When I think of living in the lap of luxury, I think of a walk-in closet like Carrie Bradshaw's (from either SATC movie) filled with designer wares, a masseuse on call and spending my weekends yachting with my gorgeous friends. Well, my closet more closely resembles CB's closet from the show, minus the Manolos, and massages are typically saved for my once-a-year birthday splurge, but thanks to the arrival of Barton & Gray Mariners Club at The Wharf, I could (theoretically) spend my weekends yachting!
The day-yachting club announced in June that it would expand to the Mid-Atlantic and launch its 21st harbor in D.C. The previous 20 harbors span the East Coast from Nantucket to Miami, giving members the opportunity to go yachting anytime they are near a harbor.
"It’s been a dream of ours to expand into the area and as D.C. transforms into a true waterfront destination, and we are excited to bring our Mariners Club to locals who are looking to enjoy yachting without any of the commitment of boat ownership," said Doug Gray, CMO and co-founder of Barton & Gray.
There are four tiers of membership, all which come with a $12,000 initiation fee: Ensign at $29,500/year; Lieutenant at $39,500/year; Admiral at $49,500/year; and Fleet Admiral which is only issued twice a year and the price is not publicly disclosed. Each tier includes annual membership, access to all 21 harbors and unlimited reservations, but the number of reservations you can have scheduled at a time increases from two to five to 10 throughout the levels. The base Ensign level gives you access to Barton & Gray's 36' picnic boats, while the other tiers allow access to any yacht in the fleet. Ensign also does not allow for complimentary yacht upgrades while the other tiers do, and at the two highest levels you can schedule out-of-season trips.
Barton & Gray Mariner's Club membership also grants customers access to several signature events throughout the year, such as 110th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, the Masters or Art Basel in Miami.
The best part is you don't even have to worry about packing and lugging all your equipment aboard, as Barton & Gray yachts come equipped with towels, sunscreen, fishing gear, paddleboards, snorkeling gear, inner tubes, champagne, beer, wine, light snacks and even a portable speaker. You could host everything from a clam bake to a Fourth of July outing to a romantic sunset cruise.
Is $30k spent on boating an extravagant luxury? Absolutely! But when you consider that buying a Hinckley yacht will run you upwards of $300-350k, not including maintenance and upkeep costs, it seems like a more attainable option for someone really wanting to experience the yachting lifestyle. Plus, you don't have the hassle of clean up when your day of yachting is done, so you are truly living in the lap of luxury.
P.S. I make a journalist's salary, so I'll just be over here waiting for my invitation to join y'all on any yachting trips you have planned...