Social Distancing At Its Best
Fractional Boat Ownership in Detroit
Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Sailing has always been the perfect small-group activity. You skim along the lake in a fresh breeze with just you and your crew; maybe you choose a place to drop anchor and take a swim with the kids, and then spend the night on the boat. It’s the perfect small adventure, but the most fantastic part of this imagined scenario is that you don’t have to buy a boat to make this a reality.
SailTime Detroit offers membership sailing on the latest Jeanneau sailboats for those that like to sail but don’t have time for the work involved in owning a boat.
“It’s great! They maintain the boat, which leaves more time for our family to just enjoy sailing,” commented SailTime Detroit member Rod Call. “They even trained us as a family from square-one until we were comfortable to take the boat on our own.”
SailTime Detroit was reopened by Detroit native Dave Conrad in 2018 after the passing of the original owner, Jim Kaza.
“Jim was a huge part of the Detroit sailing community and will be greatly missed,” said Conrad, who also owns Great Lakes Sailing Co., a Traverse City-based charter operation and sailing school with over 25 boats for extended charter. “We are proud to be part of Detroit’s incredible comeback with a business that reflects today’s sharing economy.”
“Jeanneau is an industry leader in both sailing performance and luxury, and we are thrilled to offer the brand to our members,” said base manager Capt. Bill Sutherland. “And the beauty of Gemini Catamarans is that they offer flat, fast sailing, and living accommodations that only a catamaran can provide.”
SailTime Detroit memberships start at just $500. Members can sign up for membership options that range from 2-14 sails per month, weekends only, weekdays only, as well as corporate and yacht club packages.
The sailing season is still on track. Says Sutherland, “We have new member inquiries every day [during the pandemic], so it’s good to know that Detroiters are looking forward to getting out on the water this summer!”
This article first appeared in the Launch Issue (May/Jun) 2020 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.