GetMyBoat is leveraging technology to change the way the world goes boating by powering the largest boat rental and charter marketplace. With over 130,000 listings in 184 countries and 9,300 locations, there is an experience for new boaters and seasoned sailors alike.
The rise of the experience economy is changing how we travel and where we stay on our trips. Rather than walking into a faceless lobby of a hotel and soulless room for a few nights, people are looking for something unique with character that is Instagram worthy.
Launched in San Francisco in 2013, GetMyBoat empowers owners of every type of watercraft, from kayaks and sailboats to powerboats and yachts, to post their watercraft for rent or charter. From California to Croatia, their users can search, find, and book their dreamboat. Experience the water.
The company is on a mission to use technology to open up the world of boating for both renters and owners. Boating enthusiasts get the benefits of worldwide inventory without the cost or headache of ownership. And as the average boat is only used 8% of the year, boat owners get the chance to make owning a boat more affordable by earning some income from their under-utilized asset.
GetMyBoat has been described as both Uber and Airbnb on water. I invited Val Streif, head of marketing for GetMyBoat onto the podcast to find out more about how this easy-to-use app, for boat lovers all around the world had sent over 60,000 people out on the water.
I also learn more about how the app is pushing for standardization of the boat rental industry as a whole and putting systems in place for captain verification, price transparency, and other areas.
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