Elite Series From Destination Yachts

June 2014 Industry Web Exclusive

Moving a houseboat across the country is not an easy feat. Mass amounts of time go into scheduling the perfect route, which is something Sheldon Graber is completely familiar with. As the owner of Destination Yachts, he builds boats and then transports them to whatever lake his client happens to be on. Since he’s been in the business for over 25 years, he has the experience to get the job done right. 

This particular boat is 20 by 75 feet and is currently heading to Lake Mead from Destination Yachts headquarters in Washington, Ind.

“From where the office sits in Washington, Indiana, it’s about 22 miles to the Illinois state border,” says Graber. “But our final route takes us 300 miles down through Kentucky and back around to get Illinois.”

Road conditions and bridge heights play a huge part in the travel plans. Houseboats being transported on semis have limits on what roads can handle this wide load. 

Given the length of this boat, it’s going to take 14 days to travel from Indiana to its final destination in Nevada. Most states require state trooper escorts so once you pass a border, you have to meet up with new officers. Since regulations vary by state, the transportation is extremely complicated.

“Most of the time, we’re driving in daylight hours but some major cities only let you come through between midnight and 4 a.m. which creates scheduling nightmares," says Graber. 

Obviously, as you can tell, builders and transporters must have everything worked out perfectly before they even leave the plant.

This boat is part of the new Elite Series from Destination Yachts which is their top-of-the-line series. These boats incorporate full-length front-to-rear insulated glass and only the best materials, including upscale tile showers and other top notch amenities. The interior control system is fully controlled using an iPad.

This particular boat has four staterooms, two and a half heads with the half bath being on the upper level. Another great thing about this model is the Design Protective Hull, which has a compartmented tunnel down the center of the hull and compartments every five feet down the sides.

The name of this boat is the Bank Shot with an eight ball graphic on the side. A lot of people like to play billiards but the owner of this boat is especially into the sport. It belongs to Butch Olhausen of Olhausen Billiards.

Olhausen Billiard Manufacturing, Inc. sells almost 30,000 billiard tables a year, manufactured straight from their 250,000-square-foot facility in Portland, Tennessee. Still family-owned and operated, Butch and his brother Donny and all the people at Olhausen have consistently pursued a tradition of dedication to quality, service, selection and value. When not at work, Butch and his family will be taking advantage of Lake Mead onboard their beautiful new Destination Yacht houseboat. 

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