Boating has been something that you enjoyed for a very long time. It might have started when you were a child and your parents took you out on the water. Now you have grown up and you may have a family of your own. You have the itch to boat. But you are wondering whether you should look into getting your own or joining a boat club.
You Will Pay a Lot Less With a Boat Club
There are a lot of things involved in buying a boat. You have to buy the boat itself. Take care of it. Find storage for it when you are not using it. Get insurance for it. Those are all things that will add up. Boat clubs, on the other hand, are much less expensive and will allow you to do what you love … which is ride boats.
You Can Get Boating Education
Boat clubs offer much more than just your ability to take a boat out on the waters. They have skilled instructors who can teach you the ins and outs of boating. You can learn how to use the boat efficiently, how to troubleshoot certain problems when you are out on the water, and safety hazards to always be on the lookout for. Sure, you may have a family member who loves boating and there are also a lot of YouTube videos that can help, but instructors at these boat clubs don’t start buffering at the worst possible times.
You Don’t Have To Worry About Maintaining The Boats
This is where people can sink most of their costs … pun somewhat intended. Taking care of a boat so that it will be water-worthy and safe can require a lot of money. Boat clubs take care of that problem for you – they maintain their own boats and keep them looking great. Your fees help pay for that. So you can just focus on getting in the boat and riding around on the open waters.
Naturally, there are a few drawbacks. You can’t customize the boats since they belong to the boating club. You might also run the risk of having someone else reserve the boat before you … which can result in a duel at dawn. Just kidding. You will just have to get another boat.
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what kind of use you want for a boat and what your budget is. Perhaps you can afford to get the fully customized model and have the boat stay docked in a slip and have people maintain it all the time. That’s your right. For others, the best use of the money would be to join the boat club and use any extra money for other things … like really cool boating clothes.
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