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Old 02-16-2015, 11:34 AM
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Default Unique Business Venture Idea

As I'm sure many of you already know, there exist several companies that offer a very unique brand of sailboat cruise. On these trips, people pay to participate in the operation of the vessel and be part of the crew.

Although these trips require physical stamina and hard work, I have read reviews that they are extremely enjoyable. The sailing vessels themselves are also extremely historically accurate. It offers a getaway from "armchair cruising" where you can get a sense of how these sailing vessels worked and how the crew lived long ago.

What I am suggesting is that this type of enterprise can find a unique spin here on the western rivers - in steamboats.

Now, there is a certain charm that is unique to sailing vessels such as pirates, salty sea captains, storms, etc. which is a ploy for getting people onto a working ship for fun. They also have the mystique of the high seas and the beauty of the open ocean.

For all of the people that are thinking "who would want to pay to go work on a steamboat for fun," here is the counter argument. Just like the sea has its charm and fantasy to draw people in, the rivers have just as much! We have the allure of Mark Twain, Huck Finn, beautiful scenery, the old south, the aura of steamboating, etc. which is just as easy to market upon.

This spin on cruising also opens the door for the vessel in question - most likely a small one - to be very historically accurate. This means accurate surroundings like hull materials, superstructure, western river style boilers and engines, true paddlewheel propulsion, etc.

Just a thought. Any constructive ideas or criticisms are encouraged!

W.R. Dancey
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