Freedom Boat Club growing boating

Freedom Boat Club
March 17, 2014
Filed under BI Business Briefs

FBC(25anniversary)logo22Even as boat sales dropped during the recession, Americans continued their love affair with boating as participation numbers hit record levels.

At Freedom Boat Club, it’s all about getting more people on the water. The boat club model is one that grows boating and opens it up to people who – for a number of reasons – aren’t in a position to buy a boat.

And getting more folks on the water – especially children – is the best way to hook them on the sport.

“Once they join they get the fever,” said Lisa Almeida, Freedom Boat Club’s director of franchise development and owner of two locations.

It’s not uncommon for club members to end up leaving the club and buying a boat down the road

AP_240_OB_Elite_18-webAlmeida shares the story of two of her members who recently told her they had bought a waterfront home and were planning on buying a boat. It was only because of their boat club experience that they had decided to take the plunge.

Those kinds of stories are what makes owning a franchise so rewarding.

With 75 locations in 15 states, Freedom Boat Club is the nation’s largest members-only boating club, but is still looking to grow. The company has added 20 locations in the last 18 months and expects to double in size in the next few years.

“Anywhere there’s a body of water, people boat and there are 40,000 households around that body of water, the Freedom Boat Club model works,” Almeida said.

Specific target areas include New Jersey, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia Beach, the California Delta and Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka.

Buying a franchise gives owners a chance to run a successful business while living a lifestyle that most people would envy. Potential owners need to be ready to embrace a sales environment and love spending time on the water.

With 25 years of experience, Freedom Boat Club can offer proven systems for sales and marketing, proprietary software, exclusive territories and buying power.

For more information on Freedom Boat Club, contact Lisa Almeida, Director of Franchise Development.

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One Response to “Freedom Boat Club growing boating”

  1. Ed Gibson on June 5th, 2014 8:51 pm

    My wife and I have been members of FBC for 4 years. We are totally satisfied. It is a dream come true. Nice boats, friendly staff, excellent locations.

    We always wanted to enjoy boating but did not want the hassle of maintenance, repairs, break downs etc.

    FBC is a real winner, no surprises no hidden costs. Just play on the bay!


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