Houseboats to fend off shrinking market
HEERHUGOWAARD ~ The graying of yachters in the Netherlands and elsewhere continues apace. To retain business in a shrinking market, Dutch marinas experiment with innovative pricing and service deals. Lately a new option has opened up: Acquacabins is a company that provides comfortable, modern and fully-serviced houseboats for use in empty marina berths or on the water.
The company says its Acquacabins are ideal for “watersports and boating enthusiasts and everyone else who likes the quiet of the water.” It offers a franchise formula that provides marinas with “welcome extra income” and helps them “prepare for the future with a new overnighting concept” to fill empty berths.
Acquacabins come in 3 models accommodating up to 6 people. “Because they can be parked in the middle of boating activities, they are part and parcel of life in a marina,” says the company.” The franchise comes with a central booking service to boost income and assure occupancy. Acquacabins can also be leased by marinas. Acquacabins offers financing for both leasing and franchise formulas. It says delivery of the houseboats takes 8 to 10 weeks.