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Carefree Boat Club adds North Carolina location

The second Charlotte, N.C.-area Carefree Boat Club will open April 18 on Lake Wylie at River Hills Marina.

The second Charlotte, N.C.-area Carefree Boat Club will open April 18 on Lake Wylie at River Hills Marina.

The company said Marc and Oana Graveline opened the area’s Lake Norman location in 2010 and have grown the club more than 50 percent every year. They also received numerous awards, including the 2013 Carefree Boat Club of the Year award, and were one of eight finalists for the 2014 Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award.

Last year Marc Graveline quit his engineering career to give his full time effort to growing the club.

“Charlotte is one of the best boating markets in the country,” Graveline said in a statement. “Opening a second location on Lake Wylie is the natural next step to provide the benefits of boating without owning to the greater Charlotte area.”

“We’ve been incredibly blessed to achieve our growth and awards, even while competing clubs keep popping up on Lake Norman to tap into the market,” he said. “Corporate Carefree’s excellent training, coupled with our amazing staff, have equipped us for continued growth and success. This confidence enables us to now open at Lake Wylie, providing a more convenient location for people in south Charlotte and northern South Carolina.”

A grand opening is planned for April 18 and the club’s three boats will be available for use starting April 19. More boats will be added as Lake Wylie membership grows. The Lake Norman location will have 19 boats in its fleet this spring.

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