Sullivan County

New club makes life easier for boaters

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - Rockingham Marina off of Boone Lake is lessening the hassle of boating with the Care-Free Boat Club.

"It's just a great way to go boating without having to own the boat. In fact, that's one of our taglines -- 'boating without owning.' What it does for the boat club owners is it gives them unlimited access to the boat," said Doug Sams, owner of Rockingham Marina.

One couple has found this way of boating to be a lot easier than owning. "We can leave the house, get on the boat and be on the water in 15 minutes. We walk on the boat, unhook it and back it out, and we're on the lake," said club members Tina & Devereux Rice.

We asked a boat salesman about the new trend and learned that sales are actually holding steady despite the economy and the weather. "Volumes are running equal to last year. Some of the watersports toys are actually above for last year," said Tony Howard, owner of Wake to Wake Watersports.

Tennessee is home to one of the highest percentages of boat owners in the country.

Overall attendance at local marinas has been down this holiday weekend due to the weather.

Care-Free Boat Club serves about 60 customers locally.

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