The USA Water Ski and Boatbound partnership will leverage Boatbound’s boat rental marketplace to give those that do not own a boat access to an extensive inventory of boats at affordable price points, enabling users to get out on the water, wherever they may be, for less.
With 51% of water skiers in the U.S. ranging in the age between 18-44 years old, the demographic of the sport is a perfect fit for Boatbound, whose platform is bringing boating to a younger generation familiar with the concept of the sharing economy and the many economic advantages of the peer-to-peer model.
The increased cost of boat ownership over the years (an average competition ski boat now costs well over $60,000) has inhibited even the most avid boaters and water sport enthusiasts from getting out on the water. Affordability and accessibility have been two major barriers to growth of water sports. Now, with Boatbound’s peer-to-peer platform, the game has changed.
“From weekend warriors to professional athletes hosting clinics around the country, our members need boats and Boatbound has them,” said Bob Crowley, executive director of USA Water Ski. “Boatbound enables people to water ski, wakeboard, barefoot and share life on the water with friends anywhere, anytime. We are pleased to have Boatbound on board as a new partner.”
“We’re big fans of all water sports and through this partnership hope to continue to build the sport by giving USA Water Ski members access to awesome ski and wakeboard boats where they can hone their skills, backing up-and-coming athletes, and promoting Team USA,” said Aaron Hall, Founder and CEO of Boatbound.
About USA Water Ski:
Headquartered in Polk City, Fla., USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States. For more information, visit www.USAWATERSKI.org.