Freedom boat club has made my husband fall in love with the city of Pittsburgh (he's not a native) and boating! We joined last year shortly after the franchise opened and have never looked back. Just show up, take the boat out and have fun. Then bring it back and you're done, the dock masters do the rest! No cleaning, storage, or maintenance!! Prior to joining FBC, neither my husband nor I had operated a boat before. The dock masters host trainings and go out with you on the water to ensure your safety and that you feel comfortable learning the ins and outs of boating. Want more practice? They're willing to come out with you and work with you any day. The owner Michael and his staff have been wonderful, even putting together social events for members in the off season which have been a lot of fun! One of the best perks of FBC is having access to over 100 reciprocal locations (the Florida clubs are great during the Pittsburgh winters!!). We can't wait for boating season 2020.
Thank you Freedom Boat Club! Our first ride as members was fantastic! Looking forward to many more!
Boating seems like one of the safest things we could do because the boats are disinfected between uses, we are naturally distanced from people and everyone wears masks on the docks.
My boyfriend and I were one of the first members to join Pittsburgh’s Freedom Boat Club. And I can honestly say that, if you love boating, it is one of the best investments you will make. First, the boat club is an amazing concept- especially if you live in a northern city like Pittsburgh where the boating season is abbreviated by cold winters. There’s no hassle of dock fees, winter storage and spring commissioning. That is all taken care of by the club and your monthly dues. You just reserve a boat and enjoy! Second, Michael Hills (the owner) and his team of Captains and Dock Masters are wonderful people to work with and be around. They are accommodating and eager to help in any way they can- this comes in handy, especially if you’re a novice trying to break into boating. They will help you learn and make you feel comfortable handling a boat! There are so many perks of being a member of the boat club. The first of many is the reciprocal access! There are over 190 locations in the US and abroad and you have access to ALL of them! This means that you can reserve, go to any Club and take a boat out there (which is great for getting away to warmer places during the cold winter months in Pittsburgh). So far, we have been to Miami and Charleston and plan to go to San Francisco! If you’re worried about time off during the winters, Michael plans amazing Boat Club Socials just about every month! We have had a casino night on the Gateway Clipper, a party on the dock (with Crab legs!), and a food and wine pairing social! We’ve made a lot of friends through the Club. This has been such a great experience for us!