Hi David, Tony King here, (email@example.com) thank you for your comment. Yes, we are very excited about our new site http://www.bareboat-sailing.com with it's search engine for bareboats. It has been my feeling for some time that bareboats have become almost a commodity and that, as such, they are susceptible to being treated similarly to airline ticket booking. (as in Expedia, Travelocity, et al.) I mean no disparagement since I am an avid sailor and bare-boater myself. For some years we have had search engines that look for the availability of "fully crewed" yachts but up to now the bareboat market, which is much larger than the fully crewed market, has eluded us.
The idea is that a bare-boater can go to our bareboat site, click on the search engine button, fill in the basic stuff like, date, duration, number of cabins, location, and even model - and bingo he will get a list of boats that meet the criteria. Eventually we will have a system where he can place a hold on the boat or can actually book with a credit card. This last feature will be coming in a month or two.
We currently have about 1800 bareboats on the search engine in different locations worldwide. We are currently in very positive conversations with the Moorings, Moorings Power, Footloose and Sunsail to have their internal search engine on our site as well. This will give us an additional 1500 or more boats accessible from our website.
In the meantime I've started generating some buzz around this new site and frankly I'm glad that you responded to my Tripatini profile and comment. I appreciate your interest and if you need more information, I'm here to help.
David Liscio here (firstname.lastname@example.org), photojournalist, contributing editor and monthly columnist at SAILING Magazine. We often use bareboat charter companies as part of our cruising destination stories and I'd be interested in hearing more about your venture.
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