Freedom Boat Club coming to Port of Edmonds

Keith Lemler, Freedom Boat Club membership executive (left) and Nick Hooge, president, visit their newest location at the Port of Edmonds. (Photo courtesy Port of Edmonds)

The Freedom Boat Club, the largest members-only boat club in the world, is expanding to the Edmonds Marina, the Port of Edmonds announced Thursday.

Freedom Boat Club has three clubs in the Seattle area, nine clubs in the Pacific Northwest, and 175-plus clubs around the world.

Nick Hooge, president of Freedom Boat Club Edmonds, describes the Freedom Boat Club experience as “boating made simple.”

Members have unlimited access to a fleet of boats at each location and on-site staff handle all aspects of service, training and maintenance. An Edmonds resident, Hooge currently owns and operates the Freedom Boat Club locations at Yarrow Bay Marina in Kirkland and Elliott Bay Marina in Seattle.

“I’m so thrilled to be expanding into the Port of Edmonds,” Hooge said. “Our number-one mission is to help more families enjoy getting out on the water and Edmonds is the perfect place to deliver on that mission and offering.”

Freedom Boat Club Edmonds will have an office at the Edmonds Yacht Club directly overlooking the Port of Edmonds Marina.

“We believe life is better on the water,” Hooge said, “and the people of Edmonds and surrounding communities who don’t want traditional boat ownership, will now have the opportunity to live and experience that too.”

While daily operations at the Port of Edmonds will not begin until May 2019, Freedom Boat Club memberships are on sale now. Information about becoming a charter member at a special introductory rate is available on Freedom Boat Club’s website. You can also visit them at the Seattle Boat Show happening now at CenturyLink Field event center, or at the Seattle Home Show, also taking place at CenturyLink Field event center from Feb. 23 – March 2.

Freedom Boat Club Edmonds will join other marine-related businesses, including whale watching, fishing charters and yacht sales, currently operating out of the Port of Edmonds.

“We are excited for Freedom Boat Club to come to the Port of Edmonds,” said Marla Kempf, the port’s deputy director. “We think their business will be an asset to the Edmonds community.”

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