit. This material lasts forever and resists any type of molding, etc. Retract helms have also been a hot item recently, allowing more salon space for furniture. Having a retract helm really cleans up the look and feel of the salon.
"Houseboat building has grown this year and we are hoping and expecting 2014 to be a much better year. Our trade programs we offer to customers have allowed the company to build more boats and since the used boat market has picked up a bit in 2013, moving the inventory has not been much of an issue." Shawn Heinen, president/managing partner