Membership in a boat club

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 26, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    This isn't exactly sailing per se, but close enough.

    I've been thinking about joining a local boat club. If you don't know what that is, it's an organization that owns a fleet of boats, everything from speed boats to pontoon boats, and you pay a monthly fee in order to have use of their boats.

    I used to own a boat, but sold it. I miss being out on the water in a boat. I really, really miss it. But I don't miss hauling that thing out to the lake, loading and unloading the trailer, washing and covering it every time it's used, etc.

    So a boat club seems like a very good option.

    Anyone have any experience in this kind of boat club? I'd like to know what to expect. What to ask before joining. And what to watch out for. Do you think it's worthwhile?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 26, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    I've never heard of a boat club that lends out boats. Where i'm from in order to be in a boat club you actually have to own a boat.

    They pose great advantages like you get club credit and your up front in line for a slip (dock spot where you park your boat) amongst others. And normally their connected with other boat clubs so if you do a long trip you can go to practically any other boat club thats associated with that one.

    If your boat club lends out boats and you will use it a lot then go for it! It all depends on how into the mariner you are.
  • wellwell

    Posts: 2265

    Sep 26, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
    A club in VenturaMarina, Ca. charges dues & day / week / month fees for the boats available (owned by other members). I've never heard of yacht-clubs "loaning" boats; other than, canoes / sabats / sculling boats . . . etc.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 26, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    Here's a link, which I should have posted originally.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 27, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    I've considered doing the same. I was looking into membership in the East Coast Boat Club. Decent membership fees, lots of boats and slips available down the east coast. And they offer different levels of memberships for the size of the boats they have in their fleet. It seems that I'm looking at the 30-40' level, although, the next level of membership offers Cobalts and Sundancers, so I just may spring for that if I decide to do that next season.

    But then again, the 30-40' level has plenty of Maxums in the offering that are usually available during the peak boating times.