Drinking beer. Soaking up the sun. Getting back-hugged by Leonardo DiCaprio. Pretty much everything in life is better on a boat.
Too bad boat ownership is so damned expensive. (Does boat really stand for ?break out another thousand??)
But wait! Now there?s Boatbound, a peer-to-peer rental market billing itself as the Airbnb of the sea.
Here?s how it works: Boat owners can list their vessels (anything from a $350-a-day yacht to a $955-a-day catamaran to a $39-a-day kayak) as available by the day or week. Wannabe captains then search by location and message owners to inquire about renting. Boatbound vets renters to make sure they?re legit (marginal nautical experience and a valid driver?s license required) and then facilitates connections and payments accordingly.
On the agreed-upon day, the renter meets up with the owner to learn the ins and outs, and Boatbound even provides a jaunty captain?s hat, as well as a $1 million insurance policy (just in case something terrible happens).
While the service is obviously great for aspiring seamen, it?s also an excellent deal for owners, most of whom are paying through the nose for maintenance and insurance--and probably use their boats for only a few weeks a year anyway.