Some boating enthusiasts enjoy hanging out on the
dock, tinkering with their boats and making repairs or
doing maintenance, but even for diehard boat lovers,
spending more time on the dock than out on the water
can get old after a while.
What is a passionate boater to do? Or, how is a new
boater looking to try boating without all the obligations
able to get their feet wet?
One increasingly popular solution: Own the joy of boating,
don’t own the boat.
In recent years, boat clubs have been popping up all
over the country, offering members all the benefits of
having a boat with none of the hassles. While specifics
and details vary from club to club, most boat clubs
operate under the same basic principle: members pay
a monthly fee and are given access to a fleet of boats,
which they can reserve in advance.
It is an old,
often repeated line,
familiar to everyone
involved with boating, but for many people, it’s a joke
with a distinct ring of truth… “What are the two happiest
days in a boater’s life? The day you buy your boat . . .
and the day you sell it.”
Or maybe it should be “Saturday and Sunday!”
It’s one thing to love boating. It’s something quite different
to love everything about owning a boat. It’s easy to
enjoy a day out on the water experiencing the fresh air,
sunshine, and leisure time with family and friends - but
boats don’t maintain themselves.
Everyone who has owned a boat knows the numerous
responsibilities that go along with it: cleaning, fixing,
maintaining, towing or docking, storing, winterizing,
etc. And, of course, there is insurance to buy, licenses
to obtain and various other financial obligations.
Southwest Boating Magazine