Can you please give me more information about Freedom Boat Club, are they still in business. This would be extremely helpful to me.I went to see about the club and found myself trapped in a little room with a guy that pressured my wife and I like we were in a timeshare presentation. We talked to some of the current members and found out it is the same thing as the Freedom Boat Club but they are no longer part of the franchise so they had to change their name. We were a little disappointed that we couldn't use any of the other clubs except a few in D.C and New York. The members had nice things to say but said that the club had been going downhill and they have a very hard time getting a boat, especially during peak season. They also said they were afraid that the club might not be around in a few years and that the money they had invested might just go to waste. Some said the boats were getting old and the club kept promising new ones but haven't been able to produce.
The prices were outrageous, as a previous boat owner I know for a fact I could have my own boat for less than $5000 a year, not to mention the joining fee that they want upfront, something like $7000. Obviously we didn't end up joining, just too many uncertainties.
Um...2 words for you...Boaters Education...THEN...Go buy a cheaper boat, OR a boat club membership...and use it...then decide if you want a $100k boat. Buying a $100k boat for you first boat, is just STUPID. I've been boating all my life (20 years) and guess what, I will NEVER own a boat again. Boat Clubs or nothing at all. No maintenance, no insurance, no cleaning, don't have to worry about hurricanes, no titles no NOTHING...Just fish and go. Like I said in an earlier post, you couldn't GIVE me a boat right now, aint worth the hassle or aggervation!!To kirbstyle,
I'm interested in getting a boat or joining a boat club.
I have never boated before.
I can sign up for a boat club for $3900 and $450 a month for 5 years.
That is a total of $30,900 for 6 years a boating including maintenance, cleaning and slip fees.
Here's their fleet. http://www.carefreeboats.com/upperbay/fleet.htm
I don't think I can buy a boat for that. I would think that slip fees, maintenance, cleaning and depreciation would cost a lot more.
I could buy a Sea Ray 260 Sundancer. MSRP without options for $98,000.
I would bet that depreciation of this boat is more than my 6 year membership cost alone.
If you can show me how to get a boat for less than that let me know.
Boards or anything else you post on the internet never dies. It justs sits there providing either good or bad info and if you're a radical evidence at your trialI know this thread is long dead but I did notice too that a lot of imposters woops I ment posters who said it was a great deal were 1 time only posters and have never been back....