Boatsetter recorded the highest number of bookings for the month of June in the company’s history, with peer-to-peer rentals increasing 74% from the same period last year. The company also reported a 40% increase in listings on its platform, with owners looking for meaningful ways to help offset the overall cost of owning a boat.
The dramatic increase in bookings comes amid the ongoing pandemic, at a time when long periods of isolation and social distancing have interrupted most forms of travel and recreation. The record numbers strongly indicate that as consumers shift their summer travel plans toward staying closer to home, the demand for boat rentals will continue to increase.
“For years, we have seen the demand for boat sharing services continue to increase, with companies like Boatsetter making boat rentals more accessible and affordable than ever before,” said Jaclyn Baumgarten, CEO of Boatsetter. “Now, after months of pent-up demand, we expect boating to continue to gain traction as a favorite recreational activity as consumers opt for a safe, unique and cost-effective way to enjoy the outdoors. with their families this summer. “
Based on data from the Boatsetter User Behavior Survey, customers revealed the following preferences and information for outdoor activities, booking flexibility and proximity to destination.
- Outdoor activities with limited contact. With demand for boat rental research on the rise across the sector + 90% YoY for June, boating is proving to be a great way to avoid crowds and stay safe while enjoying the mental health benefits of being outdoors with family and friends. The most sought after experiences requested on the Boatsetter platform are sunset cruises and water sports.
- Reservation flexibility. Last minute bookings booked during the week of scheduled trips continue to increase. Boatsetter is the only peer-to-peer boat rental platform in the United States to offer Instant booking, allowing consumers to find readily available boat options that offer flexible reservation and cancellation policies.
- Proximity to destinations. Boatsetter data indicates that renter interest in boating is 51% locally for family outings and small group tours and 49% during vacations. With 95% of Americans live within an hour’s drive of a navigable body of water, the large inventory of Boatsetter rentals available in communities near rivers, lakes and oceans across the United States, makes boating more accessible because it does not restrict consumers to renting only in major metropolitan cities or the main recreational boating markets.
For more information or to book a rental, visit boatsetter.com.
About Boatsetter: Boat fitter, the industry’s # 1 boat rental platform, makes boating affordable and accessible by connecting licensed boat owners and captains with pre-screened and qualified tenants. Thanks to its innovative partnership with Geico / BoatUS, Boatsetter is the only peer-to-peer boat rental market in the United States that includes insurance for owners, captains and renters. Boatsetter offers renters and owners access to the largest database of USCG Certified Captains, allowing those with no boating experience to spend time on the water.
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