Carefree Boat Club has revolutionized the way people enjoy boating. With us, the expense and hassle of boat ownership is a thing of the past.
With a Carefree Boat Club membership you get:
—In most cases, the cost of membership is about 1/3 the cost of owning a boat.
—We cover the cost of boat purchase, slip fees, insurance, maintenance, repair, taxes, towing coverage, winterization and depreciation.
—Use the boats as often as you would like with no additional cost.
—Boats are reserved using an on-line reservation system that allows you to pick the day, time, boat and Carefree location so you can design your perfect outing…easily.
—Variety includes but not limited to 18’-27’ Cruiser, Deck, Bowrider, Pontoon, Fishing, Ski and Sail Boats.
—As a member you’re not stuck with one kind of boating. You can take your family on a nice cruise this weekend and next week go fishing. The possibilities are endless!
—We have been making boats available for our members for over a decade and the key to our success is the ratios of boats to members, an easy to use on line reservation system and spur of the moment walk on access.
—Members predict and control their own availability same day up to 6 months in advance.
—Members have access to all US and Canada locations.
—Instructors at each location provide Boat Safety training and handling skills.
—We teach you to operate a boat in tight quarters, navigate channels, practice emergencies, dock, rules of the road, radio operation, and how to use the many amenities that you will find on most boats.
How Do I Join?
Give us a call or send us a message to arrange your personal tour of the location you are interested in joining. The Membership Director will show you the fleet of boats and will work with you to determine which of our membership options will meet your boating wishes. Most applications are processed within 24 hours.
The next step is to become a knowledgeable and proficient boat operator. Our Be A Better Boater training program is included with membership at no additional cost. You will be scheduled for the next available Boating Safety Course and will have your On-The-Water individual boat operation training scheduled as soon as possible thereafter.
Then, let the FUN begin! You could be on the water in as soon as 5 - 7 days after your application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Carefree Boat Club is a private club. This means that our boats are only available to Members. We do not rent or charter our boats. Our members are the only ones with access to the fleet and they never pay a fee to use the boats.
Like most clubs we charge a one time Initiation Fee and an annual (you may choose to pay monthly) membership fee. We do not require long commitments from our members; you can join for as little as one year.
No. Members have Unlimited access to boats. Boat as much as you like.
Yes. All members get a training manual upon joining. Members attend one classroom session followed by “On the Water” training with the dock master. Training covers CBC processes, general navigation, docking, and safety.
After joining, new members can normally be boating within 5 to 14 days of joining.
We have an online reservation system, ResNet, that you can reserve a boat 24 hours / day up to 6 months in advance of when you want to go out. Members may also boat “Spur of the Moment” by speaking with our dock staff directly and reserving a boat.
Members may have a maximum of four advanced reservations on the books(ResNet) at any given time. Once a reservation is used, a new one may be made.
Yes. Simply call the dock master at the marina you wish to boat. The dock master will tell you what’s available and you reserve it for “Spur of the Moment” use. Spur of the Moment use does not count as reservations. It is similar to a “walk on” round of golf.
CBC tracks members vs. boats to ensure we do not have too few boats for our members. CBC adds boats as members are welcomed in to the club. By tracking the usage of the boats by type and by location, CBC can determine the boats that are most popular and add more.
All boats ranging from 18’ to 27’ are available to CBC members. Variety includes Deck boats, Fishing boats, Pontoons, Cruisers, Sail boats, and water sports boats. Members choose the boat they need when making reservations.
Absolutely, in fact, all boats are inspected weekly by the CBC dock staff using a 50 point checklist of safety equipment, hull condition, electronics, and general mechanical items.
Yes, as long as your schedule does not impact another reservation. Taking the boat out early simply requires picking up the keys the evening before. Both early and after hours boating will require some additional training.
Yes. Some restrictions and additional training may apply, but our qualified members routinely enjoy overnight excursions.
CBC maintains insurance that covers all of our vessels as well as third party liability. Members generally are only responsible for paying any deductible that may apply if they damage a boat.
CBC provides Tow coverage on all vessels during normal business hours.
CBC understands the unpredictable life of our military. If the military orders you for out of town duty for more than 60 days, CBC will place membership on hold until return.
About Carefree Boat Club
Carefree Boat Club was founded in Virginia in 2002. Since our inception Carefree Boat Club has become the premier boat club operator in the US and Canada. Everything we do is based on operating at the highest standards in the industry. Our membership ratios are strictly maintained (10 members -1 boat), as are the quality and upkeep of our boats. Our goal is to provide our members with the highest quality boating experience, to provide a safe and easy intro into boating for new boaters and to offer the best variety of boats and ports possible. Our ultimate goal is to make boating fun, easy and affordable. Contact your local club today and find out how you can start creating family memories.
Carefree Boat Club is looking for qualified operators to help bring the boat ownership alternative to new cities across the nation. We see a big trend in continued growth in this industry and are offering licenses throughout the country.