"More than anything else,
want the boat that's best for you".
Terry's heartfelt philosophy has been the
catalyst for many enjoyable days on the lake for so many boater's.
it were not for a marina owner's love of donuts, over 23 years ago, Terry Miller may never have
gotten the opportunity to sell boats. Terry explains, "I knew he was trying
to run a
marina, and sell boats, and didn't have time to do them both justice. I talked
to him on several occasions about how I thought I could help him with boat sales, and
each time I took a dozen donuts. He wasn't easily sold on the idea, but finally
decided if he didn't let me help him, he was going to gain too much weight from
all the donuts I was bringing him".
Soon a company that sold a
few boats each year on the side, started becoming a force in the
houseboat industry. When local banks were passing up opportunities for loans,
she went to their loan officers and explained the benefits of loaning to houseboater's. She found reputable people throughout the area to service the
needs of houseboater's, and create many satellite businesses. Everyone from
marine mechanics, canvas installers, roof gelcoat specialists, hull
re-finishers, pressure washers, boat haulers, documenters, insurance
as well as banks, have all benefited from Terry's success. In addition, the
marina benefited by filling slips, and had a steady flow of new customers
equipping their boat with accessories, such as bumpers, ropes, nautical
decorations, and fuel.
Terry has often been referred to
America's Houseboat Queen®.
She developed her
reputation mostly by word of mouth, and past customers repeat business.
Customers appreciate the extra time she spends educating first time buyers, and
can sense her enthusiasm, and direct approach. She would rather steer you to a
boat she does not have listed, than see you get a boat that you are unhappy
with. She knows this may knock her out of a sale today, but believes in the old
adage, "What goes around, comes around, and a customers positive comments will
help her later down the road.
|Terry's 3 daughters enjoy a ride
in our very first houseboat a 1968 Stardust.
Living and working in
the "Houseboat Capitol of the World", has given Terry a unique insight into the
heart of this industry. Working along side, and sometimes competing directly
with houseboat manufacturer's, has helped make our company better able to
understand your needs.
always been surprised to learn of Terry's vast knowledge of houseboats, even down to
the mechanical workings and engines. She understands the differences in things
such as an electrical inverter verses a converter, or a carbureted, MPI, and EFI engine. She knows when Westerbeke generators switched over to Mitsubishi
engines, and the smaller impeller now used, and how to install it. However, when she finds something she doesn't know, she doesn't stop until
she finds the answer. This makes her better at answering all your questions.
Conley Bottom Resort-Home of Houseboats
Buy Terry Main Office
A few years ago, Terry was asked to conduct a seminar
at the Houseboat Expo in Louisville about buying
and selling a houseboat. As a result of
this seminar, she was approached by boaters who wanted to learn to do what she
did, and be a part of her team. So we have expanded our offices to many
of your favorite waterways. All of the "Houseboats
Buy Terry" brokers work hard to treat their customers with the same respect
and enthusiasm as Terry.
floating office is located in the central part of Lake Cumberland at Conley
Bottom Resort on board a houseboat. This allows her to easily reach customers on
both ends of the lake. In addition to houseboats, she also sells many different
price ranges of cruisers. She explains, "many times cruiser family's have
expanded to the point where they need the room a houseboat offers. I help make
that happen by offering to sell their cruiser, and find them the houseboat that
best fits their family. On the other hand, sometimes a houseboater reaches a
point in their life, where they don't need a large boat, so I have cruisers to
fit their needs as well.
Terry started her working career in the late 70's
inside a hospital, as a registered nurse. Recently referring to her
current career she said, "In a way, I feel like I'm still taking care of
people". She has been married for over 37 years, to her husband Tom, who she met
in high school over four decades ago. He works with her, and maintains this
website. They first started out with a sailboat, and have always had a boat of
some kind to enjoy. Her 3 daughter's are grown now, and still enjoy coming to
the houseboat, and the lake life they grew up with. She is enjoying introducing
her grandchildren to the joys of boating as well.
Terry says, "I feel blessed
to be working in an atmosphere
where most people come to vacation".
She doesn't take this for granted,
and looks forward to helping see your dreams come
Summer of 2016 marked the 12th anniversary of
On June 1st, 2004, Houseboats Buy Terry opened it's doors for business on a
houseboat in front of Conley Bottom Resort on Lake Cumberland. Terry had been a
broker on Lake Cumberland for 10 years, and it was time she started her own
company, along with her husband Tom. The houseboat industry has seen many challenges during the past few
years, and we are thankful we have been here to smooth the waters in your path,
helping to make your boating experience the best it can be. We are grateful to the Conley
Bottom Resort crew on Lake Cumberland and owner Charlie Denney and Fred Piercy
who had the
confidence in us from the start. And to our earliest customers who
gave us a chance to prove
ourselves. All our brokers who have partnered with us to share their passion for
boats. And to all the customers who have followed, many numerous times, allowing
us to help them move on to their next adventure. As Terry likes to tell our
customers, "Once we sell you a boat, we take you to raise, and you can always
call us with any question from now on".