The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that “Boat clubs gain in popularity; 2nd in are opens.” Lisa Kane, who opened a boat club in the Daytona Beach area with her husband said, “”The past two years we have been spent doing a lot of research on the boat club business which is taking off across the country. What I found was that boat clubs are becoming very popular in this economic environment because members are able to enjoy an affordable way of boating.”
To start their boat club, the Kanes bought three different boats: a ski boat, a pontoon boat and a fishing boats. All of the boats they bought are between 18 feet and 24 feet.
Most boat clubs ask that members pay an initial fee to join and then pay dues each month. In some cases there are different membership levels that come with more privileges when people pay higher dues.
A boat club can be an attractive option if you are already a boat owner but want to use a different kind of boat. A woman who bought a membership in the club that the Kanes started did so because she felt that her family’s small fishing boat would not have enough room to entertain visitors from out of town.