May 15, 2017

Airbnb for Yachts the Next Big Thing?

It was only a matter of time until someone noticed all the empty yachts docked in South Florida marinas and saw the opportunity to rent them out for some extra cash. Today, there are four up-and-coming apps in competition to be the next Airbnb for yachts: Sailo, Sailing Collective, Boatbound and GetMyBoat.

Airbnb, Uber, and Turo have already proved that share culture is not only viable, but often the preferred choice, especially amongst the younger generation.

Sailo, Boatbound, and GetMyBoat are apps that allow for yacht and boat rentals. Each app also pairs captains with parties, so passengers don’t have to have any sailing experience to enjoy the boat.

Sailing Collective is the only website that is truly an Airbnb for yachts. Users rent rooms on yachts with strangers. Then, they leave a South Florida port to spend 10 days sailing through the Caribbean. Trips to Croatia, Italy, and Sweden are also available.

Though the specifics of each app or website are slightly different, the overall mission is the same: bring the yacht culture to the masses.

Choose from trips to experience food and culture, to wellness retreats that include yoga sessions on white sandy beaches and more. Prices vary, but a 10-day trip costs around $2,000 per person. Factoring in what a hotel might usually cost and the experience of sailing across the high seas, this may not seem like such a steep price to some, especially since all meals are included in most of the sailing trips as well.

South Florida is a prime location for a lot of these websites. Yacht owners who only spend one season out of the year on their vessel can take advantage of this trend of Airbnb for yachts to make a little extra cash on the side.

Airbnb and Uber shifted focus away from ownership, instead valuing experience. Though an app that offers Airbnb for yachts will likely never be as popular Airbnb itself, it will make salt life a little more accessible and enjoyable for those who do not own their own yacht or can afford to rent and then find a captain.

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