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BOAT SHARE CONCEPTS Dream Club launches in North America Leading yacht charter company, Dream Yacht Charter, used the 2019 Miami Boat Show as the launch pad for Dream Boat Club, a new North American venture in partnership with top boat manufacturers Beneteau and Zodiac Nautic. It is based on the success of the company’s European club model. Members select a package and have access to a new and well-equipped fleet provided by the industry partners. “We are very excited to work closely with Dream Boat Club on this project,” says Jean-Francois Lair, president of Beneteau America. “The boat club offer is in high demand - it is a different way of boating. Also, it will offer the possibility to our clients to test a boat before deciding to purchase it. With three different ranges, the Beneteau offer of outboard boats is particularly adapted for club members.” Dominique Heber-Suffrin, president of Zodiac Nautic, adds: “The speed with which Dream Yacht Charter has become a world leader in yachting is impressive. Its expertise and ambition make it a partner of choice for the distribution of Zodiac boats around the world. We are honoured to be able to contribute to this ambitious project.” Dream Yacht Charter has gained a world leading position in global charter in less than two decades. Founded by Loic Bonnet in 2000 with just six boats in the Seychelles, it built swiftly. By 2010, it had boats in the Caribbean, Asia, the Pacific and the Mediterranean. Over the next three years, the company launched in the Bahamas, Annapolis, Antigua and expanded in the Grenadines. Since then, Bali, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Montenegro have joined the list of destinations. Dream Yacht pioneered ‘by the cabin’ charters with guaranteed departures and now offers over 25 routes across more than 15 destinations. In its quest for constant innovation, it also brought Above (l to r): Danette Szakaly, business development manager Dream Boat Club NA; Loic Bonnet, founder and CEO Dream Yacht Charter; Jean-Francois Lair, president Beneteau America; David Aldrich, director Dream Boat Club NA; Kevin Fletcher, CEO Americas, Z Nautic Group; Dominique Heber-Suffrin, CEO Z Nautic Group; and Luca Brancaleon, managing director Beneteau. new sailing destinations, such as New Caledonia and Cuba, to the market. It introduced six ownership programmes for potential yacht owners who want flexible options that suit their objective and claims to offer the lowest entry price on the market. Today, the company has grown to become the world’s largest charter company with over 1,000 yachts in more than 50 destinations worldwide. It recently secured additional long term investment from NextStage providing it with a secure platform for sustainable growth. The boat club concept is an important part of this growth strategy and, as Bonnet says, “this [North American] partnership is another step in bringing the experience of boating to all with its affordable and hassle-free programmes.” +61 7 5594 8200 - March/April 2019 25

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