Boat Share Direct - Boating for a Fraction of Owning!

Boat Share Direct is teaming up with Carefree Boat Club and we would like to invite you down to Chicago’s brand new 31st St Harbor to see our boats and learn about programs we offer.  We serve the greater Chicagoland area from the North Shore to the Sought Shore and all the Western Suburbs. Our Boats are located in Lake Michigan at the brand new 31St. Harbor.



Hassle Free, Fraction of Costs of Boat Ownership.  Variety of Boats, Variety of Locations, Training Provided.

The Carefree Boat Club Boat Sharing concept is simple, we offer you the opportunity to fully experience the joys of boating without the ancillary costs or hassles of ownership.The weather is on the brink of turning warm and boating is on the minds of many.

Why pay 100% of your boating expenses when you only use it 10% of the time?

Please RSVP if you plan to stop by.  

Sharing is a fraction of the cost of owning and here’s why. When you add up the cost of buying a boat, interest payments, insurance, and marina fees, winter storage not to mention the unavoidable maintenance costs, the thought of owning a boat may be enough to scare you right out of the water. Check out our Owning VS. CareFree Boat Club spread sheet that shows you just how expensive it is to own a boat!

Think of us like a country club for boaters that don’t own their own boats. You join the club and pay dues and boat as often as you like. Plus membership gives you access at any of our network locations from here to  Florida, Washington DC & Texas.

Our members use the boats for day trips, and overnight cruises, as they wish. Club members have NO responsibility for readying, cleaning or maintaining a boat. Everything is taken care of by our dock staff.

Here is a summary of what you will get as a member of the club:

1) You get to use a variety of new and late-model boats ranging from 24 to 30 feet. Choose from any of the boats in our fleet and head out onto the water. You may want a luxury Sea Ray 260 Sundancer to go to anywhere on the lake, check out the fireworks at Navy Pier, a cruise down the Chicago River or enjoy a day relaxing in the “Play Pen” or take our sailboat out and sail on the open water.

2) When you arrive at our dock with your family and friends, you are provided with club-level service and a clean boat that is ready to go.
Our dock hands even warm up the engine before you arrive. Get on, head out and enjoy yourself! When you return to the dock, you simply walk away. Boating doesn’t get any easier than this.

3) You get safe-boating training, ongoing assistance and encouragement. If you wish, you may participate in the club’s boating-oriented social

Carefree Boat Club has operated since 2001 and we take great pride in offering a premier boating alternative to ownership. We provide training in Boating Basics, on the water skills and Navigation – all designed to make you feel more comfortable on the water and enjoy boating!

We are available for appointments anytime during the week or weekend. It would be great to meet you in person and show you around the harbor and all the boats in our fleet and to further discuss the club’s benefits.

Please fill out our Boat Club Application Form so we have a better idea of what you are looking for.

I look forward to providing you with a great boating experience this season.

Please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions.

For more information please contact Ted Widen at 312-593-1180












Our Boats at 31St Harbor in Chicago

 Sea Ray 260


Sea Ray 260 Sundancer Chicago


Sea Ray 240



Plus 4 new boats for 2014