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Boat clubs ??

Anyone here have experience with them
I'm looking for a larger boat then my key west bay boat
There sells pitch sounds great
And the boats will get me where I wanna be
Especially on days my boat can't
Any info would be greatly appreciated


  • copout@castaways[email protected] Posts: 5,779 Admiral
    I have a buddy that has a membership. He's primarily a sandbar guy & it fits his needs but he has mentioned they are getting too big & the service is taking a dive. Not sure if he's going to renew. The one time we used the 26' Sailfish there was a lot wrong with it. He mainly uses the Aventura location but has used the Fort Lauderdale/Pompano one as well. There are limits as to how far out you can reserve a boat & how long you can use it. Read the fine print!
  • IAMSECONDIAMSECOND Moved to PB County on 7/5/18Posts: 93 Deckhand
    Yeah, I'd like to hear more from people who have tried it or know someone who has used these programs.
  • frankiezfrankiez Posts: 397 Deckhand
    I live in Venice south of Sarasota. My buddy got a membership to Waves boat and social club and since he is a snowbird he put me as a co-member (meaning i can use the membership too). He checked into Freedom boat club but found that although they had more locations and were nationwide, they also had a ton of members and you would need to reserve a boat over a month in advance to get one.

    When we got into Waves they had 3 locations in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. In the last 2 years they have since opened up 2 more locations and consequently added more boats. It does seem that it gets harder to get a boat on a whim but if I really really need to get out on the water, they most of the time will find some way to accommodate me.

    When you take the boat out it is fully gassed and you just have to pay to gas it back up. No maintenance costs. Of course if i lose something i have to pay to have it replaced. If i damage something the same applies. I once got into shallow water and wasnt paying attention and damaged the prop. Cost me $80 to have it repaired.

    They have flats boats, bay boats, center consoles, pontoon boats and even sailboats. One location even has kayaks you can use.

    I can reserve boats online or call the office.

    Ive spoken with friends who own boats and the majority of them say they should have joined a boat club instead.

    Feel free to PM me if you would like to discuss it more.
  • IAMSECONDIAMSECOND Moved to PB County on 7/5/18Posts: 93 Deckhand
    Thanks for the good review. It sounds like the occasional issue with finding a boat on a whim is far outweighed by the ease of ownership.
  • Steve_raleighSteve_raleigh Posts: 279 Deckhand
    South Florida boat club is the one I'm interested in
    They have a lot of fishing boats
    My only issues are that there were freedom boat
    Club but changed there name freedom boat club has 100's of
    Horrible reviews here in south Florida even a few law suits
    So there's that and also a lot of rules before you can take a boat offshore
    Wich is understandable but wonder if they ever do allow them to get out there
  • copout@castaways[email protected] Posts: 5,779 Admiral
    Buddy had to take a boating course before they would let him either take the boat out or take it out after dusk.
  • TommTomm Posts: 359 Deckhand
    Buddy had to take a boating course before they would let him either take the boat out or take it out after dusk.

    Actually that is quite a good requirement!! Some people scare the crap out of me out there....don't want to pick on the pleasure cruisers, but the reality is they probably get alot less time on the water then guys that like to fish.
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