Freedom Boat Club opens two Connecticut locations

Freedom Boat Club franchise owners Richard Cromwell of Rhode Island and Peter DeVilbiss of New York have joined together to jointly open and operate two new Freedom Boat Club locations in Connecticut in the cities of Stratford and Branford. These new additions bring the total number of Freedom Boat Clubs in the state to six, five of which have opened since last year and are based out of Brewers Marinas, now part of the Safe Harbor Marinas group.

“Both Dick Cromwell and Pete DeVilbiss bring a great deal of experience in owning and operating successful boat clubs, so we are very pleased by their joint collaboration and partnership on these new locations in Connecticut,” said Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio. “The combination of their leadership, coupled with club locations in prime marina facilities, offers a win-win for boaters in these markets.”

According to Cromwell and DeVilbiss, the new clubs officially open May 1 for the 2017 season and will launch with three new boats each, to complement the 20 additional Freedom Boat Club fleet boats already based in Connecticut. Boat brands featured in the Connecticut clubs include Key West, Starcraft and Cobia.

“Strong demand for club expansion by Connecticut boaters has led to the launch of these new locations,” said Cromwell. “We are very pleased to facilitate and accommodate the growth in these key markets and are also happy to base our operations in conjunction with Brewers Marinas, which are undisputed industry leaders.”

“It’s great to be part of a strong growth organization and to see the continued expansion of the boat club model in today’s sharing economy,” added DeVilbiss, who has also opened an additional club in Long Island this year. “We’re looking forward to welcoming new boaters and seasoned boaters alike to our new locations and expect this to be a very robust season of boating activity.”

The new clubs are situated at Brewer Stratford Marina, 605 Broad St, Stratford, CT 06615 and Brewer Bruce & Johnson’s Marina, 145 S Montowese St, Branford, CT 06405. For more information, contact Greg Gaillard at 860-934-6175 or email

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