Get to Know Our Newest Boatsetter, Jason Taylor
Question and Answer with the newest Boatsetter and former Miami Dolphin, Jason Taylor
In case, you’ve missed the news, Jason Taylor, future NFL Hall of Famer and former Miami Dolphin, is now a Boatsetter! #99 or JT (as the locals in South Florida affectionately call him) is a Boatsetter stakeholder and investor, an advisor to the tech startup that’s successfully shaking up the multi-billion dollar boating industry. And, he even lists his own boats for rent with Boatsetter. Boatsetter can’t ask for a better vote of confidence than that.
Recently Jason sat down with the Boatsetter team to chat about all things boating and how he became a Boatsetter.
Q: How did you get into boating?
A: To be honest, I did not grow up in a boating community and never gave it much thought until I was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1997 and moved to South Florida — a place where boating is at the heart of the local culture. So, I decided to give it a try. It became an instant passion for me.
Q: What were your most notable experiences as a boating newbie?
A: Like I said, boating was something that I instantly loved. Getting out on the water, spending quality time with my family and friends — from day one, I just wanted to go boating as much as I could! But, not having a lot of experience it took me a while to find the perfect boat. Eventually, I found something that I could feel comfortable captaining myself, and enjoy the complete boating experience.
Q: Where are your favorite places to go boating?
A: I really love the Bahamas – the Abacos and the Exumas are beautiful — they’re unspoiled and great for fishing, snorkeling or just relaxing out on the water. Boating anywhere is enticing to me, but the Bahamas is one of my top stops.
Q: What made you decide to get involved with Boatsetter?
A: Boatsetter is making the private boating experience that I love so much, available to everyone. Now anyone can go boating — even those with no boat and no boating experience — all they have to do is rent a boat with or without a captain and they have access to this amazing experience. I love the fact that boating is now an option to a broader group.
On the flip side, Boatsetter has created this community that benefits everyone. It is great for boat owners who can earn extra income by renting out their boats, and for me, it also helps to keep the boat active so it is ready to use when I’m ready to use it. It has also created a whole new career option for the licensed captains that can be assigned to rentals by Boatsetter.
Q: What advice would you give to a new boater?
A: I could share a lot of tips…but if I had to pick just a few, I would say pay respect to the water. Boating is fun but safety is serious business. Be prepared with the necessary safety equipment and don’t take risks. Understand the waterways you’re boating in, and obviously don’t drink if you are the captain.
Another tip for new boaters that I firmly believe in, is try it before you buy it. Buying a boat is a major commitment and a Boatsetter rental is a great way for a new boater to get his or her feet wet with a make or model before signing on the dotted line.