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Newsletter – April 2013

Newsletter – April 2013

BOATING SEASON JUST WEEKS AWAY!

It’s been an incredibly long winter.  With some of the biggest snowfalls coming in April, it kind of seems like summer will never come.  That’s not going to slow us down!  We are so excited for boating that we already have some of our boats about in the water and more will soon be splashed daily.  We’ve also been quite busy coming up with ideas to help you get the most out of your membership.  And though our membership enrollment rosters are almost full, we do have limited availability left.  So if you want to get out on the water, please sign up as soon as possible or get on our waiting listSee availability here.

Here are a couple of hints to help you and your family get ready for the season:

  1. If you are a new member please make sure to schedule your orientation by contacting our office M-F from 9AM-5PM at 612-208-1800. Remember, these are scheduled on a first come-first serve basis so the sooner you sign up, the sooner you can get on the water.
  2. Our online reservation center will open on May 1st.  At that time you will be able to login to the reservation center and begin to reserve boats.  You can then expect to continue to see more boats appear online for use every week at each location as they are splashed and inspected by the Water Patrol.

YBC MEMBERSHIP SURVEY

We are excited to spend the Summer of 2013 with you as we enjoy the lakes and all that Minnesota has to offer!  As we look to increase our service offerings, locations and overall variety of boating options we have come up with a few ideas that we would like to get your feedback on:

  • What if we could offer guided professional fishing trips in high-end tournament fishing boats?
  • How about Minneapolis to St. Paul and back river boat trips or tour boats?
  • Paddle Wheeler river boats on the St Croix?
  • Sunday Brunch Charter boats with mimosas?
  • Sail boats or sailing lessons?

Hassle-free boating is what brings us together but your membership to Your Boat Club is so much more than that!  In addition we are partnering with various local bars and restaurants to offer Members’ Only food and beverage specials with your boat reservations.  These will be time sensitive but will be included in your confirmation emails.

We are planning new, exciting things this summer to enhance the Your Boat Club community and add value to your membership. We have a lot of ideas and want to be sure you are excited about them and that they reflect things you will appreciate!

Please take a minute to give us your thoughts in this seven question survey. Thanks!

APRIL SNOWFALLS BRING MUCH-NEEDED PRECIPITATION TO OUR LAKES

It’s no secret that Minnesota’s lakes have been thirsty in recent years.  So the record-breaking rain (2.63” – normal is 1.11”) and snow (6.8” – normal is 1.5”) that has fallen upon us this month can actually help our 2013 boating season.  In fact, there was a stretch of ten days in a row of measurable precipitation from April 5th to April 14th.  A stretch of at least ten consecutive days in a row of precipitation is quite rare and has only happened two other times in the Twin Cities record back to 1871.  So what’s good about that?  All this rain and snow will help to ease drought in Minnesota this spring. The “hydrological” part of our drought is already showing signs of easing…and rivers & lakes will respond positively this spring.

So instead of looking at this:
Snowy Day

We will soon be looking at this:
White Bear Lake Sunset

BOATS FOR SALE

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As you know, meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations is a top priority at YBC.  That’s why, to ensure you have the best boating experience possible, we only use our brand new boats for three years.  What happens to the boats at that point?  We offer them at discounts up to 50% off.  As YBC is approaching its fourth season, our original boats from year one have become available for purchase.  These boats are very well maintained and have served YBC members very well.  If you or anyone you know is interested in an incredible deal on a boat you already know is in great shape, check out our availability here.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – THE KNUTSONS

Pam and Scott Knutson

In August of 2009, their family finally grown, the Knutsons sold their house and moved into a townhome in Shakopee.  Without ample space for water toys, they checked into slip rental and storage, but it was quite costly so they decided to sell the ski boat and jet skis.  Then Pam discovered Your Boat Club.  Looking over all the information YBC had to offer and knowing all too well how to do the math of ownership –purchase, deprecation storage, maintenance, etc –it was clear that becoming a YBC member was the perfect solution.

The Knutsons use all the styles of boats available, but gravitate toward pontoons most often.  Their five adult children love it and their boys like to take advantage of the fishing boats as well.  Though Prior Lake tends to be their home port, the Knutsons also enjoy Waconia and have taken advantage of many of the other lakes available.  “We actually plan our family vacations around the ‘Your Boat Club’ locations of Gull and Cross Lakes,” says Scott.

“We thoroughly enjoy the courtesy and friendliness of the staff at all locations.  They are always right there to help carry on our boating essentials and have tubes and other water toys available for our boating fun.  All we have to do is come aboard.”

In fact, Scott’s dad who is confined to a wheelchair dreamed of going fishing once again.

“We explained the situation to the staff and they said, ‘no problem’,” Pam reflects.  “They met us at the dock and had a ramp in place to help get his wheelchair onto the pontoon and assisted in helping him get safely aboard.  It was a very special day for him; he even caught a fish.  The boat training is excellent and now Pam can confidently take friends and family out on her own knowing that there will always be someone there to help launch and tie up the boat.  ‘Your Boat Club’ is the perfect fit for our family.”

Knutson Kids

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