The Groupe Beneteau-backed startup is on course for a complete boat services platform
To reach more new customers, Band of Boats is further enhancing its range of boat services with the integration of the Nantes-based startup Digital Nautic.
The Band of Boats platform was launched in March 2018 with two core services: a marketplace for buying and selling boats and weekly sailing yacht rentals. It has quickly gained popularity with boat buyers and fans of sailing holidays: over 100,000 visitors have been accessing the site each month since this summer.
The acquisition of Digital Nautic will further strengthen the Band of Boats team’s expertise: the two cofounders, Clément Douet and Etienne Millet, are entering the capital of this future digital boat services champion. They will respectively be taking on the roles of head of marketing and head of IT development. While ensuring stability, this merger will accelerate the development of new online solutions, which will be coming soon on Band of Boats.
The Hey Captain solution will continue to be offered, complementing the services already available on the Band of Boats platform for weekly sailing yacht rentals. Developed by Digital Nautic for day rentals of motorboats and sailing yachts, it is already used by more than 250 professionals in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Band of Boats is once again setting out its objective to become, in the medium term, a complete online boat services platform and the first port of call for recreational boaters on the web.
« The merger with Digital Nautic will make it possible to accelerate the development of Band of Boats. By now offering both daily and weekly boat rentals, we are moving forward with our goal to enable everyone to enjoy boating experiences in line with their own desires and means. »
Olivier Maynard – President of Band of Boats
« We have a lot in common with Band of Boats: a multi-brand approach that puts professionals at the heart of the digital transformation, a shared desire to develop solutions that are aligned with new ways of consuming, and lastly the same European ambition. »
Clément Douet – Cofounder and president of Digital Nautic
« This merger is in line with our initial vision and represents a real catalyst to drive Band of Boats forward. We are pooling our efforts to become a pivotal player in the boat sector’s digital transformation. The industry faces major challenges and this operation will enable us to carry out projects in line with our ambitions. »
Etienne Millet – General Manager of Digital Nautic
About Digital Nautic.
Founded in Nantes, France, in 2014, Digital Nautic is a startup with a mission to support boat industry professionals with the digital transition by developing online solutions enabling them to improve their levels of service: online bookings, automated contracts, collection of customer feedback, online sales of additional insurance cover, secure online payments, etc.