New Kelowna service offers unlimited boating without the cost and hassle of owning a boat
KELOWNA, B.C. Aqua Marine Valet, a Mission Group company, has announced a new program aimed at making boating on Okanagan Lake more affordable and accessible for visitors and residents in the Kelowna area.
Aqua Boat Club is a boat sharing program that allows users to access brand-new boats for a fraction of the cost of owning, sidestepping the stress and financial burden of repairs and moorage, among other expenses. As with car-sharing programs, members of Aqua Boat Club access a user-friendly smartphone app to reserve a boat. They can take advantage of unlimited boat outings, covering only the cost of the fuel.
The Aqua Boat Club has just added three new boats for its members – a Mastercraft XT20, Cobalt 24SD and Regal 2100 – and created a special rate just for weekday membership. Membership in the Aqua Boat Club is $6,000 a year for unlimited boating on weekdays (Monday to Friday), and $12,000 a year for unlimited boating seven days a week. Boating season is typically May 1 to September 30 each year.
Boating is one of the fastest growing recreational sports in Canada; it’s an industry that has grown more than 30% in the past five years. A recent report by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) stated that recreational boating injected $1.3 billion into B.C.’s economy in 2016 on revenues of $2.2 billion.
Photo caption: Aqua Marine Valet is a long-term boat storage and valet service located on Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, BC.
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The large figures reflect the high cost of entry to the recreational sport. Annual moorage costs, which can run in the thousands of dollars, depending on the length of the boat, as well as maintenance, repairs, and insurance, are the more obvious expenses of boat ownership. (See price comparison here).
Owners often forget about the requirements of winterizing services and shrink-wrapping their boat if stored outside. There are life jackets and other safety items, in addition to navigation equipment that may not be included. If owners use a trailer to transport the boat, there are the purchase and maintenance costs for that as well.
And if boaters turn to one-off rentals as an option, rates can be as high as $900 for a half-day period in a craft that are similar to what Aqua Boat Club has. With Aqua Boat Club, members get all the benefits with none of these costs.
Aqua Boat Club is a part of Aqua Marine Valet, a long-term boat storage and valet service located on Okanagan Lake in the Mission area of Kelowna. In addition to the dry dock and launch and pick-up services, Aqua Marine Valet offers winter lay-up, an on-site mechanic, on-site detailing and discounted fuel to its members.
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Headquartered in Kelowna, Mission Group specializes in residential and commercial real estate development and construction. Each Mission Group community is given careful thought and consideration long before construction begins. Their goal to create and nurture homeowner relationships, as well as their modern and well-built designs have earned them numerous industry awards over the years. These include the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Tommie Gold Awards for Excellence in Creating a Low-Rise Multi-Family Development (2016), Excellence in Semi-Detached or Townhouse Development (2016), Built Green B.C. Builder/Renovator of the Year for Winsome Hill in 2012 and Multi-Family Builder of the Year (2014).