Borrow a Boat – the UK’s first peer-to-peer boat charter company – has launched a new platform which will bring thousands of boat owners and boating enthusiasts from across the world together.
With up to 90 percent of boats left sitting in docks completely unused, Borrow a Boat aims to connect people who want to get out on the water for less, with boat owners interested in turning their boat into a business which can pay it’s own way.
Billed as "the Airbnb for Boats", Borrow a Boat currently offers boat charterers over 4000 charter options across 40 countries – and they aim to have over 10,000 choices later this year.
Charter options range from small day boats to luxury £1m plus yachts and everything in between available for as little as a few hundred pounds a day to tens of thousands of pounds for week long bookings.
Matt Ovenden, the Founder of Borrow a Boat, said “we are really excited about the launch of the new platform, which is a one stop shop for any one wishing to charter out a boat. Our aim is to make boating accessible for all and dispel the myth that you need to be a celebrity or millionaire to take out a yacht on the high seas”.
Matt continues, “I’ve been sailing my whole life and it’s always amazed me how many incredible boats end up just sitting in docks because their owners don’t have time to sail them; and yet there are thousands of people who happily pay and would love to make use of those boats if only they could. It occurred to us there was a gap in the market for an easy to use platform that would make borrowing a boat easy – which is how we came up with the idea for Borrow a Boat”.
For more information about how you can get on the water for less visit www.borrowaboat.com
The Northern and Western Boat Shows have announced more of the boats that will be joining their spectacular line-up of power boats, ribs, narrow boats and sailing boats on show at Liverpool on 23-25 June and Bristol on 21-23 July, all at the heart of the Mersey River and Bristol Harbour Festivals.
Highlights include a selection of boat brands that will be exhibiting at both Shows including Broom, English Harbour Yachts, BRIG and Glastron. Other boat brands exhibiting at either Liverpool or Bristol include Aintree Boats, Avon, Axis, Bavaria, Beneteau, Collingwood Boat Builders, David Moss Boatbuilders, Dad’s Boats, Demon Yachts, Dutton Amphibious Cars, Excel Boats, Explorer Boats, Gemini Marine, Highfield, Jeanneau, Narrow Boats, Ocqueteau, Parker, Viking, Viking Canal Boats, Warrior and Zodiac.
The Northern and Western Boat Shows will cover every aspect of the leisure marine industry from boat builders, canoes, kayaks, sail makers, marinas, holidays, chandlers, watersports and engine manufacturers to marine finance, clothing specialists and navigation equipment. A number of exhibitors such as Borrow a Boat, Starboard Locker, Eazyview and National Coastwatch will be at both Shows.
Borrow a Boat has launched a new platform which will bring thousands of boat owners and boating enthusiasts from across the world together. Billed as "the Airbnb for Boats", Borrow a Boat currently offers boat charterers over 4000 charter options across 40 countries – and they aim to have over 10,000 choices later this year.
Starboard Locker has launched an exclusive new product that aims to protect both boats and the environment. The Bilge Buddy range is specifically built with boat owners in mind for keeping bilges and bilge water free from oil and fuel spills as well as dealing with any fuel spill that may occur when people are re-fueling tanks or generators.
The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores to protect and preserve life at sea and around the UK coastline and Eazyview supply inspection cameras that have proven very handy for boat owners inspecting hard to reach places.
This year’s headline sponsor Sailing Logic is also offering the chance to win a Helly Hansen crew mid layer jacket. The competition is free to enter by going to the Show websites at www.northernboatshow.co.uk or www.westernboatshow.co.uk and all entrants will receive an exclusive 20% discount voucher to buy Helly Hansen products.
Richard Milbourn, Event Director of the Northern and Western Boat Shows said, “Not only is there so much to see at the Shows but the Festivals are great fun for all the family with everything from historic ships, boat racing, music, flyboarding and much, much more! This year, Liverpool is proud to welcome Armed Forces Day, with plans for some of the most spectacular and iconic displays from the Armed Forces being welcomed to the city on Saturday 24th June. “
Visitors will be able to buy tickets to give them exclusive access to the boats on display on the pontoons with the Festival and land exhibition free for all to visit. Early Bird pontoon tickets for access to the boats are just £5 per day (plus booking fee) or £8 if bought on the day. To book tickets, visit www.northernboatshow.co.uk or www.westernboatshow.co.uk
Whatever type of boat or marine product you are looking for, the Northern and Western Boat Shows are the perfect place to start your search. On at Liverpool’s Waterfront from 23 to 25 June 2017 and Bristol Harbour from 21 to 23 July, you can find out more at www.northernboatshow.co.uk and www.westernboatshow.co.uk
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