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Nautical Boat Club® Launches Employee Purchase Program

Club H2O offers entrepreneurial employees a fast-track opportunity to go from Hire To Owner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    Contact:  Tom Gardiner
February 22, 2018                                                                                                         512.257.2628 |

AUSTIN, Texas – Nautical Boat Club® proudly announces the premier of Club Hire-To-Owner [H2O], an accelerated path to franchise ownership for Nautical Boat Club® employees. Club H2O is designed to encourage and enable high-quality, hardworking Boat Club hires to become owners of their own franchise locations in a solid company and a unique industry.

“Business ownership is part of the American Dream,” attests Tom Gardiner, a longtime Nautical Boat Club® franchisee who took ownership of the company in 2012. “We’re excited to offer Club H2O to our exceptional employees who want to turn that dream into a reality – and have a ton of fun doing it.”

The Club H2O program provides full-time Nautical Boat Club® employees with a structured path to successful ownership of their own franchise. Eligible candidates with a minimum of three years of management experience at an existing Boat Club may be considered for the General Manager position at a new location they intend to purchase; qualified GM candidates may be offered the option to purchase that franchise location following three years there. This six-year system is minimal compared with typical franchisees, who come into the company with over a decade of managerial or executive-level business experience.

Once employees are ready to purchase their franchise, Club H2O also gives employee-purchasers a discount on their franchise fee based on their tenure with the company – a 10% discount for each year they’re with Nautical Boat Club® after year one, up to a full 50% discount. The extensive, hands-on training employee-purchasers have received not only prepares them to run their own business, but also helps them build a business plan and secure competitive financing.

“At Nautical Boat Club®, we want to help our people fulfill their potential and elevate those who have established themselves in this business,” Gardiner affirms. “Our excellent training and success-proven system makes franchise ownership both attractive and achievable, while Club H2O ensures a win all the way around for new employee-purchasers, current franchise owners and the company overall. The program rewards employees who stay with the company and work toward a bigger goal, while current franchisees benefit from employees who are more motivated, productive and stable.”

Of course, standard pay policies and franchise agreement provisions apply, and ownership eligibility is based upon individual job performance and negotiation of a suitable location/market.

“Nautical Boat Club® has always sought employees with an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for superior customer service, and a desire to belong to a uniquely fun business,” notes Gardiner. “Now, through Club H2O, we can offer them higher levels of advancement, achievement, satisfaction and success than ever before. It’s just a great deal for everyone involved – including our members, who will get more Nautical Boat Club® locations, run by people who are truly invested in their happiness.”

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For Immediate Release – April 19th, 2017


Nautical Boat Club Set to Open at Concord Marina April 19th

Knoxville, TN – Nautical Boat Club is excited to announce the opening of their new location at Concord Marina in West Knoxville on April 19th.

The club will offer an alternative to buying a boat with annual memberships starting at $195 per month. Members will receive unlimited use of all boats within their membership along with complimentary water toys including wake boards and inner tubes.

The club will open featuring eight brand new boats, ranging from Malibu and Mastercraft wake boats to Regal sport boats and luxury tri-toons – including one double-decker with a slide. The first 40 members to sign up we be offered a discounted membership as part of the “Charter Member” program.

Owner Scott Payne said “I can’t tell you how excited we are to start this journey. Between financing, insurance, storage, and maintenance, owning a boat can get expensive. Our vision is to get more families on the water by making it more affordable and less complicated than buying a boat.”

“Our saying is ‘Cultivating relationships through life on the water,’ and that’s everything to us.” continued Payne. We believe spending time on the lake will strengthen relationships and create priceless memories.”

Nautical Boat Club started over 20 years ago in Texas and has grown to over 10 locations, including Nashville, South Carolina, and even Wisconsin – all of which will honor membership access.

For more information contact:

Nautical Boat Club
10903 S. Northshore Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37922
865-234-0000 ext 4

Lake Murray Boat Club Opens Second Location on Lake Murray/Lexington/SC

May 11, 2016

Lake Murray Boat Club Opens Second Location on Lake Murray/Lexington/SC

May 11, 2016        803.407.2828 |

IRMO, South Carolina, – Lake Murray Boat Club proudly announces the grand opening of their second location on Lake Murray at SouthShore Marina near Lexington, SC.

“We celebrated our ten year anniversary in April of this year and have been considering opening a second location for the past few years,” says Jon Dukes, owner of the Lake Murray Boat Club. “We have grown steadily since opening in 2006, particularly with boaters from Lexington, SC.  When the opportunity to work with the great crew at SouthShore Marina became available, we jumped on it.  The unique location on the Peninsula gives us an opportunity to create a destination location in Lexington for our members.  We will provide picnic tables, adirondack chairs, kayaks and more.  This new location will make it easier than ever for members to get out and enjoy the fun and relaxation of life on the lake!”

With its newest addition, Lake Murray Boat Club now has two Boating Country Clubs on Lake Murray:
Lake Murray Marina at Marina Bay, 1602 Marina Rd, Irmo, SC 29063 | Open for boating Tuesday – Sunday
The Peninsula at SouthShore Marina, 3072 US-378, Leesville, SC 29070 | Open for boating Friday – Sunday
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Nautical Boat Clubs Franchise Launches Newest Location at Lakeway/Austin/TX

Lakeway Boat Club joins franchise to offer members more benefits & a fleet of brand-new boats to enjoy out on a full Lake Travis

April 1, 2016 512.261.2582 (CLUB) |

AUSTIN, Texas – Nautical Boat Clubs® proudly announces the grand opening of Lakeway Boat Club at Lake Travis – the company’s tenth national and fifth Texas-based franchise, and a fourth location for Austin members.

“The timing to launch Lakeway Boat Club couldn’t be better,” attests Tom Gardiner, a longtime franchisee who took ownership of Nautical Boat Clubs® in 2012. “Lake Travis is at full capacity for the first time in six years, so Central Texans are more than ready for a phenomenal boating season. The addition of Lakeway Boat Club will make it easier than ever for folks to get out and enjoy the fun and relaxation of life on the lake!”

Launched more than two decades ago, Nautical Boat Clubs was a pioneer in the boat-club business, and is Austin’s oldest and largest boat-club franchise. With its newest addition, Nautical Boat Club of Austin has two public clubs on Lake Travis – Lakeway Boat Club and Volente Boat Club, as well as two private clubs affiliated with Austin Country Club and Westwood Country Club on Lake Austin.

The company’s Boating Country Clubs® are a simple alternative to buying a boat: for about one-third of the cost of purchasing a single boat, members get unlimited use of a wide variety of boats and the convenience of valet boating service. Monthly dues cover all expenses except for gas, as well as complimentary boating privileges at other Nautical Boat Clubs around the country.

“A day at the lake for our members is as easy as 1-2-3,” Gardiner affirms. “You make a reservation for the boat you want; you arrive at the marina at your reserved time – the boat you’ve chosen will be clean, fueled and loaded with whatever water toys you request; and you just hop in, turn the key and go! Once you’re done, you gas up, return your boat and head home – with your day well-spent and some lifelong memories, too.”


Lakeway Boat Club members will especially enjoy the sparkling fleet of state-of-the-art boats available at the new location, including:

– competition wakeboard boats: a 2016 MasterCraft NXT 22’ with Gen II Surf System and a 2016 Moomba Craz 22’ w Auto Flo Surf System;

– sportboats: a 2016 Cobalt 2200 with wakeboard tower and a 2016 Regal 2000; and

– tri-toon/party boats: a 2016 Avalon double-decker with a water slide, and 3 2016 Bennington 24SSRX models, 1 specified for fishing/pet-friendly.

“We invite Central Texans to come take a tour and see our million-dollar fleet of the newest boats in Austin, with all the latest features,” notes Gardiner. “And we’ve got over $50,000 worth of water-sports equipment – including wakeboards, wake skates, wake surfers, skis and tubes – all of which our members get to use for free!”

All Boating Country Club® members receive unlimited boat use, guaranteed reservations with an availability rate over 97%, complimentary use of water toys and premium dockside valet service.

“There’s no better time to join Lakeway Boat Club than right now,” Gardiner concludes. “The lake is full, the boats are new, and this year’s mild winter means an extra-long boating season. Folks can call for a tour today, get in as members and get out on the water by the weekend!”

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Nautical Boat Club Opens Location in Dallas on Lake Lewisville!

May 5, 2014

Dallas, Texas – Nautical Boat Club, part of the Nautical Boat Clubs, LLC franchise, opened its doors today at Cottonwood Creek Marina in Little Elm, TX. The members-only Boating Country Club® boasts a fleet of eight 2014 top-of-the-line boats for its members to enjoy. In addition, members enjoy complimentary use of the Club’s water toys (skis, wakeboards, surfboards, tubes and jackets), valet dock-side service and reciprocal boating privileges at other Nautical Boat Clubs around the country. Monthly dues cover all expenses except for gas.

Launched more than two decades ago, Nautical Boat Clubs was a pioneer in its industry, and today, is one of only two U.S. boat club franchises. The company’s Boating Country Clubs® are a simple alternative to buying a boat- about one-third the cost of purchasing a single boat.

Jonathan Hargrove, a twenty year veteran of the Financial Services industry, became a Nautical Boat Clubs franchisee in October of 2013 and has been preparing the way for the Club ever since.

“It’s been a lot of work but I’m extremely pleased to bring a Nautical Boat Club franchise location to the Dallas area,” Hargrove said. “The Dallas market is one of the top boating regions in the country and the people here love their lakes and water sports. The Club is a natural fit for Lake Lewisville.”

He added, “People today are busier than ever and don’t often get to do the things they’d like to with their families and friends. The Club allows them to slow life down, get back to nature and enjoy making lasting memories. But owning a boat can be a chore. We take the hassle out of boating. The old saying goes that there are two great days in a boater’s life: the first is when he buys a boat and the second is when he sells it. We’ve added a third: the day he joins Nautical Boat Club!”

This is a dream-come-true for me,” says Hargrove. “I was searching for an opportunity to do what I love and having grown up around boats this seemed like a natural fit. I was looking for an organization that runs a first-class operation and treats its members the right way. I found both in Nautical Boat Clubs. The business model was key. The fact that we turn the fleet over every 2-3 years and replace each boat with brand new boats separates us from our competitors. It also helps that we’re located at Cottonwood Creek Marina the most beautiful marina on Lake Lewisville. In 2013, it was named Marina of the Year by the Marina Association of Texas- its fourth such award since 2003.”
More information can be found at Nautical Boat Club’s new website:

214-250-4428 |

New Alternative to Boat Ownership- Nautical Boat Club Opens on Lake Lewisville

Grand Opening at Center Hill Lake!

The Nashville Boat Club located at Sligo Marina

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NASHVILLE, TN – September 17, 2013 – The Nashville Boat Club starting its seventh season in Nashville on Percy Priest Lake and its fourth season on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville announces the grand opening of its Center Hill Lake location!

The official grand opening of the Nashville Boat Club at Center Hill Lake will be Saturday May 11th, 2013. We will be located at Sligo Marina in Smithville, about an hour east of the current Nashville location. We picked Sligo for many reasons but most of all the convenience. You can drive down and park right by the water, with no hills to climb. You walk right by the restaurant and restrooms on the way to our boats. The boats are parked right by the gas dock and restaurant, making it very quick to gas up and get your boat in.

Sligo is located in the most desirable part of the lake, near the center of the lake. Marinas closer to Nashville are near the dam and are not as desirable for water sports and all the many coves on Center Hill for anchoring. You would spend a lot of time driving your boat to the more desirable part of the lake. Sligo is about a 15 minute boat ride to the popular Hurricane Marina and restaurant.

Driving to Sligo you travel I 40 east to Lebanon, exit 239 and travel east on Highway 70 through the town of Smithville.

Nautical Boat Clubs Relaunches, Readies for Nationwide Expansion

With new management at the helm, boat-club leader refreshes its name, brand  & website in preparation for a fleet of new franchisees

AUSTIN, Texas – Nautical Boat Clubs, formerly Nautical Toys International, has completed a year-long corporate makeover – from company leadership to website – designed to attract more visionary entrepreneurs to its nationwide network and exponentially expand its presence across America.

Launched more than two decades ago, Nautical Boat Clubs was a pioneer in its industry, and today, is one of only two U.S. boat-club franchises. The company’s Boating Country Clubs® are a simple alternative to buying a boat: for about one-third of the cost of purchasing a single boat, members get unlimited use of a wide variety of boats and the convenience of valet boating service. Monthly dues cover all expenses except for gas, as well as complimentary boating privileges at other Nautical Boat Clubs around the country.

Tom Gardiner, a nine-year franchisee who took ownership of the company in July 2012, intends to extend those boating privileges to the extreme by spurring growth of the company’s franchises throughout the U.S.

“In terms of both a business investment and a lifestyle opportunity, our franchising concept is unparalleled,” Gardiner attests. “I run three Boating Country Clubs® here in the Austin area, so I’ve got not only a complete commitment to the concept, but also almost a decade of first-hand experience as a franchisee. Our business model has proven recession-resistant; our operations plan is watertight. We’ve got a superior selection of major markets available for new franchise owners, along with ample opportunity for multiple-location growth, so we’re seeking visionaries and doers ready to dream big and follow through.”


New Leadership with a Lifetime of Experience

Tom Gardiner grew up around water, always living near the ocean or a lake, with swimming and fishing part of his daily life.

“Some of my fondest memories are of being out on the water,” recalls Gardiner. “I distinctly remember the first time I sailed a sunfish with my dad – it was glorious. Family vacations at Cape Cod, getting up on water-skis, learning how to surf … there is something just so powerful, almost spiritual about the water. It’s really healing.”

Gardiner was also a natural entrepreneur, having a strong sense at an early age that he wanted to be his own boss. To reach this dream as an adult, Gardiner learned all he could as an executive with Dell, Inc. and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

“My experience at Enterprise was invaluable,” Gardiner says. “When I began shopping boat-club franchises, I was amazed by how similar the Nautical Boat Clubs’ operational plan was to Enterprise’s system – and it’s America’s most successful car-rental company.”

Beyond the realization that [then] Nautical Toys International had the right system in place for success, Gardiner also knew he had found his professional passion – a company with which he could do what he loved while loving what he was doing.

“As a husband and father myself, I love being able to spend healthy, high-quality time together as a family,” affirms Gardiner. “My favorite thing is when one of our member families pulls up to the dock following a long day on the water, and the kids are asleep and the parents are so relaxed. They’re all just so happy. There aren’t many businesses where you can have that sort of impact – you can’t help but love it.”


Club Franchisee & Member Voices Speak Volumes

Gardiner launched his first Boating Country Club®, Austin’s Volente Boat Club, at Lake Travis in 2004; he subsequently opened Westwood Boat Club [2011] and ACC Boat Club [2012] – both at Lake Austin – before buying the company last year. Since then, Gardiner has been preparing to take Nautical Boats Clubs’ successful business blueprint to the next level via a refreshed company name, logo and brand, as well as an enhanced marketing campaign complete with a website content and design reboot.

“Our operations model remains unchanged, because it works beautifully as it is,” Gardiner notes. “Our superior support and training, along with the expansive opportunity we offer franchise owners – the things that set us apart from and ahead of our competition – are already the best they can be. Truly, if you follow our club-management system, you will succeed. We simply want to widen our net, and make sure that success story is being told – and heard.”

Gardiner insists no one tells Nautical Boat Clubs’ story better than its franchise owners and their customers, so actual testimonials play a key role in the company’s new branding and marketing.

“When I began researching the boat-club concept last year, I checked into the main franchise players,” explains Jonathan Hargrove, Nautical Boat Clubs’ newest franchisee. “One’s negative customer reviews scared me off immediately. Another’s business model didn’t seem quite right to me – older boats, buying boats from members, etc. Nautical Boat Clubs impressed me from day one with its Boating Country Clubs®. Their insistence on buying only new boats, on having at least 80% of the fleet less than three years old, and on impressive customer care made Nautical Boat Clubs exactly the kind of club I want to own, and the kind of reputation for excellence I want within the community.”

“Joining [Nautical Boat Clubs] is a much better deal financially [than buying a boat], but what I really appreciate is how much easier it makes it to spend time on the water,” a review from member Benton M. reads. “The club really removes all the chores of boat ownership. I studied all the clubs in my area, and this one is definitely the best. They have been around the longest, while others have come and gone. They have newer, nicer boats than the other clubs, a wide variety within their fleet, and boats have been available whenever I’ve called.”

Gardiner says it’s this sort of feedback that lets him know his company is the best at its business – now he’s ready to spread the word and the benefits of Nautical Boat Clubs membership and franchising

“People who love the water need to know who we are and what we do so well,” Gardiner concludes. “Bringing our members the fun and adventure of the boating lifestyle without the expense and hassle of boat ownership – and bringing our owners opportunity and success as entrepreneurs living the waterside dream!”

More information can be found at Nautical Boat Clubs’ new website:

Lake Murray Boat Club Held Open House At New Marina Bay Center

lake murray boat club open houseBALLENTINE, SC – April 26, 2013 – For seven years the Lake Murray Boat Club has helped countless families and individuals enjoy the beautiful waters of Lake Murray.  A recreational boating company, the Lake Murray Boat Club offers its members unlimited use of a variety of boats as an alternative to boat ownership.  During those seven years, LMBC serviced its clients from a temporary office and from the docks at Lake Murray Marina.

Sunday, April 21, the Lake Murray Boat Club held an open house to celebrate its modern new office located at the recently completed Marina Center. The Marina Center is part of the new Marina Bay, a waterfront, lifestyle community featuring luxury apartments, a convenience store and Liberty on the Lake restaurant. Thanks to near perfect spring weather, over 100 members and guests were able to enjoy boat rides, kayak and standup paddling, and watch wake surfing demonstrations on the lake.  New club boats slated to join the LMBC fleet were on display for the guests to preview.

Sunday’s festivities also marked LMBC’s seven year anniversary.  Jon Dukes, owner of the Lake Murray Boat Club, was excited when asked how he felt about leaving his old, familiar office and moving to his new office situated between the ship store and Liberty on the Lake.  Dukes stated that the Marina Center is a definite improvement and club members will benefit from the new modern facilities which include a heated, resort-style pool.

Residents of Marina Bay and their guests have shown a growing interest in LMBC.  The staff is adjusting to the large number of inquiries from residents curious about the company.  “We’re excited about our new neighbors, and we are anticipating a higher demand for our products and services,” said Dukes.

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Superior Reviews

"The staff has always been friendly and helpful. Last summer, a dockhand helped me take out a speedboat for the first time in choppy water. He guided me out of the dock area and into open water, then jumped off and swam back to the dock. Talk about service!"

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"I studied all the clubs in my area, and this one is definitely the best. They have been around the longest, while others have come and gone. They have newer, nicer boats than the other clubs, and they have more reasonable and flexible pricing plans."

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"Everything is just as they promise you – pay your monthly dues, and you have access to nearly 30 great boats. Every single staff person is super helpful and courteous … [they] do everything humanly possible to make your day at the lake the best it can be."

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