Have you heard of the Sharing Economy? It’s a form of commerce where under-used assets and skills are utilized to offset the cost of ownership.
Airbnb, a room sharing service, gives homeowners the opportunity to rent out extra rooms in their home, or even the entire house, to travelers no matter the purpose of their journey. Room sharing is opening up the marketplace for vacationers, giving them more choices when booking a place to stay as well as a differing price points. Homeowners earn extra income and utilize empty space.
A new community based on trust is sprouting up all over the world. Currently Airbnb is operating in 190 countries, 34,000 locations and has helped 25 million people find the perfect place to stay during their travels. In the wake of Airbnb came ride-sharing companies like Uber, now operating in 54 countries and 300 locations. Large assets are the only things being shared. Anything you can think of, from home goods, wedding dresses, furniture, or even flatware, are being shared, repurposed, and used to their full potential. In an industry where owners say that the best days of their lives are the day they buy the boat and the day they sell it, it was only a matter of time before boat-sharing entered the sharing economy.
GetMyBoat is the world’s largest boat sharing and rental marketplace. With 24,000 boats in 110 countries and 2,300 locations, it is keeping in step with sharing mongrels Airbnb and Uber. Since their spring launch in 2013, boating enthusiasts have already booked more than 50,000 hours on the water. Additionally, GetMyBoat brings boating to the next level with an app for Android and iOS. Now, renters or charter guests can access more on the water adventures than ever before — right from their smartphone. Boat owners can easily communicate with potential guests and their watercraft, including sailboats, yachts, canoes, and kayaks, are out on the water more than ever before.