The Louisville Houseboat Expo is underway. We set up yesterday and had a chance to talk with some of the attendees. Yes, it's a smaller show. Fewer large houseboats but the ones that are there are AMAZING. But the crowd. Interesting.
In years past, I've felt like the pink-striped zebra at the zoo while I'm standing in my booth. People pass, glance over to look at the interesting species, and look away quickly to avoid eye contact. Yesterday, a different story. Attendance was very good...Houseboat Magazine puts on the show and does a top-notch job. But yesterday, attendees walked right up to the booth and told you exactly why they were there. They signed up for a subscription to the magazine, asked me where most of our boats at YachtSouth are located and proceeded to recite their exact purpose at the show.
"I'm retiring from the Army and I want to live on a boat that has two (2) heads, two (2) staterooms and it must have a washer and dryer. I'd love to have bow thrusters," said one lady from Cincinnati. Well, alrighty then. The last couple of years have been slower than normal for boat sales...so this candor threw me off big time.
But here's the thing. Boats have been around since Noah. And they'll be here long after I'm gone. We cannot...absolutely cannot...discount the aura and allure that boats represent. It's not horesepower and prices. It's memories and escape. Amen?