Freedom Boat Club expands into Northwest
Freedom Boat Club, the world’s largest boat club operator and a division of Brunswick Corporation, has announced its first Idaho franchise, marking the 34th US state to have a Freedom Boat Club (FBC) location.
“Consistent with our strategic growth plans to expand across the Northwest, we are thrilled to not only plant roots in Idaho but to expand our footprint to one of the most sought-after boating locations in the US,” says Louis Chemi, vice president and general manager, Freedom Franchise Systems.
The new territory, FBC of North Idaho, will open its first location in Couer d’Alene for the 2022 boating season, and will be owned and operated by Brent Christian and Patrick Green.
Freedom Boat Club’s net sales in the first half of 2021 were up 53 per cent when compared to the same period in 2020. It has more than 314 locations and 44,000 memberships network-wide, and is closing in on 4,000 boats in the overall Freedom fleet. FBC has continued an expansion strategy across the USA, expanding its network in Connecticut in October 2021.
“Under FBC of North Idaho leadership, I’m confident that his experience and enthusiasm for the on-water lifestyle will enable us to deliver high-quality boating experiences within the community, as well as expand our presence across the territory.”
“Freedom Boat Club is well-respected across the industry with a reputation for fostering passionate boating communities, and I’m excited to join the fastest growing club in the world to expand our presence across Idaho,” says Christian. “With more than 30 years of marine industry experience in North Idaho and the Coeur d’Alene market, our team is excited to bring this additional way of enjoying our beautiful area to our community.”
FBC of North Idaho is beginning new member sales and will officially open for the 2022 boating season. The Club will initially begin with five boats with plans to expand its current location and enter new markets in Idaho throughout the coming years. Freedom Boat Club of North Idaho will be located at Tobler Marina, 13400 N Clovis Road, Hayden, Idaho.