I wish our members, staff, and visitors a very blessed Thanksgiving! Please take a moment to reflect how luckey we are; reach your hand out to someone in need and please, please, please say thank you to our military.
We just returned from the New York / New Jersey Franchise Expo. It was a great turnout and we have many interested people looking for a Carefree Boat Club business opportunity. We will be reaching out to those interested in this exciting business over the next few weeks. During our visit we discovered a marina that wants a Carefree Boat Club to be part of there product line. We are excited to get a club in the NY/NJ region but are taking our time to ensure we get the right business minded person who can take this great market and be highly successful in the Boat Club industry. If you have interest in opening a Carefree Boat Club any where please feel free to send us an email at: email@example.com.
Don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour Saturday night.
The Staff of Carefree Boat Club would like to wish our members a safe and happy 4th of July. Please take a moment and thank our military for their outstanding service.
For those who have served this great country, “Thank You”!
January 3, 2013
Recreational boating industry reports ten percent increase in new power boat sales in 2012, sees first signs of healthy growth since recession
Small, versatile boats leading the recovery
January 3, 2013 – The U.S. recreational boating industry began to see the tide turn for new power boat sales with an estimated ten percent increase in 2012, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Early projections indicate the industry will see additional increases in 2013 by as much as 5-10 percent. This level of growth in 2013 will depend on a number of factors including continued improvement in economic conditions that impact recreational boating—namely consumer confidence and the housing market—and sustained increases in Americans’ participation in outdoor recreation.
“Improving economic conditions and what seems to be a resurgence in Americans’ love for the outdoors, helped fuel steady growth in new power boat sales in 2012,” notes Thom Dammrich, president of NMMA. “A ten percent boost at retail in 2012 is significant as this is the first time since the recession we saw healthy growth across the powerboat market, which will create momentum in 2013.”
Another factor, and new trend, that’s contributing to new boat sales is the creation of innovative, more versatile and accessible boats that appeal to a variety of interests and budgets and fall within the 15-26 foot range.
It’s these smaller boats, those less than 27 feet, which make up 96 percent of the 12.4 million registered boats in the U.S. and are leading the industry out of the recession. Boats that fall into this category include aluminum all-purpose boats and pontoons, fiberglass bowriders, fish and ski boats, and jet boats.
“One of the most significant trends we’re seeing in boat manufacturing is the versatile boat—one that can pull tubers or wakeboarders, can be used for fishing outings, relaxing with family or entertaining friends,” said Dammrich. “After a decade of decline, Americans are participating in outdoor recreation in growing numbers, and as they look for ways to spend time outdoors, boat manufacturers are taking cue, producing innovative boats that offer an all-encompassing entry to the boating lifestyle at a variety of price points.”
In 2011, boating participation increased ten percent to 83 million – the largest proportion of adults (34.8 percent) who went boating since 1997(35.8 percent).
It’s not just boating participation that is growing. The Outdoor Industry Association reports that more than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority in their daily lives – and they prove it with their wallets. The outdoor recreation economy generates $646 billion in direct consumer spending annually. What’s more, a recent study by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports that participation in fishing is up eleven percent in the past five years, and hunting participation is up nine percent in the past five years.
To further attract this growing number of outdoor recreation enthusiasts and showcase what the boating lifestyle has to offer, the recreational boating industry will unveil its latest innovations at annual boat shows across the country in January and February, starting today, January 3, with the Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show. Boat shows, which attract more than one million people annually, are where manufacturers launch new boats and marine gear for purchase, unlike auto shows which are for viewing. The shows are a primary sales venue for the industry and barometer for things to come for recreational boating, as they provide a glimpse of buyer sentiment and sales for the year ahead. A complete list of boat shows around the U.S. can be found at boatshows.com.
Carefree Boat Club is coming to Chicago. We participated in the January 2013 Chicago Boat Show and had an overwhelming response. We will be opening a club at the 31st St Harbor Marina on 1 May 2013. We plan to have an Open House in Mid April. If you have questions about the club or wish to take advantage of their pre opening special please contact the general manager (Greer) of this location at 888-447-1540 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited about this new location and look forward to meeting with you soon.
Owning a boat is hard work to say the least. Add on extreme weather conditions such as a hurricane, and that hard work just got a million times more difficult and stressful. In the event of a hurricane, owners need to either get their boats out of the water or lie them down to keep them safe from the storm, both time consuming and strenuous. Luckily, Carefree Boat Club does this work for you – making not owning a boat easier than ever before.
When mother nature brings in horrible storms, thinking about the safety of your boat should not have to be on the top of your priorities. If a boat is in a marina, often times it is extremely difficult to receive access to it because the marinas become extremely busy in these situations. If one does eventually get access, most marinas do not have enough space for the amount of boats and the owner will then need to find a trailer to keep their boat on. Some people make the potentially detrimental decision and actually leave their boats on the water during hurricanes. The amount of water damage that can happen to a boat at this time is unfathomable. Men and women alike should be spending time preparing to keep their homes, lawns, cars, families, businesses, etc, safe. However, they have the obligation of making sure that their boat is okay in the midst of preparations.
On top of the many advantages that the Carefree Boat Club already offers, one major perk is that we take care of everything during unfavorable weather situations. The east coast is extremely prone to hurricanes, therefore making CBC an ideal spot to take care of those in need. The hard work and dedication of all our employees really shines when they get all the boats out of the water and keep everything safe.
Owning a boat is already hard work, but when you throw a hurricane into the equation, the tasks list gets even longer. Allow us to do that for you!
While everyone loves a relaxing day on the water soaking up the sun, many don’t realize that boating has many health benefits other than just creating a sanctuary. Boating itself is a low impact activity that not only burns calories, but allows for a good time while doing it. Of course, many people add in some high impact activities while on the water, such as wake boarding, tubing, and water surfing.
Spending a day on the water also grants the endless possibility of bonding with family and friends. In the fast paced world that we live in, it’s not always easy to catch up with old friends or pull our children away from the remote control or television. Boating is an amazing bonding experience that creates fantastic memories. It’s hard to say no to a day on the boat when it allows for such a wonderful and beautiful atmosphere to spend some quality time that is otherwise overlooked!
A day in the sun also allows for our bodies to soak up a safe amount of Vitamin D. With the use of sunscreen, Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that one needs to survive. Data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), USA found that 9% of children across the USA were vitamin D deficient, while another 61 percent, or 50.8 million, were vitamin D insufficient. Spending at least 15 minutes with skin exposed to the sun dramatically decreases these numbers and give our bodies exactly what they need. Make sure that sunscreen is applied to block out the harmful rays from the sun, no one wants to get burnt!
Studies also show that boaters respond to stress or stressful situations in a better manner than non-boaters. By being in an atmosphere of peaceful waters, boaters are stimulating relaxation for themselves, but also their spouses, children, and those that interact with them while boating.
Some believe that fall provides the best fishing of the year! Because of the cooling temperatures, a greater amount of oxygen is in the water and the fish are more active. As fish become more active, they require a larger amount of food and are more likely to go after anything you throw at them.
Here are some of the baits we recommend for bass catching in the fall:
- Lipless Crankbaits (Rattle Traps, Cordell Spots, etc)
- Top Water Baits (Zara Spooks, Floating Minnows, and Chug Bugs)
- Plastics (Curly Tail Worms & Lizards, Crawls)
- Spinner Baits (Slow rolling or working like a worm on the bottom)
- Pig & Jig combos
- Crankbaits (Deep divers working on the downward slops or drops)
In addition, make sure you are keeping an eye on the changing patterns of bait fish. Places to find these include large creeks, the shallows, and breaks. Once you catch sight of bait fish, bass are usually not too far behind!
Paying attention to the weather is also critical when it comes to fall bass fishing. For example, schooling baitfish tend to head in the direction of the wind. If the wind is blowing north, position your boat towards the north side of the body of water. Typically, cooler fall temperatures will also cause the bass to seek areas where the water temperature is likely to remain fairly stable. We recommend packing a tackle box with a temperature gauge, wind check powder, and a GPS.
Finally, take advantage of cloudy days throughout the season! During the early fall and overcast weather conditions, the bass will be found in shallower water for longer periods of time. If you find a school of bass, they will most likely stay in that same spot all day. Bass will also be more active–sometimes all day long–during overcast and cloudy days. As the water color darkens, the bass will be found in shallower water.