Offering the opportunity to enjoy a nautical adventure since 1989, Freedom Boat Club provides members with all of the advantages of owning a boat without any of the hassle. Founded in Sarasota, Florida, the club has successfully expanded to 61 franchises located primarily in states along the U.S.’s Eastern seaboard. What began as a small fleet of only four boats now contains 250 vessels that range from flats and fishing boats, to pontoons, bow riders, and full-size cruisers. Freedom Boat Club allows unlimited use of any vessel in their fleet to members who may call or reserve a boat online up to six months in advance. Members also enjoy the ability to invite friends, family, and even pets onboard to take part in a day on the water, and they have access to boats at any Freedom Boat Club location. With no usage charges, club members only need to pay for refueling a vessel once they have completed their journey.
Freedom Boat Club offers a variety of memberships, including one-year, five-year, and lifetime plans. The club has an open membership policy to anyone over the age of 21 and welcomes individuals of all boating experience. The club offers free training on the safe usage of every boat in the fleet and requires most members to complete certain safety courses prior to reserving a vessel. The club also fully stocks each boat with safety equipment required by the U.S. Coast Guard, including flares, life jackets, and fire extinguishers.
Freedom Boat Club has enjoyed strong support from members, and the company’s website offers a number of testimonials about the benefits of membership. Potential members can take advantage of a 30-day trial membership. The club reports that approximately 75 percent of those who use the trial end up becoming full members.