AN EASY WAY TO ENJOY BOATING AND LIVE THE DREAM
By Greg Marlo*
A Fractional Yachting Program brings the boating dream one step closer to reality! It just may be the perfect solution for people that have dreamed about owning a yacht, but cannot justify the expense. Or perhaps they would like to try out the yachting lifestyle, and explore if their family would also like it. Many people are just too busy and don’t have the time to look after a boat and the day to day responsibilities. Some may already boat owners at another location, like their vacation home. Then there are some that presently own or have owned a boat, but have become tired of the hassles and time required to maintain a boat in good condition. Probably the best reason to join a Fractional Program is when people want to buy a boat, but are not sure what they would want in terms of size, type, features and options.
You can now enjoy an entire season of boating without the expense and responsibilities of traditional boat ownership. With a Fractional Yachting Program (sometimes referred to as a Fractional Lease) you share the yacht of your choice making reservations for your boat months or minutes in advance. You are one of a select group of yachts users and it is the closest thing to owning your own boat without the high cost and day to day responsibilities. Use it for a day excursion or week-long cruise to countless other popular destinations. The program available through YACHT Solutions is a practical boating system that allows you the user, the satisfaction of accessing a beautiful late model yacht without all the hassles, headaches and expenses that can be associated with ownership. You will captain a pristine yacht that is bigger than most of the other boats on the water with a minimum of 3 – 4 cruise times every month from May through to October. The annual fee includes usage, slip fees, insurance, maintenance, cleaning, and management. The cost of sole ownership calculating just the fixed expenses alone including insurance, dockage, winter storage, maintenance, cleaning, pump-outs, spring commissioning and haul out exceed this. Plus, if you are like most boat owners, only end up using your new boat 2-3 times per month. The YACHT Solutions program will bring you as close as possible to the feel of sole ownership.
Boats are professionally managed and maintained impeccably which also includes being detailed, fueled up, pumped out along with other day to day responsibilities. You now spend most of your time enjoying the boat and entertaining your guests.
Flexibility and Convenience – choose the yacht that best suits you.
The cost of sharing a first-class yacht starts at only $5,700 for an entire season. No long-term obligations, no high ownership costs – just a modest membership fee that can be spread out over monthly payments and a refundable security deposit. YACHT Solutions uses a web-based, real-time scheduling system to easily and conveniently plan your cruising times.
Training is another important aspect of the program and full instruction is available. When you join, you will participate in an in-depth demonstration of your boat with one of our trainers who will take the time to completely familiarize you with the boat. Many videos and tutorials are also made available building competency and safety.
If you’re thinking about trying out this lifestyle, you could not make a better investment. Whether this is your dream of a floating cottage to entertain friends and family or a unique way to entertain business clients and acknowledge your staff’s efforts. The program was designed to be flexible and convenient – being able to take friends, family, or clients cruising on a beautiful day, an evening, a weekend or even a full week. You will not only take pride in the boat that you captain, but you also have the satisfaction of knowing that you aren’t paying full price for such a luxury. You’ll feel great about the money you will be saving and find it hard not to tell everyone about how you embarked on this exciting lifestyle.
*The author is a renown expert and pioneer in the field of Fractional Yachting. He is the C.E.O. of The Yacht Solutions.