The global pandemic has taken its toll on the tourism sector. However, new alternatives to traditional trips have emerged, which, although it is true that they were not entirely new, are now positioned as a less risky opportunity when it comes to traveling and enjoying free time.
The rental of pleasure boats increases
Already during the summer season of 2020 there was a significant increase in the rental of pleasure boats. The data is interesting; And it is that in relation to the summer season of 2019, the increase was up to 55% only in Spanish tourists.
In the summer months the movement restrictions were not as strong as they are today. Still, the fear of the Covid crisis was more than evident. For this reason, while hotel reservations around the world plummeted, people were looking for alternatives to have a safe vacation.
Traveling aboard a pleasure boat has been an alternative that many have taken into account. In this way, the sector has seen a very important increase that has ended up giving great benefits to all those people who own boats of this type, which can offer trips with little crew, with or without a skipper. Navigate safely, away from sources of contagion and enjoying, at the same time, the beautiful coasts and beaches.
Most Spanish tourists chose areas such as the Costa Brava, Costa Blanca or the Balearic Islands to spend a few days in summer, areas of the Mediterranean that will surely be chosen again this year.
A safe alternative to the pandemic
What has ended up convincing tourists who have rented pleasure boats in recent months has been, above all, the safety that this type of trip implies. People want to get out of the house, they are tired of being enclosed within four walls. However, he is afraid. A great uncertainty that forces them not to make firm decisions about their next vacation, because it seems that any place in the world may be susceptible to being a new focus of Covid-19.
With all these restrictions and with this uncertainty on the horizon, one of the safest plans is to rent private boats. It is not new, as we mentioned, but it is a land that is still little exploited and to which not all the tourist profiles have accessed so far.
Holiday boat rental is a great option for local tourism but staying away from the most crowded destinations. In navigation there is less risk of contagion, since the boats have reduced capacity. In addition, airport terminals, hotels and restaurants are avoided, because on board a ship you have absolutely everything you need to survive.
A priori, it seemed like a sector that only a few could access. However, this has more of a myth than reality, since the truth is that there are very reasonable prices that can be cheap for one or more families. An option to organize a trip with a small group of friends without having to assume the risks of an airport, a crowded plane or a hotel with several floors full of guests.
Benefits for the entire sector and its satellites
Not only has the sector itself benefited. Satellites too. Thus, ecommerce related to nautical are also registering a considerable increase in sales. It is the case of nautical accessories; The more tourists, the greater the volume of nautical equipment will be needed for the maintenance of these boats.
Last minute requests
Although the sector is experiencing good times, it should be noted that requests are being made to wait. More and more tourists are waiting until the last moment to decide; And it is that before the changes in the restrictions, the tourist is afraid that his trip cannot be carried out normally. However, everything indicates that perimeter closures will soon cease to be a reality. Looking ahead to the summer, it will continue to be a strong sector that will offer all the guarantees, so it is not surprising that many of those who traveled in 2020 in this medium, will repeat their experience. Also, many of those who did not, will see in the experiences of others the best proof of security to launch into this adventure.
Great diversity of boats
Recreational boats also have a wide variety of options. It is not the same to rent a sailboat than a yacht or a catamaran. For this reason, the rental prices can be very different, since these different typologies have differences, from the capacities inside them, to the maintenance of each boat itself. In Argonautics You can find all kinds of spare parts and pieces related to this class of boats if our intention is to start renting our sailboat.