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A closer look at local businesses and the people driving them

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There are few things in life as exhilarating as piloting a boat out on the open water. Especially here in Georgia’s Lake Country! The realities of owning a boat can be a splash of ice cold water, however. But according to club coowner Deano Cantrell, Freedom Boat Club on Lake Oconee allows you to enjoy boating without all the hassle. Now in its fifth year serving Georgia’s Lake Country, Freedom Boat Club is a private organization that provides its members with unlimited access to its boats. Recently, the club has added to its large, diverse fleet with two new Regal 2100s that feature classleading seating and storage as well as a FasTrac running surface. This year, they’ve also added a new Starcraft Center Console deck boat designed for fishing with onboard fish finder, live well, and trolling motor. However, Cantrell says it can be used for skiing, tubing, and other water sports as well. “We also have an Axis Wake & Surf tow boat that can create its own wake at the push of a button. We’re adding several more to bring the fleet up to nineteen boats this summer.” Joining Freedom Boat Club requires a one-time initiation fee, after which club members pay monthly dues and for the gasoline they consume on the water. That’s all – there are no fees for maintenance or cleaning the watercraft. And making a reservation to use one of the boats is also an easy process. “We have an online reservation system or you can call our Member Concierge, who also happens to be my wife and club co-owner, Heather,” says Cantrell. “Then, you simply show up! We offer Red Carpet Service with a dockmaster and staff who will unload your belongings and any sporting equipment you bring, get you loaded in your boat, and see you safely onto the water.” Freedom Boat Club operates out of Waterfront Marina in Putnam County, although Cantrell does say that they can use Reynolds lake access points when that’s preferred. Boat reservations within the club are first come, first serve. Although there are a finit number of boats in the fleet, Cantrell points out that Freedom Boat Club does offer all club members an “Availability Guarantee” to provide peace of mind to members and ensure they enjoy their membership to the fullest. Overnight boat reservations are available upon request and granted when feasible. It makes no difference whether you’re an old hand at the wheel or new to the boating experience, Freedom Boat Club welcomes all who want to experience the lake life to its fullest. For more information about Freedom Boat Club, please visit freedomboatclublakeoconee.com or call David at 888-781-7363. The boat is waiting… why are you?