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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, June 2, 2011


AN OLD IDEA IS BRAND NEW ON LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE


by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor


The American Boat Club


of New Hampshire is a first on Lake Winnipe- saukee. Members don’t need


their own boats because a variety of different types of lake worthy vessels are there for the using. Take one out for the day and bring it back, leave the rest to Kurt Mailloux and his crew. They’ll clean it, button it up and take care of any mechanical problems, you just have to put in the gas. Kurt Mailloux is the


manager of the American Boat Club of New Hamp- shire which is part of the Akwa Marina Yacht Club which is part of Meredith Bay, a Townhome com- munity overlooking the great lake. “The boat club con-


cept isn’t a new idea,” said Mailloux. “It’s been around for a long time in other areas of the country and even in Portsmouth here in New Hampshire. But this is the first one of its kind in this area.” How the Boat Club


works is simple: There is a $4000 initiation fee, which is being waived in these early stages of the club’s development. Club members pay a $3600 annual fee. Members can book reservations for any one of the club’s boats online or in person. Up to four reservations can be made at a time. Once one reservation is used an-


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A 240 Sea Ray Sundancer Pocket Cruiser, a 22-foot Berkshire Pontoon and a AlumaCraft Navigator Bass Boat round out the current fleet of Boat Club choices.


other one can be booked. There are both AM and PM reservation blocks for each boat. Then members simply show up and take the boat out. When they return the Boat Club crew takes care of the cleaning, oil changes, maintenance and supplies. No more trailering or


worrying about winter storage costs, boat pay-


ments or insurance. All is taken care of. “Except for fuel, there


are no extra costs at all beyond the annual fee,” said Mailloux. Right now there are four


boats to choose from: a 240 Sea Ray Sundancer Pocket Cruiser, a 22-foot- Berkshire Pontoon, a 21-foot 210 Select Sea


Ray Bow Rider and a Alu- See BOAT on 6


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Kurt Mailloux, manager of Akwa Marina Yacht Club, sits in a 21-foot 210 Select Sea Ray Bow Rider, one of the fleet of boats that can be used by members of The American Boat Club of New Hampshire, an old idea brought to Lake Winnipesaukee.


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