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Your Boat Club partners with Groupe Beneteau

Mercury Marine and Beneteau strengthen partnership

Your Boat Club (YBC) announced the company has officially partnered with Groupe Beneteau, which will take a minority stake in Your Boat Club to accelerate the partners’ strategic national and international growth plan. YBC is the largest privately-owned boat club in the world. Its members enjoy the benefits of award-winning, personal service and access to a fleet of more than 300 fishing boats, ...

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Freedom Boat Club announces Midwest expansion

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Executing on its strategy to expand across the Upper-Midwest, Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and the world’s largest boat club operator, today announced the official opening of its first location in Fox Lake in Illinois and plans to open another downtown Chicago location in Diversey Harbor later this summer.  Already this year, Freedom Boat Club ...

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Freedom Boat Club acquires Chicago franchise operation and territory

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Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire its Freedom Boat Club of Chicago franchise operation and territory from its current owner. The scope of the transactions includes all four current Illinois-based locations and rights to build new club locations in part of Northern Illinois and portions of ...

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BoatTEST announces new leasing division

BoatTEST has announced a new division called BoatTESTLEASING which will market leases in new boats for their owners. The program is modeled closely after the highly-successful auto leasing model, with appropriate changes reflecting the different nature of the usage between boats and cars.  Today, 31% of the automobiles on U.S. highways are leased, compared to 9% 20 years ago.  Further, according ...

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Dream Yacht Charter launches Dream Boat Club in North America

Dream Yacht Charter continues its strategy of diversifying its services in 2019 by introducing Dream Boat Club in North America in partnership with boat manufacturers Beneteau and Zodiac Nautic. The North American Dream Boat Club is based on the earlier success of its European club model. “This partnership is another step in bringing the experience of boating to all with ...

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Expert panel on boat clubs to address marina revenue-generating opportunities at IMBC

A special panel representing marina owners/operators has been assembled to specifically address the revenue-generating opportunities and key considerations associated with boat clubs during the International Marina and Boatyard Conference in Ft. Lauderdale later this month. Five industry panelists are slated to share their firsthand experiences and best practices during this session including Sam Chavers of Suntex and director of marina ...

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Q&A with SailTime CEO Todd Hess

Founded in 2001, SailTime is a boat-sharing service that allows users to share ownership of a boat through an annual membership fee. While started as a service for sailboats, the company has added powerboats to its offerings. The company has more than 30 franchised bases worldwide, as well as a network of sailing schools, via bases that are certified American ...

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Carefree Boat Club opens second location in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The second Charlotte area Carefree Boat Club will be opening April 18th. The new club will be located on Lake Wylie at River Hills Marina. Marc and Oana Graveline opened the area’s Lake Norman location in 2010. They have received numerous awards along the way, including the 2013 Carefree Boat Club of the Year award, and were one ...

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Boat clubs build the boaters of tomorrow

Boat clubs rose in popularity during the recession when many other areas of the marine industry struggled, and they continue to thrive as we enter a potential growth period. However, they remain a bit of a mystery to the industry at large. Aren’t these clubs taking business away from dealerships? Not necessarily. Boat clubs have been perceived as a threat ...

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Boat clubs defy the recession

Enjoying year-over-year revenue increases, boat clubs are aggressively, yet carefully, looking to expand throughout the United States. On the surface, Montey Kitchen’s decision to sell his staffing agency in Tennessee, move to Dallas and start Big D Boat Club seems like an emotional one. “It’s a lot easier selling fun than staffing,” he says. But a boat club investment may ...

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