Overview of The
Hybrid Sailing Club
The Hybrid Sailing Club (HSC), model was first developed as an all electric bareboat mono-hull membership based sailing club in 2011.
Sadly on Christmas Day 2011, while in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), to launch the Club, The Shark's friend and business Partner, Dave, died shortly after a snorkel trip of a heart attack.
The Shark stayed in the BVI to continue launching of the Club, when in April 2012, Hunter Marine, our electric yacht builder at the time filed for bankruptcy, and later discontinued building the electric powered sailing yachts we had planned to use. This ended the Club model.
Over the next several years,The Shark redesigned the HSC business model to offer the ultimate private yacht charter vacation product. To ensure the past did not repeat itself, he set out to design and build a fleet of custom built ClearBlue 72 foot all electric powered sailing catamarans, to offer a state-of-the-art, fully crewed luxury sailing vacation for up to eight guests (4 couples), in oversized four staterooms.
It's no secret that The Shark, our Founder, is an avid offshore sailor and entrepreneur who is passionate about the oceans. With this in mind, and given the time necessary to rethink the Club model and to honor his lost partner Dave, he would find a way to rebuild this charter sailing vacation business to a new luxury level experience.
HSC was reinvented from its original bareboat single hull sailboats model (where members sail their own yachts) to one now offering fully crewed sailing catamarans. We first designed a custom ClearBlue 52 foot catamarans, but in early 2018, The Shark elected to kick it up a few notches and build a fleet of even larger luxury yachts, and position these charters as the ultimate travel reward within the APVG Founders Club and MySandDollar$ Travel Rewards program.
In deciding whether to buy or build a luxury sailing catamaran of over 60 foot, The Shark discovered the Fountaine Pajot Alegria 67, offering a beautiful modern design in a high quality sailing catamaran built in France (featured in the above video).
At an estimated delivered charter ready cost of nearly USD $3.5 million per yacht in 2019, with standard gas powered engines, and over one year delivery times per vessel, buying them for the Club did not make any sense, so The Shark elected to just build them directly and formed ClearBlue Hybrid Yachts.
By electing to design and build its own electric powered ClearBlue 72 luxury catamaran yachts from scratch exclusively by HSC, he formed ClearBlue Hybrid Yachts (CBHY) and hired a Vancouver, Canada designer to develop it. The Shark then set out to put his ClearBlue yacht team together, refined its manufacturing plan, and is now ready to find a suitable location to build them.
The CoVid-19 Pandemic nightmare has slowed this, like the other projects down, but we hope to find a location by the end of 2020 and begin construction of the first of a 60 catamaran fleet (one per month by 2023). Our direct yacht building strategy will not just ensure the build quality of each yachts, but offer feature consistency, and ongoing delivery schedule of twelve (12) yachts annually.
Although the initial set-up and mold building costs will be substantial, long-term, however, the yacht costs are projected to be closer to USD $2 million each. As the Club rolls out its 60th yacht, the process of replacing Club yachts begin, and so the process repeats itself as a new yacht replaces an older five year yacht in the fleet. These yachts will be offered and sold to our members first.
They will be built in the USA, in keeping with our "Made in America" commitment. This will increase the per yacht costs, which will be offset by a lack of transportation, commissions and third party mark-ups. They will be similar to the one seen in the video above. Renderings will be available in early 2021.
The ClearBlue 72 - will offer four (4) guest cabins with queen beds designed for 4 couples or 8 adults (no guests under 18). These yachts come fully staffed with Captain & First Mate (live-aboard couple) who manage all charters and operations on their assigned yacht, plus additional crew member. The yacht crew will offer a five-star sailing experience to guests.
Initially, yachts will sail within the California coastal areas of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands, then the Hawaiian Islands, Caribbean Sea, South Pacific and later in the Mediterranean Sea. A seven day Alegria 67 crewed sailing charter sells for around USD $40,000 in the greek islands, which sets a benchmark cost for this type of luxury sailing product.
Our FoundersClub Members may book a minimum seven (7) day charter for far less, and up to 21 days annually for $500 per night, per person, six person minimum ($3,000 per day), on a first paid basis, plus pay for specialty food and alcohol. A party of 8 would cost $4,500 per day, or $31,500 plus food and beverage for a seven night base price. This cost can be further offset by members redeeming their accrued SD$, the virtual currency earned in the MSD$ Travel Rewards Program.
HSC intends to add one new ClearBlue 72 yacht every month starting in mid 2022, with a goal of building a fleet of up to 60 yachts by 2027. These sailing vacations will become the premier membership benefits for our FoundersClub and Travel Reward offered through the MSD$ program, and are designed to allow them to explore the tropical islands and reefs in a whole new way.
As such, our Sailing Vacations will be actively promoted through social media, and within our PodCast The AngelPreneur that will also feature the fleet building process and first sailing vacation. The endgame is to attract new customers as we collectively set out to build a new eco-brand for the oceans.