February 12, 2015 (Annapolis, MD) – SailTime Group LLC, the world’s largest boat membership company, announced a partnership with Beneteau North America, to offer Beneteau brand sailboats in conjunction with other brands at their North American base locations . New Beneteau yachts will be available for SailTime’s fractional membership program for use within the fleet of SailTime bases throughout North America.
Two new Beneteau yachts have already been ordered for the SailTime San Francisco and SailTime Marina Del Ray California base locations and SailTime plans to add ten additional boats in six other base locations by 2016.
SailTime is displaying a Beneteau Oceanis 37 at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show, February 12th through 16th. You may visit SailTime at Bayside Pier B, Slip 20-21.
“Expanding our fleet to Beneteau sailboats will motivate a whole new segment of sailors, to consider SailTime as a means to sail one for a full season. It will also attract many new sailors that would like to experience sailing a Beneteau before they purchase one”, said Todd Hess, president for SailTime. “We know the Beneteau brand is a good fit for SailTime as it is already the primary brand for our base locations outside of North America. This partnership will result in growth for both companies. For SailTime, it will add more members and expand our fleet. For Beneteau, it will generate more boat sales and allow more sailors to experience the quality of the Beneteau brand.”
SailTime has always been an innovator in the boating community, using an online calendar system for shared usage of vessels. The SailTime membership program began as a way to get more sailors out on the water and to offer an alternative to boat ownership. For every boat in the fleet, there are six to eight members sharing one vessel. Many members stay in the program for multiple seasons.
“We are thrilled this partnership will give more people the opportunity to experience sailing on a Beneteau”, commented Laurent Fabre, president of Beneteau America. “We have incorporated unique specifications into the boats delivered to SailTime to meet the needs of their fleet. There is no doubt this program is the perfect compliment to our existing network of Authorized Beneteau dealerships, which remain exclusive distributors of new Beneteau yachts”, added Fabre.
Beneteau is known worldwide for its sleek design, quality construction and innovation in the manufacturing of seaworthy sailing and power yachts. The Beneteau story began 130 years ago when Benjamin Bénéteau started building fishing trawlers in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, France. Today, the company continues to thrive under the leadership of Benjamin Bénéteau’s granddaughter, Madame Annette Bénéteau-Roux.
Beneteau Headquarters for the Americas is located in Annapolis, Md. Beneteau has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., France, Italy, and Brazil.
SailTime members share the use of a professionally managed boat, through the use of an online scheduling system. A monthly membership fee covers the slip fees, maintenance, insurance and operating costs. These memberships offer an attractive alternative to boat ownership. SailTime also offers a generous Owner Member Program where the owner receives a monthly income, as well as the benefits of membership.
Now celebrating its 14th Anniversary, the company has over twenty-eight bases in North America and seven bases in Australia.
A unique feature of the program is SailTime PLUS, where members can go sailing at base locations around the world for a significantly lower cost than traditional bareboat charter fees.
SailTime also has a significant network of sailing schools, via bases that are certified American Sailing Association (ASA) and Royal Yachting Association (RYA) affiliates. The instruction provided at these locations has been a key component in providing a pathway for members to achieve their goals and dreams for the sport of sailing.
For more information contact:
For SailTime Group – Kristen Diviney – email@example.com or 757-663-7245
For Beneteau America – Maryline O’Shea– firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-990-0270