Entertaining This Summer? Take to the Water
This summer, indulge your best clients with a leisurely day on the lake. No boat? No problem. Membership in one of the Twin Cities’ growing number of boat clubs is easier and more cost-effective than owning your own.
Bay to Bay Boat Club
If you’re looking for true concierge-style boating, the well-trained, well-mannered valets at Bay to Bay Boat Club do it all, from hefting coolers, maneuvering the boat in and out of the slip, and even captaining the boat so you can focus on entertaining clients. Owner Tom Jacob pioneered the boat club concept on Lake Minnetonka 13 years ago with Excel Boat Club on St. Albans Bay. This year, Jacob has renamed the club and moved it to Echo Bay, just west of Excelsior. Members can choose from pontoons, speedboats, deck boats, and a classic wooden Skiff Craft for cruising Lord Fletcher’s in vintage style. Annual cost: $5,000 for up to 30 uses on weekdays and weekends, $4,600 for up to 30 uses on weekdays. Half-day and full-day pontoon rentals are available to the public; prices start at $275.
135 Lakeview Ave., Excelsior, 952-474-6825, excelboatclub.com
Your Boat Club
Want to expand your entertaining options beyond the big lake? A membership in Your Boat Club offers access to five metro-area lakes including Lake Minnetonka, Lake Waconia, White Bear Lake, Prior Lake, and Forest Lake, as well as the St. Croix River, Cross Lake, and Gull Lake. Members can choose from runabouts, pontoons, and fishing boats. Annual cost: $4,595 for unlimited use at any location Mondays through Thursdays, $5,495 for unlimited use at any location seven days a week.
10 S 5th St., Ste. 110, Minneapolis, 612-208-1800, yourboatclub.com
Stillwater Boat Club & Rentals
If you prefer the dramatic tides and curves of river boating to lake cruising, the Stillwater Boat Club makes it easy to explore the St. Croix River. Located near the Lift Bridge in historic downtown Stillwater, the club offers powerboats, pontoons, and cabin cruisers. Unlike other local boat clubs, membership includes overnight use. Annual cost: $4,960 for access to all boats, $9,500 for access to all boats including a 35-foot luxury cabin cruiser. Half-day and full-day pontoon rentals are available to the public; prices start at $205.
422 E Mulberry St., Still- water, 651-439-9000, stillwaterboatclub.com
Prescott Boat Club
If you’re planning to entertain out-of-town clients this summer, the Prescott Boat Club makes it easy to provide a steamboat captain’s perspective on local history. Situated at the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers, Prescott, Wisconsin, was a vital hub for the early river shipping, lumber, and milling trades, and the area has retained much of its charm. Membership includes access to runabouts, wakeboard boats, deck boats, fishing boats, as well as privileges at sister clubs in Austin, Texas, Columbia, South Carolina, and Nashville. Annual cost: $995 for membership plus $199 each month.
Point St. Croix Marina, 101 Front St. N., Prescott, Wisconsin, 715-262-8386, prescottboatclub.com