The Freedom Boat Club is a dream for many people who may not have the opportunity or financial freedom of owning their own boat. The club offers an unforgettable boating experience, with many options to choose from and minimal hassle in terms of maintenance costs when compared with buying and owning your own boat.
The Freedom Boat Club not only provides a place for people to rent boats but also offers the opportunity of having fun in an escape from everyday life. The club owners believe that boating should be more than just “a nuisance,” because it can provide relaxation and help create memories with friends and family members alike.
How much does a Freedom Boat Club membership cost?
The price of your membership at The Freedom Boating Club can vary drastically depending on what level you go for and the location you are joining. From what we were able to gather during our research, the monthly costs are anywhere between $220 and $450, with a one-time initiation fee that can be between $3,200 and more than $11,000 also depending on the location. The prices for the weekday-only plans are usually around $220 per month, but the weekend and holiday ones can be twice that or more, at around $450 per month.
Note: This is just an estimate and the prices will vary from location to location, depending on what you choose.
According to a member of TheHullTruth.com forum, the costs to join The Freedom Boat Club for three years are around $18,000, with an initiation fee of $4,200 and monthly costs of around $380.
Also, a member of the TripAdvisor.com website said that he had to pay $270 per month to join this club.
In a FloridaToday article, it is noted that new members have to pay a lifetime initiation fee that is $6,000 and after that, the monthly costs are $260.
From Yelp, we found out that if you want to become a member of the Freedom Boat Club you must pay a one-time initiation fee that is $4,000 and $200 in case you want only weekday access. If you want to have access on the weekend as well, you must pay $100 more, bringing the total cost to around $300 per month. The article also mentioned the fact that the initiation fees can vary greatly by location. For example, the initiation fee for the Tampa location is almost $4,000, while in Miami you pay more than $9,500.
Freedom Boat Club details
While paying the monthly fee, a member will have unlimited access to boating at his/her homeport location, plus four outgoings anytime throughout the year at any location. You can make an appointment 6 months in advance and have a maximum of four active reservations at a time.
Boat sizes at the Freedom Boat Club vary between 16 and 24 feet and include deck boats, kayaks, floats, pontoons, skiffs, sailboats, and bow rides, but options vary by location. Most of them are newer than three years.
You don’t have to worry about cleaning, maintaining, or storing the boats as the club will do all this work on its fleet.
As a member of this club, you will be offered a two-hour training class in order to learn how to operate different boats.
It is important to know that a two million dollar insurance policy along with a $3,000 deductible is included. However, this may vary from location to location.
The opportunity to meet other members is one of many perks that come with being part of a club. The monthly dock parties are where you can find all sorts of people.
What are the extra costs?
The fuel used to power your boat is not included in the costs. Most members have to pay anywhere between $20 and $50 per outing, depending on the current gas prices and distance traveled. As a general rule, the majority of the boats in the fleet would need three to five gallons of gasoline burned for every hour.
In case you need to transfer to another location, be prepared to pay a transfer fee that is around $550.
Important things to consider
Clubs typically operate from sunrise until 5 p.m. each day Monday through Friday (with some exceptions) and from dawn till dusk on weekends. Openings may change based on weather conditions or if there is higher demand than expected.
How can I save money?
Groupon’s daily deals can be a great way to save on your day at the boat club. For instance, the club in Venice, Florida offered at some point a $159 trial membership which you could have taken advantage of.
For those who are looking for a good deal, it may be worth traveling 15 to 25 miles to another location where you could get a better deal. For example, in Florida, there are more than 10 different locations where you can get a quote.
It’s always a good idea to ask about promotions before committing. You might be able to take advantage of lower rates if you negotiate.
There are many ways to get a discounted membership. Some members will sell theirs at reduced rates on Craigslist and eBay.