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Iíve been messing around with sailboats a few years and spend an inordinate amount of time at the dock. I notice quite a few sailboats that donít seem to benefit from proper maintenance. I was thinking about offering my services as a sailboat concierge or property manager. Is there such a thing? Seems like some folks may be willing to pay for someone to fuss over their boat. Please donít take this a back handed solicitation as Iím just thinking about it at this point. Is this a potentially worthwhile service?
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The megayachts probably do something very similar... but for it to pay off on smaller boats, you'd have to have a group of them as clients in a relatively small area.
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Lots of folks in that business around here. Absentee owners want their boat ready to go (regardless of size) when they get here. They go by such unique names as Dock Ratz etc. They will take care of your boat, clean it and have it ready in every respect for you to go sailing if you want. I think it gives them a break on insurance when someone checks the boat regularly.
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I think it's a great idea.
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I also think it's a good idea. Lots of boats sit on moorings or in slips 98% of the time (or 100%). Down south, they never get hauled out, either. The formerly white fiberglass turns green with mold, and the brightwork looks like crud.

Ask around and find out what others have done in setting up a business. If you're in a different area than they, they'd probably be willing to give advice.

Another thought: You might get scuba certified, and then for some of those southern "slip queens", you could scrub off the bottom every six months or so, and market yourself as cost-effective in avoiding a haulout until later.

But I don't know where you are geographically. I think northern boats have to get some maintenance just because they have to get hauled for the winter. But southern boats in slips are all too neglectable. Someone like you could fill the gap. Give it a try, it's all supply and demand. Leave a flyer on the "green" boats, maybe they'll call you (if they ever visit their boats that is).
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There are a few small outfits in the Narragansett Bay area that offer those services. It seems to be profitable, considering the amount of floating real estate in this area. As with any business start-up, study the ones who have been successful for a few seasons and try to use similar approaches.

I see these people at our marina - Captain's Concierge, which is a division of Boat Nanny. I've used The Boat Guys for years for their shrinkwrapping services, but they also offer detailing and boat-maintenance.
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I know a guy that does just that with a couple PB's, I think he's retired and has a nice little SB himself, he calls it his 401k plan

Another thing that's big is petsitting, it blows me away the amount of LA's with pets that are willing to pay 45 per pet per night to have someone check on them while the owner is away for whatever reason.
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I'v been trying to figure out how to get MainSail to come over here and do just that...for me...
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