Red sky at night is a sailor’s delight, but red sky at morning means the ship's been steered into a volcano. Discover further aquaformation with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a two-hour on-water training course at Carefree Boat Club in Cornelius (a $199 value).
Carefree Boat Club's knowledgeable team gives aspiring aquanauts the confidence and know-how to cruise the welcoming waters of Lake Norman in a ski, deck, or pontoon boat of their choice. A two-hour on-water lesson imparts wisdom pearls pried from oyster professors on how to operate a vessel in close quarters, navigate channels, and do donuts on Neptune's lawn. Lake Norman's 520-mile shoreline cradles the largest man-made lake in the state and is home to blabbering large-mouth bass and prowling catfish as well as surface-borne skiers and pontoon boats.
Groupon holders also receive a 25% discount on the Carefree Boat Club membership initiation fee (a $1,000 value, normally $4,000) and gain command of a Spanish Armada of boating benefits without the Elizabeth I of maintenance worries. Members may book up to four dates in advance and plan a day to cruise, ski, or wakeboard. All 20 locations across the country offer their aquatic amenities to initiates, enabling exotic adventures and the ability to follow favorite fish on tour.
Carefree Boat Club Lake Norman
Marc and Oana Graveline grew up on the water—he along the coast of Virginia, and she in Romania, near the Black Sea. When they moved to North Carolina, their mutual love for the water drew them to Lake Norman's calm waters, tree-lined shores, and wildlife. They envisioned themselves teaching their two children how to drive a boat, and they bought one—a 21-foot Sea Ray. As the cost of their boat's upkeep began to mount, they searched for alternatives to ownership and started their own chapter of the Carefree Boat Club. Today, their children can regularly be seen cleaning their fleet of eight bow riders, sun-deck boats, and pontoon boats or organizing for member socials.
The independent owners and their team of captains and instructors join those of 24 other locations throughout the East Coast and the South in helping members share vessels and learn that it takes a village to wax a hull in less than 10 seconds. Instructors train new members in an extensive boating course, during which they learn water safety, steering procedures, nautical terminology, and navigation. Once each member is deemed seaworthy, they let him or her reserve boats up to six months in advance.