Now, for North American readers, there's a new practical option for having the use of a boat. It's a new online version of boatsharing, Nautical Monkey (www.nauticalmonkey.com). It's free to join, find partners and experiment until you are 'sold'.
Did you know that the average boat is only used for 14 days per year? This makes this web-based sharing service for boaters, just launched, a practical option for allowing better management of boat usage, expenses, and maintenance needs.
While there are more than 70 million Americans who enjoy boating and approximately 17 million registered recreational vessels in the US, but the low average utilization makes boat ownership an expensive business.
Many boat owners would like a way of maximizing their investment but are hesitant to share the costs of their boat with anyone due to the inherent challenges that come with sharing.
-- Legal agreements
-- Scheduling the use of the boat
-- Handling service and boat maintenance
-- Managing the costs of boat ownership
-- and most important -- finding qualified individuals to share the boat
... and it's these issues that Nautical Monkey will address.
'Nautical Monkey takes the frustration out of boat sharing and streamlines the process for individuals who are interested in sharing but just do not know where to begin,' says Marshall H. Glenn, President/Co-Founder.
With Nautical Monkey's online system you are provided instant access to all activities and reservations, notification of cancellations and changes, as well detailed information about local events.
Members can instantly update trip information such as engine hours and fuel usage via a mobile site as well as submit maintenance and service requests (even when still out on the boat).
Finally, with an easy to use expense tracker you quickly stop worrying about the cost of boat ownership and enjoy the benefits.
Nautical Monkey is free to join and allows you to experiment with the system.
-- Meet potential partners to share a boat you own or to buy your dream
-- Create one or more watercrafts
-- Try scheduling, billing and management tools
-- Get contracts and insurance in place, and
Once you are comfortable with the system and ready to become a part of a boating partnership with others, the cost of the service is just $9.95 per month.
Demonstrations of NauticalMonkey.com are featured this week during the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and as a show special, new members will be able to join Nautical Monkey for a year at the discounted price of $60, a savings of 50%.
If the idea appeals, give it a go. Join them at NauticalMonkey.com and 'Get into Boating.'