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Is it a Coworking space? Is it a boat? It’s a rollercoaster!

In Coboat by Gerald / January 18, 2016 / No Comments

IMG_0292So now I am part of the Coboat crew. As co-founder. If I had known what I have gotten myself into I would not have done it in the first place. How many times have I said this before? Seems I have not been learning much from my experiences. Although I have quite some experience from starting and running a PR agency for 25 years, starting a social cause “Freunde fürs Leben” (suicide awareness campaign) 14 years ago and being partner and shareholder in a variety of companies and start-ups for more than 15 years.

Has it just been three months ago that I got on board of the Coboat team? Karsten told me about the idea in April when I reached out to him inquiring about a yacht charter in Sicily. But it was in May when the two of us met in Berlin, went to DNX conference and I had my first Skype call with Tommy and James who finally officially welcomed me as a partner. Later I learned that the Coboat idea had only been born on a beach in Koh Lanta two months before in March.

Much has happened in those three months …

I started working full time again.

Four years ago I quitted my desk job in the agency I had founded and have been transforming myself in business angel, photographer, traveller, sailor and digital nomad. You might as well call it semi-retired if you want. Suddenly I find myself working 10+ hours a day, 7 days per week. And I am enjoying every minute.

I became a yacht owner.

Together with Karsten I have bought an 82 feet catamaran which I haven’t seen so far in real life. And to be honest I have never seen a boat that size. 11745381_10205357049060486_5307885754010237585_nBut the flag registry from Vanuatu shows me as the owner of half of it. If you had told me four years ago when I started taking my first sailing course I would have called you a liar. Also I am a shareholder of a company in London and another one in Belize which we founded in the meantime (and will become the owner of the yacht in the end).

I find myself planning a route around the world and learning about high risk areas.

It’s great fun moving post-it stickers on a calendar saying “Maldives”, “Caribbean”, “Venice” and “Phuket”. We have been doing that for a few days in Berlin and I cannot get enough of it. If only my sailing instructor knew …

That was we we learned that the insurance refuses to cover our trip when we go past Somalia and through the Gulf of Aden. It’s called “High Risk Area” and we thought we can get through by traveling with a flotilla (accompanied by warships) before we learned that we cannot keep up with their speed of around 16-18 knots. So what are our options? (a) Hire armed guards and protect the boat with barbwire. (b) Go around Africa which would set us back 6-12 months. (c) Hop on a yacht carrier which would set us back 50.000$.

So far after having gone live 6 weeks ago we have

  • sold 100 Tickets
  • gained 1000+ Fans on Facebook from 45 countries
  • more than 10.000 visitors from 134 countries speaking 106 languages
  • partners and media coverage from all around the globe

This is an amazing ride with so much positive energy and feedback. I cannot wait to get on board with our community. Let the journey begin!

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