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

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. Joanie Skinner was our winner last year, congratulations Joanie.
The parade starts at 9am and you would need to be there by no later than 8:30am. More details about parking and our lineup number coming soon.
​So you say you want a Free T-shirt for participating? No problem! What size do you need? This is one of our favorite events of the year to participate in because to us it means that Boating Season is finally almost here. Who’s ready?
To ensure that we have proper sized t-shirts for everyone please call or email me by no latter than Monday, March 12th
​St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Parade: 9 a.m.

Burning of the Socks – March 20, 2018

The Burning of the Socks
A coastal tradition for celebrating the first day of Spring
Hello spring! Good bye crusty old winter socks.
Join us at the Freedom Boat Club located at Habourgate Marina or the Southport Marina on Tuesday, Mach 20th 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, Karen Berry and Dave Patterson
Please RSVP by calling 843-732-4711 or simply respond to this email with the number of people attending along with the location.
How to beat the winter blahs
plus a short history of sock burning 
You haven’t been on your 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 15th scheduled on the Vernal Equinox.
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, 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.

Adopt a Highway Clean-up Day – March 24, 2018

Southport – Adopt a Highway Cleanup
North Carolina has the 2nd largest state-maintained highway system with nearly 15,000 miles of primary highways (Interstates, US and NC Routes) and almost 65,000 miles of secondary roads. The cost for NCDOT to keep these roads litter-free tops $16 million annually. To help offset these costs the NCDOT and AAHLRSA offers a 1-mile segments for sponsorship through the Sponsor-A-Highway Program.
Freedom Boat Club has adopted a portion of Highway 210 leading into Southport. This will be our area to keep clean for the next 4 years and we need your help. Please join us on March 24th, we’ll provide everything you need to help us keep Highway 210 beautiful and trash free!
For more details or to RSVP please call Dave at 910-612-0969

Member Social – Docktail Party (cocktails on the docks)

Member Social at Harbourgate Marina – March 8
 We have relocated Karen’s office back to the Harbourgate Marina in suite 2203 (upstairs) and we are ready to celebrate with a member social. Please note, we still have our FBC Headquarters location on Hwy 9, Little River, SC.
What: Member Social – Docktail Party (cocktails on the docks)
When: March 8, 2018 from 4-6pm
Where: Harbourgate Marina, 2120 Sea Mountain Hwy, on the docks, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Freedom Boat Club will provide beer, wine and soft drinks as well as appetizers for your enjoyment. Please RVSP by calling 843-732-4711 or simply respond to this email with the number of people attending. We need your RSVP so we can assure that we have enough food and drinks for everyone. Feel free to bring guests.
Please note: There will be an Open House / Member Social taking place on March 17th & March 31st at the Freedom Boat Club located at the Southport Marina, please RSVP to Dave Patterson by calling 910-612-0969 for the Southport Open House/Member Socials. Appetizers as well as beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided by FBC.

March 2018 Events

March 8th – Member Social, FBC at Harbourgate Marina
March 15th – Freedom Boating Divas Lunch and Learn
March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival – North Myrtle Beach
March 17th – Member Social at FBC of Southport
March 20th – Burning of the Socks for the Spring Equinox
FBC at Harbourgate and Southport Marina
March 24th – Adopt a Highway Clean-up Day in Southport
March 31st – Member Social/Open House at FBC of Southport


The Momentum Continues…
We’re excited to share this great news with our franchise network! We’ll be sharing some national media clips in the next newsletter.
Freedom Boat Club to Partner with Jeanneau Dealerships
as Part of New European Boat Club Initiative
February 8, 2018 – Freedom Boat Club has just signed an alliance agreement with Jeanneau to cooperatively develop Freedom Boat Club franchises among its European dealer network.
According to FBC President and CEO John Giglio, the FBC franchise model is now being offered to Jeanneau retailers in Europe who have the opportunity to develop FBC locations in their local market using Jeanneau outboard-powered boats.
“Our Jeanneau European alliance grew out of a strong relationship with the Groupe Beneteau brands here in the U.S., as a growing number of our franchisees have placed Jeanneau, Four Winns and Glastron outboard boats in their fleets,” said Giglio.
“We are very pleased to be working directly with Jeanneau in the launch of our successful boat club franchise throughout Europe,” he added. “Jeanneau and its dealers clearly understand and embrace the benefits of the sharing economy, and the boat club model specifically.”
Based on current interest and development activity, Giglio expects to announce multiple Freedom Boat Clubs operational in France this spring, with additional expansion elsewhere throughout Europe to follow. A group of Jeanneau dealers attending the Miami International Boat Show are confirmed to meet with Freedom Boat Club executives to tour a large Florida-based Freedom Boat Club franchise operation.
Giglio believes the new international expansion will be good for business, but also very good for the more than 30,000 Freedom Boat Club members throughout North America and those who will join abroad.
“One of the most exciting aspects of this international expansion is our exclusive membership benefit featuring reciprocity,” he said. “Our Freedom Boat Club members around the world will enjoy full access to our fleet of boats wherever clubs exist, and that will now include international ports of call.”
“The boat clubs are a real trend that our dealers are keen to develop,” confirms Jean-Paul Chapeleau, Jeanneau CEO. “For Jeanneau dealers, it’s a unique opportunity to benefit from an experienced partner while launching this new service to our customers.”
Created in 1956, Jeanneau designs, produces and sells a wide range of outboard and inboard powerboats, sailboats and yachts ranging from 15 to 64 feet in nearly 70 countries via its network of 350 dealerships. Skilfully and elegantly designed boats, with pure, contemporary, yet timeless lines, the expertise and quality brought by world-renowned naval architects make Jeanneau a reference in its field.

Charleston Boat Show

The Charleston Boat Show started 38 years ago and has evolved into the event that kicks-off the Lowcountry’s boating season.Taking place each January, this annual happening includes everything from powerboats to small jon boats, skiffs, cruisers, yachts, ski boats and the world’s largest boat club, Freedom Boat Club. Stop by and see us inside at booth #103.

Plus, shop the latest accessories from a variety of local and national vendors. Attendees can also check out new product debuts, relax on the party barge, daily seminars and activities for kids of all ages. Whether you like fishing, cruising, skiing, watersports or want to pick up parts and accessories to enhance a watercraft already owned, the boat show will have something for everyone.

Hundreds of representatives from marine manufacturers and area dealerships, as well as top product vendors like the Freedom Boat Club, will be at the show to answer questions and provide information on how you can get out on the water.

Southport Holiday Get Together

Southport Holiday Get Together December 7th at 6pm

Where: Frying Pan located at 319 W. Bay Street, Southport, NC 28461

Happy Hour Hosted by Freedom Boat Club from 6-7pm

  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres
  • Open Bar

Join us for dinner at 7pm, Members are responsible for their own meals.

Please bring an unwrapped toy for Yachts for Tots.

Grand Strand Christmas Party 2017

Grand Strand Christmas Party December 9th at 6pm

Where: Barefoot Golf & Resort Clubhouse
4980 Barefoot Resort Bridge Road
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Reverse Raffle for FREE dues in 2018

Pay your dues a year in advance by check & receive a 5% discount – sorry, no credit cards for raffle
At the Christmas Party we do a reverse raffle and the last check remaining at the end will be torn up and that person will receive FREE DUES for 2018, you do not have to be present to win
Checks need to be received by December 8, 2017 and can be dropped off at our headquarters on Hwy. 9 in Little River or mailed to: FBC, PO Box 195, N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29597

Happy Hour Hosted by Freedom Boat Club from 6-7pm

Heavy hors d’oeuvres
Open bar

Dinner – Carving Station & Buffet

Carving Station with Herb Crusted Prime Rib with Ajus
Chicken Saltimbocca
Rigatoni al la Vodka Sausage
Stuffed Flounder with Crabmeat
Roasted Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Rolls
Salad & Dessert
Tea and/or Coffee

Cost per Member
$35 includes dinner, tax & gratuity

We will bill your credit card for the dinner(s) on December 4, 2017

Don’t want to drive, no problem. We have a special rate for you at Courtyard by Marriott in North Myrtle Beach. Shuttle to and from party will be provided by Freedom Boat Club

Room rate: $67.08 tax & fees included to be paid at hotel
Shuttle: Provided by FBC

Please bring an unwrapped toy for Yachts for Tots.

Freedom Boating Divas – Charleston – July 16

Join the Freedom Boating Divas in Charleston for a boat ride and lunch at California Dreaming.  We will depart from Mt. Pleasant Freedom Boat Club at 10am and return at 1pm.  Lunch will be at California Dreaming.  Members are responsible for a share of gas and their own lunches.  Freedom Boat Club will provide water and soft drinks for the boat ride there and back as well as appetizers to share at the restaurant.  RSVP is required by July 12th by calling 843-732-4711 or email


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