If you’re a boating enthusiast, you may be weighing your options in terms of getting on the water with your family and friends as often as possible. Primarily, there are two ways to make sure that you can get on the water and enjoy the sun and surf as often as possible.
Those two options are either joining a boat club or simply purchasing a boat of your very own. So, if you are wondering if you should join a bout club or buy a boat, I’ve broken down some of the best ways to make the right decision for you.
These are the best reasons why you should think about buying a boat:
- If you enjoy working on your boat, cleaning on the dock and doing regular maintenance and cleaning chores.
- If you use your boat often and take it out almost every weekend and on the holidays.
- If you live on the water and have a personal access dock.
- If you live close to the marina or boat ramp and don’t mind pulling a trailer or paying for your dock fees.
- If you like to be out on the boat all day and night and don’t mind driving at night.
- You know that you love to drive a specific type and model of boat and are unhappy with other models.
- You can do basic repairs and maintenance. – like oil changes and filter replacements – on your own with ease.
- You are a serious and passionate fisherman and want access to your boats 24-hours a day.
- You want a boat that is larger than 24-feet, such as a yacht or cabin cruiser.
These are the best reasons why you should think about joining a boat club:
- You are not a fan of spending your time cleaning and maintaining a boat.
- You want access to a variety of different models, from fishing boats and deck boats to pontoons and speedboats.
- You want to avoid unexpected maintenance costs and cleaning expenses.
- You enjoy travel and want to be able to access a boat in many different locations.
- You are not a life-long boater and are looking for easy access to expert instruction and support.
- You are looking to feel safe knowing that there is a dock staff on duty when you are out.
- You prefer not to deal with trailers, boat ramps and storage issues.
- You are an older boater who is no longer interested in dealing with the physical demands of owning a boat.
- You are worried about the mechanical risks of owning a boat if you leave it unused and in the water for too long a period of time.
- You want to spend more time out on the water and less time cleaning and maintaining your boat on the dock.
- You are looking for a way to casually boat without having to make it a major part of your lifestyle.
Owning a boat or joining a boat club in Florida can absolutely be the right – or wrong – reason depending on what you are looking for. It’s all up to you to decide which fits your lifestyle most.