Boat Membership Programme To Launch

May 20, 2020 | 13 Comments

A new boat membership programme, Island Boat Club, is coming soon. Bermudian founder Jack Bridges, 29, announced the new concept earlier this month, which will allow for members to access boats for a monthly membership fee.

“The club takes the hassle out of owning a boat, giving members unlimited access to high quality vessels designed for Bermuda’s waters, without the responsibility of maintenance, upkeep, insurance, mooring fees, cleaning, and repairs. Island Boat Club will provide members with comprehensive, complimentary training to ensure they are comfortable and confident on the water,” a spokesperson explained.

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The idea for the club was hatched in 2019. Mr. Bridges said, ‘I had heard of ‘Car Clubs’ in the U.S. where people buy into a club and get to spend time driving luxury cars for a monthly membership fee.

“You get to enjoy the lifestyle without the astronomical initial purchase price, for something that would likely be only used occasionally anyways. That sparked my idea to research ‘Boat Membership Clubs’ and realised this was an emerging concept in many places around the world. It seemed like a great idea for Bermuda and would fill a gap in the market.”

Mr. Bridges continued, “Island Boat Club provides a way for people to enjoy the boating lifestyle without all the drawbacks. Having grown up on the water and around boats from the age of 12, I know how much joy it can bring but am also aware of the challenges and hassles of boat ownership.

“Many people love getting out on the water but don’t have the time to look after a boat, or perhaps they travel frequently and know they won’t use it as much as they would like to. With the Island Boat Club you can enjoy the freedom of a hop-on, hop-off boat at your fingertips without these worries.”

He continued, “I also understand the true cost of owning and maintaining a boat, which can be hard to justify. With the Island Boat Club, members avoid the initial large outlay and the uncertain ongoing fees associated with boat ownership.”

Membership numbers will be limited, to control boat demand. Interested parties are encouraged to register early by emailing membership@islandboatclub.bm. The first 30 people to register will receive a 10% discount on initiation fees.

Mr. Bridges said, “We are targeting a mid June launch date, we have one boat on the island and will be expanding our fleet, in the coming months, to include a 22 foot center console and 24 foot dual console from Sailfish Boats.”

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Island Boat Club will offer a central pickup location option and concierge services where food and beverages, ice and water sports gear can be arranged to be on the boat for your arrival.

Mr. Bridges said, “Having worked for high-end membership clubs for my entire career I am well suited to meet the demands of clients who expect exceptional service. Most of all we want people to feel comfortable and enjoy being on the water. With summer travel looking doubtful, the boat club will provide the opportunity to explore Bermuda from a new perspective.”

Potential members can enjoy a ‘Sea Trial’ where they will have a chance to test out the membership programme. Mr. Bridges will pick up interested parties and take them for a spin in one of the boats to get a feel for the concept.

For more information, please visit www.islandboatclub.bm or contact membership@islandboatclub.bm.

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  1. Proven says:

    Great idea and best wishes!

  2. Jus' Wonderin' says:

    LMAO! For those prices you might as well buy your own boat! Who an really afford all that during these times smfh….oh right only certain people!

    • Toodle-oo says:

      You’d probably also be surprised to see who some of these people are who are flying around on private jets too .

    • Riff raff says:

      Correct! This will keep the riff raff out!

      • sage says:

        The “riff raff” have bigger boats than those, and yours.

  3. Nope says:

    Well I was very interested until I saw the price!!! Forget about it! You can buy your own boat for what these guys are asking for and with these ratio ownership things you can never get the dates you want during busy periods so a waste of money! Rent from a boat rental firm instead!

    • Nice concept, but for de price it sounds like an offshoot from de exclusive Yacht Clubs in Bermuda that have been restricted for the elite.

  4. Carolina says:

    Great concept. Best of luck!

  5. Triangle Drifter says:

    This could work. Boat use can cost a fortune if the boat is not used. So many people own boats & only use them a few times a season. All of the fixed costs are there if the boat is used or not. The costs incurred for the trip of the day are nothing compared to the insurance, the mooring fees, the mooring maintenance, the registration, the haulage, the storage, the routine maintenance etc. etc.

    Most boaters don’t wan to think about all that stuff. Most non boaters don’t have a clue of what it is all about. They think you stop at the fuel dock then off you go.

    Government regulations have long prevented decent sized boats being available for rent. Less than 50hp boats are little more than kids boats. Totally inadequate for a family to enjoy a day on the water.

    This membership concept could be the answer. The trick will be gauging the competency of skippers. You don’t put what is worth more than a luxury car into somebody’s hands just because they SAY that they can handle it.

    Another problem is that everyone wants to go boating on the WEEKEND. Can’t make any money if the boat is only out 2 days of the week. Some creative incentives will have to be dreamt up to get the weekdays active.

  6. Maria says:

    Sounds perfect for us. Please send info

  7. Paradise reclaimed says:

    It’s always easy to spot the pioneers, they’re the ones with the arrows in their back. Best luck!

  8. ljorgen says:

    Uhhhh HELL NO.. them prices are ridiculous jack! I know u know better than that!

  9. Lmao says:

    Cool idea but it won’t ever work

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