Rick Wilson's Thoroughbred Houseboat

Published in the January 2019 Issue February 2019 Feature By Heather Magda Serrano

A couple of years ago, Rick Wilson and his family invested in a 21- by 100-foot Thoroughbred Houseboat and they have been living it up ever since. The family keeps the boat at Lake Cumberland’s State Dock Marina in Jamestown, Ky., where they can get in as much time as possible swimming, grilling, jumping off the top deck, and spending quality time together.

Rick decided to go with a Thoroughbred Houseboat because when he went to the Louisville Boat Show about a decade ago, the Thoroughbred Houseboats impressed him and his wife Stephanie so greatly that eight years later when they were in the market to buy a houseboat, they knew exactly what they wanted. The obvious level of high quality which was so evident back then was still present in the Thoroughbreds when they started shopping around. The Wilson family couldn’t be happier with their houseboat and it has been an excellent and fun-filled couple of years since the purchase.

“Thoroughbred has done a really good job making sure that we’re happy with the boat,” added Rick. “We really love the boat. It serves as an awesome platform for great fun with family and friends.”

Thoroughbred Houseboats

It’s no coincidence that Kentucky is considered the houseboat capitol of the world; it’s considered as such because of companies like Thoroughbred Houseboats who rose from the passion back in the 1990s. Companies such as Thoroughbred have a rich history in their business. Thoroughbred’s founder Rob Parrish sought out other craftsmen to help him build one of the state’s premium custom houseboats. Ever since then, they’ve been having success in their boat building endeavors.

The classic interior of a Thoroughbred houseboat is built with glass sidewall construction that opens up the room for a more spacious arrangement. This assembly also allows for lovely views of the water from the living area. This company has been focusing on developing more fiberglass parts, exterior yacht-style LED lighting, and front and back exterior soffit surfaces. As Thoroughbred continues to merge with the other companies within Trifecta Ventures, it also continues to distinguish itself through its transportation and renovation services. It’s committed to customer-driven improvements that keep it steadily moving forward.


Date Founded: 1996

Location: Monticello, Ky.

Best-selling Model or Floor Plan: All Glass 19’ X 90’

Smallest Houseboat Built to Date: 15’ X 50’

Largest Houseboat Built to Date: 23’ X 118’ (Yacht Style)

Hull Design: All Aluminum Mono Hulls and Catamaran Hulls

Water Application: Lakes, Rivers, Intracoastal

In-house Transportation: Yes

In house Interior Decorating: Yes 


Looking to 2019

Thoroughbred continues to raise the bar on innovative designs for those just being introduced to the houseboating lifestyle as well as for seasoned boaters who are continually looking to upgrade their next boat. They are known for their glass sidewalls and optimizing views of the water. Thoroughbred Houseboats believes that those who want to bring the outside in will continue to build Thoroughbreds in 2019.

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