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FAQ's - FlexiSail, Yacht Share and Boat Share Sailing
DO YOU HAVE OTHER MEMBERS WHO CAN SAIL WITH ME?

Yes, you have a number of options. Many of our members sail together by choice as it is more sociable, brings a greater experience on board, and of course only one member’s boat time is being used.

You will meet many like minded people through our socials and training days that we organise throughout the year. We also run a dedicated FlexiCrew Membership Programme specifically for this purpose, many of whom are very experienced, are familiar with the area and places to go, and it is a fun, social way to sail. You therefore never need to be without crew.

DO I MEET THE OTHER MEMBERS ON MY FLEXISAIL YACHT?

Absolutely you can.

As a FlexiSail member yourself you have all the other FlexiSail members’ contact details on your own boat as well as the opportunity to meet other members at our regularly arranged social and training events from across our locations of Hamble, Lymington, Poole, and Woolverstone.

If you are thinking of membership we are always pleased to arrange for you to meet or talk to existing FlexiSail members. It is a great way to get answers to questions, such as “What is your experience of FlexiSail?” or “Does the iCalendar scheduling work well?”

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF MEMBERSHIP OVER OWNERSHIP?

The advantage of FlexiSail membership is that it is clear cut and straightforward. You are simply paying for access to the asset.  So whilst you are gaining the ‘ownership ‘ experience, you are not buying it.

Membership is a great way to see if sailing is for you (dipping your toes in the water) at a known fixed cost. By comparison, owning a boat involves a significant financial commitment, which by its nature is long term, and the costs if you change your mind are huge!

FlexiSail membership provides the flexibility to move your membership to different boats, all of which are new or nearly new. It is the perfect solution for busy and time poor people who want to use their spare time sailing and not committing to looking after another expensive and depreciating asset!

Membership is a no risk straightforward fixed cost 12-month or less commitment.

WILL MEMBERSHIP WORK FOR ME AS I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF SPARE TIME OR LARGE BUDGET?

We offer 9 membership levels so you can choose a membership that works for you in terms of time on the water and cost. We want you to achieve the maximum value from your membership.

Choose between ‘Anytime’, ‘Weekender’, or ‘Midweeker’ membership options for access with a bias towards weekend sailing or midweek sailing. Each membership type has 3 levels of usage from which to choose what works best for you. These are set out on the FlexiSail membership page.

Also you can choose to share your membership with another person, which will halve your costs. By mostly sailing together you have the best of flexible and ample access, and less cost.  At FlexiSail there is no additional cost to share your membership.

Our model is based on giving you the nearest experience to owning your own boat, but without any of the huge standing and running costs, or time and hassle involved with owning your own boat.

Our supportive environment also means that if something does go wrong we are there to deal with any issues.  This saves you an enormous amount of heartache, time and cost. One area this has been particularly appreciated is when a member has had an accident with another boat.

Membership is, therefore, more about the many benefits of having a share of the use of a beautiful boat rather than simply a cost per sail. By strictly controlling the number of members to a boat you will also be able to pick up free Last Minute bookings (within 3 days), which adds to the value proposition. Typically there are 70 days a year when the boat is available for last minute free sailing, socials, and essential maintenance – even when the boat is running full.

I AM INTERESTED IN OWNERSHIP, BUT CAN I BE A MEMBER FIRST?

Yes, we actually encourage all potential boat owners to become a FlexiSail member first.

This way you can see how everything works, ‘buy’ into the way we run our business, and proceed as a boat owner with absolute confidence that we will properly look after and care for your boat. You will also know the discerning people who are members on your boat and who also have your yacht’s interest at heart.

It makes the transition very easy as you literally step off one boat onto your own when it arrives. Meanwhile you have been enjoying your sailing during the wait. Any membership fees in credit are then refunded.