Freedom Boat Club Celebrates its 200th Location

October 2019 News

Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and the nation’s oldest and largest boat club and premiere boat club franchisor, has announced its 200th franchise location.  The official announcement was made during the 2019 IBEX Marine Trade show in Tampa.  Glenn Bergoffen, owner of the Tampa area franchise locations, has added another location – this one in Madeira Beach, Florida.

“Reaching our 200th location is quite a milestone for Freedom Boat Club,” said John Giglio, Freedom Boat Club president.  “We announced our 100th location just over three years ago so to add another 100 locations in that short period of time is a testament to the growth of boat clubs and boating participation.”

“The growth of Freedom Boat Club has been astounding and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.  There is no greater feeling than knowing you have the gift to impact lives and in our case, our members, just by the little things you do,” said Bergoffen.  “I am truly thankful for having such a committed team at Freedom Boat Club with our primary goal being to continually improve the boating experience.”

Now serving more than 40,000 members around the United States, Canada and Europe, Freedom Boat Club continues to earn national awards including the top spot from Entrepreneur magazine in the Misc. Recreational Business Category for the second year and No. 270 in the overall 2019 Franchise 500® list.  In addition, Freedom Boat Club was just named to Inc. Magazine 5000 list.

At Freedom Boat Club, the motto is “Boating Made Simple.” The club model allows the member to enjoy all the perks of the water while the company takes care of the purchasing, maintaining, insuring, and other aspects of boating.  Members can take advantage of a fleet of boats and social events that the club has to offer – and with the reciprocity opportunities, club members can enjoy Freedom Boat Club anywhere there is a location. It’s as simple as reserving the boat, showing up, getting the keys and enjoying the day.

“This is an exciting time for Freedom Boat Club and the boating industry,” said Brenna Preisser, Brunswick Corporation Business Acceleration president. “We are defining a new category in the marine industry and the more Freedom grows, the more our industry grows as well.  The synergies between all of our Brunswick brands and Freedom Boat Club are in the early stages and we are very excited about the opportunities for continued collaboration.”

Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and headquartered in Venice, FL., is the world’s oldest and largest boat club with 200 locations in 31 states, Canada, and Europe. The club services more than 20,000 memberships representing over 40,000 members and sports a fleet of more than 2,000 boats. More information about Freedom Boat Club and membership opportunities can be found at and

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