Lane N.W. * North Fort Myers FL 33903
1-800-262-7939 * 239-656-1339 * Email:
SAVE $200 on any
Sailboat Charter of 3-days or longer
from November 1 through December 14, 2006.*
This offer is
being made to our E-YARDARM recipients only!
Just call and reserve your dates and say “Set Sail” or clip and send
this coupon after you make your reservation. It’s that simple!
We’ll take $200 off your charter rate!
If you can “Set Sail” soon you can save $200!
CALL 1-800-262-7939 to reserve your dates today!
* Charter must begin on or after 11/1/06 and end on or before 12/15/06.
**If you have already booked a charter that qualifies for the E-Special,
just give us a call.
Watch for our next E-News Special in the
2 New Grand Banks 42’s
Join Our Fleet!
New to Our Fleet
Type of Vessel:
Grand Banks Classic
Length at Berth: 42 feet
Weight at Berth: 34,000 lbs.
Twin Caterpillar 3208TA 375hp diesels, Onan 8kw generator, GPS,
Autopiot, Radar, Marine Air conditioning, Bow thruster, Niad
stabilizers, windlass, trim tabs, oil change system, Grunert
refrigeration, (3) burner electric stove with oven, microwave,
custom manual dinghy hoist, new Avon Rover RIB 310 dinghy with
outboard and more!
is ready for your next cruise. Give us a call soon!
to Our Fleet
– JOY @ SEA
September 21, 2006
Type of Vessel:
Grand Banks Motoryacht
Length at Berth: 42 feet
Weight at Berth: 40,700 lbs.
Twin Caterpillar 3208TA 375hp diesels,Autopilot, Onan 8kw
generator, Laundry room/ pantry with washer and dryer, Marine Air
conditioning, Garmin GPS, duel Grunert refrigerators, (3) burner
electric stove with oven, microwave, new Avon Rover RIB 310 with
outboard on davits, and much more!
Ready for a
joy-filled cruise? Reserve your dates soon aboard Joy @ Sea!
GRAND BANKS 42 CHARTER
RATES PER WEEK:
Summer- $3334 Winter-$4170
AND COMING SOON TO
Boat Buying Made Easy
By Bill Denison
New Owners Bill & Amy christen MAR-KAT
two years ago that Amy and I decided that we wanted to buy a boat
built for cruising. We had a game plan to spend those two years
researching the perfect boat. We started to go to several boat shows
each year and subscribed to many boat magazines. There are so many
types of powerboats that it is mind-boggling. Sport fishing,
trawlers, cigarette, go fast boats, tugs and the list continues. So
we did lots of homework.
shows the perspective buyer needs to spend time envisioning life on
board and how to deal with limited space. But boat shows don’t lend
themselves to having time without having ten other people in the same
boat opening all the doors and drawers. So what’s the alternative?
way to judge a boat is to go out and charter a boat for a week. This
was the way we came to know the folks at Southwest Florida Yachts. We
attended their Trawler Training School and chartered a 32-foot Grand
Banks single engine one year and a 42-foot Grand Banks the next year.
This is the best sea trial you can make. Live on and operate the boat
in a real world environment. Last May we completed our charter and
that is when we realized that a Grand Banks 42 trawler was the type of
boat we wanted to buy. So what was the next step?
Barbara and Vic Hansen for their assistance and guidance. After all,
they have bought more boats than I have. We found them extremely
knowledgeable and helpful. We wanted a 42 Grand Banks and only had a
few absolute “must haves”, up to date electronics, at least 250 hp
engines and an island queen in the aft stateroom. So after a few
phone calls, Vic recommended a boat not far from Fort Myers. So, off
we went to look at our dream boat. Yes, it was the most well equipped
Grand Banks with a bow thruster, stabilizers and trim tabs.
Barb walked us through every aspect of making the offer and arranging
a survey. Since the survey revealed only minor problems we accepted
the boat and the seller agreed to fix most of the discrepancies found
during the survey.
needed insurance, documentation, and financing and the Hansen’s guided
us to reputable local businesses. Within six weeks all the details
were worked out and we closed on our boat. We now have a large file of
paperwork to prove it.
have the MAR KAT in charter management and the staff at Southwest
Florida Yachts are still guiding us.
Read all about us!
Southwest Florida Yachts
in two boating publications in November!
The November issue
of Soundings is dedicated to chartering and features one of our own
long-time charter clients, Bruce Ellen of Augusta, Georgia. Bruce
and his wife, Margaret have chartered with us 10 times in our
22 year history! Bruce writes about why he likes chartering and why
they LOVE cruising Southwest Florida! Be sure to pick up the
November issue of Soundings. The issue also contains some great
tips about how to choose a charter company.
When your plans
call for chartering, we hope you will choose Southwest Florida
Yachts as Bruce and Margaret have ten times over!
Editor, Pierce Hoover cruised with us in August aboard our Grand
Banks 42 trawler to get a first-hand look at the area two years
after Hurricane Charley. Hopefully once and for all the false
media claims of Florida’s “devastation” will be laid to rest. The
magazine will showcase the natural beauty that was and still is
Southwest Florida. From Fort Myers to Sanibel, Captiva and Useppa
Island, it’s “business as usual” in this cruising paradise. The
docks, restaurants and marine facilities are better and more
beautiful than ever. Come and see for yourself why everyone loves
Makes it Easy to Get to
Our new airport just celebrated its first “birthday” and
served more than 7 million people last year!
It’s now easier than ever to get to Southwest Florida!
Southwest Airlines began serving Fort Myers for the first time last
year. Other airlines serving our area include Air Tran,
Continental, Delta, Frontier, Jet Blue, Northwest, Spirit, US Airways
and many more!
Check your local airport guide for the airline that will serve you
best and join us soon! For more information go to:
in the Checkout Lane
Is it just me or are
the boating magazines spreading too much maleonaise onto their covers?
Now, don’t get me
wrong. I love boating magazines. I love them all. But, on this man-woman
issue, this woman's antennae went up the other day as my grocery cart
rolled past the magazine racks.
I took note of the
boating magazines on display. Covers broadcast manly things like “ “Rev It
Up, Prop it Up, Beat ‘em Up,” “Boost Your Horsepower,” Two-Stroke
Marine Electronics – Technology for Real Men.” I kept on going.
When I got into the
checkout lane I noticed that in this valuable wait-your-turn aisle there
were no boating magazines. None. However, there were three rows of women’s
magazines. Hmmm. I couldn’t help but notice the difference in the covers.
to read the entire article:
FOR SALE: 1996
Beneteau Oceanis 321 –
REDUCED TO $59,900!
is fast, fun to sail and fully equipped for cruising. This is a great
boat at a super price! For less than $60,000 you can own this modern,
clean and comfortable vessel. The owners are motivated to sell. This
could be your opportunity to own a great boat at a fantastic price! Give
us a call today for more information or to set up a showing.
New main on roller furling (2002) and new 155% genoa (2003), dodger,
bimini, GPS, air conditioning, refrigeration, new Achilles inflatable
dinghy (2005) and much more! This boat is shining with a newly refinished
cabin sole, new port screens, and a fall facelift! Come and see Josie
1983 Grand Banks 36 Single Engine Trawler
with Stern Thruster -
underwent a mechanical refit that included a NEW engine, NEW transmission
and NEW stainless steel fuel tanks! If you are in the market for an older
GB that is both a sound cruising vessel and a great value you will want to
consider this yacht.
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.
2003 Mainship Pilot 34 Express Cruiser -
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.
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.
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
1978 Grand Banks 42
Completely refitted in 2002-2003!
NOW OFFERED AT AN AMAZING PRICE! $169,500
Available for charter fleet placement or private ownership.
to see this one to believe it!
classic Grand Banks is now unbelievably priced a Compare this price to
similar 2002-2003 models. You would pay at least $500,000!
Lehman 120 hp diesels
Refrigeration w/ Freezer
NEW Stainless Water
|Onan 8 kw
NEW Electric Stove w/ Oven
NEW Cruise Air Reverse Cycle A/C
NEW Aluminum mast and boom
NEW Engine Mounts (8)
or Barb Hansen to make an appointment to see any of these lovely yachts.
NEED LISTINGS, TOO!
Give Vic Hansen a call today! We can help you sell your boat or
find you the boat of your dreams!
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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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