The basic concept of a boat club is to simply pay a monthly fee to have access to a whole fleet. Boat clubs pool the resources of a group of boaters. In turn, you may benefit by having stellar insurance, lower costs, and taxes, possibly have access to boats around the world, and might not ever have to worry about towing or launching!
Too good to be true?
Not if you find the boat club that fits you and your family’s needs.
You just need to ask the right questions!
Ask the right questions to ensure you are investing in the best boat club that fits your family’s and your needs. Shared economy businesses are hot right now. Do your research and have your questions written down.
Will I Be Able to Get a Boat When I Want a Boat?
The ratio of boats to members is essential. How far out can you make reservations? Can you boat the day of? How can you get a boat when you want to get a boat?
PRO TIP: some members will only boat a few times and other almost all the time—Verify availability by seeing the reservation system in real-time
Prepare by sitting down with your family and having a discussion on what are the family’s ideas and dreams when they think of boating. There are so many possibilities. Watersports, relaxing, destinations, fishing, wildlife observation.
The Fleet of Boats
What Type of Boats Does the Boat Club Have?
Does the size range match the boating waterways, activities you and your family desire? Do the boats accommodate the size of your family and guests? What is the age of the boats?
PRO TIP: Take a tour of the boats and see all the boats that you and your family would like!
Location, Location, Location!
Where is the Boat Club Located?
How many places can you access from the club’s docks?
How easy is it to get to the popular boating areas that appeal to you and your family?
Are there any marina amenities that club members have access to thru the club?
Can you use other clubs within the boat club network?
PRO TIP: What are the clubs boating hours? Can you boat overnight, early morning, all day, or late night?
What is the Club Staff Responsible for at the Docks?
Is the staff friendly and courteous? What are their duties and who to contact? Are there club activities, and is that important to you and your family?
What, if any, Training Program is Provided by the Club?
Are the boats equipped with USCG certified safety equipment?
Is there a dedicated dock staff to help you with the boats, or is it self check-out?
What is the boat club’s training program? Is it one on one training or in a group? Is training included with membership?
How Do I Join a Boat Club?
Tour all the boat clubs available to you to decide which is your best fit. Research reviews, social media, talk to existing members.
PRO TIP: are you and your family happy with how the boat club can enrich you and your family’s life…then you found the right club!