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What to Know About Carefree Boat Club Buffalo

By Isabella Susino

512 River Rd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Carefree Boat Club of Buffalo’s memberships extend to locations all over the world. Think LA Fitness, but with boats! At this location in North Tonawanda, there are three different boats for members to reserve: tritoon, fishing boat and a deck boat.

Tritoon – more stable of a base than a pontoon, with three bases in the water instead of two

Fishing boat – fishing boat, made to handle the lake and navigate with precision

Deck boat – ideal for cruising in different waterways, with a swim platform and lounger at the front

The $3,500 initiation fee includes unlimited training, starting with an on-the-water training, pays insurance cost for new members, state inspection fees, and maintenance for the boats. The monthly fee that members pay for access to the boats when they reserve them is $399. This fee includes cleaning in between clients, safety checks before and after each use that an employee goes over with you again, and dock space.

Renting a boat can cost $750 each time you want to take it out on the water. Carefree Boat Club makes sense for those that don’t want to pay for their own boat payment and the high rental fees of other companies.

What you don’t have to worry about with Carefree:

Monthly slip fee (for those of you who don’t know boat jargon, this means the space where you park your boat in the water) paid to the marina – $800 to $3,500 per season on the Buffalo waterfront.

Winterization and storage generally cost $20 per boat foot.

Boat maintenance, another cost, includes two routine fluid changes totaling about $200. Marinas often charge for pulling the boat out of the water to do those fluid changes, an additional $250 to $1,000 per year.

Launching your boat can cost $10 each time, plus you’ll have to worry about trailer maintenance.

Cleaning your boat costs time, which could be spent out on the water.

Visit the link below for their general FAQ page.

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