OLSON'S CLASSIC YACHTS
SAILING FUN MADE AFFORDABLE
Even on the busiest days of the sailing season, don’t be surprised to find far more sailing yachts lying idle in Lake Michigan’s harbors than out on the lake. Their owners likely love sailing, but they also lead busy lives that greatly limit their opportunities for time on the water. With annual boating expenses being largely independent of usage, this light boat usage translates to a very high cost per sail. Olson’s Classic Yachts, a long established provider of fractional leasing opportunities for Chicago sailors, recognizes that this cost is a barrier to those wanting to own their own boat however; it offers an alternative to make yacht sailing affordable—boat sharing.
WHY CHOOSE OLSON’S CLASSIC YACHTS?
Other leasing companies may want to up size your dream boat to a much more expensive jumbo yacht. That is not what Olson’s Classic Yachts do. It lowers the budget you need to sail the boat of your dreams, instead of using your budget to lease a bigger and newer boat.
For live aboard luxury, Olson’s Classic Yachts offers a midnight blue Beneteau 423, docked at Montrose Harbor and, with fractional leasing, you will save thousands of dollars compared to a large yacht leased elsewhere. If you’re new to sailing or frequently sail shorthanded, a smaller Catalina weekend cruiser is likely right for you. Or, if you have more experience and an interest in cruising adventures, you might want something larger like one of Olson’s Classic Yachts’ blue-water Morgans or the performance potential of its C&Cs. Most of the yachts are located in beautiful Monroe Harbor, Chicago’s picture postcard harbor directly across Lake Shore Drive from Grant and Millennium Parks.
SCHEDULING YOUR SAILS
With any boat sharing program, you need to pay attention to how easily you can schedule sails on a few days’ notice and whether you can cancel sails if your plans change or due to unfavorable weather. That is where Olson’s Classic Yachts’ consumer-friendly SailShare(sm) scheduling system is essential. To assure that usable slots will be available when you want to sail, no more than fifty percent of the available time-slots in the season are sold. This makes it easy for you to book when you want to sail.
A basic Gold share package includes advance booking sail credits for at least 10-15 priority sails, depending on days of the week you sail, as well as 12 more free of charge short-window sails. When plans change, you can cancel and reschedule any sail without loss of sail credits. Plus, if you need more, just order more credits, paying only for what you plan to use.