So why do a membership if you can just rent the same boat?
It is just another name for boat rentals except you pay a LARGE fee
as down payment and Monthly Membership Dues while also signing a
LONG-TERM CONTRACT. Read Your Contract Completely! Are you liable
for 6 mos. or all 12 mos in dues? Unlimited Boating? How many boats
are there and how many members share? How many members are competing
for your weekend or holiday time, and how is it decided who gets a
boat? What time frame is "unlimited?" Do you have to bring the boat
back by sunset? Are the boats used as rental boats when not used by
members? Do you pay monthly dues if you cannot get the time you want
due to weather, prior reservations, heavy work schedule, etc.? Can
you book your whole season at one time? If you want every Sat. from
12 to 8, will you be able to get that? How early/late can you
reserve or can you even stay overnight? Are gas and oil included or
do you have to pay extra? How about having to pay Entry/Parking Fees
into the park? If you're late or lost and you stay past your
reservation time, are there penalties and what additional charges do
you incur? Is your club membership cancelled if you have an
accident...even if it's not your fault? Is there $1 million in
commercial liability insurance which the city requires to operate a
business on Lake Lewisville? Are you responsible for any boating
accidents or damages and have to pay a deductible or for all the
As a Club Member, are you liable as a group for another club member
in a lawsuit? How long has the company been in business? What about
weather concerns and people arriving late that might cause delays
for your reserved time? If your plans change, are there any
cancellation fees? Are you guaranteed any number of hrs. use each
The normal season for boating in Dallas is May Memorial weekend to
Sep. Labor Day weekend,
Approximately 14 wks.-- and, for most people, is usually only during
weekends and holidays.
Average boating time is approximately 30 hrs. a season at 2 - 4 hrs.
a week or less.
Example: $1,500 Down, $250 a month x 6 mos. = $3000 / 30 hrs = $100
Gas @ 3-5 GPH x 4hrs = 12-15 gals @ $4 per gal = $48 - $60 each time
you go out.
This is an avg. $100 per hour + gas = $150 per hr?
So avg. 30hr per season @ 3hr rental = 10 trips
Add another $1,500 if you have to pay for the whole year even though
you might not use the boat 6 mos. out of the year due to cold/rainy
weather or work schedule.
That makes the cost $4500 / 30 hrs = $150 per hr. + Gas!
What about sales tax? No matter how it is presented, you are still
renting a boat which requires sales tax.
Most rental companies do not have long-term contracts,
have free parking and furnish the gas/oil at no extra charge.
Most rentals in the area are approximately $50 - $85 per hour and
Example: $85 x 30hrs = $2550 + Tax and includes gas.
What ever your choice, be safe and enjoy our lakes