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Lake Norman
Cornelius, NC

The Lake Norman, N.C., location of the Freedom Boat Club earned national honors at the company’s recent annual meeting in Duck Key, Fla.

After beginning operations only eight months ago, FBC’s Lake Norman franchise, located at the WaterStreet Seaport Marina in Cornelius, has been designated “Rookie of the Year” for its exceptional efforts in 2013.

“Freedom Boat Club Lake Norman has succeeded on many levels,” said John Giglio, CEO of FBC. “We are thrilled to have this location as part of our expanding network. Lake Norman not only exceeded expectations for memberships sold in 2013 but also received high grades for customer service, community involvement and faithful adherence to our FBC model of excellence.”

Freedom Boat Club, the nation’s largest and oldest boating club, has 75 franchises in 15 states. Perry Weir and son, Jeff Weir, own and operate the Lake Weir franchise, which opened in May 2013 with a fleet of six boats. The FBC of Lake Norman is conveniently located just west of I-77 (exit 28 or 25) at the Waterstreet Seaport.

“We managed to steadily bring in members and stay busy despite an unusually cool and wet summer,” said Jeff Weir. “It is our expectation that we will continue to add new members. We are adding four more boats to our fleet for the 2014 season.”

The Freedom Boat Club, which began in 1989 in Sarasota, has experienced a steady growth in membership and franchise locations based on its model of offering affordable, hassle-free boating. Members not only have a choice of multiple boats at each location but avoid the typical frustrations associated with boat ownership: maintenance, repair, storage, cleaning, towing trailers, etc.

“We know this is a winning concept,” Jeff Weir said. “People love boating but not necessarily all the expensive, time-consuming chores that go along with it. Being a member of Freedom Boat Club means leaving the hassles to us.

“We believe the key to our success has been customer satisfaction. We will do everything in our power to create the perfect day on the lake for our members. We know that was a big factor in our being named Rookie of the Year for the Freedom Boat Club. We feel honored.”

Mary Ann
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Mary Ann

  • 2014 Sweetwater Sweetwater Premium Edition 204 SD
  • Pontoon
  • 25'
  • 12 people

It has an upper deck with a slide!

Need we say more? (It also has Bar Seating with two stools; cooler storage; SS sink and hand pump; LED cup holder; Acrylic bar top; 150 HP outboard with Ski Tow Bar).

  • Length: 25' / 7.6m
  • Draft: 8"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 21 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 12
  • Engine: 150 hp Yamaha Four Stroke
  • Boat Options:
You N Sea
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You N Sea

  • 2014 Rinker Captiva 236
  • Bowrider
  • 23'
  • 9 people

Rinker Captiva 236 sterndrive, features a 300 hp Volvo Penta V8.

The swim platform is set up with a walk-through to the cockpit. The walkway is treated with nonskid and is fitted with a removable stowage bin under it. When not in use, an upholstered cover lowers to create a full-width sun pad. The in-sole ski locker, with a rubberized floor mat and a key-shaped hatch that accommodates wakeboards. 

Key Features
-Snap in carpet
-The full-beam ­transom bench and sun pad provide sitting and lounging comfort for all. 
-Waketower with Monster brand board racks and bimini top.
-Angled backrests make for comfortable lounging in the bow; stainless-steel grab handles provide safety.

  • Length: 23' / 7m
  • Draft: 6"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 41 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 9
  • Engine: 300 hp Volvo I/O
  • Boat Options:
    ✓ AM/FM Stereo
    ✓ Bimini Top
    ✓ CD Player
    ✓ Cooler
    ✓ Depth Finder
    ✓ Ladder - Bow
    ✓ Ladder - Stern
    ✓ Power Outlet Plug
    ✓ Swim Platform
    ✓ Wake Tower
Gilligan
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Gilligan

  • 2014 Rinker Captiva 196
  • Bowrider
  • 19'
  • 6 people

Rinker Captiva 196 sterndrive, featuring a 270 hp Volvo Penta that pushes the boat to nearly 53 mph. It is truly a carving machine but with predictable stability.

Stowage is a primary concern on a small boat, and Rinker maximizes it, with its easy-to-clean rotomolded plastic tubs under cockpit and bow seats.  The in-sole ski locker is also clean, with a rubberized floor mat and a key-shaped hatch that accommodates wakeboards. 

Key Features
-The full-beam ­transom bench and sun pad provide sitting and lounging comfort for all. 
-Waketower with Monster brand board racks and bimini top.
-Angled backrests make for comfortable lounging in the bow; stainless-steel grab handles provide safety.

  • Length: 19' / 5.8m
  • Draft: 6"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 41 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 6
  • Engine: 270 hp Volvo I/O
  • Boat Options:
Ginger
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Ginger

  • 2014 Sweetwater Sweetwater Premium Edition 220 DL
  • Pontoon
  • 24'
  • 12 people

Designed around an innovative rear-facing contoured double lounge, the Sweetwater Premium Edition 220 DL is literally built for comfort!

In the forward lounge, the two forward facing recliners offer true lie-down room. The Sweetwater 220 DL tri ’toon package greatly improves performance. Tubers and skiers will love the zippy starts and sharp turning afforded by the 25-inch centerline tube with a 20-inch lifting pad aft. The outer tubes have inner lifting strakes. The 220 DL, with a ski tow bar raised above the outboard, offers options for tow sports such as tubing. One thing a pontoon such as the 220 DL affords is stability. Its 8-foot-6-inch beam carries fore and aft, and the buoyancy the tubes provide on the outer edges of the boat ensure almost no tipsiness as passengers shift from bow to stern or side to side. That, and the high railings, ensure family safety.

  • Length: 24' / 7.3m
  • Draft: 2"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 27 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 12
  • Engine: 150 hp Yamaha Four Stroke
  • Boat Options:
Zazu
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Zazu

  • 2013 Hurricane SunDeck 2400 IO
  • Deck Boat
  • 25'
  • 10 people

At 24 feet, 8 inches, the 2400 sits in the upper end of Hurricane s Sun Deck series, which features sleek and sporty lines, a wake tower, and a full wrap-around windshield with walk through. It feels like a big boat in straight line running, but turn the wheel and the deep-V bottom digs in and the SunDeck 2400 carves like a much smaller boat. This makes it incredibly fun to drive. Its agility comes from the mating of a 16-degree deadrise hull and a Volvo Penta IO delivering 300 HP. At wide open throttle, it flirts with the 50 mph mark. More impressive, though, is the nearly 4 miles per gallon the boat achieved at the comfortable cruising speed of 26 mph. The Sundeck 2400 lays down a beautiful wake at around 20 mph, and by manipulating trim and throttle, you can easily shape a perfect lip and kicker for a challenging ride.

  • Length: 25' / 7.6m
  • Draft: 22"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 56 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 10
  • Engine: 300 hp Volvo I/O
  • Boat Options:
    ✓ AM/FM Stereo
    ✓ Bimini Top
    ✓ CD Player
    ✓ Cooler
    ✓ Depth Finder
    ✓ Head
    ✓ Ladder - Bow
    ✓ Ladder - Stern
    ✓ Power Outlet Plug
    ✓ Sink
    ✓ Ski Ring
    ✓ Swim Platform
    ✓ Wake Tower
Naughty Buoy
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Naughty Buoy

  • 2013 Hurricane SunDeck 2200 IO
  • Deck Boat
  • 23'
  • 9 people

The Hurricane SunDeck 2200 IO is an inboard/outboard with all the driveability and comfort you want out of a deck boat, but with a sassy attitude the entire crew will enjoy. Check out the Hurricane website for more info and pics: http://www.hurricaneboats.com/boats/2013-HC-SunDeck-SD-2200-I-O

  • Length: 23' / 7m
  • Draft: 14"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 47 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 9
  • Engine: 300 hp Volvo I/O
  • Boat Options:
    ✓ AM/FM Stereo
    ✓ Bimini Top
    ✓ CD Player
    ✓ Cooler
    ✓ Depth Finder
    ✓ Head
    ✓ Ladder - Bow
    ✓ Ladder - Stern
    ✓ Livewell
    ✓ Power Outlet Plug
    ✓ Sink
    ✓ Ski Ring
    ✓ Swim Platform
Mellow Yellow
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Mellow Yellow

  • 2013 Hurricane SunDeck Sport SS 220 OB
  • Deck Boat
  • 22'
  • 10 people

What is your passion? Whether you fish, ski, or cruise, this model has the comfort and performance to match your lifestyle. The SunDeck Sport 220 is a big water boat, with high side decks and a deep cockpit making it a great big lake boat. You will have lots of room to entertain with flowing conversation areas and a stern walk-thru. There s even a spot for your casting chair.

  • Length: 22' / 6.7m
  • Draft: 14"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 56 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 10
  • Engine: 200 hp Yamaha Four Stroke
  • Boat Options:
    ✓ AM/FM Stereo
    ✓ Bimini Top
    ✓ CD Player
    ✓ Cooler
    ✓ Depth Finder
    ✓ Head
    ✓ Ladder - Bow
    ✓ Ladder - Stern
    ✓ Livewell
    ✓ Power Outlet Plug
    ✓ Rodholder
    ✓ Sink
    ✓ Ski Ring
    ✓ Swim Platform

Sweet Caroline

  • 2013 Sweetwater Sweetwater Premium 220 SL Tritoon
  • Pontoon
  • 24'
  • 16 people

This Sweetwater 220 SL has the T.O.T.O.L. Package - under deck skin, lifting strakes, 27 gallon fuel tank and a G-Force third tube for greater maneuverability and stability. The 220 SL has opposing sofas both fore and aft, with movable armrests that harbor two cup holders. In the forward lounge, the two forward facing recliners offer true lie-down room, as do the rear-facing recliners aft. To port, opposite the helm there s a dinette and a lift-out privacy curtain/changing room. There s stowage under the seats as well as an in-sole locker thanks to the triple toon. The Sweetwater 220 SL tri toon package greatly improves performance. Tubers and skiers will love the zippy starts and sharp turning afforded by the 25-inch centerline tube with a 20-inch lifting pad aft. The outer tubes have inner lifting strakes. The 220 SL, with a ski tow bar raised above the outboard, offers a options for tow sports such as tubing, water skiing or wakeboarding. One thing a pontoon such as the 220 SL affords is stability. Its 8-foot-6-inch beam carries fore and aft, and the bouyancy the tubes provide on the outer edges of the boat ensure almost no tipsiness as passengers shift from bow to stern or side to side. That, and the high railings, ensure family safety.

  • Length: 24' / 7.3m
  • Draft: 0"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 27 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 16
  • Engine: 115 hp Yamaha Four Stroke
  • Boat Options:
    ✓ AM/FM Stereo
    ✓ Bimini Top
    ✓ Cooler
    ✓ Depth Finder
    ✓ Ladder - Stern
    ✓ Power Outlet Plug
    ✓ Ski Ring
Sol Searchin'
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Sol Searchin'

  • 2013 Sweetwater Sweetwater Premium 220
  • Pontoon
  • 24'
  • 14 people

With oversized chaise lounges, the Sweetwater Premium 220 has a perfect spot for everyone to kick back and enjoy the day out on the water. Standing exactly 24 feet long with an 8-foot, 6-inch beam, this is your prototypical pontoon footprint. It has facing chaise lounges in the bow and an L-shaped lounge with table in the midship. A changing room folds out from the stern compartment. The placement of this lounge is ideal for a cruising couple because it keeps the companion close by. Equipped with hydraulic steering, lifting strakes, oversized 27-inch pontoons and a Yamaha 115 HP outboard this boat's sweet spot covers both leisurely cruising and most watersports, such as kneeboarding and towing tubes.

  • Length: 24' / 7.3m
  • Draft: 0"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 21 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 14
  • Engine: 115 hp Yamaha Four Stroke
  • Boat Options:
    ✓ AM/FM Stereo
    ✓ Bimini Top
    ✓ Cooler
    ✓ Depth Finder
    ✓ Ladder - Stern
    ✓ Power Outlet Plug
    ✓ Ski Ring
Fishful Thinking
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Fishful Thinking

  • 2013 Hurricane SunDeck Sport 211 OB
  • Center Console
  • 21'
  • 10 people

2013 Hurricane SunDeck Sport 211 Deck Boat with a four stroke Yamaha 150 horse power outboard engine. This boat is a great family boat that you will love to go out fishing on. It's center console design provides everyone plenty of space to move throughout the boat and gives anglers the room they need to land a big fish. This boat features a step down into changing room. It's loaded with a depth finder, Sony stereo/CD system with four speaks and MP3 plug, hydraulic steering with tilt wheel, two live-wells, tackle storage trays, trolling motor, bow and stern boarding ladders, removable bow fold down fishing seat, bimini top, ski tow bar.

  • Length: 21' / 6.4m
  • Draft: 14"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 49 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 10
  • Engine: 150 hp Yamaha Four Stroke
  • Boat Options:
    ✓ AM/FM Stereo
    ✓ Bait Box
    ✓ Bimini Top
    ✓ CD Player
    ✓ Cooler
    ✓ Depth Finder
    ✓ Head
    ✓ Ladder - Bow
    ✓ Ladder - Stern
    ✓ Livewell
    ✓ Power Outlet Plug
    ✓ Rodholder
    ✓ Sink
    ✓ Ski Ring
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CHILLRafts Now Available

CHILLrafts are the "most excellent water toys on the planet." They are floating foam mats that kids play on for hours running up and down them like walking on water.  Adults love them to relax on or use as a floating bar, plus you don't have to waste gas dragging the kids for hours on tubes. Instead, you can anchor out and chill out while the kids play all day!

The CHILLraft is a floating island of fun that can easily be attached to your boat or dock, then quickly rolled up and stored when not in use. The CHILLraft Big Waters is 6' wide x 18' long and 1.25" thick, it weighs approximately 33 lbs and supports up to 1400 lbs.

Freedom Boat Club has purchased THREE of these rafts for our members to reserve and use. (If the demand is there we will purchase more.) Reserve online  - after completing your boat reservation start a new reservation for the CHILLraft for the same day/time. There is a nominal rental fee for these rafts. $25 per session; $40 for whole day


Allen Berndt, member Tampa Bay, Florida

From: Allen Berndt
Date: May 14, 2013, 6:28:35 PM
To: Stu Freedom Boat Club
Subject: Lake Norman

Hi Stu,

I hope all is well. I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that your new franchise in North Carolina is great. I was able to stop by on short notice while traveling for business. Jeff and his father were super nice and very professional. The location and boats were also beautiful. They are really a good group of guys and very helpful on navigating the lake. Hopefully their location does very well, I'm sure it will. 

Thanks


George & Sandy Romanowski, members Sarasota, Florida

Thanks so much for accommodating our last minute request for a boat  today. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the water and our visit to the North Harbor restaurant. Your family treated us to real southern hospitality with their warm welcome providing us with ice, lemonade and all the info we needed for our trip. You certainly have one of the best franchises we've ever visited!

Thanks again,
 

Howie Kresner, LKN member

Thanks again for getting us out on the lake yesterday late afternoon/evening. We had an awesome time once again and I really appreciate everything that is done by you, Dent and your entire family. I know y'all work very hard to make our experience a positive one and the efforts are much appreciated. I'm looking forward to enjoying many more days on the lake like I've had so far since joining the club. Keep up the great work.

Thanks again!   


Stevie LaStella, LKN member

Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how it went. Our boat was thoroughly prepared for the US Coast Guard safety inspection we had while we were out.  Your standard checklist ensured I knew where everything was and that all was up to code. I really couldn't be happier with this membership.

Toni DiBartolo, LKN member

Thank you very much for the great customer service experience with Freedom Boat Club, as you know we were very cautious about joining because of the negative experience we had with a boat club in Florida but I am pleased to let you know our experience with Freedom has been great! Boats are kept in great condition and have always been available, so keep up the great work!


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Susan Joosten - Membership Executive
(704) 659-1294


17505 West Catawba Ave
Cornelius, NC 28031

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Waterstreet Seaport Marina

Lake Norman offers upscale shopping, golfing, NASCAR, fishing, and water fun. Located only 15 miles from uptown Charlotte, Lake Norman is THE place for fun in the sun! Created in 1963 by Duke Energy, Lake Norman is 34 miles long with 520 miles of shoreline and offers numerous attractions to explore. The Lake Norman area offers a mild, four-season climate making it perfect for year-round adventures!


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