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Vol 5 No. 40 - June 22, 2005

Waves Boat & Social Club



SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Carissa Ellis of Waves Boat & Social Club.
 
By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer

The two happiest times in a boat owner’s life are the day he buys his boat and the day he sells it. Most people who own or have owned boats will agree with this old adage. But now there is a way to have your boat and sail it too.

On March 1, the Waves Boat & Social Club opened its doors to everyone who loves being on the water, but hates the expense and maintenance of owning a boat. Carissa Ellis, the owner and operator of the club, has merged boat club membership with social activities in the tradition of yacht clubs. The concept has certainly paid off with 26 memberships being sold since she started her business.

Located next to the Seafood Shack restaurant, the Waves Boat & Social Club is in the perfect location for access to both the intracoastal waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Members range in age from the 30s to the 80s with a cross section of our local population represented by people still in the work force, retirees and corporate clients.

Carissa offers memberships to both full-time and part-time Florida residents, and says her members come mostly from Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, with some representation from both Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota. In fact, she is expanding and opening another club in the Sarasota area, as well as donating captained rides to be raffled off at local community events.

Presently, she has four boats in her fleet ranging in size from 21 to 24 feet, one of which is a pontoon boat. The boats are fully insured and use is unlimited based on availability. New members must take on and off water training classes, including instructions on how to read local charts, all conducted by her professional staff, including licensed captains.

The membership and annual fees cover all maintenance and repairs; members are responsible for fuel and oil. If you come in and speak with a sales representative on the weekend, you may be eligible for a discount and complimentary lunch at the Seafood Shack along with your membership.

Carissa Ellis brings years of experience in sales and customer services as well as experience in managing boating clubs to her new venture. That combined with her outgoing personality and contagious energy are liable to convince the most confirmed landlubber to join.

Waves Boat & Social Club
Sarabay Marina at the Seafood Shack
4110 127th St. W., Cortez
(941) 795-1600
www.wavesboatclub.com
Open every day
8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday

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