Freedom Boat Club Opens First Seattle Location

Freedom Boat Club Opens First Seattle Location

From Freedom Boat Club: Freedom Boat Club, the nation’s oldest and largest boat club and exclusive boat club franchisor in North America, recently appointed a new franchise owner operator for the Seattle, WA region. Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio has announced Nick Hooge as owner/operator for a new Freedom Boat Club situated at Elliot Bay Marina, 2601 W. Marina Place, Seattle. Hooge, a former military combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, serves as Freedom Boat Club – Seattle’s membership executive overseeing all aspects of membership development as well as club operations and logistics. Hooge most recently worked directly for the corporate franchisor in Ft. Myers, Florida, prior to opening his new franchise operation in Seattle.“I am very excited about launching Freedom Boat Club into the Seattle marketplace as I believe the concept is ideally suited for boaters in the area,” said Hooge.

“I studied and visited multiple available franchise territories prior to finalizing Seattle, but opted for this area because of its very strong boating community and abundance of beautiful waterways.”The new franchise club officially launches April 1 with four brand new boats, with more planned as membership grows, in keeping with the club’s proven 10:1 membership to boat ratio. The fleet features a popular Campion sport cabin, sport utility, cuddy cruiser and a pilot house rigged with fishing and crabbing gear.

“The Northwest has a limited number of boat clubs, but Freedom Boat Club – with 15,000 members coast to coast and 120+ locations throughout North America – brings some very exciting and exclusive benefits to boaters,” said Hooge. “Besides providing free 1:1 unlimited training by licensed instructors and social events for our members, Freedom Boat Club also features reciprocal access to all of our club locations. So whether you’re traveling in Florida, or Texas or Massachusetts or California, for example, if there is a Freedom Boat Club, you can enjoy boating there!”Freedom Boat Club has focused on expanding its footprint to the Northwest, having opened four California and a Vancouver, BC location over the past few years.

In addition, Hooge expects to expand to additional club locations in the Seattle area in the future.“If Seattle boaters respond as I’m predicting, we will look to open additional club locations here in the future,” said Hooge. “There are so many places to go boating and we believe Freedom Boat Club offers a gateway to the boating lifestyle for both newcomers to boating as well as to current or lapsed boaters. The maintenance-free lifestyle is an affordable alternative to boat ownership, and certainly an attractive option for Millennials and others who buy into today’s sharing economy.”

For more information about Freedom Boat Club – Seattle, contact Nick Hooge, Elliot Bay Marina, 2601 W. Marina Place, Seattle WA 98199 or call (206) 900-1291;


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Freedom Boat Club Opens First Seattle Location

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