IMBC panel discusses impact of boat clubs

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The educational track at the recent International Marina & Boatyard Conference featured a panel of five marina experts who addressed the impact of boat clubs on their businesses.

The participants were Sam Chavers, of SunTex; Sam Lowry, of MarineMax; Jeremy Holcomb, of Legendary Marina; Travis Staats, of Camachee Cove Marina; and John Giglio, of Freedom Boat Club.

The hour-long presentation covered club-specific topics that included best practices and top revenue-generating opportunities, docking logistics and recommendations, fueling practices, insurance requirements, and primary operational challenges. The panel also addressed the impact of boat clubs on new-boat sales and rental boat operations.

“It was great to have five leading marina operators from various segments of the industry, representing different sizes and boat club experiences, to share their experiences and perspectives on this hot topic,” panel moderator Wanda Kenton Smith said in a statement.

Because of the interest and the limited opportunity for audience participation, the panel presentation was videotaped. It is available for viewing or download here.

“We believe the panel insight is beneficial for not only marina operators, but other segments of the industry, including retail dealerships who may have questions about how boat clubs work and the partnership opportunities that are available,” Kenton Smith said. “We appreciate IMBC organizers making this topic available to its attendees and welcome the opportunity to share the panel findings with others who may have interest.”

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