Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Used Pontoon Boats - Mid-America Boat Show

Hi gang, Rick here from Used Pontoon Boats with info from the Mid-America Boat Show.
Welcome to the boat that looks like it belongs on a segment of the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” television show.

You want the lap of luxury in your lake house — and one that floats? You’ve got to see this place.

For starters, the 86-foot houseboat — on display at the Mid-America Boat Show this week — has more room that most houses. It has 1,280 square feet of living space and another 1,600 square feet of deck and sunning areas.

Step into the boat, and you’re greeted with rich hardwood floors, plush furnishings, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

There are three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, full showers and plasma TVs. It has a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, washer and drier, and stereo system. And it includes a double rooftop wet bar, an upper helm station and a party area up top.

In other words, not your ordinary boat.

“This boat is bigger than the first two houses I owned — combined,” said Bob Cox, owner of the Harbor, the dealership from Branson, Mo., that is displaying the boat. Indeed, the houseboat — the largest recreational boat ever displayed in Kansas City, according to Boat Show officials — offers something unique. Even its price — more than $500,000 — indicates that.

But don’t think this is just a dreamboat. Cox and his crew sold 10 such houseboats last year, and they expect to see more this year.

“We do have a couple of customers who live fulltime on their boats,” Cox said. “But most use them as weekend homes or summer residences.”

But that luxury liner isn’t the only boat that will make waves at the Mid-America Boat Show this week. Take a look:

•How about a Corvette that floats? Seriously.

The Malibu Corvette, being displayed by B & B Marine of Smithville, is a powerboat with all the features of its land version — the same motor, tail design, seats and instrument panel. The limited-edition boat sells for more than $100,000.

•Looking for luxury in your pontoon boat? Check out the new Bennington models being displayed by Midwest Marine of Harrisonville. They include plush seating, including some that recline, attractive furniture, an extended swim deck, and a rating of up to 300 horsepower. They sell for $53,000 to $63,000.

•If you have a need for speed, check out the Envision, a 36-foot performance powerboat being displayed by Bruce Marine of Kansas City. Powered by 800 horsepower, it will travel more than 70 miles per hour on the water. It sells for $125,000.

•Mid-America Sailing and Kayak of Merriam is showing a boat that combines both aspects of the dealership’s name. The Hobie Mirage Adventure Island is a 16-foot boat that can be used as a kayak but also can be adapted to become a sailboat. It sells for $3,200.

Mid-America Boat Show
•WHAT: Annual show features almost 6 acres of boats, including everything from small fishing boats to luxury houseboats.

•WHEN/WHERE: Today through Sunday at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City.

•HOURS: noon to 9 p.m. today and Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

•ADMISSION: $7.50 for adults; children 12 and younger admitted free.
Thanks to Brent Frazee, The Star’s outdoors editor, call 816-234-4319 or send e-mail to

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