by Carol Allen
Credit: Crest Boats
Editor s Note: In a recent stay in one of Bartlett Lake s relaxing Aqua lodges, Jim and I
had a chance to talk with Bryan and Eric Church about the growing interest in their Boat Club.
The concept is simple and very appealing to those who want to go boating but have no desire to
actually own their own boats — or cannot make that commitment at present. The Bartlett Lake Boat
Club was thoroughly explained to us while we were there, and we wanted to pass on the possibilities
to our readers.
During the downturn in economy, many who love to boat on Arizona s beautiful lakes, to fish
the plentiful waters, and to recreate with their families feel thwarted by the costs of owning
their own boats. They are discouraged that the joys of, for example, introducing their children
to water recreation seem beyond their means at the present time.
Or, as discussed in a recent article in Mad Mariner (http://madmariner.com), there are those
who have owned boats and loved the boating, but hated everything else. And, there are others
who have not had boats but have heard the downsides of boat ownership and have shied away from
the idea because of those negatives.
They Love Boating, But
It is a given that a love of boating does not always translate into a love of boats. Some water
enthusiasts love to be out on the lake but do not want to spend their time painting hulls, repairing
engines, worrying about rust, rot, and the like. They are averse to fiddling with the boat or trailering
the boat. In other words, at the end of a pleasurable day on the water, they want to walk away
unencumbered by the chores of a boat owner. And, we have said nothing about the frustration of waiting in lines to launch your own boat and again,
at the end of the day, facing another line before retrieving it from the water.
Credit: Evolution Boats
Enter Bartlett s Boat Club
However, that does not have to be the case. Enter Bartlett Lake s Boat Club. In rapidly
growing numbers, Arizonans are embracing the concept of boat clubs. It s a simple idea,
really — club members buy in with a membership fee and then pay dues monthly. Their return
is huge: unlimited access to their club s local fleet.
They come to their local marina, and the boat of their choice is ready for them to enjoy.
Aside from their dues, the only other coast to members is their fuel (and, for a reduced cost
at Bartlett Lake Marina). There are no slip fees, and the boat club handles maintenance, insurance,
repairs, and all the little details that are part of boat ownership.
In other words, a carefully thought-out program has made it possible for all of us to enjoy
boating without the hassles and expense of ownership.
An addendum to all of this is the fact that, according to some NMMA research, boat owners on
average use their craft only 15 times a year. Other ways have been thought out to reduce the cost of actual boat ownership for example, timeshares or fractional ownership but with either, an ownership interest still exists, and that includes the attendant pressures and responsibilities.
Credit: Lund Boats
May Purchase Later
Importantly, the idea of boat clubs hurting boat sales is dismissed by company executives
and franchise owners who say that those want to own their own boats will still do so. And,
having had the experience of the boat clubs and developing a passion for boats may move some
to purchase their own later.
Talking with Bryan and Eric Church at Bartlett Lake, we were very impressed with the details
of the Boat Club as well as the fleet of craft available for me
Membership in the Boat Club is filling fast! At this time, applications are being received
in person only — reserve your space today by calling to speak with a club representative.
In any case, if you are interested in learning more about the Bartlett Lake Boat Club,
e-mail Bryan Church at firstname.lastname@example.org. He, his brother Eric, or another staff member
can set up an appointment for you to tour the marina facilities and inspect their fleet of brand
Credit: Malibu Boats
To Summarize, The Boat Club Offers
Credit: Playbouy Tahoe Pontoon Boats
The boat of your choice when you want it
Skis, vests, tubes, water skis, boards, and toys for members and guests all included
Personalized, on-board instruction in boat handling and safety, including for beginners
Unlimited use for you and your guests
Slip rental and boat cleaning
Insurance, maintenance and repairs
And, You Can Say Goodbye To
Launch ramp hassles and long wait lines
Towing and transport nightmares
Constant repairs, maintenance and cleaning
Licensing and insurance expenses
A Bargain At Any Price
Bartlett Lake Boat Club members save an average of $5,000 per year:
one-time fee, $995:
monthly dues $265 and
Platinum Membership: one time fee, $1,395:
monthly dues $315.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up?
Registration forms are available at the Bartlett Lake Marina.
Call (480) 221-5737 for more information or to schedule an appointment for a club tour.
How do I reserve a boat?
Simply call the reservation line at (480) 221-5737, and we will schedule the craft for
you! Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance.
Is there a charge for canceling a reservation?
No. The boats are here to be used at YOUR convenience.
How much does club membership cost?
Less than the average cost of owning a boat!
Who cleans and maintains the boats?
Club boats are maintained and repaired by certified marine mechanics.
Additionally, each vessel is thoroughly cleaned prior to your reservation.
Is equipment included?
Yes! Skis, vests, tubes, wakeboards, and kneeboards are available for your use.
How do I reserve equipment?
Equipment can be requested at the time of the boat reservation or anytime up to
24 hours prior to the reserved date.
Is insurance covered by the Club?
Insurance covers hull damage.
Can I bring guests?
Yes! You can bring as many guests as the boat is rated for.
Please understand that safety precautions disallow us from releasing overloaded boats.
Can my guests use the club without me being there?
The club is set up for the typical husband and wife. One of the two members must be present.
What other amenities are offered at the Marina?
The Bartlett Lake Marina is one of the most fully featured, state-of-the-art recreation
facilities in the Southwest. Visit www.bartlettlake.com
for more details.
What supplies are available at the Marina?
The Bartlett Lake Marina Dock Store is fully stocked with fuel (car and boat),
beer, sodas and drinks, ice, food and snacks and a variety of supplies and equipment.
And Now, To The Fleet
Whether it's fishing, skiing or pure leisure you're after,
the BLM Boat Club has the boat for you stored, maintained, insured,
and equipped. We were impressed by the variety and quality of the boats
just waiting for you. Some of them are inserted into this article.
Come to Bartlett. Experience the beauty, do some fishing (the crappie are waiting!),
and while you re there check out the Boat Club!
You may reach Arizona Boating and Watersports at:
480/947-6219 or 619/523-3091
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