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:
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 – or
  • 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!

Freedom Boat Club Gives

Freedom Boat Club is donating a one-year membership to St. Michael’s Christian School in Murrells Inlet. Because of our generous donation they have given us a table of 8 at their event. We would like to extend the invitation to you. We only have 6 spots at the table so it’s on a first come, first served basis. Please call Karen at 843-732-4711 if you would like to attend.
When: March 30, 2019 beginning at 6pm
Where: St. Michaels Christian School in Murrells Inlet

March 2019 Events

March 5, 5:30pm Marshi Gras Parade, MarshWalk – Come walk with us!
March 7, 4-6pm – Docktail Party at FBC at the Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet, SC
March 9, 10am-4pm – Surfside BBQ Festival
March 9, 1-4pm Oak Island Mardi Gras by the Sea Parade and Festival – come ride along!
March 12, 11am-3pm – Freedom Boating Diva Outing – North Myrtle Beach
March 14, 5-7pm – Docktail Party at the FBC at the Southport Marina in Southport, NC
March 14, 6pm – Relay for Life Planning Meeting for TEAM FREEDOM @ 710 Bowling in NMB
March 16, 11am-6pm – North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
March 16, 1-4pm – Open House at FBC at the Southport Marina
March 17, 1-5pm – St. Patricks Day on the MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet
March 19, 5-7pm – Burning of the Sock for the Spring Equinox at FBC of NMB & Southport
March 23, 1-4pm – Open House at FBC of North Myrtle Beach
March 26, 11am-3pm – Member Boat Trip to Barefoot for lunch at Lu Lu’s
March 28, 6pm – Ambassador Kick-off Dinner, location tba
March 30, 1-4pm – Open House at the FBC in Southport and Murrells Inlet-Crazy Sister Marina
March 30, 6pm – St. Michael’s Fundraiser Dinner – we have 8 spots, wanna go for free? 




Bald Head Island Member Boat Trip – July 31, 2018

Member Boat Trip to Bald Head Island and Golf Cart Ride
A Member Boat Trip to Bald Head Island is scheduled for July 30th. We will depart from the Southport Marina in Southport at 11am and return around 4pm. We will also have boats departing from the North Myrtle Beach location at 9:30am and returning around 5:30pm.
We will arrive at Bald Head Island around 11:45 for lunch at The Grille at Bald Head Island.
Following lunch we will take a golf cart ride around the island. There will be a $15 per person charge to cover the golf cart for members. You will also be billed for a share of the fuel. Please plan to pay cash upon arrival, exact change is appreciated. Guests are welcome to join us for a $25 charge that will include their golf cart and gas.
Freedom Boat Club will provide beer, water and soft drinks for the boat ride there and back as well as appetizers for the group to share at the restaurant. Members and guests are responsible for their own meals and drinks at the restaurant.
Please bring the normal things that you would bring for a day on the water/golf cart, except coolers, no coolers allowed.
RSVP is required by calling 843-732-4711. Space is limited and it’s on a first come, first served basis.

May 2018 Events

May 1st from 10am-4pm – Freedom Boating Divas Trip to Georgetown from Wacca Wache
May 5th from 11am-11pm – Relay for Life at Market Commons, we are TEAM FREEDOM
May 9th from 5-7pm – Member Social with a Tacky Tourist Contest at FBC of North Myrtle Beach
May 12th from 10am-6pm  – MayFest on Main Festival, North Myrtle Beach
May 16th from 10:30am-3pm – Freedom Boating Divas trip to Inlet View from Southport
May 17th from 5-7pm – “Docktail” Party (cocktails on the docks) at FBC of Southport
May 19th-25th is National Safe Boating Week
May 19th & 20th – Blue Crab Festival in Little River
May 22nd from 10:30am-3:30pm – Member Boat Trip to Ocean Isle Fish Co.
May 24th from 5-7pm – Safe Boating Night at Crazy Sister Marina
May 26th from 1-4pm – Open House at FBC at North Myrtle Beach
May 26th from 1-4pm – Member Social at St. James Founders Club
May 29th at 6pm – VIP Member Referral Party at Filet’s Waterfront Restaurant
May 31st from 6-8pm – Fishing Club Meeting at FBC of Southport

See below for a description of each event

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