Proposed features/boat sharing

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Status: Approved (active)
Proposed by: nounours77
Tagging: amenity=boat_sharing
Applies to: Node
Definition: the location of one or several boats (primarly sailboats, but maybe also motorboats exist?) which belong to a boat sharing community and can be rented if you are a member.
Rendered as: sailboat with two people, see below
Drafted on: 2014-02-27
RFC start: 2014-02-27
Vote start: 2014-03-13
Vote end: 2014-04-06


A shared boat from Sailcom on Lake Zürich


What we want to tag and why

There is a growing community of boat sharing in Switzerland (and probably also elsewhere), there are two nation wide operators with a total of more than 100 sailboats in about 50 marinas. If you're member with either of the operators, you can use all boats. This is different from boat_renting, since there are (currently) no nation-wide rental services, you do not have to be a member for rental, and the boats do not "belong" to you. On the other hand, being member of a boat sharing operator, you "own" your boats. But I agree, there are some similarities between boat sharing and boat renting.

The idea is to show where the boat you rent is exactly located, and help to reserve also the nearest boat to you.

Possible Solutions

I see three possible solutions:

1. Follow the same path as used for cars: having different tags: amenity=car_rental, amenity=car_sharing. The main argument for this is that normally, the interest group is different. Either I'm part of a car sharing community, and thus would normally not rent a car at a car_sharing.

2. Group features together according to subject, e.g. amenity=boat_to_use, type=rental;sharing;pooling" (this was suggest on the "Boat_Rental" page. (amenity=boat_rental exists 429 times)

3. Group features together according action, e.g. rental=*, sharing=*, ... this was suggest on the rental page.

=> From current usage, I conclude that option 1 would be most accepted.

Additional tags

Key Value Comment
optional capacity=* integer The number of boats present. Should be used if several boats are side by side an not everyone is individually tagged.
mandatory operator=* string The boat sharing operator
optional website=* string operators website, if possible direct link to the boat description
optional name=* string the name of the boat (if there is only 1 boat)
optional boattype=* string the type of boat, e.g. manufacturer, series number etc.
optional ref=* integer The operator ref for the boat
optional number_plate=* string the official boat immatriculation number which is on the number plate - in the picture above, this will be "ZH 9733"

More standard tags which might be applicable are: image=* and description=*

Suggested Rendering

In analogy to car_sharing, boat_sharing could be rendered as follows:

Suggest rendering for boat_sharing

Related Pages

Analogous Tag:amenity=car_sharing

abandoned boat_rental proposal: Proposed_features/Boat_Rental

abandoned rental prosal Proposed_features/rental


Please discuss this proposal, using the talk page for the proposal.

Boat sharing operators

  • In Britain, this seems to be called "Membership Boating or Boat Share", tough it seems to be a bit different concept?. List of British operators

And yes, it seems to exist for motorboats as well:


Please use {{vote|yes}} or {{vote|no}} and give your reasons to oppose. Use ~~~~ to sign with your user name & date.

  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. --Nounours77 (talk) 12:47, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. Not for me but why not. I think this feature is so uncommon, you don't need a wide approval. Use it directly. --Pieren (talk) 14:14, 13 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. Zipboat? A perfect analogue to Car Sharing. - Brycenesbitt (talk) 00:48, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. — I will probably never need to use it but the tagging scheme is sensible AlaskaDave (talk) 13:15, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. — Makes sense to me Hugi99 (talk) 13:54, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. FreeMinded (talk) 14:59, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. -- Dieterdreist (talk) 19:41, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I maybe this proposal. see discussion Papou (talk) 20:19, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. - German peer2peer boatsharing plattform supports this proposal Psorowka (talk) 09:28, 31 March 2014 (UTC)