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Freedom Boat Club adds franchises

It's a new era for Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Fla.

Both locations have changed ownership and transformed from corporate locations of the nation's largest members-only boat club to franchises.

The new franchise ownership team is composed of Jacksonville residents Lisa Almeida and Kevin Seelig, who have worked for the Freedom Boat Club for years.

“Our long-term plan is to continue to grow our fleet and provide members a wide choice of boats to choose from,” Almeida said in a statement. “And we're always focused on bringing the best boating experience possible to each and every one of our club members.”

The club boasts more than a dozen boats, including deckboats, bowriders and center console fishing boats. It also grants club members access to more than 60 locations across the nation.

The club provides members with a fleet of boats that come with less stress and a lower price tag than owning a single boat. They clean, maintain, store and do all of the preparation for members' enjoyment.

Members reserve a vessel and the boats are fully prepped, gassed and clean, awaiting the member's arrival. When the members are finished using the boat, all they have to do is drop it off.

“The awesome part is that it gives families the ability to spend time on the water and more time together on and off the water,” Seelig said.


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