If you sometimes think about buying a boat, but reject the notion because of the maintenance work, Anthony Adams would like to talk to you.
Adams is the Membership Executive for Freedom Boat Club of Mid and Northern Michigan , says Michigan is home to two types of boaters.
“There are people who just love it and there are people that just hate the hassles of it, ” Adams says.
Either way, Adams says he believes most people enjoy time spent in a vessel on the water. But when they’re not on the water, boat owners spend hours maintaining and cleaning their watercraft. For some the reward is worth the effort. For others, the hassles are too much. Adams says the Freedom Boat Club is a way to enjoy boating without all the work.
Here’s how it works in Bay City: Members pay an one-time entry fee and then a monthly fee in order to choose from eight boats docked at Wheeler Landing , 600 Marquette St. Members also pay for fuel. The fees vary depending upon the access members choose.
Freedom Boat Club opened in 1989 in Sarasota, Fla. Today, it has locations in the US, Canada, plus Europe. Whatever package they choose, members have reciprocal rights at a few 300 Freedom Boat Golf club locations in the continental United States, Canada, and Europe. Membership comes with perks including social events, access to amenities such as pools, and training from U. S. Coast Guard-certified personnel.
Several factors drew the company to Bay Town. Adams says the Saginaw Bay already is well known as a high-quality site for recreational boaters. Many avid boaters make their homes here. The company also took note associated with onshore recreational opportunities in the community.
“The Bay is a great sailing location and Bay City has a lot of offer, ” Adams says. “Downtown Bay City is coming back to life. That’s the trend we’re seeing in The state of michigan. The smart cities are bringing their downtowns back again to life and I think Bay City is doing that and I think that’s a draw. ”
Freedom Vessel Club wants to add quality to the experience of boating in Bay City. Adams says the staff do everything possible to make boat trips easy. Porters carry equipment to and from cars. Staff at the particular dock tie and un-tie vessels. After each trip, staff clean and cover the boat. They’ll even help you back into the slip and give a person a hand as you step on and off the dock.
“The only thing we ask you to do at the particular end of the day is clean your fish, ” Adams says with a laugh.
The Bay City site opened in May, but Adams says he doesn’t have exact numbers on how many people possess joined. In Michigan, Independence Boat Club boasts thousands of members at 113 locations. Worldwide, about 50, 000 people are members.
The boats vary by location. In These types of City, eight boats are usually available ranging from pontoons to fishing boats. Adams says the boats are never more than three years old and all come from Brunswick companies such as Mercury, Boston Whaler, and Sea Ray. The value ranges up to $170, 000.
Membership packages come in different levels, depending upon the size of the boat and number of days a week you are invited to reserve them. The entry price starts at $5, 500. The particular monthly fees start at $295. Adams is offering reduced rates now, yet says the sale will end soon.
The Freedom Boat Club will hold an open house from 11 a. m. to 3 p. m. Sat., July 23 at Wheeler Landing. If a person can’t make it in order to the open house, a lot more information is available online or at (989) 573-5005
“Anybody will be welcome to come, ” Adams says. “They can bring their friends and family, get a free boat ride, food and drink, and see what Freedom Boat Club is all about. ”