Plymouth boat share scheme expands after successful first year

A Plymouth business, which has combined boating with the shared economy concept, has expanded after positive results from their first year.

Yacht Haven Quay, a Plymstock boatyard which is home to the UK’s largest ‘indoor marina’, launched the Plymouth Boat Club in April 2018 offering members a low cost way to get access to a brand new and professionally maintained motorboat.

Following a positive response, the club has expanded with a second boat being launched this spring allowing members to pick which boat they want to use.

Manager Will Rahder says the Boat Club has a simple, basic premise; “We want to offer easy access to quality boats at a price that makes it affordable for everyone. It’s as simple as that.” Will continues, “Year one was great with new customers getting into boating and ex-boat owners returning to the industry. Our new RIB will allow more people to get on the water with members getting the choice of which boat they’d like to use.”

In addition to that, Yacht Haven Quay is offering Boat Club members who progress to buying their own craft a generous discount on annual dry stack berthing. “Joining the club is a great introduction into the convenience of dry stacking, with secure indoor storage, and launch and recovery on demand 365 days a year. There’s no easier way to access our fabulous local cruising destinations such as Salcombe, Fowey, Burgh Island and far, far more.”

Both boats in the Plymouth Boat Club have met the Maritime Coastal Agency (MCA) safety guidelines and all users are given training on the water. “Members just need to bring their family, friends and suncream” Will explains. “We’ll look after all the other elements that come with ownership such as maintenance, cleaning, mooring and storage so members are guaranteed a stress-free boating experience on a professionally maintained boat.”

For more details on the Plymouth Boat Club, visit PlymouthBoatClub.com or call 01752 481190.