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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.

BOAT CLUBS

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.

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