Houseboat Expo


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About

What exactly is the National On Water Houseboat Expo? A great three-day dock party this summer that is specifically geared towards houseboating. On Friday, June 10th we’ll be celebrating our eighth On Water Expo at State Dock on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky and our 17th year as the only houseboat-specific boat show. To help kickoff the three-day celebration we’re  keeping our Luau theme, which means the fun will carry on well past the scheduled hours of the show. So bring your favorite island shirt, shorts, hats and party favors and join the fun!

Friday’s show hours are from 2 pm to 7 pm (Central) with a live band that night for all patrons to enjoy. Then on Saturday, the show runs from 10 am to 6 pm and again a live band will perform to end the day. And on Sunday the hours range from 11 am to 4 pm and this year’s event promises to provide great products and lots of fun.   

While the Luau theme will help keep the Expo fun, the real draw to our annual show is and always will be the exhibitors. Where else can you meet and talk with the houseboat manufacturers, tour dozens of new and used houseboats, run-a-bouts, pontoons, ski boats, shop for aftermarket products, as well view different types of secondary watercrafts? Plus the show will be staffed with insurance and finance companies, as well as houseboat brokers to help answer any questions you might have.

Besides the boat giveaway, on-dock poker run, food, prizes and entertainment, there will also be educational seminars held as well as a captain’s course where you can learn to operate a houseboat.  

With live music on Friday and Saturday night following the show, you won’t want to leave State Dock and that’s what makes Houseboat Row so popular for attendees. State Dock converts many of its rental houseboats into “boatels” for the Expo. These houseboats do not leave the marina and are less expensive than most hotel rooms.

Plan on joining the Houseboat magazine staff at State Dock the first weekend in June for a once-a-year celebration of what makes houseboating so much fun. 


Live Entertainment

Incorporating rock with his southern roots, Billy Brown brings his very own flavor to country music. From ballads to boot stompin’ anthems his music breaks the genre barrier and appeals to anyone who loves some good ol’ tunes. Based out of Cincinnati, OH/Northern KY, Billy Brown also travels around the country bringing his style of country music to the masses. From Texas to West Virginia, Billy Brown has played in the smallest bars to NASCAR Races, Casinos, Festivals, Toby Keith Bars, Hard Rock Cafes, Tin Roof Bars and everywhere in between. Check out a video of him HERE. To view more information on Billy Brown, visit his site HERE.


Boat Giveaway

The On Water Expo wouldn't be the same without our annual poker run. The grand prize is a complete boat package From Crest Marine & Suzuki .  

Last Years Winners (click on photo to see video).

Here are some of the great prizes from
 

IGNITER 2 Inflatable Double Rider Towable Water Tube

IGNITER 2 is our budget minded double rider cockpit towable tube. Cockpit tubes provide a safe and comfortable seat, which is recommended for timid and young riders, but still supplies an exciting ride. Four deluxe handles with neoprene knuckle guards provide a secure and comfortable grip. The heavy gauge PVC bladder and durable double-stitched nylon cover ensure years of service. IGNITER 2 is equipped with a patented Speed Safety Valve for easy inflating and deflating.

POOLMATE Utopia Lounge

Relax on the water with AIRHEAD’s BIMINI LOUNGER! Float with your legs dangling in the water, or stretch them out on the folding inflatable footrest while sitting comfortably on the mesh support. There’s a molded cup holder for your cool drink and a zippered storage compartment for sun tan lotion and other necessities. The inflatable backrest and neckrest ensure unparalleled comfort. Durable construction with a heavy-gauge PVC bladder, mesh bottom, and full nylon full. 38" x 60” (deflated with leg rest extended).

AQUA ZOOKA (24" barrel) Water Bazooka 

Soak your friends with AQUA ZOOKA! This easy to operate, quick filling water bazooka is constructed of high-impact thermoplastics, and will last for seasons of fun. Simply dip AQUA ZOOKA into the water and pull back on the handle to siphon water up into the barrel. You're ready to fire, with a range of up to 60 feet! AQUA ZOOKAs are equipped with comfortable EVA handles so that you won't lose your grip, even with wet hands in the heat of battle! The EVA handles also ensure that AQUA ZOOKA will float on top of the water. Doubles as a bilge pump or household siphon!

Includes 2 Color variations: 1 Orange & 1 Yellow

GLADIATOR Arena Tube Kit with Air Pump & Tow Rope

3 Rider Towable
Topside Stabilizer Fins
Neoprene Panel for Comfort
Full Double Stitched Nylon Cover
Nylon Wrapped handles with Neoprene Knuckle Giards
12V Air Pump
60ft. Tow Rope.

AQUA ZOOKA DOUBLE SHOT

You’ll have double the fun soaking your friends with AQUA ZOOKA DOUBLE SHOT! This easy to operate, over/under double barrel quick-filling water bazooka is constructed of high-impact thermoplastics to take a lot of punishment. Simply dip it into the water and pull back on the handle to siphon water up into both barrels. You’re ready to fire; the double stream has a range of up to 60 feet! Equipped with comfortable EVA handle so that you won’t lose your grip, even with wet hands in the heat of battle! The EVA handle also ensure that AQUA ZOOKA will float.
Size: 24 inches long

AQUA ZOOKA
Soak your friends with AQUA ZOOKA! This easy to operate, quick filling water bazooka is constructed of high-impact thermoplastics, and will last for seasons of fun. Simply dip AQUA ZOOKA into the water and pull back on the handle to siphon water up into the barrel. You’re ready to fire, with a range of up to 60 feet! AQUA ZOOKAs are equipped with comfortable EVA handles so that you won’t lose your grip, even with wet hands in the heat of battle! The EVA handles also ensure that AQUA ZOOKA will float on top of the water. Doubles as a bilge pump or household siphon!
AZ-12: 12 inches long

SPORTSSTUFF 2.5 PSI Pump

This 110-volt 2.5 PSI air pump will inflate or deflate your inflatable in a hurry. It comes with an assortment of nozzles to adapt to your needs and has a high-volume, low-pressure output to get the job done quickly

WORLD INDUSTRIES Stick-O-Rama w/ DC Binding

Create your own street action in the “hood" on WORLD INDUSTRIES’ STICK-O-RAMA wakeboard! The wakeboard is basically an inner city background that you decorate with the stickers provided. Flameboy, Wet Willy and Devilman are making trouble and the piggy police are frantically trying to restore law and order! If you want smooth transition through turns and a consistent pop off the wake, this board is for you. The rounded end profile and beveled perimeter provide a forgiving and consistent release off the wake. Riders of all levels will enjoy the floaty nature of this 135cm free-ride wakeboard. Designed for riders up to 170 lbs., 2 removable fiberglass reinforced nylon fins provide excellent tracking. 

DC is a high wrap bindings provide plenty of support for aspiring youth riders. The front entry, one cinch lace-up bindings offer comfort, convenience and performance. The top straps provide extra lower leg support for more power in turns. Kid’s size 13 to men’s size 8.5 (EU 31-38)

WORLD INDUSTRIES Voo Doo Wakeboard w/DC BINDING

Flameboy is performing Voodoo on Wet Willy in a skull-filled Louisiana swamp! The beveled perimeter and double tip provide a forgiving and consistent release off the wake. This wakeboard provides smooth transitions through turns and a consistent pop off the wake. This 135cm free-ride wakeboard is designed for riders up to 170 lbs., of all levels and abilities. Two removable fiberglass reinforced nylon fins provide excellent tracking.

DC is a high wrap bindings provide plenty of support for aspiring youth riders. The front entry, one cinch lace-up bindings offer comfort, convenience and performance. The top straps provide extra lower leg support for more power in turns. Kid’s size 13 to men’s size 8.5 (EU 31-38)

WORLD INDUSTRIES Battle Wakeboard w/DC BINDING

WORLD INDUSTRY BATTLE Wakeboard, 124cm

Flame Boy and Wet Willy are going at it again; this time with nunchucks and a flail! BATTLE is designed for youth riders of all levels weighing up to 130 lbs. This 124cm lightweight twin tip free-ride wakeboard will help riders excel at the sport. The continuous rocker is fast and forgiving with smooth pop. Performance and durability are packed into this price point board. It's RIM molded with a PU core, fiberglass reinforcement, PBT top and sublimated graphics. Two removable fiberglass reinforced nylon fins provide excellent tracking and carving.

DC is a high wrap bindings provide plenty of support for aspiring youth riders. The front entry, one cinch lace-up bindings offer comfort, convenience and performance. The top straps provide extra lower leg support for more power in turns. Kid’s size 13 to men’s size 8.5 (EU 31-38)

WavePad Water Rafts

12 Ft. Wavepad

We have taken the water raft industry to a whole new level. We have designed the most durable floating water rafts on the market. Our water rafts have a special skin layer, which keep us apart from the “knock off” water rafts on the market today. WavePad water rafts can hold over double the weight of our competitors. Our products are unsinkable as well as non inflatable. No more hassle of blowing up a raft. Our WavePads unroll right into the water making it as simple as a push to “Walk On Water” ”Unroll And Your Ready To Go”. www.longswavepads.com


Captain's Course

Learn How to be in charge of your own boat. Captain Don Hevener will show you all the ins and outs of running your houseboat. Friday: June 10th at 4:00 pm (central time) Saturday: June 11th at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm


Pricing and Tickets

1-day pas $10
3-day pass $20 (Free Expo shirt with three day pass while supplies last on line tickets only)
Children under 13 are FREE
Tickets and t-shirt will not be mailed on pre-orders. You can pick them up at the show.
TICKET PAGE


Accommodations

Overnight Options:

Stay on "Houseboat Row" at State Dock - in the middle of all the action! 

State Dock is unique in that during the On Water houseboat Expo they convert many of their rental houseboats into "boatels." These houseboaters do not leave the marina and are parked on "Houseboat Row" during the Expo. They are less expensive than most hotel rooms - AND - you won't miss any of the fun!

- They have boats that sleep from 10 to 16 people.
- Check out this exclusive pricing for the On the Water Expo only.

Boatels on the Water

**Price includes all Generator Fuel.**

300.00 deposit and Rental due 30 days prior

Does not include 6% sales tax

Model 3-night rate

Admiral $650.00
400 $820.00
450 $820.00
500 $960.00
600 $940.00
750 $1030.00
800 $1075.00
900 $1100.00
950 $1100.00
** Larger boats- Subject to availability no more than 2 weeks prior to the event.**


Want to win a FREE BOATEL STAY?

Show your spirit by decorating your boat with this year’s theme “Luau on the Lake”….aren’t renting a boatel this year? No problem. Just show up with your family or group dressed in Luau style. You will get added points for chants, songs, skits and other fun ideas. With a chant, a song, a skit or something fun. We will judge the winning group and provide you with a FREE boatel at our next show”

Lake Cumberland State Dock
Attn: Reservations Dept.
6365 State Park Road
Jamestown, KY 42629
888-782-8336
www.statedock.com 

Cabins, Hotels & RV Parks

Or you can book a room at Lake Cumberland through Kentucky State Parks:

800-255-PARK (7275)



website

Hotel at Jamestown Resort

The Jamestown Resort & Marina is another great option located just across the water from State Dock!

Water taxis are available to take you back & forth across the water. 

Call 270-343-1301 for your reservations.

www.jamestown-marina.com

***Attendees and exhibitors: be sure to ask about the exclusive expo discount ***

Other Hotels in Area

Stay in the beautiful surrounding area, just minutes away.

For a list of additional accomodations in Jamestown, click here


Directions

Driving Directions

Click Here for personalized driving directions


2016 Exhibitors List

All Stars Dips/Dips Plus More

Auto Marine Fleet

BacTank T3

Boardz N Bagz

Community Trust Bank

Denney Marine

Dreams In Motion

Elite Boat Sales

Hilltop Marine

Horizons LTD

Houseboats Buy Terry, Inc.

HydraNautics

Hytech Marketing

Lake Cumberland Marine

Lake Cumberland Resort

LD Auto Marine Fleet

LilliPad Diving Boards

Inflatable Boats of Florida

IMTRA/Hydro-Ventures

Rolleaz

Shine Dr.

Sideshift Inc.

Softub

Sumerset Houseboats

Sunstar Yacht Sales & Brokerage

Stardust Crusiers

Stokley's Marine

The Floatinator

The Glittering Girls

Thoroughbred Houseboats

Two Brother's Grillin

Unlimited Marine

Wavepads

Wayfarers Warehouse

Westerbeke Corporation

Window Fashions & More

YourNewBoat.com


History

Each June houseboat enthusiasts from all over the world converge to not only tour dozens of houseboats, but to also celebrate the houseboating lifestyle and catch up with friends. Houseboat magazine’s annual National Houseboat Expo has become a staple for the industry since it’s the only show that brings all the houseboat manufacturers together, yet it’s hard to believe the show began from humble beginnings in attempt to give the houseboat market a venue of its own to showcase houseboat-specific products.

“Before our first run at it in 1999, the national and international show circuits offered next to none when it came to houseboats,” recalls Houseboat Editor Brady Kay. “Yet at this same time the houseboat market was in a rapid expansion. Several new houseboat manufacturers were popping up, our subscription numbers were accelerating by the day and boat facilities across North America had quickly come to appreciate an exclusive form of dock community—the houseboat marina. The timing was perfect for a show to call our own.”

Following the first Expo that was held in March of 1999 in Nashville, Tenn., the show ventured to other in-door locations including Louisville, Ky., as well as two Houseboat Expos out west in Reno, Nev.

With a successful following, in 2009 the show producers while searching for ways to improve on the ultimate and only houseboat-specific boat show, decided to take the National Houseboat Expo to the water and it was an instant hit.

“While traditional boat shows are indoors, the On Water Expo takes interested parties to the dock to see exactly what the houseboating lifestyle is like,” says Houseboat Publisher Greg Larsen. “It’s truly an experience like no other.”

In 2015, the On Water Expo will once again take over the docks at the State Dock Marina on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. The seventh annual on-water venue continues to attract houseboaters from all over the globe with this truly unique show that includes live music at night and houseboats that can be rented so attendees can stay near the action. 

Houseboat Expo, Nashville, TN March 19-21, 1999

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 31-April 2, 2000

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 30-April 1, 2001

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 1-3, 2002

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY February 28-March 2, 2003

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY February 27-29, 2004

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY February 4-6, 2005

Houseboat Expo West, Reno, NV October 28-30, 2005

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 3-5, 2006

Houseboat Expo West, Reno, NV October 6-8, 2006

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 2-4, 2007

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 14-16, 2008

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY February 20-22, 2009

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY September 25-27, 2009

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 5-7, 2010

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY August 27-29, 2010

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 18-20, 2011

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY August 26-28, 2011

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY June 8-10, 2012

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY June 7-9, 2013

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY June 6-8, 2014

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY June 5-7, 2015


Why Exhibit

Why should you exhibit with us?

  • Meet highly qualified, targeted attendees who are passionate about houseboating and the houseboating way of life.

  • The 2016 Houseboat Expo is the place to be if you want to see some of the industry's leading manufacturers unveil their brand-new, never before seen houseboats.

  • Hosted at the beautiful Lake Cumberland State Dock in Kentucky, this venue is perfect for houseboaters and enthusiasts alike to come together to learn, participate and buy all things houseboating.

  • Amazing seminars and the Captain's Course bring interested, hungry-for-houseboating attendees.

  • The Houseboat Expo is promoted through the Houseboat Expo website, Houseboat Magazine's Website, Facebook pages, through affiliate websites, and in the pages of Houseboat Magazine and Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine - and this year, we're adding your logos to our t-shirts (space is limited)!!!

  • Our popular Poker Run Tournament, which awards great prizes, generates excitement and interest in attending the show.

  • Attendees come from all over the country! 

Want to exhibit? CLICK HERE

Please call 208-542-2240 with any questions. We would love to have you join us for a fun filled weekend.