CINCINNATI -- The new owners of Cincinnati's historic Showboat Majestic plan to continue using the double-decker riverboat as an entertainment venue on the Ohio River.
The Brumleys plan to move the boat to Moyer Winery in Manchester, a town on the Ohio River that's about 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Cincinnati.
Joe Brumley said they hope to create a new tourist attraction there using the Majestic and a previously purchased sternwheeler, the CT McFarland, which they bought to give cruises around the nearby Twin Islands.
"What better romance with the river than to offer fine wine, great food and have live performances and events aboard a national landmark?" he said. "Then get on our ship, go over to the Twin Islands and walk the sandy beaches on Ohio's best-kept secret."
Before that happens, there will be restoration work on the showboat and other preparations for the attraction.
"A lot has to be done," winery owner Ken Smith told the station. "This is going to be a marathon, not a sprint."
Moving the Majestic will cost more than twice the auction price, but the Brumleys are hoping it will pay off in drawing people to the area. The move is expected to happen within the month.
"Getting it here and really making sure the Majestic, this relic, stays alive, we need everybody's help," Cortnee Brumley said.
Information from: WCPO-TV, http://www.wcpo.com