Yachting Boating World: Zizoo promises to ‘revolutionise sailing holidays.’ Zizoo, the boat booking website, launched in the UK market on the 5th October, as it unveiled a new long haul sailing collection including Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Thailand locations.
The site promises to ‘revolutionise sailing holidays’ by making the booking process entirely online, offering easy access to over 6000 boat rentals in 30 countries worldwide.
Destinations include popular European countries such as Croatia, Spain, Greece, France, Italy and Turkey, as well Sweden, Norway, Channel Islands and even some inland locations. The company has also launched a new long haul collection.
Vessels are available with or without crew for flexible durations (from one day) and include luxury catamarans, vintage gulets and sailboats, as well as motor and speedboats. All relevant insurances are included within the hire fee so all clients need to cover themselves are the mooring fees, which often vary depending on their chosen sailing itinerary.
More unusual options include a vintage James Bond-esque speed boat to whizz around the canals of Venice, or a fun BBQ ‘Donut’ motorboat on Berlin’s Tegel Lake. A skipper can be added to any booking from between £100-£125 per day, or experienced sailors can crew the vessels themselves.
Zizoo began as an idea from Anna Banicevic, who learnt to sail off the West Coast of Ireland. Looking to rent a yacht for a group sailing holiday a few years ago, she soon realised that the boat rental industry was totally ‘undigitalised’.
“We believe that the boat rental industry is ready to go to the next level, following in the footsteps of other travel sectors such as car rental, hotels and flights. For Zizoo we see our growth not only coming from leading the offline market into the digital era, but also attracting a younger market who are looking for an alternative to a land based holiday,” she added.
Yachting Boating World: Expansion works are now underway at Port Andratx in Mallorca. The seven new superyacht berths will help meet growing demand from those who regularly visit the southwest Mallorca resort.
Lorenzo Vila, director of easyboats, said; “Not only is our business based in Port Andratx, but we were born and raised here, so we have seen the transformation from humble fishing village to millionaires’, and billionaires’, playground.
“While the fishing industry still very much exists, the Port’s image is now very upscale with high-end restaurants, eight-figure-price-tag villas and superyachts on the scene. These new berths, which range between 26 and 30 metres, are much-needed and we’ve already reserved one for an easyboats client – who happens to be a billionaire from northern Europe.”
At a budget of almost two million euros, the seven-berth expansion also adds 34 new car parking spaces, with the extended quay having the spinoff benefit of reducing the swell coming into the Port for other marina users.
The area around Port Andratx is considered one of the top ten hotspots in Spain, having recently being placed in third position by specialist property valuation consultancy Tinsa. Andratx’s property values were said to average €2,422 per square metre, just behind the areas of Sitges and Calvia.
The Balearic Government Port Authority approved the expansion works in December 2014.