Being the first club of its kind in Seattle, we get many questions about how a membership to Carefree Boat Club works. We’ve attempted to answer all your questions here, if we missed anything feel free to give us a call!
What’s included in Membership?
WHAT SIZE BOATS WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO?
Unlimited usage of all boats 23’ to 29’ are included in membership. Large enough to be comfortable, dry and safe for Seattle boating, variety includes a first class fleet of brand new or late model Cabin cruisers, Water sports boats, Fishing boats, Pontoons, and Sailboats. We keep boats in the fleet from 1-3 years before replacing with brand new models. We encourage you to stop by anytime to see the quality of our boats firsthand!
IS THERE A LIMIT TO HOW MANY TIMES I CAN BOAT PER YEAR?
No limit! Members have Unlimited access to boats. Boat as much as you like. Boats are available year round, and our boats with cabins provide protection from the cold and rain.
WILL I GET ANY TRAINING?
YES! Members receive free, unlimited “On the Water” training with our USCG certified captains. Training covers navigation, docking, anchoring, and safety. We specialize in helping members with no experience to become comfortable and confident boaters, and we even train on going through the locks if desired. Each training session lasts about 2-5 hours, schedule as many as you’d like.
HOW MANY LOCATIONS CAN I BOAT FROM?
Members have unlimited boating from four local marinas – one on each side of the locks for unprecedented access to both the freshwater lakes and the saltwater sound, a third location on the Eastside of Lake Washington in Bellevue, and a fourth location in Anacortes for direct access to the San Juan Islands. Members may also reserve boats at 55+ other Carefree Boat Club locations across the country, included in membership. New marinas are always being added, so check our locations page for updated ports you can boat from!
DO YOU HAVE FULL TIME DOCK STAFF?
YES! Our valet dock staff rolls out the red carpet for our members, helping you load yourselves and your gear onto the boats, going through safety items, and answering any questions while giving you local boating tips. Upon return, we help you off the boats and back out to your car, leave the cleaning for us! Boating doesn’t get any easier than this…
CAN I USE THE BOATS FOR AN OVERNIGHT OUTING?
YES! Cruisers and Sailboats are allowed overnight once you are certified for overnight privileges.
ARE WATER TOYS INCLUDED?
YES! Carefree Boat Club provides demo wakeboards, skis, and tubes. We also have kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and a sail dinghy available to reserve.
DO YOU HAVE MEMBER SOCIAL EVENTS?
YES! We are a club and our members enjoy getting to know each other. We have several member social events throughout the year, from bbq’s on the beach to bowling nights and catered wine tasting events. The social aspect of the club is great for meeting like minded people, networking, and making new boating friends!
How do the reservations work?
HOW DO I RESERVE A BOAT?
Reservations can be made online up to 6 months in advance by logging in to resnet, our proprietary online reservation system, from any computer or mobile device.
HOW MANY RESERVATIONS CAN I HAVE AT ONE TIME?
To maintain availability for all members, members may have a maximum of four advanced reservations on the calendar at any given time. Once a reservation is used, a new one may be made – also known as rolling reservations.
CAN I CALL ON THE SAME DAY TO GET A BOAT?
Yes. Simply call the dock staff to find what’s available for “Spur of the Moment” use. Spur of the Moment use does not count as a reservation.
HOW DO I KNOW I WILL GET A BOAT?
Carefree Boat Club has been making boats available to members for 15 years. With locations all over the country, we track boat usage by type and location, and can predict with accuracy when a boat needs to be added, or when we need to cap memberships. As the premier nationwide boating club, we understand the importance of boat availability. Ask to see our reservation system to see availability for yourself anytime!
How does pricing work?
CAN NON MEMBERS RENT YOUR BOATS?
No. We have a private fleet of new or like new boats for the exclusive use of our members, and our boats are never for rent. Unlike fractional boat ownership, our members have no obligation or liability for maintenance or upkeep. Carefree Boat Club has the best boat share fleet in Seattle, and prides itself on both the quality and excellent condition of the boats, as well as maximizing availability for our members.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
About 1/3 the cost of owning your own boat. A membership to our club is structured like joining a gym or country club. We have different membership options available starting at only $325 a month plus a one time membership entry fee.
DO I HAVE TO PAY THE MEMBERSHIP ENTRY FEE EVERY YEAR?
No! The membership entry fee is a one time fee that is paid when joining the club, to help cover the costs of adding brand new boats to the Carefree Seattle boat fleet. As long as you remain a member, you never have to pay this again.
WHAT DO I PAY FOR WHEN I BOAT EACH TIME?
Only the fuel you use. Not having to pay any dock or usage fees allows for brief after work or lunch outings. The boats are pristine and ready for you to hop on.
WILL MY DUES INCREASE YEAR TO YEAR?
The dues amount is locked in for the term of membership. Dues are billed monthly or annually.
IS INSURANCE INCLUDED WITH MEMBERSHIP?
YES! Insurance is included. CBC maintains insurance that covers vessels, members, and guests.
WHO ARE YOU?
Justin and Oxana, husband and wife owners of Carefree Boat Club Seattle, grew up in boating families and experienced first hand the challenges of owning a boat. When a Carefree boat club opened in their city on the East coast, they jumped at the chance to start boating the Carefree way and joined as members. They now live in Ballard with their three year old daughter, Sasha. Members of the Northwest Marine Trade Association, where they serve on the Grow Boating committee. Being boaters all their lives and as former Carefree Boat Club members themselves, they’re thrilled to bring the nationwide boat sharing concept to Seattle.
I’M IN! HOW DO I JOIN?
Call us at 206-567-BOAT to schedule a tour of the fleet, see the reservation system, and answer any questions you may have.