Is this a business?

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Is this a business?

In this next post I want to pick up where I left off on the last post titled "What's the big deal?". If you haven't read it yet, stop, go read it and then come back here.

In the last post I talked about how the idea for OverSea was born. Even after having this idea I didn't really think it was necessarily a great idea for a company. Often times I think about ideas for businesses and they are quite terrible. Maybe they are a great product, but not a great business or maybe it's just some weird thing that only other weird people like myself would use. Whatever the case, they are bad business ideas and I mentally throw them away. For whatever reason this one stuck with me, so I dug in. 

When I started my research I had one main goal in mind. That goal was to find out if other people experienced this same problem as often as the people I knew had. What I found was that this happens way more than I thought it did. WAY F**** more.  It is absolutely mind blowing how many boats sink every year. After I found this out I became infatuated with the idea of this company. I started crunching numbers, calling my family members, my girlfriend still to this day has to listen to this stuff...poor girl (ILY Steph). 

Now that I knew other people's boats sink and not only people I know, I felt like maybe I had a viable business. In my eyes and I am often wrong, I believe a good business solves a problem for a lot of people. Not only does it solve a problem, it solves it more efficiently and effectively than the current system that is in place. Lastly, the problem has to be such a pain in the ass that someone wants to give you money to fix it.  What many do not understand is that for someone to reach in their pocket/swipe their card and give you money for anything is a big deal.  While I am still working to prove that you, the boat lovers of the world will be willing to do that, I strongly believe we can build a product to exceed your expectations at a very reasonable price. 

This post brings us up to about November of last year. In November of last year I tried something new, something I had never done before, something I really wasn't sure I wanted to do at all. Taking this step ended being one of the best decisions I have made for this business yet. I will tell you all about that in just a couple weeks. Thank you for reading, leave a comment or hit the like button. I am looking for a little feedback on these posts to see if everyone is getting something out of them. I hope you are.

All the best,
Landon, Lou and the OverSea team

 

 

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What's the Big Deal?

It's been awhile since we last talked. I apologize for that, as of today I cannot promise that these will become more frequent at least in the immediate future. We are very busy working on Lou and feel that at this particular time, those items are priority.  That said, let's get into it.

Today's post is going to be all about why we exist. You may wonder where the idea for Lou came about and why we think it's an important enough problem to build an entire company to solve it. To do this one must first understand the PROBLEM. 

Note: The remainder of this post is written by me....Landon Bland about my personal experience.

1.) The Problem - 

During the summer of 2014 my girlfriend and I were spending some time with our families at our hometown in Va. As a normal part of our summer visits we try to spend as much time on the boat as possible. This particular weekend we received an invite from her parents neighbor. We spent the entire day out on the boat, it was an awesome day. We met our friends daughter, her husband and their children. We laughed, drank and enjoyed each other's company. Our friend utilized my girlfriends parents dock (sorry that's a mouthful, I always feel like there needs to be a shorter word for girlfriend. Wife is really easy to say but scary to award the title) on a regular basis to tie his boat up for the weekend. As always he tied the boat up to the dock at the end of the day and we were off to take on the remainder of the day's activities. 

The next day I woke up slightly earlier than my girlfriend but slightly after my her parents. Her parents are commercial watermen and on this morning they made their way down to the dock where their work boat and the neighbors boat are stored. What they found was that overnight the neighbors boat had sunk. They spent the rest of the morning helping the neighbor get the boat out of the water and on it's trailer. By the time I woke up the boat was mostly out of the water and our friend was devastated from his loss. 

About the time they got the boat on the trailer my girlfriend woke up. We spent the next hour or so sitting on the front porch talking about what had happened, how it was unfortunate and in the midst of our conversation my girlfriend says something along the lines of "I wonder if you could make something to notify you if your boat is sinking." Thus the idea for Lou was born.

My original plan was to tell you the entire story of Lou in one sitting. That would make this post very long and I don't enjoy reading anything for much more than 5 minutes at a time and therefore, we will pick up where we left off in two weeks. I'll tell you the story of when I decided I was going to start OverSea and build Lou.

All the best,
Landon, Lou and the OverSea team

 This is our friend's boat that sank.

This is our friend's boat that sank.

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The Unacceptable Habits of too Many

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The Unacceptable Habits of too Many

In the last post I said that next time around we would likely discuss the issue of pollution and what we can do to stop it. Since then, I encountered some of the dirtiest body's of water I have ever seen. Here's that story, followed by some small steps on how we can prevent this from getting worse. 

I grew up in a town where no matter where you are in the county you are never more than a few minutes away from a fishing spot. About a year ago I moved to Richmond, VA. This move led me to fish less because of the lack of good fishing spots. In the past month I moved to a new house still in Richmond, VA and when I found a great fishing hole just a mile from my house I was beyond excited. The pure joy that ran through my body upon discovering this beautiful piece of the city was immense. Now I had to bring my fishing gear into town. The very next weekend I went to my parent's house where I stored all my fishing gear and brought it home to test out my new spot.

The day after I returned home from spending the weekend with family in my hometown I rushed down to go fishing immediately after work. I got down to my spot and set my rod up. I am a fan of fishing with artificial lures which requires you to cast the line out and reel it back in to mimick the actions of a live bait. On my first cast I threw it out and it hit the water just perfect. I reeled my line in at an appropriate pace and as I reeled I felt something grab my line. In anticipation of it being a fish I immediately reeled up the line as fast as possible. When I got the lure back to my rod I realized I had just pulled up a piece of trash. This didn't just happen once, it happened over and over and over again. I could not and still cannot believe the stuff I reeled in. Everything from something that looked like a napkin to a tampon wrapper. This obviously ruined my high and I was immediately upset about what I had encountered. This has continued to haunt me. This is an issue that is very close to me. People who use the our waters as a source of enjoyment and feel entitled enough to put any amount of trash in them should be ashamed.

Here a few tips to help you be a contributor to the water's that you spend time on rather than a detriment:

1.) Take a trash can/bag or any other disposal system anytime you are spending time on or around the water and you know a trash can will not be readily available. 

2.) If you see someone, one of your friends or a stranger putting trash in the water, SAY SOMETHING. It has happened to me, one of my very good friends throwing a beer can or sandwich bag over the side of the boat. When I said to these individuals, do we have a trash can or just ask them why? This has a tendency to make those people think. Quite frequently the biggest problem is they saw someone else do it and then thought it was ok, now they need someone else to let them know it is in fact, not ok.

3.) You also must think about your actions and how they affect our environment. If you throw one bottle in the river it may not have a huge effect, but if everyone that spent time on the river does the same thing you do, all of the sudden it's a big deal. Consider your actions and if you would be ok with everyone doing just as you do.

4.) RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE. Our cities are some of the biggest contributors of water pollution. Help them limit the amount of trash that our waters are exposed to by recycling.

Thank you to those that make an honest effort to keep our waters clean. Your efforts don't go unnoticed, myself and the environment appreciate you.

Thank you as always for reading. This topic tends to get me excited and I am glad I was able to share some quick thoughts on this. I would like to disclose that I have done almost no research on this topic and am purely writing as a result of my personal experiences. If you are looking to be more educated I encourage you to check out http://www.theoceancleanup.com/. This is a company led by a young guy taking on a big issue. I also encourage you to support their cause. You can donate right on the website. As I said before, while your one or two dollars may not make a huge difference, just imagine if you and 1,000 others take that step, now you all have made a big impact.

Talk to you soon,

Landon Bland

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Welcome Aboard

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Welcome Aboard

Intro: For the first CLog entry I want to tell you a little about what my goals are for this section of the website.  Problem is I haven't fully decided yet. So, I am going to try a few things out and see what works best. The big issue is I am not a huge lover of writing so someone else may write the remainder of this post.... we'll see. 

Topics: My plan is to cover issues that are important to us and you. We want to be able to discuss issues with our friends and for us to do that on a regular basis we will have to go over things that are important to us and hopefully you as well! Obviously boating will be a big part of the topics covered but we also plan to include other information as well. While we are a marine company I don't feel that confines us to discussion of only topics centered around the industry. The crew and I enjoy lots of things in life and hope to share all of those things with anyone who wants to listen. Next week I hope to discuss the small practices that we should all take part in to keep our waters cleaner.

Friends: If you have some sort of content you would like posted on the CLog submit it to sunk@overseatechnology.com. It can be a link to a video, your original literary work or any other medium for distributing good information. This is something we will do a test run with. Please keep any submissions appropriate and relevant in some way or another. If we receive a lot of useless or inappropriate submissions we will have to cease and desist the program. We also hope to update everyone on the status of the company as a whole. Being that we are in a developmental stage, things change around the landing frequently. This is where we plan to update everyone as to what is going on with us and what you can expect to see in the future.

Thank you: To end this note the I would like to thank you....thank you for being a part of this voyage with us. One of the most important values we have as a company is to become friends with you all. To do that we firmly believe that it is extremely important for us to be as transparent as possible at all times, your trust is imperative and we look forward to earning it.  With that said it's time for us to bring all hands on deck and get back to work. Talk to you soon.

-Landon Bland

 

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