Conor McLaughlin Falmouth
Having met with Boat business owners both locally and internationally, I bring fresh ideas to help you generate more income and more unique ideas you gain more profit through the boat. I’m easily managed my own boathouse Falmouth pier 37 and getting more profit
Begin Earning From Your Boat
Is your boat burning a hole in your pocket with the general upkeep, mooring fees and very little time to enjoy it?
Maybe you thought you’d use it more than you do. If this is the case perhaps it’s time to look at other options which will allow you to keep the boat, but earn from it as well.
Whether you’re a liveaboard or a weekly/monthly/yearly user of your boat you’ll find ideas here you may not have thought of before. Some of these will be better suited to some types and sizes of boats than others. Browse through and see which could turn your boat from a pain in your wallet into a pleasure craft again.
It may be necessary to check that with your boat insurance company if you wish to take paying passengers or implement some of these ideas. Your policy may need to be changed in order to run your boat as a business. It also goes without saying that it is necessary to have up to date and tested safety equipment on board sufficient for the number of people on board.
Beyond ensuring your insurance and boat are up to muster. It’s likely you will need local permits and licenses if you plan to stay and work in a certain area. Some areas and countries will be more flexible than others. Using due diligence before proceeding could save you a lot of headaches down the road.
1. Personalized Cruises
Many people would love to go cruising but don’t want to go with the cattle brigade who go on the large cruise ships. There are free spirits who are looking for something different but worry about chartering one themselves. The trip could be for a few days to a couple of weeks depending on what your client wants to see and where they want to go.
You can tailor the cruise around them. Many owners charge their customers additionally for food, drinks, fuel, and mooring charges. If the cruise is a set agenda, as some of them are, then all these costs can be factored in beforehand.
The number of guests you take will be determined by the number of cabins you have if this is to be an overnight cruise.
Although some guests may just want to relax, be waited on and pampered, many will want to join in on activities on the boat. Let them steer (under guidance), hoist the sails and even scrub the deck if they are so inclined.
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2. Diving Vacations
There are various diving sites around the world where divers flock every year. Position yourself in various ports and follow the seasons to make yourself a tidy sum. These can be as before, via your own website, advertising in the area, or through a company that organizes trips for divers. They, of course, would want a hefty cut as they have found the client for you.
There are restrictions with PADI unless you have your own compressor. If not, you will need a PADI card to fill your bottles.
3. Fishing Cruises
Does your boat have the capacity to be used as a netting boat? This could be for larger associations or commonly a couple. You have the option to make these trips as specialized as you want. It could be for a day, half-day, or longer if there is ample accommodation on board.
Whether you do this as a catch, tag and publicity or you keep your prize fish, the market has always remained strong as angling of any sort is the world’s favorite pastime.
4. Dolphin and Whale Watching
These are popular cruises for people on vacation. These will normally be just a few hours. In some places and at certain times of the year, you are almost guaranteed to see them. Do your preparation to see where there is a desire for it and where the demand isn’t already saturated with other administrators doing this. There are two ways of perceiving patrons for this. First is a website highlighting your business, where you go, and what your guests could expect to see. The second way is to tout for a business near the marina. Some areas will frown on this so make inquires and tread lightly. If there is a corporation already doing this, in a particular area, examine if they need extra boats.
A simple advertisement display on the sidewalk or someone handing out leaflets to tourists is also a good way to get passing traffic interested in what you are offering.
Check in your area for restriction regarding the distance required for viewing dolphins or whales, some areas are quite strict, which in my opinion is a good thing.
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5. Photographic Tours by Boat
Many people only think of graphic recesses on land.
Views in and on a boat, views of mountains from the sea, everything from picturesque fjords of Norway to harbors at night.
All of these provide several aspects than most cinematographers would ordinarily see.
Sponsor this type of tour on graphic forums.
If you are a skilled photographer, consider running courses on board.
6. Earn from Other Cruisers
Although boating is seen as a rich man’s sport, cruisers are a tight-fisted bunch. You might think that you can’t make money from them but you’d be wrong. If you have skills such as:
These are all marketable and you can charge for your time. Obviously, your pricing would have to be determined by the area you are in and the availability of parts and access to other people with the same skill set.
Besides the above skills, there are other entrepreneurial ways of earning from your fellow cruisers. Bottom cleaning, water delivery, pizza delivery for example. People want an easy life and are willing to pay people to do jobs for them.
If you have a watermaker, you can make and charge others for water. It will save them having to go ashore for it.
7. Yacht Charter Companies
Allow charter companies to hire your boat out. They will pay you a percentage of the rental each time your boat is used. This can be as a bareboat charter or one with a crew. Be aware though, this will affect the resale value of your boat as many which are chartered are seen to be used hard and not maintained and upgraded as well as those which are used privately. Much the same as a rental car versus a private car.
Can you teach someone to sail? The personal hands-on approach will help them feel more confident when they come to take their exams. If you are not capable of teaching, your boat could be used and an instructor hired. Some of those wanting to learn will know the basics but may want a refresher course. Still, others may be complete beginners.
9. Wedding Cruises
Have weddings or hold receptions on your boat: Depending on the size of your boat, organizing weddings, or receptions on your boat is fast becoming very popular and profitable as some couples are looking for something a little different when tying the knot. This can, of course, be catered by yourself or the wedding party can organize that requirement.
You would have to insist that the entire wedding party adheres to a strict dress code regarding acceptable footwear on your boat and encourage them to put this requirement on their invitations.
Besides weddings, consider advertising as an alternative meeting place for companies, or team building activities. Many younger companies are looking for something unique to offer their employees as perks without the additional expense of owning a yacht. Design a simple website targeting companies and email this to them. It is always a good idea to follow up with a brochure and phone call as well. Then, when the time comes, they will remember your offer.
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10. Make Sailing Time Pay
If you need to sail to another area to earn from that season’s trade, turn your journey into a paid crossing with crew who will pay you. Some will pay to the crew, gaining the experience, some will pay a portion of the bill for fuel and food. This way, what could have been a down time and an expense for you, can be turned into a moneymaker or at least offset some of the costs whilst underway to your next destination.
11. Film Crews
Contact advertising/media companies to allow your boat to be used as a prop. This could be for photographs or for films and commercials. Even if you can only negotiate some professional photographs to be used on your website promoting your new business, this is still worth doing.
If you are easy to work with and adaptable and your yacht is in an area where a lot of filming goes on, don’t be shy about getting the word out. Make it known that your boat is available for use.
If your boat is a classic style yacht, the chances are good that it will get used and you can set a good price for the rental of it.
Does your boat only cost you money?
Yes, it is sucking me dry.
No, I can afford the luxury of owning a boat.
I don’t have a boat but I dream of owning one.
12. Delivering Cargo
Although not as glamorous as some of the other suggestions there are still several places around the world where cargo needs to be shipped. This could be anything from fishing hooks to boxes of Cheetos. Find a market and become a supplier. Be aware of any regulations concerning import and taxes if you are moving things from one country to another. There may also be stipulations on certain islands concerning plants and animals which will need to be taken into account.
Do your research first to avoid a situation that could leave you in jail in a far off country.
Saving Money on Your Boat
Although this article is about how to make money from your boat, don’t forget that saving money on payments is equally as important.
Consider the following:
Boat insurance: How much are you financing for your insurance? When was the last time you checked the competitor’s rates? Has anything changed on your boat which could lower your premium?
Cost of Mooring: If you are only using your boat in the summer, consider pulling it out onto the hard which is much cheaper. Or alternatively, consider a less expensive marina.
Upgrades: Consider buying good used equipment instead of new. Any product you purchase new is going to depreciate as soon as it sold. Let someone else lose this initial amount. Check boating and sailing forums as there is usually a classified section with items for sale. eBay is also a great place for boating parts and accessories.
As the old adage goes, “A penny saved is a penny earned”.
13. Start a Blog or Video Your Yachting Ventures
Many people are writing blogs or videoing their adventures about their boating experiences. Making money from boating doesn’t have to be only about hiring out your boat. You can write about your adventures and earn money from it. This is how many people are funding their cruising, whether it is around the world or just around the bay. These blogs are not only targeted to those who own boats, but also people who want to share in your adventure. You can earn by putting ads on your pages.
Making a video though, in my opinion, is even better. If you think you can’t make anything from that think again
Their easy-going personalities and fun-loving spirit have captured the hearts of many viewers, including some influential people at Outremer. This couple who were trying to dry the condensation from autopilot using a blow dryer, have been given a good deal on a new Outremer catamaran worth a cool million. They also have a crowdfunding campaign going to fund their trips. So the next time someone says you can’t earn from a boat, just laugh at them.
I ‘m sure these have given you some ideas which will help you to enjoy your expense once again.