Whether you’re sun chasing over a summer weekend, celebrating a birthday or bachelorette, or just shamelessly want to make your friends jealous on Instagram, Boatsetter’s peer-to-peer (or, pier-to-pier) boat sharing platform connects anyone seeking a day out on the water to a fleet of vessels and licensed captains with just a few taps on your smartphone.
Boatsetter ingeniously combines the rental mechanics of Airbnb with the on-demand dynamics of Uber to deliver a hassle-free and mutually beneficial boat rental experience. Forget lengthy applications and advanced bookings – Boatsetter lets you instantly navigate available options ranging from smaller pontoons to sailboats and luxury yachts. No captain’s license? No problem. The platform can hook you up with a captain and crew, too, so you can leave the hard part to the professionals.
Through their user-friendly experience for boat seekers, you simply search by 600+ available locations, select whether or not you need a captain, confirm your party size, and lock in your dates or choose “instant book”. If you’re looking for more specific options, you can search by power or sail, desired activity like fishing, sailing or water sports. And, in case you need a few more boxes checked, Boatsetter can filter a plethora of amenities to customize your experience, from a fish finder and wakeboard tower to pet-friendly and stereo aux input. Payments are conveniently collected, processed and distributed through the company’s platform.
If you’re a boat owner and thinking about renting, Boatsetter can generate a quick estimate for how much you could earn based on boat type, length, and how often you anticipate renting each month. As the owner, you control availability, pricing and guest rules, while Boatsetter protects you with world-class liability protection, a 24-hour support team, and a network of USCG-licensed captains who will keep your boat in capable hands. Listing your boat is just as easy as renting one.
The Fort Lauderdale-based company is still the market leader for boat rental platforms, and they show no signs of slowing down, either. In the last calendar year alone Boatsetter has grown 350%. “We’re continuing to reinforce our dominance in the US market, and we’ve just raised new capital last year to accelerate us into 2020,” Jaclyn Baumgarten, co-founder and CEO of Boatsetter explains. “Demand from renters is pouring in as we continually bring new boaters into the lifestyle with over 55% of our renters being under the age of 35, and our top boat owners are having record years. We have more than 30 full-time employees, swelling to a full 45 during peak boating season, when it takes on staff at an outpost in Ibiza. To date, the company has raised more than $27 million, a sum still larger than any of our competitors have raised.”
The platform’s hero markets are southern Florida, Ibiza, Mexico and the Caribbean, but the beauty of Boatsetter’s expansive network is providing locals and travelers alike the opportunity to embrace the boating lifestyle all over the world, even in some of the less obvious destinations. Rent an Azimut 55 and cruise along Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, a classic Pearson Countess sailboat around Puget Sound in Seattle, or an Oceanis 45 to see the ancient coastal city of Dubrovnik.
So, what are you waiting for?