ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Chesapeake Bay is the pride and joy of Maryland. It’s easy to explore … when you have a boat. For many Marylanders without their own ships, the bay might as well be across the country.
A company hopes to make boating more accessible. Meet GetMyBoat.
The online platform allows users to rent or charter boats by the hour. The company compares itself to Airbnb, a marketplace for the rental of private homes.
Maryland has 123 boats available from Annapolis to Fort Washington, Middle River and beyond. Rentals and charters include everything from jet skis and cruisers to sailboats and yachts. Prices vary from $ 15 per hour for a simple paddle board $ 2,400 per day for a luxury catamaran.
“Annapolis has grown a lot for us this summer, which is great,” GetMyBoat marketing director Val Streif told Patch in an email, naming Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River as other blooming areas. “We are thrilled to offer more boating experiences to residents of this boat-loving city! “
GetMyBoat launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013. It has since spread worldwide, with 140,000 listings in 184 countries. The company also added additional experiences like whale watching and sailing lessons.
This expansion helped the company register 700% year-over-year growth in the first third of 2020. GetMyBoat said it is on track to put 1 million people on the water by now the end of the year.
“2021 has had an incredible start with huge and pent-up demand,” COO Bryan Petro said in a press release. “There has always been a great desire for nautical experiences, but the last year has really amplified the need for customers to get out on the water quickly, easily and safely. “