Anna-Leena and Kristian Raij from Helsinki wanted to rent a boat, preferably from a private person and as uncomplicated as possible, preferably via website. But they couldn’t find a suitable rental platform. Shortly after, they developed their own boatsharing platform and founded Skipperi in 2017.
Since then, they have been concentrating entirely on boat rentals. Their aim was to make boating easier, more sustainable and accessible to everyone. With their peer-to-peer platform, specialized in the joint use of private boats, the founders obviously hit the right nerve.
More than 700 boats are on the P2P platform © Skipperi
After the launch of service in 2017, the number of registered and available boats has doubled every year. Today, around 700 owners offer sailing and motorboats of various brands for temporary use via Skipperi. A total of 1,069 boats were booked in 2019, said founder Kristian Raij to float. Skipperi is merely the „mediator“, the platform operator. The owners of the website charge a fee for their service and don’t do the handling.
Boats should be used frequently
The best thing for a boat is when it’s moved frequently. Just like cars rust when they stand still, the quality of boats suffers when they are not used often. With an average of 30 operating hours a year which are typical for a motorboat today, a boat remains unused for a lot of time.
Sharing can be a solution here, Skipperi claims. Boat owners can reduce costs by renting their boats. The best thing about sharing, of course, is that more people get on the water – even those who can’t afford a boat themselves.
A good overview on Croatian boats © Skipperi
If more people enjoy their leisure time on the water with the existing number of boats, the more fun for everybody, so the idea according to Skipperi.
Private boat owners register their boat on Skipperi and enter the boat information, pictures, prices and times of availability. Each boat owner is clearly identified. Possible boat hirers first fill out a CV. He or she enters the information about their own boat experience, training and the ratings of other boat owners. If someone wants to book a particular boat, the boat owners decide on the basis of this information whether they want to rent their boat to this particular person.
All payments are made via the platform. Skipperi automatically creates an individual digital rental contract. The owner receives the rent when the boat is back. Both the boat user and the owner then carry out a mutual evaluation. Skipperi takes a commission of 13.5 % for the handling.
City Boat Service in Helsinki © Skipperi
Usually the boat owners take care of the handling themselves when renting their boat. Skipperi also offers the handling of the complete rental process as service. All boats must be insured for rental. Skipperi works together with Alandia, the largest boat insurance company in Scandinavia. Those who have insured their boat with Alandia are automatically also insured for skipper.fi rental.
The City Boat subscription
Since 2018 Skipperi also offers a City Boat Service on a subscription basis. For a fixed fee, registered users can rent boats in various ports in Helsinki – and sail as many boats as they like. In contrast to boatsharing between private owners, users pay monthly for Skipperi’s own boats, staggered by boat type.