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DSC03963BOAT SHARING GENERATES MORE THAN JUST INCOME FOR OWNERS

The average US boat owner spends fewer than 12 days per year enjoying time on his or her vessel, but pays expenses for all 365. Maintenance, dockage, fuel and storage add up quickly.

Thousands have discovered a safe and seamless way to offset the costs of boat ownership:Boatsetter.com, the online community where they can safely share their vessels with others. It creates not only an income opportunity, but also a way to enhance the overall ownership experience.

Akin to AirBnb and Uber, boat sharing created a marketplace for both owners and boaters. While relatively new, it’s taking the boating world by storm and quickly gaining traction among those whose vessels often sit for months unused.

Before Boatsetter, if someone without a boat wanted to get out on the water, they turned to a commercial charter company. It was a lucrative time for these businesses, even those with less than pristine fleets. Now, private owners have a safe and easy way to earn income by sharing their well-cared-for vessels with renters seeking a better rental experience. It creates a win-win for both groups.

cru22453h.jpgBoatsetter, the leader in the boat sharing space, touts that it offers people a way to own a better vessel. The company was founded by boaters and marine industry insiders who truly understand that a vessel is more than just an asset to its owner.

The Boatsetter model provides peace-of-mind to its owners in the form of world-class insurance from the beginning to end of every rental. It also offers the largest available network of US Coast Guard-licensed captains, something that can be required if the owner prefers. In fact, all the details from rental price and availability to final approval of the rental request remain in the owners’ control at all times.

Boat sharing is not just about the rental income that owners generate. The program also allows them to keep their vessels active and in good working order for when they’re ready to go boating themselves.

Listing a boat is similar to creating a profile on social media. Posting a few pictures, the vessel details, and setting the calendar and price is quick and easy—as well as free.

“At Boatsetter, we’ve built our reputation on creating a platform that allows people to get more out of boat ownership in a worry-free way,” said Jaclyn Baumgarten, Boatsetter founder and CEO. “They can trust that we’ve taken care of all the details.”

Boatsetter.com, the leading boat sharing company, is dedicated to creating better boat ownership experiences. The South Florida-based company has career opportunities for licensed captains who want to drive their own schedules, and boaters, with or without boating know-how, who want to spend time on the water.

Contact Boatsetter, 2890 NE 187th St., Aventura, FL 33180. 844-262-8738; info@boatsetter.com;www.boatsetter.com.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2015 in Dock Buzz

 

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NEW YACHT TENDER INCLUDES HIGH-CLASS AMENITIES

Big things come in small packages and this tender can fill the bill.

The most prestigious yachts deserve an equally luxurious tender. Argos Nautic introduces its exclusive 305 model, created by renowned designer Patrizio Facheris. It sets the standard in quality, performance and status in rigid inflatable boats.

At 10′, the 305 Yachting Tender is designed to fit in tight spaces. Thanks to its unique hull design that elevates the tubes from the water, it planes in three seconds. This structure also reduces friction and improves navigation. Small but powerful, the 305 can accept up to a 40 hp outboard motor, reach speeds up to 36 mph and carry four passengers.

Exceeding owner expectations, Argos Nautic spares no expense when it comes to the details. The center console layout provides ample leg room, and features an Isotta steering wheel with premium leather option. UFlex Tilt Steering provides easy and smooth control. This is complemented by stainless steel push switches and teak flooring. Custom Italian cleats and fittings add even more elegance to this small vessel.

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Argos Nautic’s 305 Tender offers crisp styling and an ample list of high quality features.

A Fusion sound system means the entertainment never has to stop once leaving the yacht. Ample storage compartments enable users to bring their belongings without crowding the seating. In addition to a spacious bow locker, the 305 makes clever use of space beneath the console seat with a removable fiberglass bin.

The 305 is highly durable while still emphasizing an attractive appearance. Its hand-laid fiberglass and composite construction incorporates a textured Orca Hypalon inflatable collar. Argos Nautic utilizes the thickest Hypalon available on the market for its tubes. Dependable, long-lasting LED navigation and courtesy lights add safety. The dual layer, cross-linked polyethylene nylon fuel tank has a 10-gallon capacity for leisurely shoreside excursions.

Argos Nautic’s new 305 Yachting Tender holds USCG approval.

Contact Argos Nautic, 1572 NW 165th St., Miami, FL 33169. 786-520-4700. www.argosnautic.com.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2015 in Dock Buzz

 

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BOATSETTER AND CRUZIN MERGE COMPANIES

Two powerhouse entrepreneurs join forces to create one formidable company on the leading edge of the next big thing in the boat-sharing market.

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With boats like this 53′ Azimut, Boatsetter covers the offerings with a host of vessels in just about every size category and, if necessary, supplies captains as well. Photo Credit: Boatsetter.com

Looking to transform the $121B marine industry, Boatsetter and Cruzin, both recognized leaders in the peer-to-peer (P2P) boat-sharing market, announced that they have merged their companies. The combined venture carries the Boatsetter name with a unified brand that incorporates the Cruzin look and feel.

Jaclyn Baumgarten is the new CEO of Boatsetter and Andrew Sturner the executive chairman. The company has headquarters in both the boating capital of the world, South Florida, and the global technology epicenter, Silicon Valley.

It's all business and pleasure for Jaclyn Baumgarten.

Careful planning and a solid business plan typifies Jaclyn Baumgarten’s strategy for the future. Photo Credit: Lisa Gershman

“The merger with Cruzin accelerates our business and boosts our appeal to our boat owners, captains and marina partners, and provides a superior experience for our customers,” said Sturner. “Together, we’re positioned to be the market leader, offering the only complete boat-sharing solution.”

The new Boatsetter offers increased capacity, capital and presence. It has the largest network of marina partnerships in the industry.

Andy Sturner has big things popping up on his radar screen. Photo Credit: Southern Boating Magazine

Andy Sturner has big things popping up on his radar screen. Photo Credit: Southern Boating Magazine

Boatsetter offers thousands of boats across the US and abroad and is the most comprehensive solution in the market. The company maintains trust and credibility by vetting all boats, owners, captains and renters. With best-in-class insurance in both US and abroad, it offers trusted, reliable and safe rentals with 24/7 on-the-water assistance. Its Captains Affiliate Network is the largest network of US Coast Guard licensed captains in the industry.

The new company combines the rental mechanics of Airbnb with the on-demand labor dynamics of Uber. It delivers a premier boating experience in which everyone wins: captains get more work, owners offset their cost of ownership and renters get luxury experiences on private and pristine boats at competitive prices.

“We’re elated about the merger with Boatsetter,” said Baumgarten. “We have remarkably complementary assets and look forward to accelerating the speed of innovation in the multi-billion dollar marine industry. We’re jumping on the burgeoning collaborative consumption movement by bringing great on-the-water experiences to the more than 80 million Millennials of the share generation who are looking to participate in something new and exciting.”

Boatsetter is led by a team of savvy entrepreneurs with strong business backgrounds in the marine and technology industries. It has created a community that connects all of the players in the boating industry. Its website is www.boatsetter.com.

Contact Boatsetter, 2890 NE 187th St., Aventura, FL 33180. 844-262-8738; info@boatsetter.com;www.boatsetter.com.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in Dock Buzz

 

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Floating Hotel

An innovative concept from a group of young design visionaries may change the way you choose to take a vacation.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

You’ve most likely never heard of the Novi Sad, Serbia-based Salt & Water Design Studio, the daring, highly contemporary multi-award-winning group that has, well let’s just say, quite the different slant on things ranging from aircraft, to architecture, to yachts. But you’re going to, and that’s a good thing.

logorecortadoWith owner Svetlana Mojic, along with designers Marijana Papic, and Nikola Stjelja, these three dynamic young visionaries are taking the kind of risks that often leads to industry-changing trends. And they seem to have the credentials to make it happen.

A member of the Serbian sailing team for over a decade, Svetlana has a masters degree in architecture and another in yacht design and construction. She was the recipient of the 2010 Belgrade Design Week award for being one of the 10 most successful creative people during the previous year.

Marijana also has a masters degree in architecture and became interested in floating structural design while pursuing her studies. Her studio work includes interior design and decoration.

As well, Nikola holds the same advanced architectural degree as the two other members of the team do and specializes in design and visualization.

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The dynamic members of the Salt & Water Design Studio are Svetlana Mojic (center), Marijana Papic (right), and Nikola Stjelja (left).

And now, they’ve put their unique creative visions together and come up with a concept that is most interesting and exciting.

The Floating Hotel with Catamaran Apartments is a project that aims to promote tourism on inland waters. So daring and innovative is this idea that it was awarded the 2015 Millenium Yacht Design Award for its “…elegant interpretation of the house boat…and maximum utilization of interior space.”

The concept calls for a central unit off of which, individual catamarans can be accessed.

The concept calls for a central unit off of which, individual catamarans can be accessed.

The design calls for a central floating unit consisting of a reception space, restaurant, café, event hall, and office area. Guests can then, by using the connecting walkways, have access to individual apartment catamarans, each with the ability to separate from the main complex then to explore the local environment at their leisure.

Each catamaran unit offers large windows for maximum viewing of the environment.

Each catamaran unit offers large windows for maximum viewing of the environment.

The units consist of a salon, galley, head, hallway with storage space, and a sleeping area located above the salon. The original looking design, with large, forward-facing windows, also features two separate exterior locations; that being a bridge deck and what Salt & Water describes as a beach platform. Each apartment can accommodate up to four guests with the salon doubling as an additional berth.

The interiors are light, airy, and quite comfortable.

The interiors are light, airy, and quite comfortable.

Innovative. Exciting. Daring. Inventive. That’s just what Salt & Water Design Studio intends with their Floating Hotel and Catamaran Apartments concept. They’ve got my attention.

For more information about Salt & Water, please visit their Website at www.saltandwater.rs

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2015 in Dock Buzz

 

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Hodgdon Steps Out

Infusing a 100-foot carbon fiber hull places this renowned boat builder in rarefied air.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

If you’ve been keeping up with my DOCK BUZZ postings, you will recall the 26Feb article on revered boat builder Hodgdon Yachts’ winning a prestigious and well-deserved Showboats Design Award for Fledgling, a limo tender to the 203’/63m, Feadship-built Sea Owl.

The Hodgdon legacy began in 1816 and has continued through five generations of the family launching their prized vessels into the waters of the Damariscotta River on the shore of East Boothbay, Maine.  Through two turns of centuries, world wars and conflict, economic booms and downturns, the name Hodgdon has been associated with visionary and cutting edge boat building.

The 1999 launch of Liberty, a Bruce King design featuring an interior by Allan Walton, harkens back to the commuter express yachts of the 1900's used by Wall Street financiers. She is just one of the many exciting and unique projects Hodgdon Yachts has accomplished in its amazing career.

The 1999 launch of Liberty, a Bruce King design featuring an interior by Allan Walton, harkens back to the commuter express yachts of the 1900’s used by Wall Street financiers. She is just one of the many exciting and unique projects Hodgdon Yachts has accomplished in its amazing career.

 

Infusion is a complicated process and involves careful monitoring of the resin flow and pressure.

Infusing a 100-foot hull mold is a complicated process and involves careful monitoring of the resin flow and pressure.

In yet another move forward, Hodgdon has announced the successful infusion of a 100-foot, carbon fiber hull mold making it one of the USA’s largest, single hull infusions and only one of a few done a worldwide scale. “The amount of planning, organization and coordination required to effect this successful work is formidable,” said Tim Hodgdon, President of Hodgdon Yachts. “Our talented team along with the vast experience and leadership of our project partners Tim Hacket and Brandon Linton continues to strengthen our core competence in advanced composites.”

This 'interior' view shows the scope of the project.

This ‘interior’ view shows the scope of the project.

Hodgdon’s success with infusing large composite parts, such as this 100-foot hull, and along with other boat builders doing the same, will only serve to increase the interest to designers all over the world on the advantages of using advanced composites in their projects as well. “We are pleased to be one of a handful of shipyards in the world capable of executing projects like this, and to be a leader in this technology in the USA”, Hodgdon added.

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The Boat & Yacht Report will be keeping tabs on this project as it moves forward. If you would like any further information about this particular topic, or any of the other designs and builds from Hodgdon Yachts, please visit the company Website at http://www.hodgdonyachts.com

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Dock Buzz

 

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                    HATTERAS YACHTS LOOKS EAST

The iconic American sportfish builder inks an agreement with European SNO Yachts.

                                    By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Since it appeared on the scene in 1959, and led by its no-nonsense and visionary founder Willis Slane, Hatteras Yachts has continued to be in the forefront of sportfish design and technology.

With such innovations as full hull infusion, its GT Series of sportfish yachts, and a newly designed motoryacht line up, led by the 100 RPH, New Bern, North Carolina-based Hatteras Yachts is an industry leader.

Hatteras/CABO President John Ward.

Hatteras/CABO President John Ward.

Recently, and with the same determination that continues to drive the iconic builder forward, Hatteras Yachts has launched Hatteras Yachts Europe. This joint venture with SNO Yachts, its dealer for Italy, France and Monte Carlo, will see SNO oversee the distribution of the Hatteras boat range across Europe.

“This partnership will allow us to be the official voice of Hatteras in 32 European countries, providing customer service and an exclusive and direct contact with the American shipyard,” comments Andrea Pirro, president of SNO Yachts. To commemorate the event, the GT63 will be available for the first time Europe and be at both the 2014 Cannes and Genoa boat shows.

The awesome GT63 will be available in Europe for the first time.

The awesome GT63 will be available in Europe for the first time.

“SNO Yachts is an important partner for us and a significant way to show our appreciation will be the degree of independence with which the brand Hatteras Yachts Europe will be promoted,” commented John Ward, president of Hatteras Yachts.

The SNO team is ready for its new partnership with Hatteras Yachts.

The SNO team is ready for its new partnership with Hatteras Yachts.

SNO Yachts is based in Olbia, in Sardinia, Italy. Other locations include Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo, Puntaldia, Roma, La Spezia, Lavagna, Lignano, and Monte Carlo.

For more information, please visit http://www.hatterasyachts.com and http://www.snoyachts.com

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2014 in Dock Buzz

 

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BOSTON WHALER’S NEWEST FLAGSHIP

The 420 Outrage will soon lead the model line up.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Founded in 1958, Boston Whaler has always been in the forefront in the design and advancement of outboard-powered boats. The iconic brand, noted for bringing new and innovative offerings to this sector of the market, now makes a major announcement to bolster its top-of-the line models: the Outrage 420.

With its Boston Whaler heritage, the 420 Outrage is sure to a favorite with both offshore fishing enthusiasts as well as recreational, family boaters.

With its Boston Whaler heritage, the 420 Outrage is sure to a favorite with both offshore fishing enthusiasts as well as recreational, family boaters.

“The Boston Whaler legacy is defined by its most groundbreaking moments—those important leaps forward in design, technology and manufacturing,” said Whaler president Huw Bower in a recent statement on the new boat’s forthcoming launch. “The 420 Outrage marks an exciting new chapter in our legend with a bold declaration of performance and capability.”

Designed to maximize entertaining spaces as well as being a serious sportfishing boat, the 420 Outrage offers quad Mercury 300-hp Verado engines with joystick control including SmartCraft VesselView display, power steering, and digital throttle and shift.

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For more information on the 420 Outrage, or any of the other fine offerings in the Boston Whaler model line up, visit the company Website at http://www.bostonwhaler.com

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Dock Buzz

 

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