Renting a Vacation Boat vs Membership
A quality boat club membership may give you more value for your boating dollars
When it comes to enjoying recreational time on the water with friends and family, there is nothing more fun than having your hands on the wheel and choosing your favorite destination. If you have ruled out boat ownership as an option because of the expense associated with a big purchase price, you may be considering a boat rental for a unique family vacation.
While this can be a great way to have quality family time and enjoy water sports and beach days, we would to suggest checking out a boat club membership with Carefree it might be just the ticket to stretch those summer vacation dollars into a year-round value.
Consideration 1: Expense
Renting a boat for a vacation week is comparable to renting a vacation home for a week. And both may end up costing more than an entire year of membership at Carefree, depending on where you plan your family trip.
Since we mentioned the Keys, just take a look at weekly rental rates at Vacation Boat Rentals in Key Colony Beach, FL. The average price for a 20’ to 23’ sport boat, skiff, or center console is around $1,500.
At Carefree Boat Club in Clinton, CT our annual membership fee is only $3,000. That means a 2-week boat rental is almost the same price as a FULL year membership, which gives you unlimited access to our entire fleet of boats.
Carefree also has a reasonable monthly membership fee of $300. So, we don’t want people to believe it’s “cheap” to be in a boat club. However, the value and convenience we offer can get you out on the water much more frequently without breaking the bank.
Consideration 2: The Weather
When it comes to the weather in Southern New England, or literally anytime you are on the water, you can’t control it. The best way to approach this x-factor is with flexibility.
Anytime you have to schedule a specific day or week to reserve your boat, you’re at the mercy of mother nature. If you get an unlucky break with rain and rough seas, then waves and wind are going to make for a bumpy ride.
This is exactly the type of risk you have to assume when you carefully plan your family vacation weeks.
As a Carefree Boat Club Member, flexibility is on your side. Reserve your boat by phone or online anytime the weather looks good. If the reality is that Long Island Sound is choppy that day just cancel and reschedule. There are never penalty fees or a risk of losing a deposit when you’re a club member.
Consideration 3: Location, Location, Location
As a Carefree Boat Club Member of Eastern Connecticut, your home port will be Cedar Island Marina in Clinton, CT. Anytime you reserve a boat in our local fleet, you will have full access to all of the marina’s amenities, including: Pool, spa, fitness center, playground, BBQ/Picnic areas and shower and laundry facilities. It’s like a private CT shoreline resort!
But the benefits of membership do not end there. Carefree Boat Club has more than 60 other North American boat clubs across the U.S. and Canada.
Choose a vacation destination and there’s sure to be a Carefree club nearby.
Long story short, you can spend that family vacation week in the Florida Keys, or fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, or whale watching in the Pacific Northwest. No matter where you vacation, your Carefree Membership will get you access to great boats and beautiful marina resorts.
The joys of boating extend beyond simply being on the water Family vacations create memories for a lifetime!
Before you rent, explore your Carefree Boat Club opportunity today!
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