Published in the February 2013 Issue February 2013 News

Thoroughbred Houseboats LLC has continued with new innovations this year and its international partners have built boats both in Russia and China. The Kentucky-based manufacturer has splashed boats in these locations and feels this will be a huge success for Thoroughbred as well as its partners there. Also in 2012, Thoroughbred moved to a new location up on Hwy 90 near Monticello. The new facility doubles production capacity, plus gets all sales and staff under one roof. They have also expanded to include a fully functional cabinet shop and can now make all cabinets and all wood products in-house.

Thoroughbred will continue developing more fiberglass parts for 2013 with a new credenza for the upper bar, improved dumb waiter box, etc. The builder has also developed exterior yacht-style LED lighting to eliminate the rope and track fading. Also a big improvement for houseboat gel coat 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.


Date Founded:  1996

Location: Albany, KY

Best-Selling Model or Floor Plan: All Glass for Max Views, 19’ X 90’

Smallest Houseboat Built to Date: 50’ X 15’

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



Manufacturer Comment:

“Thoroughbred Houseboats is proud to announce we have moved to our new facility up in the heart of houseboat country. Our new facility will allow us to streamline the production a bit more and give us all sales, production and décor center under one roof.”

Shawn A. Heinen, President


2012 Recap:

In 2012 Thoroughbred shipped 16 new boats with many of them going to lakes in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Texas. Of the 16, eight of these boats were all-glass boats. The fully insulated glass boats continue to be a hit and provide a futuristic look. In 2013, look for its first partial glass boat. This will give customers the option of some operable windows and the beautiful full glass in the salon. The builder is seeing an improvement in the houseboat world and plans to build and ship at least 18 to 20 boats in 2013.


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