GetMyBoat for this warm weather

‘Airbnb for boats’ offers fun floating options

GetMyBoat search engine offers rentals and resources for summer fun.
The weather is getting warmer, so there’s no better time to start planning those socially distanced getaways than now. What better way to enjoy the hot weather than cruising along the shore in a yacht with an icy beverage or kayaking down a riverbank through the mossy trees?

GetMyBoat is a search engine that has named themselves, “Airbnb for boats.” The company aims to make over-the-water fun possible for those that are seeking captained experiences or drive-it-yourself rentals.

According to GetMyBoat Marketing Manager Val Streif, GetMyBoat first launched in 2013 in San Francisco. The idea began when Co-Founders Sascha Mornell and Rafael Collado were out on the water.

“They noticed all the boats sitting unused in dock slips at marinas,” Streif said. “They asked themselves, ‘How can more people gain access to great boating experiences for less?’ A few years later and with the emergence of the sharing economy, Sascha and Rafael brought GetMyBoat to life. It quickly expanded from San Francisco and California across the United States and around the world.”

Savannahians can use GetMyBoat to explore the nearest available resources to go jet skiing, kayaking and even participate in dolphin tours.

“We have boating experiences available in all 50 states,” the marketing manager said. “The most popular are Florida, California, New York, South Carolina, North Carolina and Texas.”

Streif shares that GetMyBoat is solving an issue.

“Before GetMyBoat, the boat charter industry was an extremely fragmented market and was inaccessible to most of the public,” Streif said. “In many cases, the only access to boats was via a travel agent, two levels removed from the boat owner. In addition to this, the boating industry as a whole has been steadily declining and failing to bring in a new generation of boaters. This failure is unfortunate because boating is one of the best ways to have memorable experiences, and it shouldn’t be difficult to find, book and enjoy.”

Bryan Petro, chief operating officer for GetMyBoat, said the company experienced major losses when COVID-19 hit, but around May last year there was a huge spike in rentals.

“When the stay-at-home order was put in place back in the spring here in the U.S., our business dropped off a cliff and hit the bottom,” Petro said. “In May, however, we saw a huge rebound in business, and by July, we experienced 3,900% growth from our April lows.”

Petro said GetMyBoat is a good option for social distancing. “With boating being a great activity for family fun while practicing social distancing, we have seen a surge in interest and corresponding bookings,” said Petro.

Overall, GetMyBoat wants to ensure fun for everyone.

“Our mission is to make boating more accessible and affordable to all demographics,” Streif said. “Our future goals are always to grow our community of users, add more types of boats and water experiences in all locations, and to always strive to bring the most seamless booking experience for boating to our users.”

Visit getmyboat.com for details.

About The Author

Brandy Simpkins

Brandy Simpkins is the community/ event journalist for Connect Savannah. Simpkins is a born and raised Savannahian and an alumna of Savannah Savannah State University where she received her B.A. in English Language & Literature. Simpkins enjoys writing more than anything else in the world. She is a curious journalist,...
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