No mat­ter what type of boatie you are, the new share op­tions from Ownaship are sure to in­trigue.

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Ownaship – the coun­try’s largest boat share man­age­ment com­pany – con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength with the ar­rival this month of a Mar­itimo M51, a Lu­cia 40 sail­ing cat, and a fourth Ray­glass 3500.

The ar­rival of the ves­sels comes just in time for the Septem­ber boat show, where the com­pany will also be pre­sent­ing the just-launched Mar­itimo X60 and the re­cently-an­nounced Foun­taine Pa­jot 45 sail­ing cat, both join­ing the fleet next year.

Along with the rest of the Ownaship fleet, these boats will be based in Auck­land, with the op­tion to have them re­lo­cated to the Bay of Is­lands and other lo­ca­tions over the sum­mer pe­riod.

“These new ves­sels re­flect the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the boat share con­cept in New Zealand,” says Ownaship di­rec­tor Simon Barker, who will be at the helm as the fleet grows from 10 to 18 over the next 12 months.

“Most of our new boats are di­vided between six share­hold­ers – and this ar­range­ment seems to press mul­ti­ple but­tons for boat­ies. Peo­ple who favour the con­ve­nience of easy ac­cess to lux­ury boat­ing – with­out the tra­di­tional wor­ries as­so­ci­ated with main­te­nance, berthage and in­sur­ance.”

In fact, the Mar­itimo M51 has been so suc­cess­ful that a sec­ond has been or­dered – be­fore the first even hit the wa­ter. All six shares were snapped up fairly quickly, and given the on­go­ing de­mand for the model, says Barker, “we needed an­other pretty smartly.”

Com­ple­ment­ing the two M51s will be the new 19.4m X60, a big­ger, even more stylish long-range cruiser, which sits some­where between a

“These new ves­sels re­flect the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the boat share con­cept in New Zealand”

lux­ury launch and a su­pery­acht. And while stan­dard boat share op­tions are struc­tured around six own­ers, says Barker, “the X60 will be split into quar­ter shares, cater­ing to an even more pre­mium mar­ket.”

The new Foun­taine Pa­jot 45 yacht, he adds, is a di­rect re­sponse to the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of cata­ma­rans – as is ev­i­denced by the de­mand for Ownaship’s first cata­ma­ran, the French builder’s stylish Lu­cia 40, which also ar­rives this month.

“I think the in­ter­est in cata­ma­ran sail­ing re­flects an evolv­ing dy­namic. Cats have masses of space, are supremely sta­ble and com­fort­able, and are fan­tas­tic to sail, ap­peal­ing to ev­ery­one from sea­soned sailors to the com­plete novice.”

A share in a boat, Barker says, is a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to get into lux­ury boat­ing at an af­ford­able price. “It’s also a log­i­cal op­tion for peo­ple who are time-poor; who want the con­ve­nience of just being able to show up and step on.

“Many peo­ple have boats like this on their bucket list, but for what­ever rea­son it has re­mained out of reach. With a frac­tional own­er­ship regime, it’s con­ve­nient and af­ford­able, pro­vid­ing the emo­tional ben­e­fit of own­er­ship with­out the has­sle of own­ing a boat out­right.”

Own­ers get an al­lo­ca­tion of days per year based on their share size, plus un­lim­ited standby days. With ves­sels split into six shares, for ex­am­ple, each share­holder is en­ti­tled to 57 days per an­num, as well as un­lim­ited standby days. Own­ers sim­ply use an on­line book­ing sys­tem to book the dates they want.

“Ownaship is all about low­er­ing the bar­ri­ers to boat­ing,” says Barker. “We want to make it easy for peo­ple to have the kind of boat, and the boat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence they want, with­out any of the has­sle. To go boat­ing all an owner has to do is turn up. At the end of the day, or the week, sim­ply tie up and step off. It’s walk-on, walk-off boat­ing.”

The X60’s master cabin. The Ownaship fleet will soon in­clude the new Mar­itimo X60.

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