Being the only club of its kind with a premier presence in Fairfield County, we are asked 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 SIZE BOATS WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO?
- Unlimited usage of all boats 21’ to 26’ are included in membership.
- You will have access to a first class fleet of brand new Cruisers, Water Sport boats and Fishing boats.
- All boats in the fleet are kept anywhere from 1-3 years before replacing them 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. Members have Unlimited access to boats. Boat as much as you like.
WILL I GET ANY TRAINING?
YES. Members receive free “On the Water” training with our Captain. Training covers navigation, docking, anchoring, and safety. Also included, is unlimited dockside training with our staff. We specialize in helping members with no experience become comfortable and confident boaters. Beyond the training included with the membership, is access to specialized training courses with third-party Captains to expand your boating abilities.
HOW MANY LOCATIONS CAN I BOAT FROM?
Members have unlimited boating from our locations in:
- Bridgeport Harbor Marina - Bridgeport
- Harbor Point – Stamford
- Saugatuck River - Westport
- Rye City Boat Basin - Rye
Members may also reserve boats at over 75 Carefree Boat Club locations across the country — all included in membership. New locations are constantly being added. Check our locations page for updates to the list of cities with Carefree Boat Clubs.
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, answering any questions and providing you with 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. Upon approval you will have access to use boats overnight, however the boat must be docked from dusk until dawn.
DO YOU HAVE MEMBER SOCIAL EVENTS?
We offer members a variety of social events and seminars to take part in. Please see our seminars and social events page for all of our upcoming events.
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. You can also call our dock staff up to 48 hours before you wish to boat to see if there is a vessel available.
HOW MANY RESERVATIONS CAN I HAVE AT ONE TIME?
The number of reservations that you can have is based on the type of membership that you purchased. Once a reservation is used a new one may be made, also known as rolling reservations. See more about how our reservation system works here: CLICK HERE.
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 for our UNLIMITED MEMBERSHIP programs.
HOW DO I KNOW I WILL GET A BOAT?
Carefree Boat Club has been making boats available to members for more than 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!
CAN NON-MEMBERS RENT YOUR BOATS?
No. We have a private fleet of new boats for the exclusive use of our members, and our boats are never for rent. Carefree Boat Club prides itself on both the quality and excellent condition of our fleet, as well as maximizing boat availability for our members.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
A membership to our club is structured like joining a gym or country club. We have different membership options available. Please call 1-844-4-GOBOAT or come visit us to learn more about which membership plan is right for you.
WHAT DO I PAY FOR WHEN I BOAT EACH TIME?
You only pay for the fuel you consume.
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.