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

March 2007

 Announcing Our 2007 Summer & Fall Specials!


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.
For example, pay the 3-day low season rte and take a 5-day cruise or pay for5 and cruise for 7 days.

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) student snad 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!


New to Our Fleet  –  SNAP'M

Berth Date:  December 1, 2006
Type of Vessel:  Mainship 390 Trawler - Twin Engine
Length at Berth:  39 feet
Weight at Berth:  22,000 lbs.

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

Charter Rate Per Week:        Winter $3597              Summer $2877

New to Our Fleet - KON TIKI

Berth Date:  January 15, 2007
Type of Vessel:  Island Gypsy 32 Trawler - Twin Engines
Length at Berth:  32 feet
Weight at Berth:  16,500 lbs.


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.


Charter Rate Per Week:        Winter $2391              Summer $1914

KON TIKI is also offered FOR SALE at $129,900
Call for details

New to Our Fleet - FIRENZE

Berth Date:  February 15, 2007
Type of Vessel:  Island Packet Cat 35 Twin Engine
Length at Berth:  35 feet
Weight at Berth:  12,900 lbs.


Equipment includes:
Twin Yanmar 27 HP diesels,Kohler, Inverter, air conditioning, refrigeration, propane stove, CD player, Color TV, autopilot,Wind instruments, and GPS.
This vessel’s accommodations include two cabins and two heads.

Charter Rate Per Week:        Winter $2638              Summer $2111


The Freeman Family from Wisconsin enjoy their new Carver 356, SCHATZI in the SFY Fleet!

Joe Barbieri of Indiana  christens his new Mainship 390, SNAP’M.

He proudly named the yacht   →
after his five daughters – Susan, Nancy, Ann, Peggy and Mary!

Sorry, sons Joe and Brian will have to get their own boat!

Introducing our Passport to Cruising Alaska!

You are invited to join Southwest Florida Yachts 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 Sitka to Petersburg (July 9-15) and back  to Sitka (July 17-23) 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.

You may join us for one or both weeks!  (Boarding will be on July 9th in Sitka or July 17th in Petersburg.) 

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! 

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.

Southeast Alaska is serviced by Alaska Airlines from Seattle.  Give Barb Hansen a call if you are interested in this cruising adventure.  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!”  Consider Vic and Barb your friends!   They promise that if you love cruising and you love trawlers and you love nature and you love good food and making new friends, you’ll love this cruise! 

Give us a call for our Alaska cruise flyer.  We hope you will plan to see Alaska this summer aboard the “Ursa Major!”

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. 
t's that simple! We’ll take 10% off your charter rate!

CALL 1-800-262-7939
to reserve your dates today!

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

March Cruising World article spotlights Southwest Florida!

Cruising World
Editor, Pierce Hoover recently sailed with us aboard our Catalina 34 . In his article, “Passing Through,” Pierce introduces his young son, Nash to the adventure and joy of cruising Southwest Florida.

Why not plan a family cruise aboard a sail or power yacht and take some family time in paradise. Sanibel, Captiva, Cayo Costa, Gasparilla and all of our beautiful barrier islands await you with everything from dolphins shows to dinghy adventures. Pick up a copy of the March Cruising World today!

Adventures in Retirement
By Barb Hansen

Thanks to medical science we are living longer. Thanks to ibuprofen, we’re also functioning longer.

Retirees, especially, are beneficiaries. With time and a bottle of friendly caplets on their side they can do things earlier generations of retirees could not. Instead of sitting in a rocker and watching re-runs of Golden Girls, retirees today are sitting in a catbird seat and self-directing their lives into new and exciting adventures.

I know this because in my job as proprietor of a yacht school and chartering enterprise I have been privileged to talk to some of these adventurers and I am watching the first wave of boomers plan and take action for the best years of their lives.

Bruce and Margaret Ellen have chartered with us many times. When Bruce retired they cruised from Myrtle Beach on the East Coast to Fort Myers then back again. In two years they put 270 hours and 3,000 miles on their boat.

I put Richard and Suzy Koths of Michigan in this category. Though some years away from retirement, the Koths own a 42-foot motoryacht which they put into our charter fleet. It helps pay for the boat, upgrades and upkeep. When they retire, they’ll already have their winter home in Florida adjacent to one of the great cruising destinations in the world.

Many people who attend our liveaboard yacht school are finishing up their careers and soon will have the time to do what they really want to do. Cruising is a big part of their retirement plan. More than once I have heard talk about cruising “The Great Loop.” Sometimes called the Great Circle Route, this is the continuous waterway that takes cruisers up the Atlantic Seaboard, across the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi, and along the Gulf of Mexico. They even have their own association.

Cruising the Great Loop seems somehow appropriate for our goal-setting culture. Buried in our careers we seek to build a nest egg and to provide for the future. Once security is in our sights, we look to fulfill another basic instinct -- adventure. An ambitious plan like cruising the Great Circle Route does that.

Cruising also is a civilized way to fulfill the deep-seated desire we all have to return to the basics. I call this satisfying our “call of the wild” instinct. Instead of a closet full of clothes and shoes, we bring onboard a duffel bag’s worth of basics and boat shoes. Cruisers know that so long as their clothes suit the weather their outfit is probably perfect for every occasion.

Once upon a time Dinah Shore sang about seeing the USA in your Chevrolet. Today, she could be singing about seeing the USA in your cruising boat. Cruising is a great way to see the USA without having to pull your wheeled vehicle into a gas station every few hours and an interstate motel every night. When you’re cruising, you don’t have to pack and unpack every night. With cruising, your castle is also your mode of transport. It’s fun. It’s scenic. It’s very economical. It’s romantic.

Today’s new generation of retirees are redefining “sailing into the sunset.”

JUST LISTED:  1987 Grand Banks 42 Twin Engine Trawler – $239,500

Many of you have cruised aboard this beautiful yacht.  Now Maretta Rose can be yours!  This yacht combines the quality and class of Grand Banks styling.

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!   Maretta Rose is available for private ownership or charter fleet placement.

FOR SALE:  1983 Grand Banks 36 Single with Stern Thruster – REDUCED! $124,500!

La Rigolade recently underwent a mechanical refit that included a NEW engine, NEW transmission and NEW stainless steel fuel tanks! 

Equipment includes:  139 hp diesel with just over 200 hours, Westerbeke 7.7 kw generator, Furuno GPS, Lofrans windlass, 3 anchors with rode and chain, 3-zone marine airconditioning, new bridge canvas, dinghy and much more.  SALE PENDING

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

The accommodations aboard Peachy Keen II include a private forward stateroom, spacious head with shower, fully-equipped galley, convertible leatherette dinette and roomy cockpit with bench seating.

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.  Peachy Keen II is available for Private ownership or Charter fleet placement.

Call Vic Hansen to make an appointment to see any of these lovely yachts.

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!


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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.
E-mail: info@swfyachts.com

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