There’s a running joke among boat owners that riffs on the steep costs associated with such a high maintenance toy: BOAT, they say, stands for “bring out another thousand.” For those who yearn for the boating lifestyle but can’t stomach the expense or commitment, there are a number of Airbnb-style platforms that offer yacht-sharing as a cheaper alternative to ownership. Here’s the scoop on three different sites, with examples of where you'll be able to sail and how much it'll cost you.Boatbound
Cruzin brands itself as a boater-to-boater rental marketplace, with a database of boats that ranges from yachts to paddleboards. The company, which is headquartered in San Francisco, has rentals available in the U.S, Europe, and Canada.
Splurge: An 82-foot power boat that accommodates 6 people, for $5,000 per day located in Tampa, Florida.
Mid-range: A $614 per day 47-foot sailboat in Trogir, Croatia.
Affordable: A 1987 Catalina Capri sailboat in Sausalito, CA that holds 5 passengers for $169 per day.
For rentals and charters in Europe and beyond, look no further than Yachtico, a Berlin-based start-up with a collection of 15,000 ships. The fleet ranges from houseboats to full-blown yachts in locations like Greece, Spain, and Turkey, plus the Caribbean and Thailand.
Splurge: A Sunreef Catamaran in the Greek Isles with 5 cabins and a skipper, for $32,072 a week.
Mid-range: A Saint Lucia-based sailboat that sleeps 8, for $2,933 per week.
Affordable: A motor yacht in French Polynesia that starts at $385 per week, depending on the season.