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Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY JON WARECH

Founded by Columbia Univer­sity Busi­ness School grads, the Mi­ami-based startup Sailo brings boats to your back­yard at a mo­ment’s no­tice.

FOUNDED BY COLUMBIA UNIVER­SITY BUSI­NESS SCHOOL GRADS, MI­AMI-BASED STARTUP SAILO BRINGS BOATS TO YOUR BACK­YARD ON A MO­MENT’S NO­TICE.

There are times in life when it seems like hav­ing a boat would make every­thing bet­ter. Thank­fully, the team at Sailo is here to help. Head­quar­tered in New York and Mi­ami, the com­pany al­lows you to book crafts from 25-foot speed­boats to 150-foot megay­achts at the touch of a but­ton, at a cost of any­where from $300 to $12,000 a day. There are more than 4,000 boats around the world avail­able for rent on­line, with or with­out a cap­tain, and a cus­tomer ser­vice team will help plan every­thing from fish­ing trips to Cham­pagne sun­set sails. “It’s fast, trans­par­ent, and easy,” says founder and CEO Adrian Gradinaru. “You have ac­cess to thou­sands of boats that can be booked in min­utes.”

The con­cept be­gan af­ter Gradinaru had a bad rental ex­pe­ri­ence in Greece and en­listed the help of other busi­ness-savvy, tech­fo­cused part­ners to bridge the gap be­tween Uber and par­adise. The site ad­di­tion­ally pro­vides an event plan­ner to keep track of trip de­tails and a mo­bile app for on the go. Sailo will also let you book pri­vate chefs and water­sports— perfect for Mi­ami boaters. “Mi­ami is one of the core pil­lars of Sailo’s busi­ness,” says Del­phine Braas, co­founder and head of mar­ket­ing and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. “The warm and sunny weather al­lows peo­ple to en­joy the boat­ing life­style year-round.” sailo.com

“YOU HAVE

AC­CESS TO

THOU­SANDS

OF BOATS IN

MIN­UTES.”

—ADRIAN GRADINARU

Sailo’s lux­ury boat rentals in­clude a Sun­seeker Preda­tor (HERE AND ABOVE) and Az­imut yachts (RIGHT, TOP AND BOT­TOM). INSET: Founder and CEO Adrian Gradinaru.

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