SailTime Base Owner Opportunity

Graham Raspass, Founder of SailTime AustraliaHello, I’m Graham Raspass, the Managing Director of SailTime Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) I’d like to thank you for your interest in the SailTime Base Owner opportunity.

After spending my former career working in senior executive roles and running my own Consulting and Training Business for 16+ years, I decided to broaden my business interests in line with my passion for being on the water and discovered SailTime in 2007. SailTime started in the USA in 2001, and SailTime Europe was launched in 2004.

Following an extensive period of research and driven by an intense desire to start an innovative sailing business, I founded SailTime Australia and New Zealand in 2009 with the first base located in Newport on Pittwater 18 nautical miles north of Sydney harbour. We’ve since expanded to Middle Harbour at the Spit Bridge, Sydney Harbour, In Rushcutters Bay and Soldiers Point Marina in Port Stephens. We are part of a network of over 30 bases in the global SailTime group, located in North America and Europe.

SailTime presents an exciting new way for people to enjoy sailing and boating at an affordable cost. Being part of the SailTime team, you will not only be involved in a great business that you are passionate about, but you’ll also get to experience the satisfaction of your members having a great time too!

SailTime has answered a long-standing need in the industry; to provide affordable, accessible sailing to a wider and constantly growing customer base. Our growing number of members, our expanding fleet and the increasing number of bases worldwide underlines the value SailTime presents and provides a testament to a sound business idea.

We are looking to expand our network and are seeking suitably qualified individuals who are not only passionate about sailing but also have the drive and commitment to manage your own business to the highest possible standards.

If you’re looking for a new challenge, want to operate your own sailing business, are not afraid of putting in the hard work to reap the rewards – and have fun! – SailTime could be the answer.

If you think the SailTime Bae Owner opportunity may be the right challenge for you, and you have the right skills, outlook and personality for SailTime, please read on and complete the application form. Once we have received your formal application we will then request that you complete and sign our confidentiality agreement and submit it to the fax number indicated to enable us to provide you with more detailed information.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Boating Industry Association of NSW

Graham Raspass

Managing Director
SailTime Australia & New Zealand

“One cold January night in Colorado I made the decision that I had enough of Winter and began searching for a sailboat to buy online. I came across a start-up company called SailTime which challenged my entrepreneurial spirit and promised to sweep me away from my snowbound situation. That April I met with the founder of the company in Austin, Texas. I proceeded to make a drive down the West Coast of the USA looking at the potential for starting a sailing base and came across the Channel Islands Harbor about 60 miles North of Los Angeles that had all the ingredients I was looking for.

That was nearly 6 years ago now and I’ve never looked back. I have steadily grown my operation to include 5 membership sailboats, a sailing school and a luxury crewed charter operation. During this time, SailTime has supported me in countless ways, not the least of which is their scheduling and electronic check on systems. Today, we are the premier operation in our harbor and I look forward to many years of enjoyment working in the marine industry here in California.”

Chris Tucker, SailTime Channel Islands

“I started SailTime Orange County roughly 5 years ago. This was my first entrepreneurial venture. I had always wanted to start my own business and had even gone to business school with the intent of opening a business one day. I knew a very high percentage of businesses fail within their first 5 years. I also knew that a way to mitigate risk was to buy into a proven concept where some of the unknowns were already figured out. I wasn’t looking for a complete business in a box like a Subway franchise, I wanted to be able to take the basic concepts and expand on them with my personality and skills. For me, the sailing aspect combined with the relatively low start up cost of a SailTime base was just what I was looking for.

“I’ve found SailTime to be what the founders promised and a wonderful fit for my personality and needs. The online scheduling tool was well thought out and has saved me the expense of hiring someone to make bookings. Financially speaking, the business has taken care of my family. My wife is a stay-at-home mom to our two children and I do not work outside the marine industry. I have supplemented my SailTime business with a sailing school and sailboats sales which has had a synergistic effect. Overall, I have really enjoyed my lifestyle business and I would highly recommend it to others with similar desires.”

Chris Jester, SailTime Orange County

A Business For You

Start your own sailing franchise businessWith SailTime you can combine your passions for sailing, being on the water and utilising your strong business background. SailTime presents the most exciting business opportunity in the sailing industry in recent times. As a SailTime base owner, you will enjoy a challenging and rewarding lifestyle. If you can answer yes to the following questions then consider yourself a candidate to become a SailTime base owner.

  • Do you have a vision for building a successful sailing business in your local area and waterway?
  • Do you have a passion for sailing and the lifestyle that goes with it?
  • Do you have the entrepreneurial talents and sales and marketing skills that are required to build a successful business from the ground up?
  • Do you have the time and/or flexibility in your schedule to be able to focus your energies where they are necessary to start a successful business?
  • Do you have access to start-up capital for operational and marketing budgets to start a new business?
  • Do you have sufficient credit to finance your business’ first boat?

We have made the process of starting a SailTime business as straight forward and easy as possible. You will be provided with everything you need to get started. We work with each of our new base candidates in person, on the phone and via collaborative online tools.

SailTime takes care of most of the logistics so you spend your time marketing your business and building your member base. You don’t need an office or large staff, a SailTime business can be run from your home office and can grow and flourish from there. The business model is rare since it does not require long term leases of office space, labour investments, large inventory, or equipment expenses.

SailTime does not provide a short-term, fast cash business. It’s a lifestyle business opportunity that requires time, energy and financial investment, but allows you to be your own boss building your own business and provides the opportunity to experience a rewarding career in a sport that you are clearly passionate about. Our program is for serious business professionals who want to build a business and have fun doing it.

Successful SailTime base owners are committed to providing the most professional service possible to our members. They are friendly, neighbourhood based, business-oriented knowledgeable people with a desire to serve the local boating public.

Our SailTime base owners have a commitment to customer service and excellence in the boating industry. Our commitment is to be the innovator that others look up too.

Most businesses require a huge capital investment. With SailTime, you can develop your fleet using the owner-member program. Owner-members buy the boat and you, as the base manager will then “lease it” from them and simply sell memberships onto each boat. You’ll still need to provide initial capital to buy your first boat in the fleet, but you can easily build a fleet without ongoing major capital investment.

Please take the time to thoroughly review this website, it provides a wealth of information about our programs and how the business works.

Once you are familiar with our business, take some time to decide if this is something you want to pursue. If it is please complete our application form and we can then arrange a time for you to talk to one of our SailTime experts and find out how SailTime is a winning proposition for all involved.

Business opportunities for keen sailors in Australia and New Zealand

You’ll be offering memberships on high-quality yachts

It’s this simple: Your members pay the monthly fee, reserve their time online and head to the boat to sail with their family and friends. When they’re finished for the day, they tidy up for the next member, step off and walk away with great memories. Your members become your best business advocates and future Owner Members.

The SailTime Scheduler 

  • Members design their sailing calendar using an online scheduling system
  • Guaranteed access that’s affordable, hassle-free and easy to schedule – 24/7
  • Make instant sailing reservations or plan up to a year in advance
  • Top-quality boats that are professionally managed
  • Worldwide access through the SailTime Plus program
  • Membership fees vary by boat size, location and the number of monthly uses

The SailTime Scheduler makes it so easy for you to manage your fleet and access for your members.