Cruzin grows boating with easy peer-to-peer boat rentals

Cruzin
April 8, 2013
Filed under News

Anyone that has been around the recreational boating industry for any time at all knows that to grow boating new ideas are needed. The industry also knows that experience in a boat, on the water, is the best way to attract new participants and to get them interested in adding boating to their lifestyle. One such new idea comes from Cruzin.com, America’s only fully insured peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace.

Cruzin provides a secure place for boat owners to generate revenue, while qualified boat renters get access to a diverse inventory of boats at affordable rates. The idea is to match up boating enthusiasts who don’t own a boat with current boat owners who want to defray some of the costs of keeping their vessel.

As The Economist reported recently, the peer-to-peer economy in vacation rentals and car sharing has become mainstream and now Cruzin introduces an entirely new level of professionalism and security to the fledgling P2P boat rental space. “The success of collaborative consumption hinges on establishing a community of trust, and providing security to those who participate,” explains Jaclyn Baumgarten, Cruzin CEO. “With Cruzin, boat owners can feel comfortable knowing their boat is fully insured and that we’ve taken steps to pre-qualify the renters. Their trust is vital to us.”

In addition to matching up boat owners with those who want to rent, Cruzin provides insurance, pre-screening of renters, towing services, and boating safety education. The peer-to-peer relationships encourage feedback on the website that helps others make decisions about what kind of boat to rent, to whom to rent, and walks everyone through the process to make it as simple as possible. Boat owners create a profile page on www.cruzin.com listing their craft with photos, specs, availability and rental prices. Renters complete an Experian background check and submit boating education and experience for their profile before inquiring about a boat.

Cruzin insures both owners and renters with $1,000,000 in hull and liability insurance from one of the world’s top marine insurers, a world class AM Best rated A+ (superior) firm. Peace of mind is ensured for all with BoatUS on-water towing services should assistance be needed. Additionally through BoatUS, Cruzin provides free access to US Coast Guard approved boating safety education and certification as part of its careful boater-qualification services.

“Cruzin is not just a simple listing service or aggregator of charter companies,” said Baumgarten. “We very carefully selected our partners and worked with them to craft solutions that are properly suited for the boating sector. Our members’ satisfaction and security are our top priorities.”  Baumgarten, together with co-founder and experienced blue-water sailor Mark Harrison founded Cruzin in 2012.

The company is currently launching their beta program in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a pilot at Harbour Towne Marina in conjunction with Cruzin partner Westrec Marinas. “Westrec has always been focused on hosting and providing quality boating experiences for our marina customers. We see tremendous value in the approach that Cruzin is utilizing in leveraging the growing peer-to-peer economy in attracting a new audience to boating in an affordable and hassle free manner,” said Bill Anderson, president, Westrec Marinas. “The idea that it includes a value proposition for our existing customer in helping them to defer some of their boating expense is a bonus.”

Cruzin is actively seeking beta users. Invitations to join the Cruzin beta site can be requested at www.cruzin.com, where visitors can also review an overview, “How it Works”. A national launch of the site is expected this summer.

Comments

6 Responses to “Cruzin grows boating with easy peer-to-peer boat rentals”

  1. Ron Brandtman on April 8th, 2013 1:20 pm

    Wow, what a great concept! I have clients asking me all the time about a possibility like this. Hopefully before too long, there will be these services in Arizona like Lake Pleasant, or even Havasu. We could really use it out here!

    [Reply]

    Mark Harrison Reply:

    Thanks so much, Ron! We’re actually going to be expanding all across the US in the coming months. The inland waters are where a huge amount of America’s boating takes place and we’re absolutely going to be in locations like Lake Pleasant and Havasu.

    See you on the water!

    - Mark

    Mark Harrison
    Co-Founder & CTO
    Cruzin.com

    [Reply]

  2. Jen Wagner on April 10th, 2013 12:54 pm

    Love this idea!! As a former marina manager, and boat owner myself, I know many who would use this service. Being able to make money when your boat is sitting idle at the slip… Brilliant concept! Not to mention for the person who wants to get out on the water without the hassle of owning a boat or hefty price tag of joining a boat ‘timeshare’.

    [Reply]

  3. John McGinnis on April 10th, 2013 6:30 pm

    Great concept. Look forward to trying it out with my family. Good Luck!

    [Reply]

    Mark Harrison Reply:

    Thanks, John! We’re looking forward to having you. What part of the country are you in?

    - Mark

    Mark Harrison
    Co-Founder & CTO
    Cruzin.com

    [Reply]

  4. Matt on April 11th, 2013 4:45 pm

    I’ve been a charter fleet manager and yacht broker and managed a repair yard over the past ten years. The uniqueness of this program by connecting renter to the owner sets it apart.

    I look forward to seeing how the “fleet” grows and the variety of rental opportunities that present themselves.

    Very cool concept.

    [Reply]

Feel free to leave a comment...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!