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Norris Lake, TN
Travis Keller
PO Box 1185
Norris, TN 37828
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1-800-494-5023 ext 1
865-293-8258 direct
865-381-0603 fax
Skype Name: yournewboat.com

Lake Cumberland, KY
Margo Keller
PO Box 577
Burnside, Ky 42519
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1-800-494-5023 ext 3
606-875-4035 direct

Middle Tennessee
Brian Keller
PO Box 1262
Lewisburg, TN 37091
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1-800-494-5023 ext 2
931-652-0172 direct

 

 

 

 

 

 


The YourNewBoat.com Story

Houseboating has always played a role in the YourNewBoat.com Family. YourNewBoat's founder, Travis, spent most of his childhood on the waters of Lake Cumberland near the Houseboat Capital of the World. It was there that his passion for houseboating took root on his family's first houseboat:
a 1973 42' Nautaline named "River Rat".

Many years and many boats later Travis saw an opportunity to open up a houseboat brokerage on the waters of Norris Lake. Travis's time on Lake Cumberland has given him many valuable years of houseboating experience.

Here Travis navigated "River Rat" whenever his Dad would allow. "River Rat" served the YourNewBoat Family very well and later at the request of Travis & his brother the name was soon changed to "Little Toot".

Like many houseboating families, Little Toot was outgrown one day, and the YourNewBoat family began working its way up the "houseboat ladder." Their next boat was a 1983 Sumerset 14 x 54 (Steel).

The Sumerset was a great houseboat that stayed in the family for many years. An added swim platform even kept the boat from being outgrown too soon, but the YourNewBoat family slowly worked their way up yet again to a
1990 Stardust 16 x 68.

Every time the YourNewBoat Family got their next houseboat, they were sure that it was the biggest houseboat they could have ever imagined and would definitely be the last one. But like many houseboating families the time came for the next (and currently) their last boat, a 1998 Stardust 17 x 84 WB:

Growing up in the Houseboat Capital of Lake Cumberland KY meant many summers on the water, which meant lots of water skiing. (You can see Travis skiing behind the family houseboat in the picture above.) Travis was raised as a 3-Event Water Skier (Slalom, Trick, & Jump) and took up wakeboarding when it first came on the scene in the 1990s (you can sometimes spot a photo of him during the early days of wakeboarding in Lake Cumberland Area Tourism Materials that are still used at Boat & Travel Shows even today).

YourNewBoat.com Founder Travis Keller Slalom Skiing for the University of Tennessee Water Ski Team

When Travis began his college studies at the University of Kentucky he sought out the UK Waterski Club and discovered the joys of Collegiate Water Skiing. While skiing for UK he was introduced to Norris Lake, TN via the University of Tennessee Water Ski Team and loved everything about it. He later transferred to the University of Tennessee where he helped lead the program to a South Atlantic Conference Championship in his last season of eligibility. Travis was twice selected to represent the South Atlantic Conference at the National Collegiate All-Star Water Ski Tournament and still holds two school records for Jumping, one at the University of Kentucky and the other at the University of Tennessee. While at UT he also had the fortune of having a UT Water Ski Team Alumni and Sea Ray Boats' Executive as a professor who later became a mentor.

Houseboat Broker Travis Keller Water Ski Jumping for the University of Tennessee Water Ski Team

Travis's marine sales experience dates back to Lake Cumberland Marine where he spent several years during college working for the successful family business. At Lake Cumberland Marine, Travis spent time in every department - Sales, Parts, & Service in addition to starting and managing their Pro Shop. Travis is grateful for his experience gained during his years at Lake Cumberland Marine and maintains a great relationship with current and past employees there, even occasionally participates in a co-brokerage sale with the company today.

After running out of Collegiate Water Ski eligibility Travis transferred one last time to Eastern Kentucky University and finished his degree. During this time, he saw an opportunity to get back to Norris Lake by going into business for himself and founded YourNewBoat.com in 2007. After graduating, Travis worked three jobs to get the company going and pay for advertising.

In 2008, Travis's Mother, Margo Keller retired from a career of teaching & counseling and joined the YourNewBoat Team to better serve the Lake Cumberland Area. Travis's Father, David later retired (a second time) from a long & well decorated career in law enforcement and assists Margo with sales on and around Lake Cumberland (when he's not waterskiing that is). Travis's brother, Troy Keller even occasionally participates in the business when Margo & David are unavailable.

In 2009, Travis's uncle, Brian Keller retired as an engineer for General Motors and took to the family brokerage serving the Middle Tennessee Area including Tims Ford Lake, Percy Priest Lake, and the Tennessee & Cumberland Rivers. Brian has since gotten back into the automotive industry as an engineer for the Nissan Motor Company but still participates in boat sales part time (that is until he decides to retire a second time).

Travis is grateful for his life experiences and all of the relationships he has built from Collegiate Water Skiing to his work on and around Norris Lake. Travis is also thankful for having had houseboating play a role in his life and has witnessed how boat ownership can keep a family close throughout all stages of life - from childhood to adulthood. And he continues to enjoy spending time with his family on the water whenever he has a chance.

Today, YourNewBoat.com has become one of the most user-friendly websites for houseboat sales. We are proud to be a family company with over 40 wonderful years of houseboating experience! And we're happy to spread the joys of boating by assisting in the purchase of your new boat!

We look forwarding to working with you soon.

Travis & the YourNewBoat Family

YourNewBoat.com Family Photo at 2009 Houseboat Expo
Houseboat Expo - Louisville, KY - February 2009

YourNewBoat.com Family Photo from 2009 On-Water Houseboat Expo
On Water Houseboat Expo September 2009 Update- Brian Keller (far left) joins the Family Brokerage serving Middle Tennessee.

Travis Keller of YourNewBoat.com is featured in Houseboat Magazine's September 2010 Issue
September 2010 Update - Travis is featured in Houseboat Magazine's September Issue - Click Here to View

YourNewBoat.com Norris Lake Picture from 2011
YourNewBoat's Travis Keller & Family - Norris Lake - 2011

YourNewBoat.com Norris Lake Family Picture from 2012
YourNewBoat's Travis Keller & Family - Norris Lake - 2012

YourNewBoat.com is featured on A&E's Shipping Wars Episode on December 12 2012
December 2012 Update - YourNewBoat is featured on A&E's Shipping Wars 12/12/12 Episode - Click Here to View Announcement

Travis Keller founder of YourNewBoat.com and family 2013
YourNewBoat's Travis Keller & Family - Norris Lake - 2013

Travis Keller - Owner Agent YourNewBoat.com
YourNewBoat's Travis Keller & Family - Norris Lake - 2014

Travis Keller and Family
YourNewBoat's Travis Keller & Family - Norris Lake - 2015