Entrepreneur Leaves City, Launches Sailing Tech Startup 'Yachtsie'
LONDON, May 23 2014 -- Yachtsie launches a new way to charter yachts worldwide
Steve Raw, an Oxford educated engineer and RYA Yachtmaster, loved sailing but found booking a yacht difficult and time consuming. So, in 2013 he founded Yachtsie, a web-based company with a mission to make chartering a boat as easy as booking a flight, hotel or car.
“The purpose of Yachtsie is to make it really easy to find and book high quality yachts. You can browse through thousands of yachts worldwide with live availability, price comparisons and instant booking. We will be the first port of call for customers who want to avoid the usual fuss and just get out on the water” says Steve Raw.
Yachtsie is one of the first charter agencies to use technology to make yachting more accessible. “Designing the user experience and interface has taken time and thought. We began by assuming the customer had no prior experience of yachts which kept us focussed on making it as easy to use as possible. It’s simple; search, compare, book.”
Having completed their initial round of financing they are now ready to launch the first release of the website nicknamed 'Wayfarer' after the first boat on which Steve learned to sail. The priority now is to get people on board; the Yachtsie team is growing and they now are focussing on building a strong community.
Steve Raw is quick to recognise the strength of his team. “We are lucky to have such a strong founding team with over 50 years of experience across design, technology and yachting. Most importantly, everyone is incredibly passionate about what we are doing here, which creates a fantastic sense of camaraderie."
To date they have secured relationships with more than 50 charter companies, representing over 2,000 yachts and this number is growing daily. With bookings already being placed it seems that both fleet operators and customers agree that Yachtsie is turning the tide on traditional yacht charters.
Why not have a chat with Steve Raw about how Yachtsie is revolutionising the yacht charter industry?
Yachtsie Ltd is yacht charter service with access to a fleet of 4500+ vessels in 40+ countries that allows customers to search, compare and book a yacht. It features live availability and price comparisons, secure payments and instant booking. The company was founded in 2013 with its headquarters in London, UK. Yachtsie is part of the HMRC Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme in the UK. Search "Yachtsie" or visit https://www.yachtsie.com for further information.
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