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The New Definition of Boat Club

By Jake Goodridge, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Vice President of Freedom Boat Club, Jake is an industry expert on recreational boating.

When you first hear someone speak about his or her “Boat Club” you probably assume that this person is a boat owner. For years, the only way for someone to be able to enjoy the boater’s lifestyle was to save their money and buy a boat or, if they were lucky enough, had a friend or family member with a boat.

You may be surprised to hear that in today’s times not every “boater” is a boat owner. As is the trend in a number of different industries, boating now offers you a way to get behind the helm without the high costs of ownership. For automobiles, you have Zipcar. For private jets, you have NetJets. For boats, you have Freedom Boat Club.

FBC started operating with one location in Sarasota, FL back in 1989 and has now grown into the nation’s largest membership-based boating club with over 8,500 members in 82 U.S. locations.

FBC members enjoy a convenient and cost-effective way to get out on our local waterways and start making memories with their family and friends. When joining FBC, members receive unlimited access to a full fleet of boats and it only costs a fraction of what it would cost to own just one boat. The club offers a variety of boats including cabin cruisers, bow-riders, center-consoles and pontoon boats. FBC provides hands-on training with all memberships, so whether you are an old salt or totally new to boating, our captains will teach you all that you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable outing each time you leave the dock.

Our staff also handles all of the maintenance, washing and waxing, so our members spend 100% of their time on the water. Own the water, Not the boat!