Carefree Boat Club

Affordability

With membership as little as 1/3 cost of owning a boat, you can cross these expenses off your list: boat purchase, slip fee, insurance, maintenance, repairs, taxes, towing and winterization.

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Unlimited Usage

Use the boats as often as you would like with no additional cost. Our online reservation system allows you to pick the day, time, boat and Carefree location...easily.

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Large Variety of Boats

Varieties include 18'-27' Cruiser, Deck, Bowrider, Pontoon, Fishing, Ski and Sail Boats & more! Members have options in both type of boat and type of activity!
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HISTORY OF LEMON BAY

In 1926, Englewood FL was hit by a hurricane. Bert Anger purchased a portion of land on Lemon Bay and built a home near a protected area off of Lemon Bay. As Lemon Bay grew, Bert’s front porch became a gathering spot, therefore he started to market items. This business continued to grow until a fire in 1949. This is where the Englewood Fire Department was started. Bert rebuilt the houses that were lost and a store where True Value Hardware sits today. In 1990 a pharmacy was added which is now the rental portion of True Value Hardware.

With a growing family, Bert built smaller cottages for them as they grew around the main home. Many of those homes are still visible from the Marina.

In the early 1940’s, Bert had built small cottages and rented them to Fisherman. This started docking for small boats. By the early 1950’s, it became a working boat yard named Bert Angers Boat Way. Bert was always into buying and selling real-estate and the Boat Way Marina was sold. Over the years, the most notable owners include Del Branble of Englewood Boats and Motors, David Allen of the Boat Center, and Mark LaPrade of Thunder Marine.

Purchased in 2002, Thunder Marine and Service was conducted from the location. In 2004 Mark decided to completely refurbish the existing facility and add a new dry storage building. Under his development company, the name was changed from Thunder Marine to Harbor at Lemon Bay. Portions of the marina were offered as rackominuims along with leasing.

Today Harbor at Lemon Bay offers concierge service, call ahead launching, cleaning, fueling, along with mechanical service, fish cleaning station, showers, and work rack amenities. Indoor storage up to 42 feet and wet storage to 50 feet. Giving boaters the ultimate choice at the friendliest and cleanest facility around. Rated as one of the top 25 Marinas in the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Harbor at Lemon Bay will help with your every boating need.

 

BOATING DESTINATIONS

Don Pedro State Park – Located between Knight Island and Little Gasparilla Island. Only accessible by private boat or Ferry. Be sure to idle through the channel its only 2.5 feet deep. Great place to swim, snorkel, sunbath, or look for shells. This park has one mile of white sandy beaches. There are restrooms, BBQ grills and a huge Pavilion to provide shade during hot summer days. Dock space is available, please be sure to bring dock lines with you. Head south from Harbor at Lemon Bay passed Palm Island Marina and it’s located on the right. It will be marked with a Don Pedro sign.

Stump Pass Park – Located on the Barrier Island of Manasota Key. It’s a great area for swimming, sunbathing, escaping the crowds, picking up shells and finding sharks teeth. Also a great place to see manatee, dolphin, gopher tortoises, egrets, herons, and frigate birds. If you would like to try out tubing, wake boarding, or skiing you can do all of that in “Ski Alley” If you are heading out of Stump Pass hang a right. It’s the small section of water that runs along Manasota Key. On the weekends “Ski Alley” becomes a social hangout. People looking to escape the work week with friend’s, music, and cocktails.

Fishing – Lemon Bay offers some of the best fishing. Redfish, Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, and Trout to name a few. In the Gulf of Mexico, you can catch, Grouper, Bonita, Amberjack, Shark, and many more. We ask that you keep in compliance with fishing regulations along with having a fishing license. Here is a website you can check out www.myfwc.com.

 

BAIT & TACKLE

Englewood Bait House – Located on the ICW Marker 22 and 24 by the Tom Adams Bridge. Been in business for 40 years. Monitors VHF Channel 16. www.sunstate.com/baithouse

Fisherman’s Edge Tackle Inc. – located at 4425 Placida Rd Grove City, 34224

 

RESTAURANTS

Flounders on the Beach – Is accessible by boat or by car. Fun beach atmosphere with a huge outdoor stage to accommodate local bands during the week and on weekends. Good food and good fun for all ages. Located on the ICW with dock space (bring your own dock lines)

White Elephant Pub – Accessible by car or boat. Located on the ICW with plenty of dock space (bring your own dock lines)

Rum Bay – Located on Palm Island marker #9A just south of Stump Pass. It’s been in this area for 25 years. Only accessible by private vessel or by taxi that is located at Leverocks on the mainland (7090 Placida Rd Cape Haze FL) round trip is $6.00 per person. Be sure to bring your own dock lines when visiting Rum Bay.

Leverocks – Located at Palm Island Marina. If coming by boat it is located between Marker # 7/8, and the dock attendants will help you dock if you call on the VHF channel 16. If coming by car the 7092 Placida Rd. Cape Haze, FL

Waterside Grill – Located south of the Boca Grande Bridge at Gasparilla Marina. Plenty of dock space but be sure to have dock lines ready. If visiting by car 15001 Gasparilla Rd. Placida Fl, 33946

Lock N Key — Located on Beach Road with great views of Englewood beach and plenty of seating. They offer exceptional service and a variety of cuisines. 2045 N Beach Rd. Englewood FL 34223

Beach Road Wine Bar and Bistro — Come by boat or by car. There are over 70 wine selections and an array of beers. This restaurant is known for fusions style cuisine and creative dishes. Live entertainment is offered on a regular basis . Check them out on Wednesdays nights for certain selections of bottles of wine are sold at half price. 1350 Beach Rd. Englewood, FL 34223