Location: Port Washington, New York
Welcome to Freedom Boat Club of Port Washington - 2013 brings an exciting new year for Freedom Boat Club on Long Island with a NEW company, NEW boats, and a NEW focus on member satisfaction!
Tucked away on a peninsula along Nassau County's north shore is a little town called Port Washington. This picturesque village features treelined streets, breathtaking views of Manhasset Bay, beautiful parks, an active community center, a theater, fantastic restaurants and wonderful shops.
Located just 17 miles from New York City, Port Washington is easily accessible by car, train or boat. Port's population of about 33,000 represents a multitude of ethnic and religious backgrounds. All share a sense of community pride that runs deep. It all began with the Matinecock Indians, who called the town "Sin. Sink" or "place of many stones." In 1643, they sold the land to 18 English families from Stamford, Connecticut for a mix of kettles, wampum, lead, gun¬powder, cloth and clothing. The new owners called the land "Cow Neck" after the common pasture they all used. Later, they changed the name to Cow Neck Village and established dairy farming and fishing ventures.
Today, residents and visitors alike appreciate and enjoy the beautiful waterfront area with its beaches, parks, marinas, art galleries, antique shops, boutiques and free summer concerts - History buffs can visit historic homes and browse through the local history and nautical collections of the renowned Port Washington Public Library.
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Freedom Boat Club requires all operators of its boats to be be members of the Club. Members are welcome to bring aboard guests to enjoy the fun of boating but only members are authorized to operate boats. Members of Freedom Boat Club must be 21 years of age or older.
For eligible Freedom Boat Club members, New York State currently has no requirement for certification. However Suffolk County on Long Island recently passed legislation requiring all boat operators to attend and pass a certified boater safety course. This legislation is currently slated to take effect at the end of October 2013. All members of Freedom Boat Club are strongly encouraged to take the boater safety course and to hold in possession at all time the boater safety card issued to attendees upon successful completion of the course. This is a classroom based course and does not involve on-the-water training with an operating boat.
As part of Freedom Boat Club membership, and at no additional charge, all members receive a boater orientation course given by a skilled boating instructor. This on-the-water training and orientation is a requirement before independently operating boats. For experienced boaters this session is typically 3 to 4 hours and goes over specific Freedom Boat Club procedures as well as provides and opportunity to learn about the handling characteristics of Freedom Boat Club\'s boats. For novice or brand new boaters, several sessions may be provided (at no charge) to the members to ensure they are safe and competent boaters who can fully enjoy the fun of operating a powerboat. Refresher training is also provided upon request to all members at no charge.