Friday, October 3, 2014

2015 On Water Expo Dates Confirmed


We are so excited to announce the dates for the 2015 On-Water Expo have been confirmed with State Dock. The show will be June 5-7, 2015 on Lake Cumberland near Jamestown, Ky. 

The On-Water Expo is the ONLY show dedicated to houseboats. If you are in the market for a houseboat or want to escape for a couple of days, then you need to join us at State Dock June 5-7th. We will have new houseboats to tour, used houseboats to see and a wide variety of different runabouts to demo. It's a great time to hang out with friends and see what the industry is up to. The show is Friday through Sunday and offers a good number of aftermarket products to see as well as houseboats.

If you’ve never been and are curious, I’ll break it down for you. Friday morning, houseboat manufacturers and brokers bring over their boats and line them up down one entire dock at State Dock Marina. Aftermarket exhibitors, everyone from financing to insuring to products, set up 10X10 displays on the dock as well. At 1 p.m., the show opens for the public to tour the boats, ask questions and even make it a deal on buying houseboat if that’s what you came to do. Above that, it’s a just a fun time to see what’s new in the houseboat world. Friday night, State Dock provides live entertainment so you can come enjoy the night with the rest of the attendees.

Saturday and Sunday, you can continue to tour the houseboats and runabouts as well as be entertained AGAIN on Saturday evening with more live performances. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. You can stay on a houseboat rental on Boatel Row, so you never even have to leave. Russell county is a dry county, so plan accordingly when you stop for supplies.

I speak for the entire team at Houseboat Magazine when I say we are so thrilled to get the opportunity to meet you and tour some amazing boats together. If you have any questions about the show or being an exhibitor, you can contact Terri Duncan at terri@harrispublishing.com or myself at katie@harrispublishing.com. 

















Friday, June 13, 2014

2014 On Water Expo Wrapped Up! Thank you!

We are so grateful for everyone who joined us at State Dock for the 2014 On Water Expo. We had so many people work together to make this annual event happen.

We are so thankful for Sunbrella for being our main event sponsor. This company helped make the event possible.

A special thanks to Stardust, Sumerset and Thoroughbred Houseboats for all of the brand-new boats on display. We would also like to thank all the exhibitors who brought in boats and product for the crowds to enjoy.

For the Poker Run, we would like to thank Apex Marine, Sportsstuff, Two Brothers Grillin' and iFloat for the donated prizes. These companies made the finalists dreams come true with all of wonderful products they provided.

Once again, we are grateful to the wonderful team at State Dock who works tirelessly to ensure our event goes off without a hitch.

Just one more. Thank you to the companies that sponsored the I Love Houseboating t-shirts:
Sunbrella
Sumerset Houseboats
YourNewBoat.com
Woodies Restoration
Stardust Crusiers
Thoroughbred Houseboats
Custom Canvas
Lake Cumberland Marine
Marysville Marine Distributors
Fontana Village
Sunstar Yacht Sales & Brokerage
Lifeline
Denney Marine

Come back to this site soon to seen the dates for the 2015 On Water Expo.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Poker Run Fun

The On Water Expo wouldn't be the same without our annual poker run. This year we are throwing in an extra bit of fun. For the first time ever we will be giving out 100 special Expo edition poker chips.

Expo attendees will be able to purchase a hand of poker on Saturday and go around collecting envelopes from different vendors. Each envelope will have one playing card in it. When the contestants have collected their five cards, their hands will be played and the top five hands will head to the final table where the last poker player standing will win a brand-new pontoon.

However, this year, 100 cards will have our very own Chris Searle’s signature on it. If you receive a card with his signature on it, you get to play that card in hopes of winning the pontoon or other top prizes AND you get a special edition poker chip with this year’s logo on it.

The final poker winner will win a brand-new 7518 XRE Cruise Quest pontoon from Apex Marine. It comes standard with a Humminbird 386ci Color, combination GPS/fish finder, Italian-design steering wheel and LED courtesy lights.

The other prizes available to win in this year’s poker run are: iFloat with iSki, U Slalom from Sportsstuff, an extra-large universal adult nylon PFD from Sportsstuff, a neoprene youth life vest from World Industries, a Wake Yak from Sportsstuff, Water Skis from Sportsstuff, AHFN-1 Fusion from Airhead, Wake Surf 2 from Airhead, Airhead Rampage, Airhead Pipeline, Super Cube from Sportsstuff, two men’s Pro Nylon Life Vests from Sportsstuff, and World Industries Mad Scientist trainer skis.

The poker run is one of our favorite events and this year will be even better than ever. Don’t miss out on all the fun this year and pick up your tickets to the expo online or at the expo. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.hpmags.com/Publication/national-houseboat-expo.aspx. Tickets are $10 for a one-day pass and $20 for a three-day pass. The ticket grants you access to the beautiful houseboats on display at the dock.

Don’t miss out on a second of fun this year; rent a houseboat on Boatel Row at the State Dock at Lake Cumberland and join us for the best expo of the summer! We can’t wait to see you there!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Live Music Friday and Saturday


Each year at our On Water Expo, the state dock provides live entertainment on Friday and Saturday night. This year’s entertainment will be provided by Billy Brown and Josh Goodlett.

Billy Brown is a country rock performer based out of Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky. For more information on Billy Brown visit his website, www.billybrowncountry.com.

Josh Goodlett was born in Taylorsville, Kentucky and has been singing since he was two-years-old. Josh Goodlett sings about childhood and what life is really about. For more information on Josh Goodlett visit his website, www.joshgoodlettband.com.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun at the expo this year. Tickets for the expo can be purchased here or at the expo at the State Dock on Lake Cumberland. The Expo will run on June 6 through June 8.



Friday, May 16, 2014

Rent a Boat on Boatel Row



The On the Water Expo this year will not fail to get you completely ready for the houseboating season, but why wait until you get back home from the expo to start vacationing? The State Dock at Lake Cumberland offers a wide variety of rentals called boatels on the infamous Houseboat Row.

The State Dock anchors their rental houseboats on Houseboat Row for the duration of the expo so renters can enjoy everything the Houseboat Expo has to offer. These boatels are in great condition and are well stocked. Plus by staying at the dock after the expo, you get to experience the live music and fun society that being on houseboat row brings. You never know when random dock games will break out after the rest of the expo attendees goes back to their hotels for the night.

The State Dock has a wide selection of houseboats available for renting. Depending on your need, they have everything from economy to luxury all for a good price. They have boats that can sleep from 10 to 16 people and discounted prices for the expo. To reserve a boatel or find out more about State Dock at Lake Cumberland, visit www.statedock.com or call 888-STATEDOCK.

The best part is that this year we will be having a contest for those staying on Houseboat Row. We will be giving away a price to the best decorated houseboat. Rent a houseboat and bring your best decorations and you could win an awesome price.

The point of the On The Water Expo is to get on the water, so why only learn about houseboating during this year’s expo? Why not experience it completely? Rent a boatel from the State Dock this year and join us for a drink, some games and live music on Houseboat Row.

The Houseboat Expo will take place on June 6, 7, and 8 on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. Tickets can be purchased at the expo or online here. Tickets are $10 for a one-day pass and $20 for a 3-day pass. If you purchase your tickets online before the expo, you will receive a free “I Love Houseboating” t-shirt.