1. WHAT IS A BOAT CLUB?
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.
2. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
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. We do however greatly reward members who will commit to the club for at least three years and give the best overall value to our five year members. Our fees do vary a bit by location based on local costs, fleet configuration and availability of membership and we also have some different membership options. Because of this we do not post our prices on the website, but your local club will be happy to fill you in. Just remember that membership includes unlimited boating on like-new, professionally maintained & cleaned boats.
3. IS THERE A LIMIT TO HOW MANY TIMES I CAN BOAT PER YEAR?
No. Members have Unlimited access to boats. Boat as much as you like.
4. WILL I GET ANY TRAINING?
Yes. All members get a training manual upon joining. Members attend one classroom session. After training, members call to schedule a boat for “On the Water” training with the dock master. Training covers CBC processes, general navigation, docking, and safety. A separate “On the Water” training is done on cruisers to practice docking and learn overnight processes. Upon completion, you will receive a safety certificate from CBC. We call our training program, Be A Better Boater.
5. HOW SOON CAN I GET ON THE WATER AFTER JOINING?
After joining, new members can normally be boating within 5 to 14 days of joining.
6. HOW DO I RESERVE A BOAT?
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. You may also call our CLUB reservationists, Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm. some club locations 10am – 2pm.
7. HOW MANY RESERVATIONS CAN I HAVE AT ONE TIME?
To maintain availability for all members, 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. Two may be on weekend and two may be on weekday. If you are familar with DVD rental programs, it works the same. It is a rolling reservation system, where the minute you satisfy one of your reservations, you are free to make another.
8. CAN I CALL ON THE SAME DAY TO GET A BOAT?
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.
9. HOW DO I KNOW I WILL GET A BOAT WHEN I CALL?
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, so when a boat is added, it is the right boat and the right location.
10. WHAT SIZE BOATS WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO?
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.
11. ARE THE BOATS WELL MAINTAINED?
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. CBC takes care of regular scheduled maintenance like oil changes, outdrive services, hull cleaning, and annual bottom painting. All US Coast Guard required safety equipment including flares, horn, and approved flotation devices are on board each boat. CBC also includes an anchor, VHF radio, and any lines and bumpers needed.
12. CAN I PICK UP A BOAT EARLY OR USE THE BOATS AFTER HOURS?
Yes. Communication is key. Let the Reservationists know your intentions so we can plan ahead. Taking out the boat early simply requires picking up the keys the evening before. Keeping the boat out after hours requires communication with the dock master to make certain boating after hours does not affect another member’s reservation the following day. Additional training is also required prior to boating early or after hours.
13. CAN I USE THE BOATS FOR AN OVERNIGHT OUTING?
Yes. Some restrictions and additional training may apply, but our qualified members routinely enjoy overnight excursions.
14. IS INSURANCE INCLUDED WITH MEMBERSHIP?
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.
15. WHAT IF THE BOAT BREAKS DOWN WHILE I AM BOATING?
CBC provides Tow coverage on all vessels during normal business hours.
16. I AM MILITARY, WHAT IF I GO OUT OF TOWN FOR DUTY?
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. The member is responsible to communicate departure and return dates so an addendum can be executed.
Call your Membership Executive to get your questions answered.
Your decision to join should be an educated one.