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

December 2007

We have gifts galore for this Holiday Season and beyond!   Charters, classes, a new boat or an Alaska cruise . . . we have it all!  Just give us a call!


25 Years of Yachting Excellence

It’s Our 25th Anniversary, and We have a Present for You!
Announcing Our 3-Year Anniversary Celebration! 

 January 1, 2008-December 31, 2010* 
Our Gift to You:

Winter (12/15-4/30):
1 Free Day with a 3-Day or Longer Charter!
Summer (5/1-12/14)
: 2 Free Days with a 3-Day or Longer Charter!
*Charter must begin on or after 1/1/2008 and end on or before 12/31/2010.

January 1, 2008-December 31, 2010

Our Gift to You: 

Sail and Power Students Who Graduate From Our School Between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010
Will Receive a Free Nautical Gift by Weems & Plath.*

* Some restrictions apply.  
Class must begin on or after 1/1/2008
and end on or before 12/31/2010.

Did you know this?

Sanibel and Captiva islands have been recognized among “the best in the world” in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards. Both earned spots on the Top-10 North America Islands list. The ranking was based on readers’ ratings of their favorite island destinations for activities, ambiance, beaches, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and scenery.


We have a critical need for additional late-model Sail and Power yachts to join our fleet!  We especially need sailboats from 35-40 feet and trawlers and motoryachts between 35 and 45 feet.

If you currently own a late-model diesel-powered sail or power yacht that you may not have the time to use, or wish to purchase a boat now as your "floating retirement plan", give  Barb Hansen a call.  If you would like some income to help offset the cost of boat ownership, or wish to have your investment in a yacht protected by having regular usage and proper maintenance, you might want to consider charter yacht ownership.  In addition, your boat would be located in one of the finest year-round cruising areas in the world!

For more information on our charter yacht ownership program, please give us call at 800.262.7939 or email us at info@swfyachts.com.

This Holiday Season why not give yourself the gift of an Alaska Cruise in 2008?

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

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:
June 3-9:  Sitka to Petersburg – 7 days - Cabins Available
June 11-20:  Petersburg to Sitka – Special 10 day cruise*
THIS TRIP IS FULL. *Vic & Barb Hansen will be aboard for this 10- day trip.
June 23-29:  Sitka to Petersburg - Cabins Available
July 1-July 10:  Petersburg to Sitka – Special 10-day cruise  Cabins Available
July 28-August 3:  Sitka to Petersburg  Cabins Available

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

Cost: $3500 per person per week for the  yacht and crew, including all meals. “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 $3500 per person  (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.  We's love to have you join us!

The Holiday Rush
By Barb Hansen 

Vic and I did not join the elbowing crowds to save a buck or two at Circuit City on Black Friday. We do not need an interactive game console, thank you.  We already have one. A boat.

I understand that playing computer games is a rush. But what kind of rush is it? Is it an adrenaline rush? If so, it doesn't sound healthy to me. It seems to me we all get enough stress in our lives without the need to produce it artificially.

Lots of things give us rushes but that doesn't make them good. Shopping till you drop is a rush for some people. It may also be unhealthy physically, not to mention financially.

How many times have we fallen victim to HSF (Holiday Shopping Frenzy) – finding the perfect gift for Aunt Harriett or Uncle George or the very latest and only the very latest fashionable $100 tennis shoes for Junior? You get the picture.

And then there are the parties, the hostess gifts and don't forget the mailman and the paperboy. Whew!

Every holiday season I find myself wishing that people would spend their hard-earned money on things that can really make a positive difference in their lives – yes, like boating.  Maybe I'm wrong but it seems to me that playing World of Warcraft on your Xbox falls into the wrong category.

So what's the point? I would say that when we buy gifts for others and for ourselves maybe we should apply the "rush standard" to our decision.  In other words, we should ask ourselves, "Will this purchase produce a healthy rush or an unhealthy rush?" 

This brings me back to boating. I happen to think boating produces the healthiest rush of any diversion, especially including interactive computer games.

Like the game console you can buy at Circuit City or Best Buy, our boat console manipulates a visual display.  Our console shows an ever-moving panorama of beautiful scenes framed by blue sky and blue-green water.

Like the electronic version, our game has a console with manipulating devices such as a steering wheel and throttles. (You could call them joysticks.) They make the visual display turn this way or that, and go slower or faster, forward or backward. For real.

Unlike the indoor game console, our outdoor console game supplies us with fresh air and rewards us with unexpectedly exhilarating sights such as dolphins surfing the bow wake or a family of manatees chewing on seagrasses.

Now, that's a rush.


Welcome Aboard, Captain Bill!

Captain Bill Rigby joined SFY last summer.  Captain Bill is a retired university professor from Michigan who has been boating for 35 years. Bill’s boating background includes extensive sailing experience on several of the Great Lakes and in the Caribbean. Bill has also served as a delivery skipper on the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Since moving to Florida Bill has transitioned to power boating and has explored the waters and islands of Southwest Florida. Bill is a USCG licensed Captain as well as a certified sailing instructor. The joy and the challenge of teaching draws Bill to share his boating knowledge with others at Southwest Florida Yachts and the Florida Sailing & Cruising School.

Wrap up a beautiful boat for a Holiday Gift
the whole family will enjoy for years to come!


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.

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.  Available for private ownership or purchase for charter fleet placement.

Offers Welcome!

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.  Lovely!
Available for private ownership or purchase for charter fleet placement.

Now $179,000!
Owner must sell!  You can’t afford NOT to snap up this deal!

Available for private ownership or purchase for charter fleet placement.

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! 

Vic Hansen is a licensed Florida Yacht Broker and Barb Hansen is a licensed Florida Yacht Salesperson.  Call us to make an appointment to see any of these lovely yachts or to discuss any other vessels you may have an interest in owning




Looking for a special gift for that special someone?  Let us suggest a gift certificate from Southwest Florida Yachts or The Florida Sailing and Cruising School!  Purchase a daysail, a week-long charter, or a live-aboard sail or power course and your gift will be remembered for years to come.   Any member of the family would love to “Experience the Boating Life!”  You can get them started with a charter or school gift certificate.

 Make your holiday shopping simple!  Give us a call today and we will get a gift certificate out to you right away!  Call us at 1-800-262-7939 today!


 Has Winter got you down already?  Are you tired of sneezing, shoveling, scraping, slipping and sliding? 
If you answered “yes” to any of the above then it’s time to head SOUTH in search of sun, sand and smooth cruising! 
So, pack your sea bag and hop a plane, train or automobile and head to
Southwest Florida!
With easy access from most major
US cities, you can leave home in the morning and sleep under the stars aboard your private yacht that night!  We hope to see you soon!
Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Our International Airport Makes it Easy to Get to Southwest Florida!
It’s now easier than ever to get to Southwest Florida!

Did you know that most major US Airlines as well as some international carriers serve Southwest Florida International Airport (code RSW.) Air Tran, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Jet Blue, Northwest, Spirit, US Airways, Southwest and more are among those airlines with daily flights to Fort Myers.  For more information go to: www.flylcpa.com

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.

3444 Marinatown Lane N.W.
North Fort Myers  FL   33903
1-800-262-7939 * 239-656-1339

If you are planning a trip to our area we invite you to stop by and see us! 
We are open 7 days a week!

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