Getting Started With Carefree Boater

The Essential Stuff

The Carefree Boater blog provides engaging content for three different stages in the boating process.  Here are some of our favorite and most-viewed posts . . .

Non-Boaters

If you are considering a leisure-time activity to enjoy with your family, we help you decide if boating is a good fit.

Novices

If you are trying to decide whether to rent a boat, buy a boat, or join a boat club, we have lots of great posts to help you make that decision.

  • How Much Does A Boat Cost? – This is our most-viewed post.  You’ll see a graph with real MSRP numbers, plus the residual startup and recurring costs.
  • cta-buttonShould I Buy A Boat eBook – This free eBook gives you instant access to all of the factors involved in the boat-buying decision process. Includes a worksheet to help you do the math.
  • How To Pull A Boat Into A Slip – A 2-minute how-to video. 2nd-most viewed post on this site.
  • Should I Join A Boat Club? – If you’ve heard about a boat club and are wondering how it works, check this one out.

Experts

If you are an experienced boater, we provide fresh information to help you break out of boating ruts, get to know your local lakes better, and even provide advanced training tips and videos.

PLUS Local Lake Info For TriCities TN/VA

This site is run by boating experts in the TriCities TN/VA region.  If you are in this area, you’ll see lots of great info and videos about Boone, South Holston, and Watauga lakes.

 

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About The Carefree Boater

The Carefree Boater is a boating lifestyle website dedicated to educating folks about boating as a leisure time activity with family and friends.

It was developed and is run by boating professionals Doug Sams and Jessica Luff.  Doug and Jessica saw an unmet need in the lifestyle boating space and blog regularly about how to enjoy inland boating to its fullest.

Jessica Luff

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Jessica is a wife and mother of three active, involved kids.  She and husband Brian jumped into boating and the rest is history.  She is now the owner/manager of Carefree Boat Club of South Holston Lake and Carefree Boat Club of Watauga Lake.

Doug Sams

Doug Sams
Doug and his wife Stacia bought their first boat in 2004.  They were looking for a great way to spend quality time with their daughters.  Doug’s enjoyment on the water led to his purchase of Rockingham Marina, which, in turn, led to establishing The Carefree Boat Club of Boone Lake.