3444 Marinatown Lane N.W.  *  North Fort Myers FL  33903
1-800-262-7939 * 239-656-1339 * Email: info@swfyachts.com

www.swfyachts.com   *   www.flsailandcruiseschool.com


July 1 - October 31, 2007 2 FREE days
with a 3-day or longer charter!*

*Charter must begin on or after 7/1/07 and end on or before 10/31/07.

July 1 - October 31, 2007
Pay for 3 and the 4th is FREE!
Sail and Power classes: Pay the full rate for
three (3) students and the 4th student is free.*

*Class must begin on or after 7/1/07 and end on or before 10/31/07.
Max. 4 students per vessel.


“Comin’ and Goin’” is the title of the 8-page feature about our company in the current issue of Passagemaker Magazine!  Writer Bill Jacobs spent a day on the SFY docks in March and had a chance to observe our charter, school and maintenance activities first hand.  The result is his in-depth “behind the scenes” look at our business.  Bill also had a chance to speak to some of our charter clients, trawler training students and fleet yacht owners on a variety of topics.  Bill sat in on a charter “checkout,” interviewed charters returning from a cruise, and spoke to fleet yacht owners about the advantages of charter ownership. 

For a reprint of this article please give s a call or email us at info@swfyachts.com


Dear Barbara,

The Fort Family would like to express our appreciation for the excellent training we received from Captain Gary and Southwest Florida Yachts.  We entered this educational process with little knowledge and a lot of enthusiasm, and left with some new

Captain Gary did an excellent job of balancing the seriousness of piloting a rather large boat and the fun that is available cruising in a trawler.

The organization of your business and course was excellent and conducive to learning the material. 

My son, Kirk’s [sailing] experience with Captain Bill was equally positive. . . .

We will always appreciate the training we received at Southwest Florida Yachts.  Thank you and your excellent team for all of your hard work.

Very truly yours,
John Fort,  P101-102 Power Boating Class

Dear Barb,

Three generations

Thanks for the photos.  We had a terrific time on Sootsus at Sea.  Each day took us to a new location, with lots to do and see.  We all loved South Seas and the manatees all around us.  Boca Grande was great fun, especially having the golf cart to explore the town  and visit the beach.  While we were there we tried our hand tarpon fishing with a local captain.  Useppa is very special and we loved wandering the island.  The meals were great, too.  Speaking of meals, Cabbage Key was fun for lunch.  And when they brought us hot fresh blueberry muffins at 7:30 am at Sanibel Marina, we all got big smiles on our faces. 

So, for my wife Gail, daughter Allie and son-in-law Zane, and 7 year old grandson Dylan, thanks for helping us have one of the best and most memorable vacations we’ve ever had.

Best regards,
Joe Trachtenberg
Mainship 43 Charter

Dear Vic and Barbara:

My family and I just finished a delightful charter with SW Florida Yachts and I wanted to drop you a line of thanks.  Both [Mark and Captain Gary] were excellent and “salty” assets and we could not have been more pleased with their patience and expertise.  Our pre-visit communications with Jan (and you, Barbara) were always professional . . .

In addition, the materials you sent were superb and totally unexpected including the “Gunkholer’s Guide,” chart of Charlotte Harbor, the magazine reprints, and much more.  This was truly value-added stuff!

The boat was fine . . fully equipped and a joy for myself, my wife, our son and his girlfriend. 

Thanks so much for your professionalism and patience.  We’ll definitely be a repeat customer!

With best regards,

Christopher from New York
Packet Cat 35 Charter

Skipagenerational Communications Phenomenon
By Barb Hansen

Grandparents and grandchildren communicate in a special kind of way.

Here’s a for instance: The grandmother is on the floor with a four-year-old boy building a Lego garage for his new fire truck.  She even makes truck engine and siren-like noises.

And here’s the granddad with his five-year-old granddaughter holding a birthday party for Barbie and her friends.  Who would have thought a granddad could fuss over Rapunzel’s long hair?

 I am not a doctor. I arrange yacht charters and liveaboard yacht courses for a living.  But I am a keen observer of human behavior. I call this Skipagenerational Communications Phenomenon (SCP). To read on, Click Here...

Welcome to our Passport to
Cruising Alaska in 2008!

You are invited to join  fellow boaters  for the cruising experience of a lifetime in beautiful Alaska next summer!

You will cruise aboard the 65 foot  Malahide trawler, “Ursa Major.” The boat (r) will cruise from  Petersburg  to Sitka or from Sitka  to Petersburg  in Southeast Alaska , depending on the week you choose. 

There are only 2-3 double cabins available on each trip - one couple or two singles per cabin .

This will truly be a memorable cruising experience that you won't want to miss! Availability is limited, so reserve your cabin soon!

The Cruise date options as of now are as follows:
(Availability subject to change. Book early!)

June 3-9
:  Sitka to Petersburg – 7 days
June 11-20
:  Petersburg to Sitka – Special 10 day cruise*
  *Vic & Barb Hansen will be aboard for this 10-day trip.

June 23-29
:  Sitka to Petersburg
July 1-July 10
:  Petersburg to Sitka – Special 10-day cruise
July 20-26
:  Petersburg to Sitka
July 28-August 3
:  Sitka to Petersburg
August 5-11
:  Petersburg to Sitka
August 13-19
:  Sitka to Ketchikan

You’ll marvel at the natural beauty of Southeast Alaska at the height of the whale and bear season.  You’ll dine on gourmet food from “Ursa’s” galley, including homemade bread, soups and desserts each day! 

Vic & Barb kayaking

“Ursa Major” has a full-time Captain, Crew and Cook on board.  You can sit back and enjoy the scenery or navigate alongside the Captain in the pilothouse.

Dress for the weather - no ties or dinner dresses required! Average temperatures are 61° and 48° F, with about 15-18 hours of daylight June through August!

Vic and Barb have cruised aboard the “Ursa” and have seen, first hand, the awesome beauty of Alaska – up close and personal.  As the owner of “Ursa Major” says, “friends don’t let friends see Alaska from a Cruise Ship!”  Join family or friends aboard the "Ursa Major" for an amazing cruising experience in Alaska!

Southeast Alaska is serviced by Alaska Airlines from Seattle. Travel arrangements to and from Alaska are up to you, but give us a call for some helpful hints!


WHO: Cruise with the Captain & Crew of “Ursa Major” and fellow boaters.

WHEN: You will board at noon on the first day and return at noon on the last day. You may need to arrive in town the afternoon before boarding due to flight schedules. We can refer you to local hotels for overnight accommodations in town.

WHERE: Southeast Alaska!  Petersburg to Sitka  or Sitka to Petersburg.

WHAT: A nature cruise through Southeast Alaska aboard a 65-foot trawler yacht.

COST:  For bookings made by September 30, 2007, the 2007 rates will be honored: $3500 per person  for the 7-day cruise and $4500 for 10 days.  For bookings taken after 9/30/07, the cost is $3750 for 7-days and $4750 for 10 days. (Includes all meals while on board. Gratuities for Captain and crew not included.) A 50% deposit is due at the time of your reservation. The balance is due 60 days prior to your cruise. Call 1-800-262-7939 to reserve your cabin!

If you are interested in the option of bringing a larger group, other yachts are available for cruising in tandem with the “Ursa Major.”  Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions you may have.  We can even give you tips on sightseeing in other parts of Alaska if you would like   to extend your stay.  Alaska is amazing!      

We hope you will plan to see Alaska in 2008 aboard the “Ursa Major!”  Call 1-800-262-7939 or 239-656-1339 to reserve your dates or email us at info@swfyachts.com

Art-full Sailing!
We are thrilled to be able to share some artwork that was inspired by Meg Gower’s recent 2-week charter with us.  This is not the first SFY charter for Meg and her husband, Jack.
You never know what might come from cruising in Southwest Florida!  Thanks, Meg!

 “Perfectly Balanced: 
Argo II Sails Herself”

  “Jack at the Helm of Argo II”

“Marina Sunset at Burnt Store”

“Cool Change at Anchor”

Artwork reprinted with permission of Meg Gower, 2007.


Equipment includes: Twin Yanmar 27 HP diesels, aid conditioning, 12 VDC refrigeration, GPS, Autopilot, inverter, anchor windlass and two anchors, Color TV and much more.

Accommodations include two double sleeping cabins and large main salon with convertible dinette, two heads, complete galley and roomy cockpit.   Firenze is a rare find.  Don’t let this cat slip away.  Give us a call today to make an appointment to see Firenze.

Available for private ownership or purchase for charter fleet placement.


Equipment includes:

Twin Volvo 130 HP diesels, Westerbeke 5 kw generator, Air conditioning and heat, refrigerator/ freezer, electric stove, stereo with CD player, Color TV with VCR, autopilot, Radar and Garmin GPS Map. 

The accommodations include one cabin and one head  forward with the galley and salon up. The dinette also converts to a double berth.  KON TIKI is fully equipped and ready to cruise!

Available for private ownership or purchase for charter fleet placement.


Equipment includes:

Twin Yanmar 240 HP diesels, Kohler 8 kw generator, air conditioning and heat, refrigerator, electric stove, stereo with CD player, Color TV with VCR, autopilot, Radar, and  GPS plotter.

This vessel’s accommodations include two cabins, one head, with the salon up and galley down.  Owning this late-model trawler is like owning an almost-new vessel  SNAP’M is in beautiful condition. 

Available for private ownership or purchase for charter fleet placement.

1987 GRAND BANKS 42, TWIN - Unbelievably Priced at $205,000

Owner wants to move this boat!  You could own MARETTA ROSE for much less than market value! 

Equipment includes:  Twin Ford 135 HP diesels, Onan 8 kw generator, 3-zone air conditioning with reverse-cycle heat, Grunert cold plate refrigeration with separate freezer and a Frigid Rigid freezer on the bridge, Icemaker, Electric stove with oven, GPS, new Furuno Radar, Inverter, Autopilot, full canvas, electric windlass,

9’ Boston Whaler on cabin chocks and a new Avon 10’ Rover RIB on transom davits!  The boat comes fully equipped with linens, galley gear, tools, extensive spare parts inventory, charcoal grill, Igloo cooler and much more!  

Available for private ownership or purchase for charter fleet placement.


Vic Hansen is a licensed Florida Yacht Broker and Barb Hansen is a licensed Florida Yacht Salesperson.  Call them to make an appointment to see any of these lovely yachts or to discuss any other vessels you may have an interest in owning
We can help you sell your boat or find you the boat of your dreams.  Give us a call!



It’ just around the corner . . . our 25th Berth-Day celebration! 
Our Anniversary is actually in 2009, but we like to start the party early! 

Our Anniversary Specials will begin in January, 2008! 
So, watch for our Specials to be announced this fall.
You won’t want to miss the party!

For complete charter, school, and yacht sales information, try our websites: 

www.swfyachts.com        www.flsailandcruiseschool.com        www.swfyachtsales.com

For more information on charters, classes, charter yacht ownership, or brokerage yachts for sale, please call us at 1-800-262-7939 or 239-656-1339.

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