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

JUNE 2007

Summertime... and the cruising is great!
A Special Offer to Kick-off the Summer!
Save 10% in  June 2007!

Take 10% Off Any Charter of 3 Days or Longer
 in June 2007.

Just call and reserve your dates and mention our “Summer Vacation”  Coupon or clip and send this coupon after you make your reservation. 
It's that simple! We’ll take 10% off your charter rate!

*Charter must begin on or after 6/1/07 and end on or before 6/30/07

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 students and the 4th is FREE!
Take any sail or power class and pay for full course 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.

Bring the kids! Bring the grandkids! Plan to take the family to "Summer School" on the water!

We have received many nice emails and letters from our clients in recent months. 

Here are a few to we wanted to share with you.  Thanks to all our great customers!

Your base, your people, the boat, 34’ Mainship “Peachy Keen” were all excellent! 

Thank you very much! 

- Tom , Power Yacht Charter Customer from Colorado

I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our charter last week aboard, “Cool Change.”  The temperature was perfect, the winds were perfect and the sky was perfect blue.  I was in heaven.  “Cool Change” is a great boat. 

Til next year . . .

Kathy, Sailing Yacht Charter Customer from Maryland

On all three of my bareboat charters, I found your yachts and equipment to be first rate and your personnel to be outstanding.

Hope you are in good health and will continue to keep SWFYachts at the pinnacle of charter companies.

Good wind and good sailing,

Lee, from Tennessee

. . . the week we spent on “Mar Kat” was every bit as rewarding as we’d hoped.   SWFY completed the formalities as efficiently as they had organized the contracts and payments beforehand.  All things considered, a very enjoyable vacation and one which we intend to repeat later in the year.

Best regards,

Mike, Grand Banks 42 Charter Customer from the UK

Dear Vic and Barbara,

We just came back from chartering your “Magic.”  Anyway it was great.   The place you have is wonderful.  The organization by Jan was perfect . . . .

Anyway, we will be back . . . .


Hunter 29 Charter



New to Our Fleet –SOOTSUS AT SEA
Mainship 430 Tri-Cabin Trawler

Berth Date:  April 1, 2007
Type of Vessel:  Mainship 430 –Twin
Length at Berth:   43 feet
Weight at Berth:   36,000  lbs.

Equipment Includes:
Twin Cumins 330 hp diesels, Kohler 8kw
 generator, air conditioning, refrigerator, freezer, washer-dryer, central vacuum system, autopilot, GPS Map, Radar, new Avon RIB dinghy and 4hp Yamaha outboard!


Bob and Kathy Hunt (r) of Oklahoma christen their new yacht, “Sootsus at Sea.”

The beautiful tri-cabin Mainship 43 has joined SFY’s power fleet.  The Hunts are graduates of our Florida Sailing & Cruising School and plan to cruise the Great Loop when the boat is out of charter service.

Sootsus at Sea - Main Salon & Dinette

Sootsus at Sea - Master Stateroom


Introducing our Passport to Cruising Alaska!

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 will cruise from  Petersburg  to Sitka (July 1-7) or from Sitka  to Petersburg  (July 25-31) in Southeast Alaska. 

There are two double cabins available on each trip - one couple or two singles per cabin with  a lower double and upper single berth in each.  The two cabins will share a large head with shower.  Availability is limited so reserve your cabin soon!

You may join us for one or both weeks!  (Boarding will be on July 1st in Petersburg,  or July 25th in Sitka.) 

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 64 and 48 F, with about 17 hours of daylight in July!

 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: July 1-7 or July 25-31 (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.

Whales: a common sight

WHERE: July 1-7- Petersburg to Sitka ; July 25-31-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. Call 1-800-262-7939 to reserve your cabin!


BREAKFAST: Coffee - Tea - Juice – Milk - Fresh Fruit, Assorted Cereal Bagels - Toast - Assorted Jams/Jellies/Condiments, Eggs Benedict & Eggs Florentine

LUNCH: Spring Garden Salad - Assorted Homemade Dressings, Old Fashioned Chicken n' Dumplings , Fresh Baked Carrot Cake

APPETIZERS: Focaccia w/ Cold Smoked Salmon, Fresh Dill Cream Cheese and Salmon Caviar Stuffed Grape Leaves – Greek Lemon Sauce

DINNER: Caesar Salad , Roast Prime Rib - Au Jus - Horseradish Sauce,
Parslied New Potatoes - Broccoli with Hollandaise Sauce, Wines – Petit Syrah– Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Fashioned Cherry Pie ala mode (Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream)

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 this summer aboard the “Ursa Major!”  Call 1-800-262-7939 or 239-656-1339 to reserve your dates or email us at info@swfyachts.com .

Boating’s Lessons for Successful Living

By Barb Hansen

For almost 25 years I’ve been booking students for Florida Sailing & Cruising School. Some time along the way as I watched students work with their instructors something occurred to me. I think it’s important.

Walking along the dock I’d overhear the instructors showing students how to set the anchor properly, how to radio a bridge tender to open the span, how to diagnose an engine problem, or how to back a big wide boat into a tight little slip.

And over and over what I also heard the instructors say were things like “plan ahead,” “accept responsibility,” and “know the rules.”

And what occurred to me was this: They were teaching exactly the same things you would hear if you attended one of those success-in-life seminars. Set goals, they’d say. Prepare, practice, challenge yourself.  Be a team player, accept responsibility, follow the rules. Even, get your sleep. And, importantly, laugh a lot.

So over time I became even more convinced that the big lessons we need to learn to lead a successful life are the very same lessons we need to know to be a successful boater. And vice versa. I’m sure that other recreations require many of the same skills but I can’t think of any except boating that combines all so thoroughly.

My theory got an endorsement of sorts last year when the Harvard family of Roswell, N.M. came to Florida in August to take a six-day live-aboard yacht course and cruise. The students were parents Jeff and Jane and their two adults-in-training, Jeremy, 15, and Julia, 11. Captain Gary Graham, their instructor, said the Harvards were terrific students and applied themselves individually and as team members to make their week aboard successful.

Jeff Harvard said he liked the continuing series of challenges and solving them in a relaxed, non-stressful environment.  Jane told me she liked the adventure of it, the confidence building, and the opportunity for the family to pull together for a common goal.  Of course, this was all music to my ears.

I don’t mean to give all the credit to our boating school.  I believe that boating itself is a good teacher. Capt. Chris Day, another one of our instructors, tells the story of a rich investor in the northeast who lost all his money and took to drinking. His wife made him leave home. A good friend gave him an old sailboat with no sails, just a place to sleep really. Something inspired him to make it move. He went to Wal-Mart and bought some blue tarps with grommets. He put up the mast and his tarps and left Boston, heading south. Along the way he encountered many challenges, all of which he managed to solve. Finally, years later, he arrived in Key West and when he arrived, he was sober. In fact, he had given up drinking entirely.

In the last 23 years we’ve had many students including some tough characters who probably wouldn’t sit still for a life-success seminar but who would bust their fanny to excel at an assigned task from the instructor.

Our liveaboard school is about better sailing and cruising, and not about leading a successful life, but whether students make the connection or not, learning to operate a yacht can be like the honey that helps the medicine go down. 

I like to think that all of our boating school students return to their various worlds better people as well as better boaters.


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.  This vessel 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  She is in beautiful condition.  A must see!

Available for private ownership or purchase for charter fleet placement.

1987 GRAND BANKS 42 TRAWLER, TWIN - Just Reduced! $225,000

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.

FOR SALE:  2003 Mainship Pilot 34 Express Cruiser - REDUCED! $169,000

Equipment includes:  Single Yanmar 370 hp. diesel with bow thruster, Generator, 3.5 kw, Air conditioning with reverse cycle heat, GPS,  2-burner electric  stove, Refrigerator/ Freezer, Stereo with CD player & Color TV.

This popular “picnic” style boat is perfect for a long weekend getaway afloat, or an extended cruise!  This vessel cruises easily at 15 knots with approximate fuel consumption of 10 gph. 

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 NEED LISTINGS, TOO!  We have recently sold many of our listed vessels!  We have buyers looking for nice, clean sail and power yachts.

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: 

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.

Come see us in beautiful Southwest Florida!


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