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An Airbnb for the water?

Since it launched in 2008 Airbnb has gradually gained steam as a player in worldwide lodging, though not without some controversy. While some weird incidents have made the news, people seem to like Airbnb. I've had one experience with it in a foreign country and it was a pretty good experience.

GetMyBoat is a take on the Airbnb model. Boat owners list their vessels on the website and users have the option of picking boats that are crewed and those that are rentals. There are a ton of high end, probably multi-million dollar yachts listed but those come with crews. 

A 40-foot Regal 4060 rents for $200 an hour in Sarasota, Florida.

A center console boat not unlike the one Dexter used goes for $200 a day and without a crew.

The site claims to have listings for more than 30,000 boats.

For those without a desktop or laptop, there is also a GetMyBoat app available for iPhones.

GetMyBoat offers rental insurance for boaters (probably a really good idea) that starts at $27 per day. There is also a peer-to-peer review platform so prospective renters know what they're getting into.

The sites founders also have a background in boating. Sascha Mornell and Raf Collado got the idea for the site while sailing along the Atlantic coast. They noticed a large amount of boats sitting idle in marinas and wondered if their owners might be interested in getting some use out of the boats when they're not on them. According to their site, the average boat owner only uses their boat about 8 percent of the year.

 The site isn't without its problems, though. A search for boats in Oklahoma yielded four results. Two were from Oklahoma, the other two were from British Columbia. But overall the site seems easy to use and those who used Airbnb will likely be comfortable with the concept.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›