(June 25, 2018) – SailTime, the world’s leading boat membership program, with bases around the United States and Australia, today announced a new strategic marketing partnership with Jeanneau, a worldwide leader in luxury sailboat and powerboat manufacturing and part of Groupe Beneteau. The partnership allows SailTime bases throughout the United States to sell Jeanneau boats into their local fleet via SailTime’s innovative yacht ownership program.
“The purpose of the partnership is for SailTime to offer Jeanneau sailboats in its fleet for members and owners. SailTime will now be exclusive to Beneteau and Jeanneau, combined - the largest sailboat manufacturer in the world,” SailTime CEO Todd Hess said. “The agreement gives SailTime customers another high-quality option to access a boat all season via the SailTime innovative membership and ownership programs.”
SailTime will provide Jeanneau an additional way to access the sharing economy and to tap into this growing market of buyers and boaters. Currently, Jeanneau sailboats are featured at SailTime bases in Detroit, Michigan, Houston, Texas, St. Augustine, Florida, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Toronto, Ontario.
Jeanneau America, now in their 10th year of their manufacturing boats in America at their plant in Marion, South Carolina, sees the partnership extension as a key advancement in the North American market growth strategy.
“We’re very excited to enter into this strategic partnership with one of the world leaders in the sharing economy. With their bases located throughout North America, we think SailTime provides terrific reach to this growing market of boating enthusiasts.” Jeanneau America President Nicolas Harvey said.
Now celebrating its 17th anniversary, SailTime has more than 30 bases in North America and five bases in Australia. SailTime members share the use of a professionally managed boat through the use of a unique and proprietary online scheduling system. A monthly membership fee covers the slip fees, maintenance, insurance and operating costs. These memberships offer an attractive alternative to boat ownership. SailTime also offers a generous Owner Member Program where the owner receives a monthly income, as well as the benefits of membership and complete professional management of their boat.
SailTime also has a significant network of sailing schools, via bases that are certified American Sailing Association (ASA) and Royal Yachting Association (RYA) affiliates. The instruction provided at these locations has been a key component in providing a pathway for members to achieve their goals and dreams for the sport of sailing.