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LIVING THE BOATING LIFESTYLE - BEGINNER TO ADVANCED

START BOATING
THE
EASY
WAY
WITH FREEDOM BOAT CLUB
By | Andy Adams and
John Armstrong

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Dock A, Toronto's Outer Harbour Marina, where the Freedom Boat Club Toronto fleet can be found.
This member has used the pontoon boat to allow socially distanced cruising for his four guests.

s a life-long marine journalist,
it has often occurred to me, that
it's a big leap to lay out the cash,
(especially for those with no previous
boating experience), to try it out. How
does someone even know that they will
like boating it if they haven't tried it?
Well, joining a boat club, or a yacht
club that has boats available for members
to use, can get you started without the big
financial commitment and with the support of the club's education and resources.
Try before you buy.
That's exactly the concept behind
Freedom Boat Club. Across North
America, there are now 250 Freedom Boat
Club locations and we went to the one
located in Toronto Outer Harbor Marina
to meet with VP and General Manager
Amit Kumaria...and to go for a ride!
HOW FREEDOM BOAT CLUB
WORKS
In the summer of 2020, they had 1600
boats in the Freedom Boat Club locations
with the expectation of expanding to 2000
in the coming year. Across North America
and Europe, there are 250 locations and a
member can access any of the club locations. Fleet access is unlimited and free

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A Freedom Boat Club staff member does a careful check-in of a boat that was just returned.

training is available to all members. The
group holds special events and activities
for their members and they make it easy
to experience the boating lifestyle.
The Freedom Boat Club staff handle all
of the maintenance, fuel fill-ups, storage,
insurance and repairs. There are a number of different membership plans, but

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generally, you reserve your boat by phone
or online, come and pick it up, head out
and enjoy your boating session, and then
you return it and pay for the fuel that you
have used as you check back in.
This year there was huge growth in
membership and to keep the boat ratios at
about eight members per boat, Steve



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AT THE HELM: BEGINNING ANOTHER YEAR OF BIG CHANGES
TRAVEL DESTINATION : SALT SPRING ISLAND WITH GOURMET FOOD AND DRINK
POWER REVIEW: NEPTUNUS 750 ENCLOSED FLYBRIDGE
SAIL REVIEW: DUFOUR 430 GRAND LARGE
POWER REVIEW: WORLD CAT 280 DC-X
SPECIAL FEATURE: WE PICK 30 OF THE MOST EXCITING BOATS FOR 2021
THE PORT HOLE: FEBRUARY 2021
JOIN A BOATING CLUB
BOATING SKILLS FOR NOVICE TO ADVANCED BOATERS
START BOATING THE EASY WAY WITH FREEDOM BOAT CLUB
CROSSING THE LINE: OF COURSE: SOME LESSER-KNOWN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Canadian Yachting February 2021 - Intro
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Canadian Yachting February 2021 - AT THE HELM: BEGINNING ANOTHER YEAR OF BIG CHANGES
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Canadian Yachting February 2021 - TRAVEL DESTINATION : SALT SPRING ISLAND WITH GOURMET FOOD AND DRINK
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Canadian Yachting February 2021 - POWER REVIEW: NEPTUNUS 750 ENCLOSED FLYBRIDGE
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Canadian Yachting February 2021 - SAIL REVIEW: DUFOUR 430 GRAND LARGE
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Canadian Yachting February 2021 - POWER REVIEW: WORLD CAT 280 DC-X
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Canadian Yachting February 2021 - SPECIAL FEATURE: WE PICK 30 OF THE MOST EXCITING BOATS FOR 2021
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Canadian Yachting February 2021 - JOIN A BOATING CLUB
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Canadian Yachting February 2021 - BOATING SKILLS FOR NOVICE TO ADVANCED BOATERS
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Canadian Yachting February 2021 - START BOATING THE EASY WAY WITH FREEDOM BOAT CLUB
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