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Floating your boat

We know about the benefits of intergenerational living. Renting your flat out to holidaymakers is easy too.

Now, a startup from the Netherlands is applying the same principle to sailboats.

Using their website, part-time skippers can rent a boat to, say, explore Amsterdam’s canal system or take a romantic cruise along Europe’s coastline.

Boat owners, meanwhile, can upload information, including hiring costs, to the online platform; insurance can be booked alongside.

Interested parties can review options virtually and compare prices. In the event of a booking, the startup collects between 15 and 20% commission.

Over 200,000 people have already benefited from the scheme, and that’s no sailor’s yarn.

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