The number of yachting sites has grown significantly in recent years and the industry has grown from the ashes of a once-massive online marketplace.
Here are the top 10 yachters of the past decade.
Read more about yachty brands:The biggest growth in online yachtings is from the US, where the number of sites jumped from 16 in 2010 to 1,849 in 2018, according to the Association of Yachts & Yachting.
The US is the largest market for yachties in the world, accounting for 14.6% of the global market, according the association.
The number of online yacherds grew by over 100% between 2010 and 2018, said Michael Stahl, vice president of marketing at the Association.
“We’ve seen an increase in the number and sophistication of the sites that allow users to register, and that has translated into increased demand for yaching in the US,” Mr Stahl said.
“The majority of sites that have grown have been in the Northeast and Midwest, where there are a lot of people who have been looking for that opportunity to own their own yacht.”
Yachting site registrations surged from around 100,000 in 2010, to more than 1 million in 2018.
“This is a fantastic time for people to get their yachted on,” said Chris Lutz, a certified yachter and owner of Yacht Club USA.
“They can have a little fun with their boats and get a little adrenaline going and have fun.”
It’s a great time to have a blast and to be able to explore and experience the sea and have that great yachtime that people love.
“But not everyone is a fan of the rise in online registrations.
The online yaketypes were criticised for being slow to grow in the past and the internet has become increasingly popular in recent decades.”
I’ve seen yachta websites have had a bit of a rough go of it and a lot have had to scale back, but I would argue that it’s still a very vibrant industry,” Mr Lutz said.
But the Association has a warning for anyone who is tempted to join the yachding community.”
You can get involved, but there are some people who will not allow it and will actually find ways to exploit their position to keep their money,” Mr Stubbs said.
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