In 1953, Jim Sharpe started Sumerset Marine with a 10- by 24-foot steel bottom with scow bow. In 1996 he sold his shares in Sumerset Houseboats, but his vision behind Sumerset houseboats is the history of the industry. The name Sumerset and all of the company’s patents were purchased by Thoroughbred houseboats in 2010 and production started back up after the previous owners had shut down due to financial uncertainty. Under this new ownership, Sumerset has continued to shine and has shipped out several new boats in 2014.
Sumerset houseboats are now built with glass walls to give each boat a sleek and timeless look on the water. Sumerset has also incorporated a new production technique to build a better hull, stronger framed boat with better roofing systems. The ongoing plan for Sumerset is to be as maintenance-free as possible for owners.
In the ways of recaps for 2014, Sumerset is now part of Trifecta Ventures, which is a company that formed after the merger of Thoroughbred Houseboats and Stardust Cruisers. This joint venture will continue to manufacturer all three premier houseboat brands. Stardust Cruisers, Sumerset Houseboats and Thoroughbred Houseboats will now be built in an expanded manufacturing facility located in Monticello, Ky. Each brand will keep its own identity, but will be able to pull their power in the industry together. Jerry Harden will head up the company as the president.
Date Founded: 1953
Location: Monticello, KY.
Best-selling Model or Floor Plan: 18x75, 19x90 or 20 x 100
Smallest Houseboat Built to Date: 15’ X 50’
Largest Houseboat Built to Date: 23’ X 125’
Hull Design: All Aluminum Mono Hulls
Water Application: Lakes, Rivers and Intracoastal
In-House Transportation: Yes
In-House Interior designer: Yes
Contact Information: 606-340-3191/www.sumerset.com