Yacht charter service anchors $ 2.5 million in funding


TAMPA, Fla – Anchor Yacht Rentals has announced $ 2.5 million seed funding led by Austin-based Silverton Partners.

Anchor Yacht Rentals is a market-managed technology platform that connects private yacht owners and licensed captains with those looking for an experience on the water. With a staggering 400% organic growth in 2020, Anchor raised capital to expand its reach into key US and international travel markets.

Anchor was founded in 2016 by founder and CEO Zach Hatraf after losing his dear friend in a drunken boat accident. Initially, the company aimed to rent boats with sober captains on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. Today, Anchor has over 700 listings in more than 20 cities, sending certified Coast Guard captains trained in CPR, first aid, safety and navigation. captains are subject to Homeland Security background checks and random drug tests. Achor is the only platform that has received the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Seal of Approval for safety standards.

“On average, a boat or yacht goes unused 92% of the time, which is not only bad for the boat itself but costly for the owner who pays to maintain it,” Hatraf said. “By leveraging the Anchor platform and service, yacht owners can relax and capitalize on that downtime by turning their boat into a turnkey business, with a little help from Anchor. Like the world’s Uber and Airbnb business models, the Anchor model works for all parties involved by providing a platform that lowers the cost and barrier to luxury browsing experiences, while providing all the resources. which a yacht owner needs to be safe, legal and compliant. and profitable.

With this funding, Anchor plans to build on the foundation established by its “managed market” platform. They offer users a wide selection of turnkey boating services and experiences, premium insurance, a dedicated concierge team, and a local USCG licensed captain who knows the local waterways.

For more information visit Anchor Yacht Rentals website.


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