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Report: #1141330

Complaint Review: Freedom Boat Club - Nationwide

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  • Reported By: Lynn — Destin Florida
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  • Freedom Boat Club Nationwide USA

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Joined Freedom Boat Club last year, $500 a month.  Found out by word of mouth that the franchise was sold to Nautical Options and when I called to find out, I couldn't get any straight answers.

I was told that it was for the better, more locations.  Well, I don't need more locations because we stay in the area we live and never venture out to "other locations".  We were never notified that our membership was "turned over" to another company.  The new company is asking for MORE money to keep our membership, otherwise, the boats will "fade out" and eventually there will be no boats to reserve!  Unbelieveable!!!

I do not recommend Freedom Boat Club to anyone.  It is a rip-off.  They just took our money and ran!

 

 

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#3 Author of original report

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AUTHOR: Lynn - ()

POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014

“I am the person who posted the previous derogatory comments about this company.  I have requested this site to remove the postings, but they have refused to do so.  As such, I am posting this to set the record straight.  The statements in my previous post were false.  I posted them out of misdirected anger, and sincerely apologize for any damage to their reputation caused by my posting.  Please disregard my previous post in its entirety.  This company operates with the utmost in honesty and integrity.”

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#2 Author of original report

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AUTHOR: Lynn - ()

POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

“I am the person who posted the previous derogatory comments about this company.  I have requested this site to remove the postings, but they have refused to do so.  As such, I am posting this to set the record straight.  The statements in my previous post were false.  I posted them out of misdirected anger, and sincerely apologize for any damage to their reputation caused by my posting.  Please disregard my previous post in its entirety.  This company operates with the utmost in honesty and integrity.”

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AUTHOR: DanKettelson - ()

POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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We thank you for taking the time to read this Rebuttal and allowing us to “set the record straight.”

 

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Now to the REBUTTAL that was posted.

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Wow is all I can say.  It seems that anyone can go onto this website and state anything they want about a business.  Then Rip Off Report asks the innocent business to send $2000 to Rip Off Report to arbitrate the complaint to have it removed.   So I guess that I will respond to this letter instead.

We do not have anyone named Lynn this is or was a member of Freedom Boat Club in Destin or Ft. Walton.  We are actively pursuing though legal means who "Lynn" is. We hope that it is not a smaller local boat club trying to damage our flawless reputation as a final act of desperation before closing their doors.

Freedom Boat Club is by far the world’s largest boating club with 75 locations 750 boats and 7000 members. Nautical Options, the franchise owner of the Northern Gulf Clubs, was awarded the highest member satisfaction rating for 2013. We have never had anything negative posted about us since we opened in early 2010. We are human and do make mistakes but address them promptly and 99.9% of the time to our members satisfaction.

So I guess I will address these comments from this "mystery member".

We do not have any members paying $500 a month in monthly dues.  Our memberships average in the $200 to $300 a month range. 

It is hard to take someones money and run when you have 2 locations in Destin and Ft. Walton.  We have 10 boats in the area available to our members at any time. c

Doing business with Freedom Boat Club is one of the most rewarding decisions that you will ever make. FreedomBoatClub.COM

 

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