FAQs

Questions & Answers

Many of the questions below can be answered by watching our video explaining how Freedom Boat Club works.

How long has Freedom Boat Club been in business?

Freedom Boat Club has been in business since 1989. We’re the world’s largest and oldest members-only boat club and we’re expanding rapidly!

Who can I bring with me?

As long as a member is present, you can bring friends, family, guests, children, colleagues … even your favorite pet!

How do I know that there will be boats available for my usage?

Our reservation system ensures that all members have equal access to the boats, plus members can make guaranteed reservations up to six months in advance.

Are there any usage charges?

No, you will never have usage charges. Your only additional cost is for the fuel that you use.

Is there a limit on the number of times per year that I can go boating?

No, boat usage is unlimited at your home location as long as the boat is available!

How do I make reservations?

Reservations can be made online through our online reservation system, on your mobile device through our custom developed app or by calling a club’s reservationist.

How The Club Works!

What type of boats do you have?

We maintain a variety of boats ranging from flats boats and fishing boats, to deckboats, bowriders, pontoons, sailboats and in some markets, cruisers. Each market chooses its own fleet based on the needs and demands there. Feel free to browse through the individual club location pages to view their fleet!

Where do I buy fuel?

Fuel is available at or near each marina. Your boat will always be waiting with a full tank of gas. Some of our franchise locations have fuel flow meters and don’t require you to fill up your own boat. Ask your membership executive for details.

How do you qualify members?

Membership is open to boaters of any skill level, 21 years of age and older. Whether you’ve never boated before, or you’ve boated for years, Freedom Boat Club welcomes you as a member!

Can I go boating at other Freedom Boat Club Locations?

Yes, if your membership plan includes reciprocal membership, you can take advantage of your membership at any Freedom Boat Club location across the country! View a list of Freedom Boat Club locations.

Do you offer boat training/safety classes?

Freedom Boat Club is a major proponent of boater education and safety. Each and every one of our clubs provide FREE training to our members regarding the safe use and operation of our fleet. This generally includes classroom and on-water training activities. Members must complete this training course before reserving a boat.

Do you rent your boats?

Never! This is a private fleet. We do not rent any of the boats in our fleet. This allows us to better maintain the condition of our boats and ensures the highest possible level of fleet availability to our members.

What safety equipment is on the boat?

All boats have US Coast Guard required equipment including life jackets, a fire extinguisher, sound equipment, and flares. Boats are checked for this equipment by both the dock staff and member prior to departure.

International
Questions & Answers

Will you have visiting privileges between Europe and North America Freedom Boat Clubs?

If your Freedom Boat Club membership grants you access to the reciprocal program; the answer is yes. You will be able to reserve boats from any of our Freedom Boat Club locations worldwide as you would do within your native country. However, you will need to get the appropriate paperwork and bring it with you (more details below).

Do I need certification to drive a boat in Europe?

This depends on the country you are reserving a boat in. If you are driving a power boat, you will need a boat license. The most commonly accepted boating license is the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). If you have a boating license from your country, normally you can fill out an ICC application and send it in through your local licensing body to be processed.

I am not a United States citizen, what type of certification do I need to boat in the USA?

There is no specific certification to boat in the USA. We consider our “New Member Orientation” sufficient training to operate one of our boats from one of our Freedom Boat Club locations in the United States. Age and licensing requirements vary by state.

For instance, if you are born on or after January 1, 1988, Florida law requires you to complete the NASBLA-approved boater education course prior to operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or more. The law requires that persons affected by this legislation have in their possession a Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card and a photographic ID while operating a vessel. For details please visit: http://americanboating.org.

I am an American citizen, what type of certification do I need to boat in France?

Foreigners with a boating permit from their home country can use a French registered vessel of the size stated on their permit. If encountered with French authorities, a French translation of the information on the permit must be provided. Because many states in the United States do not require a license (unless you are born after January 1, 1988), this may be a tough document to produce.

FBC recommends you obtain a USA Boating Safety Education ID Card by taking a NASBLA-certified boating course. Needed translation may be obtained at the France-based Freedom Boat Club location upon request.

What regulations apply when cruising the waters of a foreign country?

If you are cruising the waters of a country, under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, that country is within its rights to ask you to comply with its applicable legislation, rules and regulations. This may include, for example, requiring the skipper to prove his or her competence for that role, possession and carrying of local nautical charts, and understanding of local regulations.

At Freedom Boat Club we ensure our boats comply with the local regulations and carry the appropriate documents and equipment. However, it is your responsibility to prove your competence to drive a boat (see our recommendations below depending the country you are from and where you are visiting).