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The True Cost of Boat Ownership: Is Membership the Smarter Choice?

Owning a boat is often perceived as the pinnacle of leisure and adventure, but the financial realities behind ownership can be eye-opening. From upfront costs to ongoing maintenance expenses, the price tag associated with owning a boat goes far beyond the initial purchase.

Let's dive into the true cost of boat ownership and explore how becoming a member of Gulfstream Boat Club can offer a more economical and hassle-free alternative.

Cost of Boat Ownership
At the inlet in minutes from GBC Lighthouse Point!


The Upfront Costs

Owning a boat entails significant upfront costs. When purchasing a vessel, buyers must consider the price of the boat itself, along with taxes, registration fees, and potentially financing charges. Depending on the type and size of the boat, these upfront expenses can range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Maintenance and Repairs

As a boat owner, understanding maintenance and repairs are ongoing expenses that many boat owners underestimate. Routine maintenance tasks such as cleaning, engine servicing, and hull inspections can accumulate quickly. Additionally, unforeseen breakdowns and repairs, ranging from engine malfunctions to hull damage, can be both costly and time-consuming.

Storage and docking

These recurring fees represent are for for boat owners who lack access to free docking facilities. Marina slip fees, storage facility rentals, and trailer storage all contribute to the overall cost. In areas with high demand, such as waterfront communities, these fees can be exorbitant, further burdening boat owners financially.

Depreciation is Inevitable

Boats, like any vehicle, depreciate over time. The rate of depreciation varies based on factors such as the boat's age, usage, and maintenance history. Unfortunately, reselling a boat often results in a loss of value, making it a less-than-ideal investment for many owners.


Membership Means All the Benefits, None of the Hassle

As a member of Gulfstream Boat Club, it's not just our signature better boats, better marinas and better service you'll benefit from—we offer a host of other perks that will show you the important difference ​of joining a premium club! 

Cost of Boat Ownership
PORT32 Marina at Tierra Verde

25 Hours

With 25 hours available to use over two years from the date of purchase, this package is ideal for those with busy lifestyles, frequent travelers, or new boaters. Reserve at any location for as little as two hours and up to eight hours at a time, giving you the flexibility to boat on your schedule.

50 Hours

6-Months Unlimited

12-Month Unlimited

24-Month Unlimited


Our online reservation system makes it easy to find the boat you want at your preferred location. Easily view availability and manage reservations up to three months in advance. You can also check how many hours (or how many months) are remaining in your plan before it expires. Download our app or login to the member portal directly from our website.


Share your passion for boating and get rewarded. As part of our member benefits, we offer a fuel credit anytime a member refers a friend or family member who joins the club. Want to learn more about our referral program and how to refer someone? 


We'll provide you with all the safety training you'll need to feel comfortable behind the helm. Our experienced staff will give you and anyone sharing your account an orientation on the safe operation of our boats and local waterways. Need a refresher? If it's been a while since you've been at the helm, we can help you find your sea-legs. Book an hour or two with one of our staff to re-familiarize yourself! 


Cruise on by our blog and you'll find a slew of articles devoted to helping you get the most out of your membership, and have the best days on your local waterways. 

Check out our excursion guides for your area to learn about all the best dockside dining, snorkel spots, sandbars, historical landmarks and nature preserves you won't want to miss! Members also receive our e-newsletter four times each quarter with seasonally relevant updates to your Club!


Indulge in the luxury of choice with Gulfstream Boat Club's unparalleled fleet of boats. Our selection features the latest models from renowned brands like Boston Whaler, Century, Cobia, Key West, Sea Hunt, Sportsman, and Sylvan—each meticulously chosen to meet the diverse needs of our members. Whether you're seeking the thrill of offshore fishing, the tranquility of a leisurely cruise, or the excitement of watersports, we have the perfect vessel for your adventure.

But the perks don't stop there. As a member of Gulfstream Boat Club, you have access to every boat in our fleet at any club location, any day of the week. No matter where you choose to explore, you'll feel like a local as you navigate the pristine waterways we've carefully selected with our members in mind. From the scenic beauty of Palm Beach Gardens to the vibrant atmosphere of Delray Beach, our club locations offer endless opportunities for unforgettable boating experiences.

With Gulfstream Boat Club, the freedom to explore is at your fingertips. Say goodbye to the limitations of boat ownership and hello to a world of adventure, where every outing is a new and exciting opportunity to discover the beauty of South Florida's waterways.


While the allure of boat ownership is undeniable, the financial realities can often outweigh the benefits. Gulfstream Boat Club offers a compelling alternative with membership options designed to provide maximum value and convenience. By joining Gulfstream Boat Club, boating enthusiasts can enjoy all the perks of ownership without the hefty price tag, making every voyage an affordable and enjoyable experience.



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