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 20’ to 27’ are included in membership. Large enough to be comfortable, dry, and safe for Seattle boating, our variety includes a first-class fleet of brand new or late model cabin cruisers, water sport boats, fishing boats, pontoons, and our sailboat. We keep boats in the fleet an average of one year before replacing with brand new models! We encourage you to schedule a tour 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 and heaters provide protection from the cold and rain. Our members can text our docks to instantly book any boat still available in the 48-hour window during the summer months and year-round members reserve boats online with rolling reservations so after you come back from an outing you can book another!
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 six local marinas – allowing unprecedented instant access to both the freshwater lakes and the saltwater sound, as well as the San Juans and Lake Chelan. Members receive unlimited boating from Fishermen's Terminal, Shilshole Bay, Bellevue, Kirkland, Lake Chelan, and Bellingham. Members may also reserve boats at 70+ 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! Boats with cabins are allowed overnight once you are certified for overnight privileges.
ARE WATER TOYS INCLUDED?
YES! Carefree Boat Club provides demo wakeboards, wake surf boards, and tubes.
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. Since COVID 19 we have gotten creative and are planning some contactless member socials for the fall. 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. During the summer months, members can also call in and instant book any boat available still that day or the next day.
HOW MANY RESERVATIONS CAN I HAVE AT ONE TIME?
To maintain availability for all members, members may have a maximum of four advance 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 or text the dock or your choice to find what’s available for “Spur of the Moment” use. Spur of the Moment use does not count against your four advance reservation maximum.
HOW DO I KNOW I WILL GET A BOAT?
Carefree Boat Club has been making boats available to members for 17 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. Membership to our club is structured like joining a gym or country club. We have different membership options available starting at only $385 a month plus a one-time membership enrollment fee. Give us a call to find out current discounts and options!
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 pay this joining fee 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. You don't even have to fuel yourself, dock staff can fuel for you and simply charge you for fuel used at the dock.
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, we cover insurance information in depth during our tours.
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 former hometown of Charlotte, they jumped at the chance to start boating the Carefree way and joined as members. They now live in the Seattle area with their two young daughters, Sasha, and Katia.
Justin and Oxana are 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!