• Smart Yacht Membership

    It's about time

    No capital

    No maintenance


    Exclusive use

    Flexible booking


    All season

    All inclusive


  • Smart Membership

    The flexible alternative to yacht charter for frequent sailors

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    Access all season

    Members treat the yacht as their own and enjoy exclusive use with family and friends.

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    Flexible booking

    Trips from 1-12 days.

    Start and finish on any day.

    Guaranteed availability.

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    Fixed cost

    Membership fee is all-inclusive except fuel and personal gear. No nasty surprises.

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    No capital. No tie-in.

    Membership is for a single season. You decide to renew or not. No capital involved.

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    No maintenance

    We maintain the yacht so you spend your leisure time on the water.

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    No wasted time

    Our comprehensive initial induction means no need for handovers every trip. CheckOn/Off on your smartphone.

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    Change plans

    Change plans up to 14 days before a trip; Flexidays can be rescheduled as available.

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    Friendly support

    Expert sail mentoring is included all season long for your peace of mind.

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    Bespoke training

    Training with our in-house RYA instructor is available for all levels of experience.

  • 2021 Smart Membership Yacht

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    Hanse 355

    LOA 10.6m. Beam 3.6m. Draft 1.9m.

    Fast cruising yacht, easy to handle.

    Self-tacking jib, electric windlass, autopilot, chart plotter, teak cockpit seats & floor, cherry style joinery, leather upholstery, heating, entertainment.

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    Comfortable for 4-6 adults in 3 double cabins.

    Accommodates up to 8 including saloon.

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    Light and spacious interior.

    Luxurious cream leather upholstery.

    Dedicated chart table.

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    Based at Kip Marina

    Scotland's premier marina.

    Great base to sail the Firth of Clyde.

    Easy access by road, rail & air.

  • How it works

    The Yacht

    SmartMembership yachts are highly-specified new or nearly new yachts. They are owned by Scotboats or private owners.

    The Membership Agreement provides the right to use the yacht for a specified amount of time during the sailing season.

    Our yachts have been "coded" which means they have been equipped and independently surveyed according to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency's exacting safety standard.


    There are a limited number of members to each yacht. They treat it as their own and enjoy flexible, exclusive use with their own friends and family.

    Some Members have sailed extensively and may have owned a yacht previously, whereas others are attracted to Yacht Membership in order to gain experience. We look for at least RYA Day Skipper qualification.

    Alternatively we will put together a bespoke training plan for you on your yacht for the season (with the option to include your partner or family and friends at no extra cost).

    Initial Induction

    The Initial Induction, led by our in-house RYA YachtMaster Instructor, is designed to ensure you are completely familiar with your yacht and all equipment, and are confident berthing and anchoring as well as sailing in all winds.

    Even our most experienced Members have all appreciated this comprehensive familiarisation and accompanied first sailing day on their yacht.

    The one-day Induction costs £300 which includes our Chief Instructor and subsidised use of the yacht for a weekday.

    Booking trips

    Your Membership Programme provides a number of WeekEnd and MidWeek Flexidays which are valid for use at any time in the season subject to availability and a few simple scheduling rules.

    Flexidays can be combined to create short breaks and longer trips, or used individually for daysails.

    Every Member is assured of availability to spread their sailing time across the season if scheduled by certain dates. The Season runs 1 April to 31 October.


    Advance reservations can be made as soon as you join. Members can view their yacht's availability online anytime. Most Members prefer the reassurance of making or amending their bookings personally by phone or email.


    Trip dates can be amended or cancelled at any time. Flexidays cancelled at least 14 days ahead are reimbursed and can be rescheduled subject to availability. Even Flexidays cancelled with less than 14 days notice will be reimbursed if those dates are subsequently booked by another Member.

    Simple CheckOn/Off

    During the Initial Induction we'll introduce you to our simple online CheckON and CheckOFF checklists which work on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

    Then your movements are not constrained by office hours or time-consuming handovers. Marina staff are always on hand, of course, to assist with departing or returning to pontoon if required.

    Full sailing days

    You're free to board your yacht anytime after 10.00am on the first day of a trip.

    The yacht must be back at its marina berth by sunset on the last day of the trip, and you are welcome to stay onboard overnight and leave by 08.30 next day.

    So every day can be a full sailing day if you wish.

  • "The main benefit for me is the flexibility and customer service offered by the people that run Scotboats. They really put themselves out to work around my calendar so that I get maximum value out of the membership."


    "The quality of the boat, kit and equipment far exceeds that of the average charter boat and costs are significantly cheaper than chartering."

  • Membership Options

    All Membership Programmes are All-Season All-Inclusive (exc. fuel and personal gear).

    All offer Flexible Booking including Any Trip, Guaranteed Availability & Changes Without Penalty.

    Initial Induction £300 (new members). Security Deposit £1000.

    All-Season Freedom

    21 Flexidays: 6 WE + 15 MW

    • The most popular Membership Programme
    • 3 weeks worth of sailing time to book for daysails, short breaks and longer trips up to 12 days
    • Guaranteed availability of 3 full weeks (if desired)
    • £4995 All-Inclusive

    Learn-to-sail Package

    Train and build experience on a familiar yacht

    • Instructor costs £200/day and it's the same price for an individual, a couple, a family or friends together.
    • Use Flexidays to pay for the boat-time during training.
    • Example: All-Season Freedom Membership + 5 Instructor Days is total cost £5995

    All-Season Peak

    16 Flexidays: 8 WE + 8 MW

    • More WeekEnd, less MidWeek days
    • Example use: a full week plus 3 x 3day weekends.
    • Guaranteed availability of 3 long weekends (if desired).
    • £4795 All-Inclusive

    All-Season MidWeek

    20 MW Flexidays

    • Book for day-sails or midweek trips
    • Guaranteed availability of 3 trips of 5 consecutive days (if desired)
    • £3995 All-Inclusive
  • "Scotboats offers a very cost effective alternative to direct ownership for people who are really only using their boat for a few weeks a year."

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