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Pimpin’

Fractional What?

No,
it’s not a fractional rig, it’s a 1/8 fraction of the available
time on a boat. The relatively new “fractional sailing” concept
has seen some traction lately. For about the same as a car payment on
a decent vehicle you can now get out on a brand new or late model sailboat
without dealing with any of the headaches of ownership.

WindPath
Sailing
, a player in this new niche, offers 1/8 shares on brand new
Catalina Yachts for as little as $500 a month. Reservations are placed
online, show up at the boat, check in, go sailing. When your done, leave
her the way you found her and walk away. No worries. WindPath takes care
of it all; maintenance, slip fees, insurance, repairs, pump out, fuel,
water, etc…

Each
of the current 14 US locations offers a sailing school with either US
Sailing or ASA certification available. Trip durations can range anywhere
from a half day to a full week and each membership includes a minimum
of seven guaranteed uses every month.

Anyone
feeling entrepreneurial? WindPath has plans to add 15 – 25 more locations this year through its franchise
offering, this company is definitely one to watch.