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