SailTime adds catamaran to Chesapeake fleet

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SailTime is now offering its members Gemini Catamarans.

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The company, saying it is the first to offer catamarans for shared access, will introduce the 34-foot Gemini 105Mc catamaran to its fleet to sail Chesapeake Bay in August.

The company’s goal is to introduce nine more boats across its bases in North America during the remainder of this year and into 2012.

The new Gemini 105Mc has an expansive interior designed by Hunter Marine with sleeping room for as many as eight, a double-sided work surface in the galley with a front-loading 4-cubic foot refrigerator, and a master cabin with a head and a separate shower.

“This is a great opportunity for us to be the first boat membership company to offer multihulls,” SailTime Group chief executive Todd Hess said in a statement. “We have been watching the catamaran market with great interest and we recognize that it is becoming a large and progressive market. We’re extending our offering to catamaran sailors so they, too, can enjoy the benefits of our fractional share membership program.”

SailTime members share the use of a professionally managed boat through the use of an online scheduling system at least six weeks each year. A monthly membership fee covers the slip fees, maintenance, insurance and operating costs.

Since 2001, the company has grown to more than 30 bases in North America and Canada; 14 bases across the U.K., France, Italy and Turkey; a base in Puerto Rico; and four bases in Australia.

A base will soon open in New Zealand.

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