Welcome to Carefree Boat Club of Eastern Connecticut!
We strive to make boating hassle-free, easy & affordable! Boating without owning allows you to experience the boating life you've always dreamed of without without any of the headaches. Boating without owning... it's about time.™
Thinking of buying a boat?
Why buy one boat when you can have access to over 400 boats at 60+ locations nationwide? Membership costs a fraction of what is required to maintain a boat for the season. Our members also enjoy the flexibility to plan boat trips from other clubs around the country, year round!
Average Costs to Buy ONE Boat
|Purchase a 24’ Boat||$55,000 w/ $5,500 down payment||$5,500.00|
|Getting Started Costs||USCG required equipment (PFDs, safety items, anchor, lines, etc.)||$750.00|
|Financing||15-year loan @ 8%`||$391.44|
|Slip/Storage rent||Avg. in-water or dry $12/ft||$288.00|
|Personal Property Taxes||$1.50 per $100 (avg. assed value)||$56.25|
|Regular maintenance||Avg. costs (true cost unknown)||$98.00|
|Repairs/damage||Unknown and usually unexpected|
|Hull Maintenance||Botton clean & paints, zinc, etc.||$103.00|
|Personal Time (priceless)||Cleaning, detailing, etc.|
|Sell the boat for a depreciated value at the end of five years||$(31,000.00)|
|“Pay off” balance of the original $49,500.00 loan (still owe $15,972.80 more than the value of the boat)||$46,972.80|
|TOTAL net cost to purchase and own one boat for five years and then sell||$82,024.20|
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With a Carefree Boat Club membership you get:
With membership as little as 1/3 cost of owning a boat, you can cross these expenses off your list: boat purchase, slip fee, insurance, maintenance, repairs, taxes, towing and winterization.
Use the boats as often as you would like with no additional cost.
Our online reservation system allows you to pick the day, time, boat and Carefree location...easily.
Large Variety of Boats
Varieties include 18'-27' Cruiser, Deck, Bowrider, Pontoon, Fishing, Ski and Sail Boats & more! Members have options in both type of boat and type of activity!
With low member to boat ratios, an easy to use online reservation system & spur of the moment walk-on access members can enjoy boating how they like when they like.
On The Water Instruction
Instructors at each location provide Boat Safety training and handling skills so our members can comfortably and safely enjoy the great variety of boats for all activities.
Members simply log onto our user-friendly portal and make a reservation! They choose which boat they want & when they want it. The day of the reservation, our members & their guests simply show up to our marina ready to take off. Our friendly staff even helps them off the dock. We strive to take all the hassle that comes with boating out of your life and make the boating experience as fun & easy as possible.
Simply Reserve Your Boat, Show Up, And Have FUN!!! Leave the rest to us. As a member, you won’t find yourself cleaning the salt, sand and fish guts off a boat. Or, paying someone $300+ to do it for you! There are some things that are okay to cut back on or to delay, but spending quality time with your friends and family is NOT one of them.
Boating is quality, dedicated, focused time- spent and the hassle-free Carefree experience is the best HOW to be on the water!
As a club member, when you come down to the dock with your family and friends you get a clean boat that is ready to go. Our dock staff even warms up the engine before you get there. Head out and enjoy yourselves. When you come back to the dock, we are there to sign you in and you simply walk away. Boating doesn’t get any easier than this!