SailTime Franchise Business Overview
SailTime is an innovative new approach to boat access and ownership that makes it easier, quicker and more economical for aspiring captains to take the helm of a beautiful, well-equipped sail or power boat anywhere in the world. SailTime product offerings include power boats as well as several other complimentary products that help SailTime members achieve the personal lifestyle goals they set for themselves and their families. Each SailTime base is independently owned and operated by a local entrepreneur who the SailTime Group, LLC has licensed to use their trademarks and business methods. Their “Base Owners” take pride in ensuring that your experience with SailTime is one that is memorable and world class. Additionally, these proud business owners are in charge of all the boat's maintenance and operational needs so you can simply enjoy your time on the water with friends and family.
In 2001, avid boater George Bonelli saw a need for making boating easier and more affordable. He founded SailTime, purchased the first boat with personal savings and tested the business model on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. In 2003 the first non-company-owned location was opened as a license agreement. In 2006, the company was reorganized for corporate reasons. In 2009, the company became a registered franchise and all of the existing licenses converted to franchises. Initially, SailTime focused exclusively on sailboats, and the business quickly expanded to 30 bases in North America in its first three years. SailTime maintains over 35 bases with 115 boats on two continents.
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