Would you let people you don’t know stay on your boat?
Using a similar platform as hugely successful sharing economy websites like Airbnb, connecting people to arrange renting out their homes, Tim Ludlow decided to create Beds on Board. This new peer to peer website allows boat owners to connect with people looking for unconventional accommodation in a cabin or entire boat.
Beds on Boards launched at London Boat Show in January and opened to the public just a few weeks ago. However, the site is already listing over 50 boats available to rent across the UK, Europe and even India and the Caribbean. With boats in sitting empty in marinas for the majority of the year, Tim Ludlow and his business partners spotted the gap in the market for boat owners to generate some extra income and provide a new source of accommodation for travellers and boating enthusiasts alike.
Unlike various charter services available online, Beds on Board does what it says on the tin, focussing just on onboard accommodation, rather than allowing people renting to take the boat out. With marina permissions and the right insurance coverage, Beds on Board could help boat owners generate upward of £100 a night.
A night in a hotel may seem like a more enjoyable experience for some, but renting out a boat for a night’s stay could in fact offer unrivalled views, privacy and of course the novelty factor. Just like on Airbnb, the owner of the boat sets the dates, rules, price and the final say who they let stay.
The whole service hopes to inspire boat owners to see money making the potential in their property and to share their passion with others.
Article by Jack Bartrop