At Your Boat Club, everybody from our founders to our newest employees are here because we are passionate about seeing our clients spending quality time on the water with family and friends. Depending on the circumstances you find yourself in, there are a few options to maximize your time on the water while reducing the hassle associated regular outings. In the following article we will take a look at all three.
Boat membership options are unfortunately not available at many popular boating destinations, but if you have access to such an option, it is an option worth exploring. Boat memberships are great because they offer all of the perks of not only owning a boat but owning a variety of boats. This allows you, for example, to take a pontoon boat out one weekend when you have the whole family and a lot of guests with you, and a fishing boat when you want to hit the lake for some fishing and relaxation. In our time speaking with people at boat shows and in our Your Boat Club offices we have found that most people who sell their boats shortly after purchase don’t do so because they got tired of boating, they got tired of doing the same kind of boating day-in-and-day-out. With a boat club membership, you pay a fixed fee and have access to every type of boat in the fleet.
Boat club memberships also offer perks that boat ownership does not. These include:
Boat club memberships are not available everywhere, but if you are lucky enough to live in Minnesota or have a boat club near you, it is definitely and option worth exploring.
We hope that this article has been helpful in identifying the type of boating options that will best serve you and your family. As always if you have any questions about the pros and cons of boat ownership vs. boat rental or boat rental vs. boat memberships, our knowledgeable staff is here to assist you.
For those who cannot tick all of the items off the list above, it may be a good idea to look into boat rental options near you (if those options exist). Not all popular boating destinations have boat rental options, but if your favorite destination near you does offer rental options it would be a good idea to request further information. Boat rentals make a great deal of sense if:
If any of the above-mentioned items sound like they may put you in the category of people who purchase a boat only to sell it shortly after, boat rental vs. boat ownership may be the best option for you.
One of the most obvious options is boat ownership, which is what most people consider first, as this has been the only option for many boat enthusiasts for years. The thing about boat ownership that bums us out is the hefty upfront cost and the long-term commitment. There are many people who would love to be on the water with their family but they don’t ever make boating a part of their life because they simply can’t afford it or don’t want to commit in it. We also, unfortunately, have seen many people who do decide to make the investment and buy a boat, only to turn around and sell their boat a few short years later at a fairly big loss. The most common reason for selling within three years of purchase is the large amount of cost and the hassles associated with the upkeep and use of the boat. People find that owning a boat is a lot of work and expensive. They often don’t use their boat enough to justify the expense and hassles of owning it.
Now with this being said there are times where purchasing a boat makes all the sense in the world. Here are some items you should check off your list when weighing the pros and cons of boat ownership vs. boat rental:
If all of these sound like you, boat ownership may very well be the best option for you.