Gig Harbor Boatyard & Marina offers ‘alternative experience’ to guests with yacht rental

For most people, owning a yacht is a luxury that exists beyond the realm of their budget.

A new program at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard is bridging this gap and offering a luxury yacht experience to their customers.

“The model has been here (in Gig Harbor) for a long time,” said Ron Roark, owner and operator. “We’ve got all these people with their boats and they never use them.”

Called Fleet Suites (the trademark is pending), this new program offers guests a luxury yacht experience in Gig Harbor right in the heart of the downtown area. Rentals are handled through VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner), Air B&B or directly through the Marina itself.

The program currently has one boat, “Suite Dreams,” which began operating last December, just before the Lighted Boat Parade, and is currently booked through the end of September, said hospitality manager Danielle Taylor.

The model has been here (in Gig Harbor) for a long time. We’ve got all these people with their boats and they never use them.

Ron Roark, owner and operator of Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard

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