Amelia Boat Club & Rentals took over the Suntex Boat Club & Watersports business located at Amelia Island, Florida, in July of this year. Amelia Boat Club & Rentals continues to operate out of Amelia Island Yacht Basin which is the same location Suntex Boat Club & Watersports operated.
Suntex Ventures, a Dallas-based company owning and operating marina properties, merged with Big D Boat Club and Watersports in April of 2013. From that merger, Suntex Boat Club and Watersports was formed and operated boat clubs and rentals in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Acworth, Georgia; and Amelia Island, Florida. Monty Kitchen founded, managed and operated Big D Boat Club and Watersports in 2009, which grew to three locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area on Lake Ray Hubbard, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Lewisville. After the merger with Suntex, Kitchen remained with the newly formed company as the National Director. A little over a year later, Kitchen and his wife Capprice, purchased the Amelia Island Suntex Boat Club location and changed the name to Amelia Boat Club & Rentals to reflect a greater sense of community.
Amelia Boat Club & Rentals (“ABC”) is a boat club and boat rental business that offers unlimited boating access for a monthly fee to its members, and daily boat and wave-runner rentals available to the public. The concept is simple – people don’t have to own a boat in order to enjoy a boating lifestyle. ABC’s fleet includes an array of pleasure boats, fishing boats and wave-runners. Gear and accessories may also be provided and are included with memberships. When clients arrive at the dock, the reserved boat is clean, fueled, staged with requested accessories (tubes, skis, fishing rods) and life-jackets, ready to share priceless memories on the water with family and friends. Several clients begin as rental customers and enjoy the ease of boating so much, soon become boat club members. Boat owners that sold their boat due to the overwhelming burden of maintaining it are eager to join the club and rekindle their love for boating without any of the hassles of ownership! Other folks simply want to learn more about different boats before purchasing their own, but usually find the club so easy they never make that purchase. And of course, there’s the casual boater simply wanting to enjoy the beautiful waters surrounding Amelia Island by renting a boat or wave-runner for a few hours. ABC can also provide a Boat Captain and private sight-seeing tours upon request. Amelia Boat Club & Rentals has boating options for every boater.
Monty Kitchen built a first-class boating operation with his three Big D Boat Club and Watersports locations in Dallas, Texas. Today, Kitchen follows his successful business endeavors with the continued development and operation of Amelia Boat Club and Rentals that he now locally owns and manages.
Kitchen is thrilled to be operating his own boat club and rental business again and appreciates the warm reception received from the many local businesses and residents on the island. Kitchen stated, “The generosity and desire of local businesses and residents that support ABC has been overwhelming and we’re so grateful. Amelia Island and the people that live and visit here make it very unique, like no other place I’ve lived. It’s truly a little piece of paradise.”
Amelia Boat Club & Rentals is open year round with the exception of the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. If interested in learning more about the boat club or rentals, visit www.ameliaboatclub.com or call 904.572.3216. Membership tours available upon request. Amelia Boat Club and Rentals is located at 251 Creekside Drive, Off Hwy A1A, Island Side of Shave Bridge, Dock E at the Amelia Island Yacht Basin, on Amelia Island, FL.