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New Boater Demand Soars Ahead of National Safe Boating Week 2024

Written by Boatsetter Team
May 8, 2024

Last Updated on May 8, 2024 by Boatsetter Team

Boatsetter Captain Network Delivers Over $1 Million in Captain Payouts in 2023, as Company Shares Insights on +50% Growth in Captained Boating Experiences

Miami, FL – May 8, 2024 – Boatsetter, the leading mobile app for boat rentals, charters, and on-the-water experiences, is reporting a significant increase in captained boat trips, as National Safe Boating Week prepares to kickoff May 18-24 ahead of Memorial Day Weekend. Providing guests with access to the largest captain database nationwide, Boatsetter has seen a 50 percent growth in captain-led rentals and charters, resulting in more than $1 million in payouts to over 600 USCG-licensed captains in 2023.

Reinforcing the company’s commitment to ensuring the safest and most enjoyable on-the-water experiences available, Boatsetter’s Captain Network is made up of thousands of captains located all across the country. In 2024, Boatsetter aims to further broaden its network and has recently partnered with Maritime Learning Systems to offer owners discounted OUPV (United States Coast Guard Captain’s License) courses for aspiring captains. Additionally, the partnership will provide current captains with discounted upgrades and license renewals. Maritime Learning Systems will actively funnel newly licensed captains into the Boatsetter Captain Network.

Boatsetter’s recent report on the surge in captained trips is indicative of broader trends within the boating industry, underscoring the growing imperative to eliminate barriers to participation by facilitating safer access to the water. In the latest 2023 Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Special Report on Fishing, research also showed that consumers are seeking more accessible and affordable fishing equipment and boats to help boost their participation. Boatsetter’s captain-optional rentals, including guided fishing charters, address this need while providing both new and seasoned boaters with the peace of mind they desire as they embrace life on the water.

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Boatsetter’s commitment to safety transcends captain-optional experiences, as the company stands as the world’s only legally compliant and insured peer-to-peer boat rental platform, having partnered with GEICO and BoatUS to pioneer the first-ever peer-to-peer boat rental insurance policy. Boatsetter has also forged a number of other strategic alliances that further enhance the safety and security of guests experiences—from working with Buoy Insurance to offer comprehensive trip-based renter’s insurance coverage for peer-to-peer rentals, to partnering with Suntex Marinas to breakdown yet another barrier for entrepreneurs and private boat owners, providing them with a way to safely and legitimately list their boats for rent.

“As pioneers in the recreational boating space, we recognize the importance of fostering a culture of responsibility and safety within our community,” said Micheal Farb, Boatsetter CEO. “We invite boaters nationwide to join us in celebrating National Safe Boating Week ahead of the kickoff to summer, and experience the unparalleled peace of mind that comes with experiencing the water through Boatsetter.”

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About Boatsetter:
With thousands of vetted boat listings worldwide, Boatsetter is the leading marketplace for boat rentals and on-the-water experiences. From pontoons to yachts, for lake days or weekend getaways, guests can find a boat for any occasion. Many guests book a boat with a USCG-certified captain or an expert guide, to explore the waterways with ease. Credited with pioneering the first-ever peer-to-peer boat rental insurance policy, Boatsetter has empowered boat owners with the tools and support to become entrepreneurs on the water. Launched commercially in 2014, over one million boaters and boat owners alike have turned to Boatsetter to discover the endless possibilities the water provides.

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