Global Membership Company to Offer Catamarans
ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — SailTime, the world’s largest boat membership company is extending its offering to the catamaran market by partnering with Gemini Catamarans.
Being the first to offer catamarans for shared access, in August SailTime will place a 34ft Gemini 105 catamaran in to its fleet to sail the Chesapeake Bay. The company has a goal to introduce a further 9 boats across its bases in North America over the rest of 2011 and into 2012.
The new Gemini 105Mc’s has an expansive interior designed by Hunter Marine, with sleeping room for up to eight, a double-sided work surface in the galley with a front-loading 4 cubic foot refrigerator, and a beautiful master cabin with roomy head and separate shower.
SailTime allows its members to share the use of a professionally managed boat through the use of an online scheduling system. Members can sail a new, fully maintained yacht at least six weeks each year with a monthly membership fee that covers the slip fees, maintenance, insurance and operating costs. SailTime also offers a generous Owner Member Program where the owner receives a monthly income, as well as the benefits of membership. Regionally franchised bases are operated by base owner/managers.
Since 2001 the company has grown to over 30 bases in North America and Canada. In 2004 SailTime branched out to Europe, with 14 bases across the UK, France, Italy and Turkey. The company has now opened a base in Puerto Rico and 4 bases in Australia. A base will soon open in New Zealand.
A unique feature of the program, which is a tremendous benefit to its members, is SailTimeÃ‚® PLUS, where members can take advantage of up to seven days of sailing at base locations around the world. A simple pricing plan is in place for the Plus program and is significantly lower than the cost of barecharter or sailing club fees. Included in these destination areas are Miami, FL; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Sydney, Australia; Cote d’Azur, France and Puerto Rico.
SOURCE The Catamaran Group