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Penticton company innovates with hassle-free 'boat share' club

A couple of the boats offered by Penticton Boat Rentals' new boat club.
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May 16, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Penticton Boat Rentals has a new program aimed at getting people on the water without the worry, time and expense of owning their own watercraft.

Jordan McCallum and partner Mark Melissen have hassle-free boating in mind with their slogan: Boating made better.

The partners are creating a new membership club option they hope will eliminate the painful parts of owning a boat, including trailering, mooring, storage, maintenance and cleaning. The company has been operating a rental service out of the Penticton Yacht Club for the past four years, but the membership program is new this year.

"People can focus on boating, and the time they have to get on the lake,” McCallum says.

Essentially a 'boat share,’ the club will max out at between 30 and 40 members who will share a pool of four boats, including a Super Air Nautique G23, a Centurion F123 and two pontoon boats. Also supplied are water toys, life jackets, surfboards and tubes. The only thing customers pay for is the fuel they use.

Different membership tiers allow different levels of access to the boats.

“Differences are mainly, which day of the week you can get, full week access as opposed to just weekdays. Top tier memberships will get you three active reservations on the calendar so you can block three spots at a time. On the lower tiers, you just get one,” McCallum says.

Memberships range in price from $5,000 to $12,500 annually, plus GST.

Penticton Boat Rentals will provide as many orientations as needed to feel comfortable.

“You don’t need any previous boating experience, but you will need a boaters’ license,” McCallum says.

The boat club runs from May 1 to Sept. 30. 

“We’re expecting big things. There has been a lot of interest so far and people are talking about it. We’re really excited,” McCallum says. He expects the member-to-boat ratio to be around eight-to-one to allow members good access to all boats through the summer.

More information can be found at Penticton Boat Rentals website here, or you can call Jordan McCallum at 250-488-8093.


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