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Spring break means a chance to get out, safe of course.
“Everyone’s in a good mood on the water, you can’t go wrong,” said Landon Martin of BayWatch Boat Charters in Newport Beach, Calif.
He is bracing for increased demand in the coming weeks.
“You feel the breeze on your face and it’s very refreshing, that’s what everyone says,” Martin said.
Its charter company typically takes passengers on two-hour, relaxing trips around the bay. I got on one of his boats to check it out, and indeed, it was relaxing. The weather was perfect.
“Since all of our trips are private and of course they’re outside and we disinfect between trips, we’ve been very busy,” Martin explained.
Some of his customers find him through a website and app called GetMyBoat.
“It’s a great platform to reach customers and customers to find boats because sometimes it’s difficult,” said Martin.
“The most popular boats on our platform will definitely be your pontoons, modest motorboats and sailing charters are also very popular,” said Valerie Streif, Marketing Manager at GetMyBoat.
I spoke with Streif via Skype from his remote office in Minnesota.
GetMyBoat has been around since 2013 – sort of Airbnb, but for boat rentals and charters.
“You can read real user reviews, you can see photos that people have added from their experience… so you can get an idea of what to expect before you book the boat,” Streif explained.
Martin recommends looking for a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain, along with 5-star reviews for the best experience.
“The guests are having a really good time,” he concluded.
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