Click&Boat, the Airbnb of the Seas builds the largest fleet of rental boats
Created in 2013, Click&Boat launched their platform for peer to peer boat rentals in France. This start-up was born from a simple observation: that there are millions of boats just sitting in the harbour for large periods of time throughout the year, and that is expensive for boat owners. The two young French entrepreneurs, Edouard Gorioux and Jérémy Bismuth, envisaged a platform that would allow boat owners to safely and intelligently cushion their boat expenses by renting it to other individuals.
The world leader in boat rental
After experiencing enormous success and branching into the rest of Europe and the United States, this year Click&Boat opened their platform to professional boat renting companies. A move that allowed the company to build the largest fleet of rental boats in the world, the “Airbnb of the Seas” now has more than 20,000 boats available for rent throughout the world. This is a fundamental evolution in the original model, based initially on the relationship between individuals, a concept common to the sharing economy. These professional boats renters will complement the current fleet of 12,000 private boats already available throughout the world.
“During our 4 years, we’ve came across tens of thousands of individuals, all facing a wide variety of needs; different types and sizes of boats, “sporty, “day tour,” or “cruise”…to the desire to travel autonomously or be accompanied; for half a day or several weeks…Our partners recognize that this knowledge of the diversity of the expectations of amateurs sailors constitutes a major asset. It is with this experience that we are evolving to become the reference model of a site for online boat rental.
– Edouard Gorioux, co-founder of Click & Boat
By offering their fleet for hire on Click&Boat, professional rental companies benefit from:
- The best visibility online (more than 3 million people visited the Click & Boat site in 2017)
- The best booking management tools developed for boat rental (automated reservation management, up to date availability, etc.)
- Access to a new client base.
For their part, amateur sailors and boat renters will be able to profit from an even wider choice, and in particular an enriched high-end offer: sailboats, yachts, hiring with a skipper…and this will be available in more than 40 countries around the world. “The opening of our platform to professional boat renting companies offers our customers new destinations and new ranges of boats” says Jérémy Bismuth, co-founder of Click & Boat.
With soon to be more than 22,000 boats available, the start-up aims to offer a fleet of 30,000 boats (from individuals and professionals) present in 50 countries before the end of 2018.
Do share your thoughts in our comment section below. Subscribe with us to get your dose of interesting news, research & opinions in the startup segment. Fill the form below: