Tammy Dunn's Sunstar Houseboat

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

Tammy Dunn and her husband bought their 2018 20- by 90-foot Sunstar Houseboat in June, and they couldn’t be more pleased. The couple live in Indianapolis, Ind., and they keep their new boat on Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky.

The Dunns have 30 years of experience when it comes to houseboating and one of the main reasons they decided to go with Sunstar was because of the spaciousness of their houseboats. For example, many houseboats have rather narrow staircases that can make it challenging when going up and down.

Tammy recalled carrying platters of food up the stairs and having to keep her elbows right in front of her body since there wasn’t enough space. However, with their new Sunstar Houseboat, the stairs are wide and comfortable, and the Dunns’ guests frequently comment on them.

“You literally float down them,” described Tammy. “It’s no effort getting up and down.”

There’s also plenty of space in the bedrooms and the living area, which wasn’t the case before with their previous houseboat. It makes it the perfect place for their three kids and three grandkids to come visit.

What’s more, Sunstar Houseboats continues to impress the Dunns with their service. On the morning of Independence Day, the Dunns ran into an issue so they texted Sunstar and within three hours someone was there to help them. The Dunns were pleasantly surprised and very happy.

“The continued level of their service is mind-blowing,” confided Tammy.

Sunstar Houseboats

Sunstar puts a piece of their heart into every houseboat they build, and they also offer the unique ability for customers to work directly with the owners. There are no middlemen—just a bunch of builders who get the job done. Together, the staff at Sunstar brings decades worth of marine experience to their craft and every vessel they build stands as a testament to their unique style and dedication to craftsmanship. Sunstar aims to spin dreams into reality with each custom touch of a houseboat.

Additionally, Sunstar has a brokerage partner business they are continuing to grow in Sunstar Yacht Sales and Brokerage. Aimed at getting all generations out on the water, they sell new and used models to beckon to the young and old. They’re well-versed in their art and answer questions, while offering new and improved services as often as they can.

The team at Sunstar is well-equipped to find and suit the perfect model for each individual customer, whether you’re searching for a new or used model.


Date Founded: 1995

Location: Monticello, Ky.

Best-selling Model or Floor Plan: 16’ X 75’

Smallest Houseboat Built to Date: 16’ X 42’

Largest Houseboat Built to Date: 20’ X 110’

Hull Design: Aluminum Semi-V

Water Application: Lakes, Rivers, Intracoastal

In-house Transportation: Yes

In house Interior Decorating: Yes 


Looking to 2019

According to the manufacturer, 2019 will be an even better year than 2018. It’s been ten years now since the houseboat industry was hit by the recession and it was a struggle to stay afloat for those years. However, with some innovative thinking, Sunstar managed to keep going, and now they are looking forward to a great year in 2019.

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