Borrow a Boat, which aims to get people on the water for less, is coming to Bristol Harbour Festival this weekend 

Founded by Matt Ovenden, 37, Borrow a Boat is the UK’s first peer-to-peer boat charter marketplace, sometimes referred to as an “Airbnb for boats”.

 A passionate boater, Matt had been on boats since the age of two and his life-long dream was to one day own his own yacht. But when looking into the logistics of boat ownership and running costs he says it was no longer viable option.

“Walking around marinas I realised you have all these amazing boats just sitting there because most boat owners only use them for one or two months a year,” says Matt. “It occurred to me if you could use the sharing economy to bring boat owners and boating enthusiasts together, owners could offset mooring costs and people could get on the water for less – which is how we came up with the idea for Borrow a Boat.”

“…if you could use the sharing economy to bring boat owners and enthusiasts together, owners could offset mooring costs and people could get on the water for less…”

 As part of the Get Britain Boating campaign, Matt and his team will be undertaking a roadshow tour of UK marinas to raise awareness about the impact the sharing economy could have on the boating industry.

On 21 July, Matt will be at Borrow A Boat’s Stand at the Western Boat Show – an exciting new addition to Bristol Harbour Festival. Here he will be talking about why you don’t need to be a millionaire to sail a private boat, and sharing his five steps to get into boating.

Find out more about Borrow a Boat at borrowaboat.com; find out more about Bristol Harbour Festival at bristolharbourfestival.co.uk