Smarter Way to Boat

Why a Boat Membership is a Smart Decision

Boat ownership is a timely and costly investment. Aside from purchasing costs, which can range anywhere from $20,000 to over $100,000 for a new boat, owners are then locked into additional costs of maintenance and service. Our Boat Club Membership eliminates the costs and the hassles associated with ownership so that you can simply enjoy your time on the water in a variety of premium boats!

Your chosen boat is at the dock, gassed, and ready to go!

We take care of the cleaning and maintenance.
You just enjoy your day on the water!

No storage, transport, or purchase hassles and fees.
When done, simply toss us the keys!

Boat Ownership vs Barrington Boat Club

When you compare the costs of boat ownership to the benefits of boat club membership, it’s clear that a membership in Barrington Boat Club is the best option for hassle free, low cost boating.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Barrington Boat Club all about?

Our members have all the benefits of owning their own boat but none of the cost or hassle that goes with it, which ultimately gives them more time to enjoy the water with family and friends. You use the boats and we take care of everything that boat owners don’t enjoy doing and paying for; storage, dockage, maintenance, insurance, taxes and cleaning the boat. We provide the care-free alternative to boat ownership at a fraction of the cost of ownership while maintaining the highest quality of service.

How do I know there will be boats available?

We have a fleet of boats that provides a variety of selections and availability for our members. Please see our fleet photos page to review the size of our fleet and more specific details. Our reservation system ensures that all members have equal access to make a reservation 24 hours a day. Members are able to make one weekend and one weekday reservation at a time. As soon as one reservation is completed, members can book another. Weekday boating is typically quiet with the exception of holidays. To book specific weekends, simply make your reservation up to 30 days in advance. We also offer a “Last Minute Launch” opportunity that provides members with the opportunity to make an additional reservation.  After 3 pm each day, unreserved boats for the following day are available for reservation to all members, without counting as one of the two reservations members are allowed at a time. We also carefully manage our fleet size to match the needs of our members.

How do I make reservations?

Reservations can be made online 24/7 using our online reservation system. Our online reservation system makes it easy to choose your preferred boat, day, and time, as well as allow members to reserve watersport equipment and other amenities, such as snacks and beverages!

How do I know that your boats are safe for me and my family to use?

We go to great lengths to ensure our boats meet all safety standards and guidelines. Additionally, every member goes through a safety check out each time they use a boat to be certain the member knows where all safety gear is located on each vessel. We use certified Mercury mechanics from All Marine Services for all of our maintenance needs and to ensure that the boats are properly serviced. By leveraging a sophisticated preventative maintenance program, we are able to keep our boats in excellent condition. We have full-time mechanics available to react to repair issues quickly and our team members are dedicated to keeping our boats in pristine condition.

What type of boats do you have in the club?

We maintain a variety of boats including luxury Pontoons, Tritoons, Deckboats, and Bow Riders.  We will introduce additions based on member preference. To view our fleet, simply select the link for Fleet Photos. 

Is there a limit on the number of times per year you can boat?
Memberships have unlimited use based on availability. There are no daily charges, members just pay for fuel.
Do I need to own my own boat to join the club?

No, but if you do own a boat and you are tired of the work required to maintain it and the associated costs, a membership is a great alternative!

Who can I bring with me on a boat?

Friends, family, guests and children, as long as a member is present. You may also entertain an important business client on any of our boats. Your boat is limited to the capacity of the boat you choose, which is listed in our fleet section. Drinks, snacks, towels, and sunscreen are recommended. All watersport equipment and more are available to add to your reservation.

How do you qualify the members?

Membership is open to boaters at any skill level, from the novice to the experienced boater. We are a Private Membership Club and potential members must complete a member contract acknowledging the rules and regulations of the club. Members also complete an educational boating session and individualized “hands on” orientation courses provided by the club that are based on your comfort level and previous boating skill. Our goal is to make sure that all members have the knowledge and skills needed to boat safely.

How do I sign up?

Contact us via email at or call us at 847.380.5488 to schedule a time to visit the club. We will provide a tour of the club facilities and show you the boats. Then, if you decide to become a member, we will complete your membership agreement and schedule a boating orientation course. Once you complete the orientation process, you get immediate access to the reservation system.

Are there any daily usage charges?
No, members have no usage charges. Your only cost is the fuel that you use.