The 5 Secrets Boat Clubs Don’t Want You to Know About
On the surface, boat clubs seem like a great idea. Instead of having to buy a boat, you pay a monthly fee and have access to a range of different vessels. The problem is that in reality, things don’t work out quite that smoothly. Here are the top five secrets that boat clubs don’t want you to know about.
1) Limited Selection of Boats
When we join a boat club, there is this idea that one weekend we can take out a fast speedboat and the next, a family-sized catamaran. The problem is that must clubs really only offer a pretty narrow selection of boats. Not only that, with most people having the same free time as in being off on the weekends, holidays, and certain summer months than you may find yourself standing empty-handed.
2) Too Much Pressure
The problem is that once you join a club, you feel pressure to get the most out of it. The average annual boat club is 275 dollars per month. If you don’t boat that often or have an unusually busy month than it feels like money just is thrown down the drain and just another wasted expense.
3) Limited Places
While some clubs have locations around the world, you’re still limited to whatever places they’re in. For the most part, this basically keeps you stuck around the most touristy places. And those are only the biggest clubs with typically the highest prices.
Freedom Boat Club has one of the largest numbers of places but most of their stuff is in the US so if you heading international you are on your own. The more affordable places, on the other hand, may only have one or two locations which make really getting the most out of the boat club quite difficult.
4) The Clubs Might Be Full
That’s what they really don’t want to tell you. Instead, the will put you on a waiting list, have you probably pay an upfront fee and then you just wait. Even if you do get it, getting on the water might be really difficult because there are too many other people trying to do the same thing as you.
It all comes back to cost. At the end of the day, the price of joining and maintaining a boat club membership is simply unreasonable. Typically you pay a several thousand dollar initiation fee, and a several hundred dollar monthly fee, so often it’s cheaper to own your boat or just rent one!
The Boatsetter Advantage
Instead of dealing with all this, why not just go with Boatsetter instead. You have a huge range of options and can choose to either be your own captain or have one of our many five-star captains. So reserve one and make the most out of your time off.