An important question that I hear a LOT as a membership director for Carefree Boat Club is “HowÂ should IÂ boat – should IÂ rent, own, or Boat Club?” and my answer is always the same; it depends. Â I know this sounds a little like a cop out so to speak but it’s true. Â The reasons someone might own a boat are very different from someone who may just rent occasionally. Â So I thought I would answer this question and post it here to help you figure out what boating lifestyle is right for you.
There are many reasons someone may want to rent a boat. Â If you are just interested in boating for a day here and there this may be the option for you. Â You have to pay for the gas you use as well as the rental fee (generally about $100-$500 a day) but itâ€™s a quick and cheap way to get out on the water. Â Though the boats are not very powerful but will get you from point A to point B. More often than not however you will get a nice, clean, fun pontoon boat great for one-day family excursions for that picnic on the lake.
There are lots of advantages to owning a boat. Â You can use it any time you want, and if you have it trailered you can take it all over the country. Â However this is also the most expensive and limiting way to boat. Â The average boat owner spendsÂ 15% of the boats Original cost every year on their boat. Â For instance if you were to buy a $24,000 boat the first year investment is about $26,000 and $4,000 every year after that. Â The best thing about owning a boat is that you can have any boat you want for your specific purpose, however that is also one of its greatest limitations. Â This is great for people who want to only use a boat for river fishing or wake surfing. Â This is not so much the option for those boaters who want it to be a social gathering place.
This is a favorite for many people. Â It is much cheaper than owning a boat, and doesn’t come with any of the hassles. Â Members of the boat club can use a huge number of boats from any Club Location as often as they want. Â Members are not limited to one type of boat either when they join; they have access to wake boats, fishing boats, high performance pontoons (thatâ€™s right a pontoon that can go 55 mph and pull skis), and luxury boats of many kinds. This is a great option for social boaters and people who don’t want the hassles of owning a boat but all of the joys. Â As a member of Carefree Boat Club they provide the boats and you provide the fun!
For those of you who just want a quick summary of this information here is aÂ chartÂ so you canÂ easily compare. Whatâ€™s your favorite way to boat, tell us in the comments? Â Thanks and happy boating!