The 15,000-strong member Freedom Boat Club has arrived in Seattle
Boat sharing companies are growing as an alternative to boat ownership, and Freedom Boat Club has been one of the companies leading the charge. Freedom has now expanded into Seattle, and CEO John Giglio has announced that Nick Hooge will be the owner/operator for the new Freedom Boat Club situated at Elliott Bay Marina. The new franchise club officially launches April 1 with four brand new boats. The fleet features a Campion sport cabin, sport utility, cuddy cruiser, and pilothouse rigged with fishing and crabbing gear. More boats will be added to the fleet as the club grows.
Thought to be the nation’s oldest and largest boat club, Freedom Boat Club reports over 15,000 members across 21 states and Canada. With 1,200 boats in their fleet and 115-plus locations, this network of resources allows members access to most of the waterways of North America. You may live in Washington, but maybe you’ve got a business trip to Florida and will be visiting family in Chicago this year. If you’re a member of Freedom, just show up to the nearest location and you’ll be on the water in no time.
Hooge, a former military combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, serves as Freedom Boat Club – Seattle’s membership executive overseeing all aspects of membership development as well as club operations and logistics. Hooge most recently worked directly for the corporate franchisor in Ft. Myers, Florida, prior to opening his new franchise operation in Seattle.
“I am very excited about launching Freedom Boat Club into the Seattle marketplace as I believe the concept is ideally suited for boaters in the area,” says Hooge. “The Northwest has a limited number of boat clubs, but Freedom Boat Club brings some very exciting and exclusive benefits to boaters. We provide a full-service concierge dock master service for our members to add a unique and personally detailed one-on-one experience to make Freedom Boat Club best in class. Besides providing free one-on-one unlimited training by licensed instructors and social events for our members, Freedom Boat Club also features reciprocal access to all of our club locations. So whether you’re traveling in Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, or California, for example, if there is a Freedom Boat Club, you can enjoy boating there!”
Freedom Boat Club has focused on expanding its footprint to the Northwest, opening four California and two Vancouver, B.C. locations over the past few years. In addition, Hooge expects to expand to additional club locations in the Seattle area in the future.
“If Seattle boaters respond as I’m predicting, we will look to open additional club locations here in the future,” says Hooge. “The maintenance-free lifestyle is an affordable alternative to boat ownership, and certainly an attractive option for Millennials, fishermen, and experienced boaters alike who buy into today’s sharing economy.”
If you want to learn more or become a Freedom Boat Club member, contact Nick Hooge at 206-900-1291, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out Freedom Boat Club’s website at