Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A BOAT CLUB?
Carefree Boat Club is a private members-only Boatshare club. This means that our boats are only available to Members. We DO NOT rent or charter our boats. Our members enjoy unlimited access to the fleet and they never pay a fee to use the boats.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Like most clubs we charge a one time Initiation Fee and an annual (monthly) membership fee. We do not require long commitments from our members; you can join for as little as one year.
ARE THERE ANY LIMITS ON BOATING?
No. Members have Unlimited access to boats. Boat as much as you like. After hours privileges available to trained members.
WILL I GET ANY TRAINING?
Yes. All members receive a training manual upon joining. Members attend one classroom session followed by “On the Water” training with the dock master which depends on boating experience and comfort level of the member. Training covers CBC processes, general navigation, docking, and safety.
we will even help you get your capitain licence.
HOW SOON CAN I GET ON THE WATER?
After joining, new members can normally be boating within 5 to 14 days of joining depending on how long they take to complete training.
HOW DO I RESERVE A BOAT?
We have an online reservation system, ResNet, where you can reserve a boat from 24 hours-before boat up to 6 months in advance of when you want to go out. Members may also boat “Spur of the Moment” by speaking with our dock staff directly and reserving a boat right then and there.
HOW MANY RESERVATIONS CAN I HAVE?
Members may have a maximum of four advanced reservations on the books(ResNet) at any given time. Once a reservation is used, a new one may be made. (if you need more, you can buy more)
CAN I GET A BOAT ON SHORT NOTICE?
Yes. Simply call the dock master at the marina you wish to boat. The dock master will tell you what’s available and you reserve it for “Spur of the Moment” use. Spur of the Moment use does not count as reservations. It is similar to a “walk on” round of golf.
WILL I GET A BOAT WHEN I CALL?
CBC tracks members vs. boats to ensure we do not have too few boats for our members. CBC adds boats as members are welcomed in to the club. By tracking the usage of the boats by type and by location, CBC can determine the boats that are most popular and add more.
WHAT SIZE BOATS WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO?
All boats ranging from 18’ to 27’ are available to CBC members. Variety includes Deck boats, Fishing boats, Pontoons, Cruisers, Sail boats, and water sports boats. Members choose the boat they need when making reservations.
ARE THE BOATS WELL MAINTAINED?
Absolutely, in fact, all boats are inspected weekly by the CBC dock staff using a 50 point checklist of safety equipment, hull condition, electronics, and general mechanical items.
We aim to replace all boats before their 2nd birthday.
CAN I GET A BOAT EARLY / AFTER HOURS?
Yes, as long as your schedule does not impact another reservation. Taking the boat out early simply requires picking up the keys the evening before, or making arrangements with the staff. . Both early and after hours boating will require some additional training and it’s a privilege solely at the club’s discretion.
CAN I USE THE BOATS OVERNIGHT?
YES. Some restrictions and additional training may apply, but our qualified members routinely enjoy overnight excursions.
or how about a concert on the water at Humphrey’s?
IS INSURANCE INCLUDED?
CBC maintains insurance that covers all of our vessels as well as third party liability. Members generally are only responsible for paying any deductible that may apply if they damage a boat.
WHAT IF THE BOAT BREAKS DOWN?
In some clubs, towing is provided during normal business hours, while other clubs require you to purchase separate towing coverage through Sea Tow, Boat US, or other providers. Check with your local club to get specific details.
WHAT IF I LEAVE FOR MILITARY DUTY?
CBC understands the unpredictable life of our military. If the military orders you for out of town duty for more than 60 days, CBC will place membership on hold until return.