Cape4Yachting, a company with charter and brokerage offices in Switzerland and Greece, has launched a new set of online forums focusing on the yachting industry.
To my knowledge, this is the first charter management agency to offer public forums on its website. There are several popular forums online for yacht crew, but none that welcome brokers, clients, and any other interested parties to comment on the yachting industry's issues.
I registered midday yesterday for the fledgling effort, which as of this morning has just 26 members. (Hey, you have to start somewhere!) Categories for discussion include brokerage, chartering, crew issues, technical issues, and safety and security.
I posted items to the charter and brokerage sections, and as of this morning had yet to receive feedback. However, I'm encouraged that the people who have signed on as members thus far represent a broad geographic base of potential communicators. I'm located in the United States, while other members are based in Canada, Great Britain, Greece, and Croatia.
It will be interesting to see whether these new forums at the Cape4Yachting site can gain traction and participation. I'll check in from time to time and keep you posted on interesting developments as they occur.