August 2019 Events

August 13 – Freedom Boating Diva Trip out of FBC in Southport

August 15 – Dock Party in North Myrtle Beach

August 17 – Open House at FBC at Wacca Wache

August 22 – Sunset Cruise out of FBC at Wacca Wache

August 24  – FBC Social at St. James Players Club

August 27 – Member Boat Trip to Conway out of Wacca Wache

August 29 – FBC Fishing Club meeting in Southport

August 29 – FBC Fishing Club Fishing Trip out of Southport

Call for more information:  843-399-8711

Frequently Asked Questions – Reservation Portal

Frequently Asked Questions – Reservation Portal

Q: How many reciprocal reservations do I get each year?
A: Four. Each calendar year, you can make a total of four (4) non-home club reservations at
each of our 175+ locations around the country.

Q: Is there a way to tell how many reciprocal reservations I have used at a specific club?
A: Yes. With our updated Reservations Portal, you can select a club during the online
reservation process and the system will show you how many reservations you have left at that
club.

Q: Will the Reservations Portal allow me to access more boats at non-home clubs?
A: No. The number and type of boats available for reciprocal booking at a given location will still
be determined on a club-by-club basis. However, the system will eliminate some of the conflicts
that would arise from time to time during the manual reservation process, such as double
booking or miscommunication regarding vessel type, ensuring that the exact boat you book is
available on the day(s) you request.

Q: What other benefits does this new system offer?
A: In addition to the rules and regulations established by Freedom Boat Club at the corporate
level, many of our clubs have their own set of requirements for reserving/using their vessels.
With our portal, selecting a boat will display a complete list of requirements and certifications
needed for your upcoming day on the water.

Q: If I use all of my allotted reciprocal reservations at a specific club, can I purchase more?
A: No. You cannot increase the number of reciprocal reservations at a non-home club. Once
you’ve reached your limit, you can reserve vessels at any of our other 175+ locations around
the country or, if you’re only interested in a specific club, you can inquire about a full
membership at that location.

Q: Who can I contact with additional questions?
A: For more information on the updated Reservations Portal, club rules and regulations and
more, please contact the management at your home club or email us at
reciprocalquestions@freedomboatclub.com.

Military and 1st Responder Recognition Party – April 13 from 1-3pm

An exciting Military and 1st Responder Recognition Party will be held this Saturday (4/13/19) from 1 to 3 p.m at the Brand New Cape Cod Cottages located a 4425 Sea Mountain Hwy, Little River, SC 29566. There will be free waterway tours offered on boats provided by The Freedom Boat Club and by Myrtle Beach Watersports aboard the newly renovated Sea Thunder dolphin tour boat.

Free hot dogs will be provided by Freedom Boat Club. We are thrilled to have partnered with Dave Priest of 99.5 WRRN, who will be providing live coverage of the events. The event will promote our community’s history and culture for our community and visitors alike.

The Freedom Boat Club (located across the swing bridge from Cape Cod Cottages), has an exciting special offer for all buyers of a Cape Cod Cottage. Please stop by and see how convenient it can be to have a wide array of boats available to you in your own backyard.

Sponsors include Freedom Boat Club, Cape Cod Cottages, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Little River Chamber of Commerce, Vietnam Veteran’s Association and the Military Officers Club. For additional information call 843-732-4711.

Relay for Life of the Grand Strand

The Relay For Life movement is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer. From team members to volunteers, we all want to remember those we’ve lost, help those affected today, and give us a home team advantage against cancer. Through funds donated, time given, or awareness raised, our communities are teaming up to make a difference. When we rally together in the fight against cancer through this fun and inspirational event, we can accomplish anything.
 
Freedom Boat Club has participated in Relay for Life of the Grand Strand for 13 years now and we have raised over $100,000 in the fight against cancer. Relay for Life takes place at Grand Park at the Market Commons this year in Myrtle Beach on May 4th beginning at 11am.
 
Please join us at 710 Bowling for a team planning meeting for TEAM FREEDOM.
 
When: Thursday, March 14th at 6pm
 
Where: 710 Bowling in North Myrtle Beach
 
Why: To plan our events for this year’s Relay for Life
 
To join TEAM FREEDOM or to make a donation please click here or go to www.relayforlife.org/mbsc. We are TEAM FREEDOM at the Grand Strand Relay for Life.
 
Please RSVP with the number of people attending by calling 843-732-4711 or simply respond to this email.
 
There is also a Relay for Life meeting for ALL teams on March 4th at 6pm but Freedom Boat Club will not be in attendance. Please feel free to attend! Logan’s Roadhouse 1136 Oak Forest Drive Myrtle Beach SC 29577.

North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Come and ride or walk with us in the biggest parade on the Grand Strand, dogs welcome, too. 
 
Show your Freedom Boat Club Pride and have some fun as we sport our green together. We’ll have a prize for the best dressed and most enthusiastic member.
 
The parade is on March 16th and starts at 9am, you would need to be there by no later than 8:30am.   More details about parking and our lineup number coming soon.
 
​​St. Patrick’s Day Parade
 
Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC
 
Saturday, March 16, 2019
 
Parade: 9 a.m.
 

Luck of the MarshWalk

The leprechauns will find their pot of gold at the MarshWalk for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!
 
Grab your green gear and frolic down the MarshWalk for the 4th Annual Luck of the MarshWalk starting at 2pm. Three lucky leprechauns will win their very own pot of gold. Contestants will make their way up and down the MarshWalk collecting stamps on their stamp card from each location, all while enjoying drink specials, Irish-inspired dishes, and live music.
 
Start at the Freedom Boat Club tent that will be located at the Crazy Sister Marina from 2pm-8pm. You will then pick up a stamp card to qualify to win from any of the eight MarshWalk restaurants. Final judging will be held on the Bovine’s back deck at 8pm. To win you must have your card stamped from each restaurant.
 
So, gather your shamrocks, and bring some luck to the MarshWalk this St. Patrick’s Day!
 
• Registration Place – Meet Freedom Boat Club at the Crazy Sister Marina, look for our tent.
• Can pick up cards – Beginning at 2pm
• Judging Place – Bovine’s back deck
• Judging time – 8pm
Luck of the MarshWalk Prizes
1st Place: $300, $500 OFF a trip to Ireland from Cruise Planners, and $100 in MarshWalk gift cards
2nd Place: $200 cash and $100 in MarshWalk gift cards
3rd Place: $100 cash and $100 in MarshWalk gift cards
Crowd Choice: $100 in MarshWalk gift cards
 
Please RSVP by calling 843-732-4711 or simply respond to this email with the number of people attending.

Double Referral Fees – Open House

You read that correctly! DOUBLE REFERRAL FEES IN MARCH!
 
You’re invited to bring a friend and join us for an afternoon on the dock at our Freedom Boat Club Open House
 
March 16, 1-4pm at FBC of Southport at the Southport Marina
 
March 23, 1-4pm at the FBC of Murrells inlet at the Crazy Sister Marina
 
March 30, 1-4pm at the FBC of Southport at the Southport Marina
 
March 30, 1-4pm at the FBC of North Myrtle Beach at the Crazy Sister Marina
 
We are paying Double Referral Fees in March so bring your friends, neighbors, co-workers, anyone interested in joining Freedom Boat Club and if they join we will give you $400 instead of the normal $200. Not only that but if they join you will be invited to our VIP Member Referral Party where we will buy you dinner and drinks and have a raffle for free monthly dues.
 
The 1x Entry Fee increased from $3900 to $4900 for Monday – Friday and it went from $5900 to $6900 for the 7 day a week membership on March 1st. Your referrals can still get in this month with the old rates but only until the end of March so spread the word.

Burning of the Socks for the Spring Equinox

Hello spring! Good bye crusty old winter socks.

Freedom Boat Club has an odd tradition where we burn our socks at the Spring Equinox. This year is no exception but I’m super excited to announce that the man who created the Burning of the Sock, Capt. Bob Turner, will be out our North Myrtle Beach ceremony this year!! He started the tradition in Annapolis, MD back in the 1980’s and has since retired to Pawely’s Island. He is already committed on the first day of Spring so we are going to do our Burning of the Socks on the last day of Winter, March 19th.

Join us at the Freedom Boat Club located at Habourgate Marina Tuesday, Mach 19th from 5 pm to 7 pm for our “Burning of the Socks” celebration.

Here’s what you can expect:
sock burning (B.Y.O.S.)
food and drinks provided by FBC
mix and mingle with members and guests
Master of the Sock Burning Ceremony, Capt. Bob Turner

Please RSVP by calling 843-732-4711 with the number of people attending.

How to beat the winter blahs plus a short history of sock burning

You haven’t been on a boat since last boating season. Tension is mounting and you have little energy within you. You are eating more to relieve stress.

One effective way to lower these blahs, according to psychologists, is to relax. But the very best way to re-energize and increase your optimism is to burn your winter socks.

How’s that?

Yes, you can both eat more and relax by burning your winter socks at the Freedom Boat Club’s “Burning of the Socks” celebration on March 19th scheduled on the last day of winter.

So what’s the “Burning of the Socks” all about?

It’s become a coastal tradition, dating back to the early 1980s, starting in Annapolis. There, Capt. Bob Turner, who managed a boatyard, got tired of the winter blahs. While working on other people’s boats all winter, his socks collected sawdust, bottom paint, caulk, fiberglass resin, and other boat yard leavings. 

In other words, his socks would stand up when he took them off at night.

One year, on the first day of Spring, he took off his socks, put them in a paint tray, sprinkled on some lighter fluid, lit them, and had a beer to celebrate.

And so the tradition began.

There are now sock burnings in boating towns across the country.

Member Boat Trip to Lu Lu’s at Barefoot Landing

Dust off your flip flops and join us for the first member boat trip of the season!
 
When: March 26 from 11am-2pm
 
We will depart the docks from Harbourgate Marina at 11am and return around 2pm. Members are responsible for a share of the gas and their lunches, FBC will provide appetizers for the group to share. We will also provide water. soda and beer for the boat ride there and back. Guests are welcome to attend for a $10 cash charge that will be collected at the restaurant. This will cover their cost of fuel and a share of the appetizers. Guests are responsible for their own meals. Please bring the normal things you would for a day on the water. No coolers please. 

FBC Ambassador Program

Do you enjoy attending FBC social events and meeting new people? Do you enjoy getting out to the festivals and talking to people? Do you love your Freedom Boat Club? If you answered yes to any of the questions above you could be the next Freedom Boat Club Ambassador.
 
Freedom Boat Club will kick off the brand new Ambassador Program on March 28 at 6pm with a Celebration dinner, locations to be announced but save the date!
 
A Freedom Boat Club Ambassador is the highest ranking representative to the Freedom Boat Club. A key role of a Freedom Boat Club Ambassador is to attend activities, events and parties! See below for an overview of the Ambassador program. Please let us know if you are interested by calling Karen at 843-732-4711 or email: kberry@freedomboatclub.com
 
 
Ambassador Overview & Duties
  • Ambassadors serve a one-year commitment, March – February
  • All Ambassadors are active members in good standing
  • Ambassadors have been a member for at least one year
  • Ambassadors agree to participate in a video testimonial and photography shoot which FBC that may be used in marketing materials and publicity efforts
  • Ambassadors are willing to write positive FBC reviews and respond to prospect inquiries about the club 
  • Ambassadors will be invited to represent FBC at special events or boat shows (FBC will make advance request and Ambassador respond on availability basis)
  • Ambassadors agree to attend and be officially recognized at 4 member socials per year (please contact Karen Berry or Dave Patterson in advance so we can recognize you – kberry@freedomboatclub.com or dpatterson@freedomboatclub.com))
  • Ambassadors may be asked to participate in FBC marketing focus group or surveys to provide opinions on a variety of topics of interest
  • Ambassadors will be provided with a monthly packet of social media materials (i.e. memes, news links/videos or content) and will be asked to use provided materials and their own to actively promote FBC via their own social media channels 
Ambassador Benefits
 
All Ambassadors Will Be Given the Following Special Gifts From Freedom Boat Club as Our Very Special Thanks for Participating in the Ambassador Program! 
  • FBC Ambassador Name Tag 
  • Custom VIP polo shirt with special FBC Ambassador logo
  • FBC Cap
  • FBC Ambassador Business Cards
  • Monthly packet of social media materials including Facebook graphics, Tweets and digital assets for sharing with your social followers
  • And of course, you’ll receive LOTS of LOVE and appreciation from your Freedom Boat Club Family!
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