When it comes to boating most people can either take it or leave it, some people are petrified of even the thought of getting in a boat while for others it’s the most natural thing in the world. There are so many aspects to this that I thought I’d put together 7 of the best Boating Affiliate Programs that I could find.
These will include most things associated with being on the water so there should be a good mix of options to choose from and with the market expected to reach over $66 billion by 2023 it would make sense to consider one of the many options that are available.
Whether you’ve a passion for the good old-fashioned sailboat or the thrill of the powerboat you won’t have any shortage of programs to take advantage of.
So, hoist the mainsail, or fill the tank with fuel depending on your preference and let’s ‘sea’ what we’ve got.
Boatworld has been around for 50 years and started out as a traditional retailer and still have premises to this day, but as well as the bricks and mortar business they also ran a mail order business so when it was time for them to embrace the internet the transition wasn’t as big a shock as it could have been.
The range of items they sell are vast, ranging from electric outboards to dry suits and everything in between. Although they are run by a small team they certainly have their finger on the pulse and know what’s going on in todays marketplace.
- Their affiliate program offers a 5% commission on all sales
- They have a 30-day cookie period
- A wide choice of promotional banners
- Commission payments made at the end of each month regardless of the amount of sales
Their affiliate program can be found here: https://boatworld.co.uk/become-an-affiliate
Sea Eagle predominantly concentrates on the inflatable side of boating with an extensive range of boats, kayaks and paddle boards.
They began selling inflatable boats in 1968 with their first product being a 2 person inflatable kayak. Every year since they introduce new models and grow their advertising so that eventually everyone will know that Sea Eagle produce high quality inflatable boats at prices that are accessible to everyone.
Sea Eagle prides itself on the personal touch with customer service a priority. No automated phone calls here, you get a personal one on one service and throw in the full 3-year warranty on all boats into the mix and you have a really good company.
- Their affiliate program offers up to 15% commission on sales
- They have a 120-day cookie period
- Year round sales
Their affiliate program is run through Commission junction and can be accessed here: https://www.seaeagle.com/Affiliate
Boatsetter is not your normal boating company, rather than selling boats or boat related equipment they will connect you to boat owners, captains and renters.
So if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and buy a boat outright for yourself or just don’t have the finances in place you can still experience the joys of spending time on a boat.
Based in South Florida they were founded in 2012 and have active boats in places like the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, but mainly in the US & Canada were they have 15,000+ vessels.
Boats can be hired or ‘chartered’ for a day or a week making your holiday that extra bit special and Boatsetters have been likened to Airbnb just for boats!
- Their affiliate program offers the opportunity to earn $30 for every potential renter that shows interest in a boat
- over 17,000 boats in over 600 locations
- Full access to links, logos and banners
Their program can be found here: https://www.boatsetter.com/affiliate-program-boatsetter#
Boating With Dawsons
Boating with Dawsons is another program that offers something a bit different. It’s all well and good buying your first boat, but unlike a car you don’t need any special license to use one, at least not here in the UK.
What Boating with Dawsons have done is take their extensive knowledge and turned that into an incredibly popular business helping new and maybe not so new mariners.
They helpful lessons include everything from actually buying your boat to how to dock it, from trimming your boat to conquering wakes.
Doug and Brenda Dawson even authored the boat Value book that has been used by insurance companies for over a decade.
- Their affiliate program offers a 5% commission on all sales
- $25 minimum payout threshold with payments made once a month
- Full range of promotional material
Their affiliate program can be found here: https://www.boatingwithdawsons.com/idevaffiliate/index.php
The Boating Bible
Following on from the last one this one also concentrates on sharing their knowledge of boating to new and old alike.
Jim Murrant has 60 years of sailing experience under his belt and along with Ann Reynolds put together the Boating Bible which aims to teach people how to do certain things like Navigation and passage planning as well as different safety procedures and what to do in emergencies.
- Their affiliate program offers 20% commission on every sale
- Their cookie period is 3 years
- Commissions are paid on the 28th of each month through PayPal
- Banners and links provided
Their program can be found here: https://www.theboatingbible.com/Affiliates.htm
Boatjump is another rental company that offers sailboats, yachts, catamarans, schooners and motorboats which can be fully crewed if needed.
With more than 5,000 boats to choose from you won’t be short of choice and with the amount of destinations you won’t be short of places to visit either.
- Their affiliate program offers 2 ways to earn commission, the first is a lead and the second is the booking
- The commission ranges from 10% up to 20%
- Monthly payments via PayPal or bank wire
- Dedicated affiliate manager
- Referral system for referring webmasters
Their program can be found here: https://www.boatjump.com/blog/en/affiliates/
I couldn’t finish this off without touching on insurance. Boats can be expensive, right. So you need the right insurance. Founded in 1966 BoatUS has been looking after the owners of recreational craft.
They are proud to provide a one stop shop for boaters which includes insurance and towing. They insure over $8 billion worth of boats and operate the largest towing fleet.
It’s like being a member of an auto club just for your boat.
When Richard Schwartz started this he had no idea it would become the nations largest organization of boat owners with members topping the half a million mark.
- Their affiliate program offers up to $30 for every new membership that comes from your link
- A tiered commission structure
- Full promotional material provided
- Cookie period: Undiclosed
Their program can be accessed here: https://www.boatus.com/business/affiliates
So what Now?
So there you have 7 of the best boating affiliate programs that you can use on your website. Check them out and I’m sure you’ll find something to offer to your audience. If boats aren’t your thing then you might want to check out some of my other affiliate programs like the popular pet products one
You could either choose to concentrate on the charter side of things or you could decide that the informational programs are a better way to go. Either way with a market this big you’re sure to get a nice slice of the pie.
Me Personally, I like the look of Boating with Dawsons and feel that is a great way to go.
Whatever you choose what’s the point of joining these programs if you’re not getting traffic to your site for people to click your links?
When it comes to that side of things I would highly recommend the affiliate training I used to get my websites making a solid income that I enjoy today 🙂