Ready to start sharing a boat this season? Would you believe that 2014 is almost three twelfths over already! Whatever your boat sharing plans and aims are for this year, you best get on with them. Time flies after all! Sure it’s still 30 degrees outside, but there’s no time like the present to get […]
One of the biggest problems we encountered when we first set up our boat sharing relationship had to do with tracking expenses and reconciling member payments. As a matter of convenience, sometimes my partner gassed up the boat, sometimes I did. Sometimes he paid for cleaning, minor repairs, oil changes, or a new flashlight and sometimes I did. How were we to keep track of these minor (and some not so minor) costs associated with sharing a boat?Initially, we sent emails back and forth with the amount we paid and tried to reconcile things on a month or semi-monthly basis. This system broke down quickly for obvious reasons.
We have just completed the new Find a Boat or Partner section of our web site which provides all the tools you will need to find the perfect sharing match. Take a moment to browse the already growing list of boats and if you haven’t yet listed your boat, it only takes moments to do […]
We have seen a myriad of different partnership arraignments work. Family partnerships, business partners or friends who purchase a boat together, relative strangers who become a member on a boat and remain for years – there really doesn’t seem to be a single defining characteristic that insures success in a boat sharing relationship. There are, […]
A few months ago one of my boat sharing partners left the following message on my cell phone. “John, can you call me back? I really need to talk to you.” I was having dinner and figured I would call him back later that night. During dinner he called again and left another message. “John, I really need you to call me back – John … It’s really bad.”After listening to this one I was obviously motivated to call him back right away. He told me that he had been blown sideways while docking and the side of our boat had been scraped by the anchors of two other