The Branson Belle Showboat Reaches a 20 Year Milestone
Directions In Design used its marine experience in designing river gambling boats to design the Branson Belle which was launched 20 years ago.
What set this project apart was that it was launched on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, and is the largest vessel on a landlocked lake in the United States.
Jane Ganz ASID, President of Directions In Design, remembers well the spring day and the greatest challenge of launching the 700 passenger behemoth. “The boat was to slide down iron rails into the water, but the boat wouldn’t slide. A biodegradable lubricant was needed to protect the pristine waters, so it was decided to use 2 tons of bananas on the rails. It worked so well the boat hit the water at 16 MPH, twice as fast as they expected! “