Finnish start-up and shared-use boating subscription service, Skipperi, has raised €7M funding – the round was led by Yamaha Motor, with Baltiska Handels Sverige, Matu Capital, and HP Capital also participating.
The company will use the money to fund further expansion into New Zealand, international expansion to Brisbane, Australia, and several locations around the US while strengthening its platform and tech team.
Originally established in Finland in 2017, Skipperi expanded into New Zealand in 2021 and has a growing fleet of Haines Hunter SF545 boats, each powered with a Yamaha 115hp four-stroke outboard.
“When we launched the fleet service in NZ, it quickly became apparent that the thresholds created by ownership have limited boating for many.” says Skipperi New Zealand CEO, Alexander Rosenthal.
“It has been fantastic to be able to offer something new that opens up boating to more and to hear all the positive reactions from customers. With this investment, we look forward to speeding up the change and letting sharing take up even more space in the Hauraki Gulf.”
Skipperi Fleet is a shared-use boating subscription service where registered members can enjoy unlimited use of any of the 400+ boats in 6 countries with just a few taps on an app – with boats in Australia and the US on the way.
Pricing for a Skipperi subscription starts at $310 per month for weekday usage, to $529 a month for usage across a full week with reservation durations 7.5 hours to 24-hour periods.
Skipperi takes care of the boats’ maintenance, equipment, insurance, and boat availability. The majority of Skipperi boaters are experienced skippers, however, as part of the subscription, online courses are provided through the Coast Guard’s boating education platform. Practical training on the boats is also included in the subscription for beginners and more knowledgeable boaters alike.
Skipperi expanded into New Zealand in 2021 and has a growing fleet of Haines Hunter SF545 boats, each powered with a Yamaha 115hp four-stroke outboard.
For further information:
CEO, Skipperi NZ
Ph: 027 7444 5031