Sailboat Time Share

Want to sail but can’t afford a boat or don’t want all the hassle?




 photo courtesy nh boat museum

Problem solved — a time share in a sleek J24 keelboat that sails the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee.

No fuss, no bother — just hop aboard and go. Of course, you have to know how to sail and pass a test to prove it, but other than that, it’s pure fun.  

The cost for a season is reasonable — $400 for residents, $550 for non-residents — and you’re guaranteed 10 time slots, four on weekends and six on weekdays. Days are divided into three four-hour sailing times between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. It’s a joint project between the NH Boat Museum, the Wolfeboro Parks & Recreation Department and Brewster Academy.

Museum volunteer and sailor Bob Lemaire came up with the idea for the time share, now in its third season. It’s unique in New England, and part of the growing trend of a “sharing economy.” Think airbnb.com, lyft.com and uber.com.

“The goal is to help people who can't afford a boat or don’t want the hassle of maintenance, insurance and so on,” says Lisa Simpson Lutts, executive director of the museum. “It makes it easy to sail.

 

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