The Truth About Freedom Boat Club (And Why I Joined)

By: Joseph Simonds on October 18, 2019
Found In:

freedom boat club myths

I almost didn’t do it…

Growing up we always had a boat and recently I’ve been itching to get one.

But then I started crunching the numbers…

You need to pay for the down payment, monthly payments, registration, insurance, maintenance, trailer, and storage, among other things.

Plus, you only have one boat.

What if I want to take my kids out tubing, or go bass fishing, or get into some skinny water looking for snook and redfish?

One type of boat is not ideal for the variety of activities we like to do on the water…

Which lead me to Freedom Boat Club.

I’d heard lots of misinformation about Freedom Boat Club regarding their prices, the number of times you can take their boats out, etc., so Freedom Boat Club wasn’t even on my radar for the longest time…

But the price of getting my own boat made me reevaluate my options.

In this podcast episode, I have my man Alex Anchor (yes, that’s his real last name) from the Winter Haven Freedom Boat Club to help talk about the pros, cons, and misconceptions when it comes to Freedom Boat Club.

I’m not getting paid by them and this is not a sponsored post, but Salt Strong is all about helping you make memories on the water with your loved ones and this is one of the best deals I’ve done when it comes to boating and fishing.

I’ve been enjoying being a part of the Club and I just wanted to share this with you in hopes of clearing up some misconceptions.

You can listen to this episode by clicking the play button below, or on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify and leave us a review!

The Truth About Freedom Boat Club [PODCAST]

salt strong podcast itunes
salt strong podcast stitcher

salt strong podcast spotify

Note: Don’t forget to subscribe to the Salt Strong podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify and leave us a review!

Related podcasts:

Conclusion

freedom boat club

So there you have it, the truth about Freedom Boat Club…

I hope this podcast helped answer any questions you had about Freedom Boat Club, but most importantly, I hope that this will help you make more memories on the water with your loved ones.

If you want to learn more about them, check them out at their website here:

And if you’re in Winter Haven and you want to join my specific club (we only need three more members to get a new boat!), check them out here:

Have any questions about the Freedom Boat Club?

Let me know in the comments below!

If you know someone who would love to join, but hasn’t pulled the trigger yet, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

And if you want access to the best local fishing spots and real-time updates on what and where the fish are biting, click here to join us in the Insider Club!

Do You Want To Quickly Find New Fishing Spots In Your Area?

Then you’ve got to see this private fishing club!

Here’s what you’ll receive today:

  • Weekly fishing reports and TRENDS revealing where the inshore fish are feeding all year long
  • Weekly “spot dissection” videos that walk you through all the best spots in certain areas
  • Exclusive fishing tips from the PROS you can’t find anywhere else
  • Everything you need to start catching fish more consistently (regardless if you fish out of a boat, kayak, or land).

Click here to join today.

Related articles:

21
Leave a Reply

avatar
10 Comment threads
11 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
15 Comment authors
Jim EllicottThomas HerzogBarrett SmithBrendt TalcottRichard Colon Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest
Notify of
Barrett Smith
Member

I would say that Yellowfin makes one of the finer boats and produces the styles and sizes to fit most anyone’s needs. I have a 97 Back Country 201 ProGuide which was designed and mfd by Wiley who owns Yellowfin and it’s still revered as one of the finest riding and performing hulls and sought by inshore fisherman. Just saying…

Brendt Talcott
Member

I am a member pf the club as well. Def worth it!! Got a boat from Alex there at Winter Haven. Great guy, nice small club looking to grow. I will be back! I teresting to hear this podcast and know you joined Joe.

Richard Colon
Member

We moved to SWFlorida from L.A. and have been FB members for 4 years. We are out on the water over 30 times a year and have boated in Mission Bay, San Diego area. We love the staff at Laishly Marina and Pine Island. I am not handy so FB was an easy decision.

Everett Kimball
Member

I have been a member for over a year. Always great staff and different boats for various conditions. Oldest boat I used was 3 years old. I would recommend them anyone they even have locations in France

Marc
Guest
Marc

Very happy to hear the pricing you git was so great, I’m also a bit jealous. Here on Cape Cod you’ll be shelling a heck of a lot more, about $7k to join and $400 a month. At that price I’d need to ass in the divorce and support costs. 🙃

Jim Ross
Member

We’ve been members (Marco) for 3 years and love it. It Fits us perfectly. My only issues are no trolling motors. I’ve talked to some people at FBC headquarters and even suggested that they just put mounts a few boats and members can bring their own motor but they are not bending.
I just heard in the podcast that there are some in St Pete. Hopefully, we’ll see some in Goodland soon.

Richard Fiorentino
Member

Jim – I have spoken to John Giglio ( who just sold the company to Brunswick) about trolling motors for years to no avail. Clubs in Tampa have them. Maybe we can get a group of members together and plead our case.

Richard Fiorentino
Member

I sold my skiff and joined about 4 years ago. It was the smartest thing I ever did. They do exactly what they say they will do, and always with a smile. It cost me per month about what it would cost to put my boat on a rack. The only con is they have no boats with trolling motors at most locations.

Jim Ellicott
Member

I agree. the lack of trolling motors is my 2nd biggest gripe. The first is not being able to fish at night. Most of my biggest catches have been at night. I also wish they would do some kind of regular newsletter or at least post information on line about new boats and equipment so that I could make better choices about reservations.

Thomas Herzog
Member

Jim, the put out a newsletter every month with upcoming events, new boats, etc. Make sure you are signed up for the newsletter and if you are check your spam folder. Mine always ends up in there. I also believe you can read the newsletter when you log into the web page reservation site.

Jim Ellicott
Member

Thanks for the reply. You must be located in a different area than I am. I am in the Daytona Beach area club. It was interesting that you mentioned Salt Strong in your reply, which I am also a member of, and I’ll bet they are the ones providing the information rather than Freedom Boat Club. Those guys are always on top of things.

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

I like the points you make, but if you want to get skinny early and then offshore for mahi later you can solve all that with a Glasstream 260te. Nobody believes how it sits on top of the water running in 2-4 at 60mph until they’re in it. Haven’t tuned with it yet, but I’m sure it will work just fine.

Eric Black
Member

Great podcast, Joe and Alex. I am in North Port and have been planning to join probably in Dec/Jan. We have 3 clubs within 20 minutes of my house, and another 5 within 30-40 minutes. 8 clubs within an hour of us. Plus, I have a condo in Tampa, so that opens up a lot more opportunities.

Richard Fiorentino
Member

Eric , If you have any questions about the club, I would be more than happy to answer them . rf757@aol.com

Bill Bram
Guest
Bill Bram

Eric, I am the membership executive in Tampa, specifically at the Hula Bay location. We have over 430 boats in 28 locations in the Tampa region and we have 17′ Key West boats with trolling motors! Please feel free to contact me. It would be my pleasure to help anyone become a member.

Jan Gurdak
Member

A big plus is the service they offer. We go offshore fishing and bring a lot of gear. They load and unload all gear, rinse poles too! Plus, you do not have to clean the boat like owners do. A big negative is they do not come with a GPS. The program is well worth the monthly fee.

Peter
Guest
Peter

All of our Freedom Boat Club fishing boats in New York have GPS / fish finders, mostly Garmin 6 series.

Jan Gurdak
Member

Not so in Sarasota, Palmetto Florida. During the winter, boats from NY area are sent to us as loaners. They do have GPS units. My friend brings his own GPS and depth finder, which is great!

Richard Fiorentino
Member

How does he bring his own depth finder?

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

All of our boats (5) in the Richmond Hill, Georgia club have Garmin GPS chart plotters.

Richard Fiorentino
Member

Yea Jan. I bout my own portable GPS for about $200 and it has worked out fine.