September’s TWA meeting: Freedom Boat Club

Thank you to Shawn Ottenbreit with Freedom Boat Club Tacoma for talking with us about the sharing economy and new ways to go boating!
Photo of Shawn speaking at TWA meeting
Shawn Ottenbreit discusses the sharing economy and new ways to go boating.

Don’t own a boat but want to go boating? At September’s TWA meeting, Shawn Ottenbreit with Freedom Boat Club Tacoma  discussed the sharing economy and new ways to go boating, including joining a boat club. Freedom Boat Club started business along the Foss Waterway in August 2017. In its first three weeks, 10 people joined the club. Thank you for talking with us, Shawn, and welcome to the Tacoma waterfront!

The Sharing Economy

Shawn discussed the sharing economy and referred to a Time Magazine 2016 poll. The poll found that 44% of U.S. adults have participated in the sharing economy, such as ride sharing, accommodations, dog services, food delivery, and more. The sharing economy impacts the overall economy and the ways goods and services are consumed. It also brings in younger people who otherwise could not access some goods and services because of costs.

About Boat Clubs

Boat clubs own and maintain a fleet of boats, and make these boats available to members. Members can choose from a variety of boat types. They can go online to reserve a boat and a day on the water.

Freedom Boat Club Tacoma currently has a fleet of five boats. Membership includes unlimited boating, insurance, training, reciprocal access at other Freedom Boat Club locations, and social events. Check out this new TWA member for more information!

More information about Freedom Boat Club

Board Report

Malcolm Russell describes the renovated Tacoma Youth Marine Center.

Scott Knox, TWA President, gave the board report. Items included:

  • Stanley Selden Maritime Fund. This fund focuses on encouraging youth to learn about and get on the water. Scholarships are available with awards up to $500 each. Organizations and individuals can apply. The application is available here.
  • Membership. TWA would like to encourage members that lapsed to rejoin. Membership information.
  •  Luau. TWA is partnering with Kikaha O Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe Club to hold a luau! Please save the date for January 20, 2018 for this fun event! More details to come.
  • Window clings. TWA sent out new window clings to business members. Please contact Patricia Peterson if you’d like to receive one.
  • New Board members. If you’re interested in the Tacoma waterfront, consider joining the TWA Board!
  • Tacoma Youth Marine Center. We’re glad to hold our meetings again in the newly remodeled Tacoma Youth Marine Center. Thank you!

See you at TWA’s next meeting, Wed., Oct. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Tacoma Youth Marine Center.

By Liz Satterthwaite, 

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