Has anyone ever floated the idea here of some sort of swapping of time on boats in each others cruising grounds?
Neighbors of ours did that with houses a few times. It was a club you joined and you arranged for swaps of homes. It worked well for them. It started as a group of teachers with a good geographic spread in US, Canada
and Britain. They swaped with someone from southern England
but the people that got their house were not the same people but were from England
too. So we had different neighbors for a month. Sort of breaks up the monotony of the same neighbors<g>.
Boats are a bit more difficult but I suppose possible. The idea of boat slips has been floated. That does not work too well here as marinas
reserve the right to rent your slip when you are away. It would be limited to private slips.
The key to the house club was that you didn't have to do one for one. It was possible for the club to broker the deal and do three way trades. They did deal with cars too so you had a car with the house. There is a way to make the insurance
work for cars. With the house club it was a one time fee of $100 US to join. Just to pay the overhead of a hosted web site.
In most ways it needs to be it's own entity and I don't think it could actually be part of the forum. It would be a nice idea though. It is a bit tricky sailing another persons boat if they are not there to get you briefed, but I suppose that too could be handled. If we were to swap and do it at different times then the host could just take the visitor on a cruise
then the reverse some other time. Now that would be a lot easier to arrange.