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14 Questions you should ask a boat club

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Oftentimes, when I tell people about Freedom Boat they say that it sounds too good to be true. I get it. But there are many reasons why Freedom Boat Club, the nation’s oldest and largest boating club, continues to grow at a steady, rapid rate. We take the hassles out of boating, maintain a large fleet of late-model boats, and provide superior service. As a result, our retention rate is a remarkable 93 percent.

But not all boat clubs are the same. A little research goes a long way. Before you join a club, be sure to ask many questions.

Here are some good ones to start with:

  • How many years has your club been operating?
  • How many locations do you have?
  • When is the club closed?
  • How many boats are in your fleet?
  • What year, brand, and model of boats do you have?
  • What is your member-to-boat ratio?
  • How do you reserve boats and what limitations are there?
  • What kind of training do you offer and is training required?
  • What happens if a boat breaks down or I get stuck on a sandbar?
  • How is insurance handled?
  • What extra expenses might members be required to pay?
  • What are the membership plan options and what is included with each option?
  • Can I bring my friends and family boating with me … and my dog?
  • Can I get contact information for some local members to ask about their experiences?


It pays to do your homework. Boating clubs are a great alternative to boat ownership but not all clubs are the same. Don’t be shy about asking questions. You’ll be glad you did.

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