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Freedom Boat Club Acquires Conn. Franchise

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Freedom Boat Club announced has acquired its Freedom Boat Club of Connecticut franchise operation and territory.

The acquisition includes all Connecticut-based locations, as well as the rights to expand and build new club locations in the territory. Currently, Freedom Boat Club has seven current locations along the Connecticut coast from the towns of Stamford to Mystic, Conn., with plans for expansion before the 2022 boating season.

“Through this acquisition and our recent acquisition of the New York territory, we will continue to expand our footprint across the Northeast region and within the largest metropolitan market in the United States,” Cecil Cohn, Freedom Boat Club network president, said in a statement.

Under the franchise leadership of marine industry veterans Richard Cromwell and Peter DeVilbiss, Connecticut membership has grown at double-digit percentages over six years.

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“Brunswick Corporation and Freedom Boat Club have both been fantastic partners to us over the years and we’re thrilled to see their continued success in the market,” added Cromwell.

This marks Brunswick’s fourth boat-club acquisition in 2021, with purchases in Chicago, New York and Spain. Freedom Boat Club now operates corporate-owned clubs in nine territories in the U.S. and U.K.

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