Jurassic Park Jeep at the Auto Show with Freedom Boat Club

Jurassic Park Jeep at the Auto Show with Freedom Boat Club

The old jeep was dirt cheap. Its restoration came at minimum expense. But the result is priceless.

When Daniel Haralambou purchased a rusted, beaten up 1995 Jeep Wrangler in 2015, he was told it was only good for parts. That turned out to be true.

As long as the part is a role in the next Jurassic Park movie.

“I wanted a Jeep I could restore all by myself,” said Haralambou, who works as events director of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville. “I have never done anything like this before. Once I got started, I thought it would cool to fix it up to look like the Jeep in the original Jurassic Park movie.”

Indeed, Haralambou’s effort is so close to the original that people sitting in the vehicle might expect to feel the ground tremble under the thundering footsteps of a T-Rex.

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Buddy Boy remembered

Buddy Boy remembered

    He was a multimedia star, had a boat named after him, and touched many lives in his all-too-brief time on earth.

    Buddy Boy, a one-eyed Golden Retriever with an endearing love for people and insatiable heart for adventure, succumbed to a lingering illness last week at age 8. Riley Burke said, “ I named him Buddy Boy, because he was truly my buddy, and we comforted each other through all of the up and down times”

    “It is not going to be the same around here without him,” said Lisa “The Boatanista” Almeida, who became accustomed to Buddy Boy’s joy-filled presence at home and in the office, as well as out on the water. “He was always welcome wherever we went, at schools, hospitals, the chiropractor, nail salon or picking up supplies at West Marine.”

Jacksonville’s thriving Freedom Boat Club celebrates rank as one of nation’s largest

Jacksonville’s thriving Freedom Boat Club celebrates rank as one of nation’s largest

 

        JACKSONVILLE – It’s a timeless expression, indicating good fortune or unqualified success: Your boat has come in. In the case of the local affiliate of the Freedom Boat Club, it would be more accurate to say: The fleet has come in.

          Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville, struggling to stay afloat when it was purchased by Lisa Almeida and Kevin Seelig in 2011, had a scant four boats and 40 members at the time. Now, the club has more boats than many nations have in their navies.

         This past week, at Freedom Boat Club’s annual 20 group meeting  in Sarasota, Florida, Almeida and Seelig were officially notified that they are operating the fourth largest franchise in a network that spans more than 117 cities.

Freedom Boat Club adds Cruisin’ Tiki to its offerings Floating bar will be for special events

Freedom Boat Club adds Cruisin’ Tiki to its offerings Floating bar will be for special events

 

    Why in the world would a teetotaler be enthused about purchasing a floating tiki bar? When people all over northeast Florida know you as the Boatanista, perhaps it simply goes with the territory.

      “When I first saw the Cruisin Tiki bar on a news video I knew immediately that I had to have one,” said Lisa “The Boatanista” Almeida. “I haven’t seen anything like this in Jacksonville. This will be a fun and hip addition to our local scene.”

      Almeida, owner of Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville, expects to take delivery of her unique new watercraft Thursday (Aug. 11). The octagon-shaped Cruisin Tiki, complete with thatched roof and bar stools, was designed by Fort Lauderdale-based engineer, Greg Darby. The Cruisin Tiki relies on a base of 55-gallon drums to provide stability and maintain a smooth ride.

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Freedom Boat Club hosts blood drive, free boat rides on Saturday

Freedom Boat Club hosts blood drive, free boat rides on Saturday

Freedom Boat Club hosts blood drive, free boat rides on Saturday

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

      For Jacksonville residents, August 13th, is a chance to give back to the community this year.

       The Blood Alliance is partnering with the Freedom Boat Club (FBC) to offer local residents a chance to enjoy some relaxing time out on the water and also help save lives. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Julington Creek Marina, FBC will be offering free boat rides on its fleet of clean, new pleasure boats. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., representatives of The Blood Alliance will be on site, taking blood donations.

         Julington Creek Marina is located at 12807 San Jose Blvd in Jacksonville.

Waterfront view now available at your fingertips

Waterfront view now available at your fingertips

     It’s not possible for everyone who wants it to have waterfront property, but there is no reason not to enjoy a waterfront view.

     At least not anymore.

    For a real-time waterfront experience, simply click on Freedom Boat Club’s new webcam, live from Julington Creek, at:

Giving the gift of boating.... Come Saturday for a Free Boat ride

     Boats – just like the people who love them -- come in all shapes, and sizes and styles.

That is why Freedom Boat Club is doing Free Boat Rides this Saturday July 25th, at the Julington Creek Marina, from 10-4. 

      And while variety is the spice of life, and you can typically find as many opinions as there are people, there is one common element, a unifying theme, to which every recreational boater would quickly agree: The most enjoyable, fun time for any boater is when you are actually out on the water, using a boat for what it is designed to do.

      That is the driving force for the rapidly growing popularity of Freedom Boat Club: We put the fun in boating and eliminate the hassles.