SamBoat, the fast-growing platform for boat rental, announces further global expansion with the launch of operations in the United States.
Already operating in 76 countries with the widest range of boats on the market, SamBoat will establish a base in Florida with a view to grow further in the US market.
SamBoat’s accessible, easy to use platform enables customers to compare thousands of peer-reviewed listings in seconds and book the perfect boating trip at the best price. Customer centric to the core, SamBoat combines the very best in technology with a truly human approach, with friendly experts on hand 24/7 to provide advice and guidance. Customers can then rest assured in the knowledge that they will have an unforgettable experience on a boat of the very highest quality.
An estimated 87.3 million Americans take part in boating activities, making the United States the largest boating market in the world. With few established boat rental platforms in the US, however, SamBoat is looking to conquer this promising new market as the ‘Airbnb for boats’ and continue to be the first port of call for online boat rental.
With a coastline of almost 2,000 km, more than 4,500 islands and lakes that stretch as far as the eye can see, Florida is the state of choice for boating, yet Laurent Calando, CEO and Co-founder of SamBoat, says: “No major competitor has so far really capitalised on the Florida and US market. SamBoat is one of the largest boat rental platforms in the world, getting over 300,000 people out to sea every year. We’re fully primed to ensure we can meet the huge demand for boating in the US.”
With 200 boats on its website available to book in the United States, including 130 in Florida, SamBoat aims to offer a fleet of over 2,000 boats by 2023.
To drive its US growth, SamBoat has brought on board a new Director to head up SamBoat US: Sarah Briquet. Sarah, who holds a master's degree in marketing from INSEEC Business School in Paris, began her career in the digital industry in both France and the United States.
Sarah says: “I am thrilled to have been appointed SamBoat’s US Director and am looking forward to expanding this innovative and fast-growing brand in the US market. For a long time, boating and yachting has been seen as the pastime of the rich and famous, but we know that this year people want to be more adventurous and to do and see more. I’m excited to embark on the quest to get more people out on the water, enjoying the fantastic boats we have to offer on SamBoat.”