I found this article in Sun-Sentinel.com. It talks about new ways people are enjoying boating without the hassle of actually owning a boat and the cost of maintanence. With the way the economy is, Boating as well as boat financing has gone down tremendously. It will most likely be a very slow season.

However, there are still alternatives to get in that boat of your dreams.

Read below and enjoy.

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Alternative boating options

American Yacht Share: Members lease and use the same yacht and get 45 boating days each. For example: A three-year lease on a 24-foot Rinker is $11,150.

Carefree Boat Club*: One-time fee of $2,500 or $7,500 to join plus monthly dues of $350 or $575 based on club level.

Freedom Boat Club of North Palm Beach*: One-time fee of $4,900 or $7,900 to join plus monthly dues of $199 or $299 based on club level.

Monocle Fractional Yachts: Owners become part of a partnership that owns the yacht. For example, a 10 percent share gives owner four weeks of boating.

* Part of national franchise, rates may vary

Source: Sun Sentinel research