Tons of people all over the country dream of being able to enjoy a day of boating whenever they want — and we don’t blame them! There’s nothing like hitting Lake Lanier with the person you love by your side and maybe a kid or two dangling their feet in the water. Each time you go out on a boat, it’s a magical experience that creates memories that last a lifetime. Unfortunately, people all too often get caught up in the dream of buying their own boat but are caught off-guard by all the extra expenses that accompany it. In today’s blog, our team at Freedom Boat Club at Lake Lanier lays out some of the costs of boat ownership that people don’t expect. 

 

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Insurance

Sometimes, when people get swept up in the excitement of owning a boat, they forget about things like boat insurance. Much like car insurance, you’ll want to make sure that your watercraft is protected — just in case. Like other forms of insurance, boat insurance premiums are higher based on factors like your age, the cost of your boat, previous accidents, and your deductible. Some homeowners’ insurances incorporate boat insurance within their policies. But, in most cases, it is best to seek out separate boat insurance. 

Storage

When buying a boat, it’s important to have a gameplan on where you want to store it when it’s not in use. Some people are fortunate enough to have enough space on their property to store their boats. But what about people who don’t have space? They end up having to pay a storage facility or a marina to store their boat when it’s not in use. These costs can add up very quickly and often catch new boat owners off guard. Luckily, with Freedom Boat Club at Lake Lanier, you don’t have to worry about storing your boat — we take care of everything for you! Contact us today to start your boat club membership at Freedom Boat Club of Lake Lanier. 

Taxes

Taxes may sound small and insignificant, but on big purchases like boats it can really add up. Uncle Sam takes a cut of nearly anything you buy here in the United States and boats are certainly no exception. Make sure that when you are budgeting to buy a boat of your own you don’t forget about the taxes that come with it. 

Boating Licence

The costs and fees associated with getting your boating license may also seem small or insignificant, but all the little costs can certainly add up — especially if you aren’t prepared for them. When you take your boater’s safety course, you can expect to fork over around $200. It’s worth noting though that when you are part of a boat club like Freedom Boat Club at Lake Lanier, all of your education is covered. Your boater’s safety course and other courses are included as part of your membership fees. This helps make boating much more accessible to more people.

Fuel

If you save and budget just enough so you can afford the car you want and nothing else, you’ll be sorely surprised when you find out you can’t afford the insurance and fuel needed to use it! The same can be said for buying a boat. You may have saved for years to get the boat of your dreams, but make sure you planned for the cost of the fuel that runs it too. 

Maintenance

After you’ve put a few miles on your boat, it’s going to need oil changes, cleanings, and other routine maintenance. Some people choose to perform these services themselves, but many don’t have the skillset and choose to pay a professional. While costs for routine maintenance aren’t outrageous, they are certainly not free either. Luckily, when you’re a member of Freedom Boat Club at Lake Lanier, thorough and regular maintenance work is done regularly and it’s all included in your boat club membership. 

 

Goodies

Goodies consist of extra items that help you participate in other activities you can do with your boat like water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and more. Extra goodies you can buy for your boat can enhance your experience, but they come at a cost. Some popular extras that people like to get for their boats include:

 

  • Water skis
  • Wakeboards
  • Tow Ropes
  • Tubes
  • Paddleboards
  • Snorkels
  • And more

There’s a Better Option

Buying a boat is a great option for some people, but for most, becoming a member of a boat club is a much more practical option. When you join a boat club like Freedom Boat Club at Lake Lanier, there are countless perks. You don’t have to pay for storage, your boating license, maintenance, or the biggest cost of all, the boat itself. You simply contact us by phone or online reservation, let us know when you want to go boating and what boat you want to take out, and that’s it. No hauling your boat out of storage, no maintenance, no fuss. Just show up and step on board! Not to mention you can take out a different type of boat depending on your mood and the type of boating you’d like to do. For all of the perks of boat ownership with none of the setbacks, join Freedom Boat Club at Lake Lanier today.