Peer-to-peer boat company GetMyBoat’s newest feature is called Sleep Aboard, a “boat-and-breakfast” experience that enables travelers to stay aboard owners’ boats without leaving the dock.
Boat owners who might be hesitant about lending their boat out on the water now have an opportunity to let travelers sleep aboard in a controlled environment.
“The culture behind boating is incredible and diverse. Sleep Aboard is an opportunity for people worldwide to experience boating without ever leaving the docks,” GetMyBoat CEO Bryan Petro said in a statement. “There are boating bed and breakfasts in Newport, Miami and San Francisco; houseboats on landlocked lakes where people want to stop and enjoy some fresh air. In Amsterdam, houseboats are popular, while in the United Kingdom canal boats are the norm. What’s more, there is a Sleep Aboard for every budget. Some offer breakfast deliveries, while others offer a boat ride as an amenity.”
In just two weeks since the launch of Sleep Aboard, nearly 1,000 boats have been added to the GetMyBoat marketplace.
“We started doing Sleep Aboard to give renters a different experience on boats,” said Jennifer Heisler of Horizon Seeker, a Sleep Aboard in Charleston, S.C. “I have a full-time job, and doing the Boat and Breakfast is an easy way to make money and pay for the boat. It has also proved a great way to introduce boating to guests that are new to the experience.”
GetMyBoat has 35,000 boats listed in 143 countries. With the addition of Sleep Aboard, GetMyBoat aims to provide additional accommodations during events such as the World Cup and the Olympics, and even concerts and festivals.
“We are committed to growing boating worldwide at GetMyBoat. Sleep Aboard is yet another way to reach new boaters and ensure the growth of an activity everybody should have the opportunity to experience,” Petro said. “We’re happy to introduce the feature and excited to see its impact on how the world goes boating.”