“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
|With 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.
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.