Tampa Bay, FL July 23rd, 2020 – Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay, a hassle-free and affordable alternative to boat ownership, has partnered with Wavve Boating, an easy to use marine navigation app, to provide new club members with an innovative digital platform designed to foster fun and collaboration. With the Wavve Boating app, the Bay’s members now have a solution for sharing boating routes, points of interest, on the water restaurants, and more.
Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay (FBCTB) provides members with access to over 500 boats, across 29 locations in the Tampa Bay area. A community-centric club, built on a shared passion of lending a hand (or a line), and “dock talk”, FBCTB, like most organizations, had to adapt to keep their community safe by following COVID-19 social distancing protocols, without losing the member communication that is such a fundamental part of their club promise.
The partnership with Wavve Boating, which provides all new members a license to the app, was well-timed with this developing need. Within the app, boaters can share their favorite spots including beaches, restaurants, scenic lookouts, and more, creating a digital alternative for capturing the same helpful information one would typically learn from a fellow boater, or dock-hand, closer than six feet away while fueling up, stopping in for a bite, or sitting dockside.
With the app in hand, boaters can build custom maps with an infinite number of points of interest, and choose whether to keep their contributions private, share them with friends, or make them public for the entire community. FBCTB members will find an added benefit of recommended locations populated by the club, allowing new members to find their first boating adventure right away.
“Like Freedom Boat Club, we are focused on making boating easier and more inclusive. We want to remove the anxiety felt by most that are new to boating, and allow those with more experience, to focus on the fun of being on the water” stated Adam Allore, Founder and CEO of Wavve Boating, “It has been a joy working with the passionate and dedicated team at Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay. We’ve especially enjoyed working with their members and staff to learn how the app can serve them better, allowing us to customize parts of the Wavve Boating map throughout the Tampa area.”
In recent months, demand for recreational boats has increased as many hobbyists are looking for available recreational activities during COVID-19 restrictions. Prior to March, the recreational boating market was projected to be a 28 billion dollar industry by 2024. There are an estimated 142 million Americans boating each year, and approximately 15.8 million recreational boats within the United States.
“We have grown our member community considerably this past spring and now into the summer” stated Dean Iverson, Communications Director at Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay, “The team and I are thrilled to continue on this trajectory and support our members with this partnership.”
About Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay
Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay provides their members with access to boats from their many locations from Crystal River to Tierra Verde.
The club allows members to enjoy all the perks of the water, while the club takes care of boat purchasing, fueling, maintenance, insurance, and other less desired tasks. Complete with a membership, is on and off the water training, as well as helpful staff to assist with all aspects of heading out, or returning from, a day on the water.
Memberships are purchased with a one-time fee and maintained with monthly dues. To learn more, visit https://www.freedomboatclub.com/.
About Wavve Boating
Wavve Boating (Wavve) is a mobile application designed for the recreational boater. With nautical charts from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Canadian Hydrographic Services, Wavve has been growing its consumer base across North America since May of 2018. Available on all Apple and Android devices, Wavve offers a simple platform so anyone can boat like a local.
Wavve Boating is available on Apple and Android devices and has two subscription options of $7.99/month or $45.99/year. You can visit wavveboating.com for more information, or download the app directly from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.