If you travel the world on your boat then you know how difficult it can be to find a slip in-season in the Caribbean or a mooring in the Med. Portbooker.com is the world’s first slip and mooring reservation system. Think of Expedia, but for boats! Its also the largest online nautical guide with information on more than 8500 marinas with an online mooring rental system. This is the first such system available online and it’s growth has been fantastic. Larger marinas equipped with a computerized reservation system can hook up with Portbooker which is similar to Hotels.com except for boats, not beds!
Using a proprietary booking engine developed specifically to meet the needs of the marina marketplace, Portbooker partnered with Marina Web, the business leader in marina software management, to pioneer the world’s largest online and real-time mooring reservation platform.
What began in 2006 as the “brainchild of a Spanish team of entrepreneurs who share the passion and vision of where the Marine Marketplace needed to go,” Portbooker has quickly become the “go to” place where cruisers/yachters can find a wealth of information on marinas worldwide, check availability, make a booking and get instant confirmation. Users of this system can also submit reviews and share information and experiences with fellow seafaring travelers. Though primarily populated with European marinas, Portbooker is now in North America as part of its global expansion plan. The company has just opened an office in New York marking its official debut in the region.
We met up with Ron Neuman at the recent Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Ron is the man at the helm of the North American operation. “Our mission is to introduce yachters, cruisers, captains, brokers and the marine industry at large to Portbooker.com, states Neuman, “whether for researching or reserving worldwide, Portbooker has become the first meeting point between marinas and seafarers on the net.” The website has already generated a global audience of over 17,000 registered users.
Founder and managing director in the Palma de Mallorca headquarters, Jorge Velasco filled us in on how Portbooker fills a need that has gone unfilled until now.
“One of the greatest frustrations for yachters over the years has been the lack of accessible and up-to-date information about marinas, and the ability to make a booking online in real time.” Velasco points out, “Gone are the days of cruising into a port unsure of finding a berth. What has long since been a difficult task, Portbooker makes easy!”
Win a Free One-Week Charter
To kick off its official North America debut, Portbooker is offering users who register online by Dec. 31, 2010 the chance to win a free one-week yacht charter in the Caribbean or Mediterranean. Details are available at www.portbooker.com.