A flotilla of more than 50 boats gathered recently in the waters of Jacksonville, Fla., for a photograph that marked the growth of a Freedom Boat Club franchise.
The boats that gathered at Sisters Creek Park, just north of the St. John’s River, belong to the Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville. The franchise operates in two locations —Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville and Camachee Cove Marina in St. Augustine.
“We recently went over the 50-boat threshold,” franchise owner Lisa Almeida said in a statement. “We know how significant that is for us. A year ago we had 32 boats. Going over 50 is a big deal for us.”
“We do not have a boat that is more than two years old,” Almeida said. “We are constantly adding new boats or replacing old ones. We want to make sure our members have a great experience on clean new well-maintained boats.”
Among the boats added during the last year are four wakeboats, eight deckboats, nine Key West combination fishing-pleasure boats and a pontoon boat.