Your Frequently Asked Questions – Answered
From reservation fulfillment to location selection, from timeline to bottom line, we’ve got the answers for the questions we get asked most often.
The #1 question we’re asked: How difficult is it for our boat club members to get a boat?
What’s the difference between a Boating Country Club® business franchise and boat rental, boat leasing and boat timeshare businesses?
What is the total investment to launch a Boating Country Club®?
What is the total timeline for launching a Boating Country Club®?
What is the process for becoming a Nautical Boat Club franchisee?
Step 1: Initial Inquiry
- Submit basic contact information
- Set up initial telephone contact
- Submit in-depth franchise application, confidentiality agreement and authorization
Step 2: Qualification
- Initial conversations to review qualifications based on business experience and financial strength
- We will spend time getting to know each other. We want to know who you are, what makes you successful and what you are looking to accomplish. We will share with you who we are and what we are looking for. This process may take several weeks.
- If we find that our goals coincide, we will forward you our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
Step 3: Discovery Day Meeting
- Discovery Day: tour club, meet the team, see firsthand what’s involved in operating our boat club system, and talk to one of our owners about his experience, as well as the dock master and club members.
Step 4: Legal
- Discuss deal terms and review legal documents
- Formalize and execute the Franchise Agreement; Payment of franchise fees
Step 5: Welcome & Club Opening
- We help you select a suitable marina, and help you negotiate a reasonable lease.
- We help you prepare a commercial loan package for your bank to secure fleet financing. We also advise you on the boats to include in your fleet.
- We provide 2-4 weeks of training, so you learn and are comfortable with every element of our boat club system. You receive our comprehensive operations manual and our exclusive software program, and we teach you our club-management system, as well as how to orient new members about club rules and proper boat-handling procedures.
- We give you guidance on setting up your new business, including: purchasing of fleet insurance, water toys, office computers and other equipment, and furniture; advertising and marketing; and hiring and training of a dock master.
- We come to your club for your grand opening, to make sure all goes smoothly during your launch.
Can a Boating Country Club® work somewhere with only seasonal boating?
What is the term of the franchise agreement?
Who decides my Boating Country Club®’s price structure?
Do I have to buy my boats, equipment and supplies from you?
What sort of training and support can I expect from you?