Graham Raspass Founder of SailTIme interviewed for AIMEX article ” The Rise in Sailing”
SailTime is a membership-based alternative to yacht syndication. Since 2009 when the Australian division launched with a single boat and single location, Pittwater, the company now has 14 boats at six locations on the east coast, from Hobart to Moreton Bay.
SailTime Australia founder, Graham Raspass says sailing is viewed as a pastime the entire family can enjoy together. “While the kids are still young enough to spend time with their parents, sailing allows you to travel, spend time as a family unit and create memories. Perhaps one of the parents has sailed in their youth and they’re reliving the joys of their youth. Most people say they are looking to sailing for a healthier, outdoor lifestyle and the opportunity to entertain family and friends.
“With memberships starting from $635 per month, we offer a low cost, flexible means of getting in to yachting.”
SailTime membership covers member access to all the boats at all the bases – whether that’s Port Stephens, Moreton Bay, Lake Macquarie, Pittwater, Sydney Harbour or Hobart.
“We also have a sailing school attached to the business, offering training for both beginners and experienced sailors,” said Mr Raspass.
“We provide the whole solution, recommending a boat that suits in terms of size, then getting you up and running. We like to think of it as ‘try before you buy’. We have families who move on to owner-members and we manage their boat in our fleet.”
The SailTime fleet has recently been bolstered by the addition of two new Lagoon 400 catamarans, due to client demand.
At SCIBS 2014, SailTime will have the Jeanneau 379 on display and will be outlining their program in terms of sailing membership and learn-to-sail opportunities.
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