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

October 2006

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 November E-YARDARM!


2 New Grand Banks 42’s
Join Our Fleet!


New to Our Fleet –   MAR-KAT

Berth Date:  September 1, 2006
Type of Vessel: 
Grand Banks Classic
Length at Berth:  42 feet
Weight at Berth:  34,000 lbs.

Equipment includes:
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!

MAR-KAT is ready for your next cruise.  Give us a call soon!

New to Our Fleet –   JOY @ SEA

Berth Date:  September 21, 2006
Type of Vessel: 
Grand Banks Motoryacht
Length at Berth:  42 feet
Weight at Berth:  40,700 lbs.

Equipment includes:
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!

Summer- $3334    Winter-$4170


Carver 356 “Schatzi”

Boat Buying Made Easy
By Bill Denison

New Owners Bill & Amy   christen MAR-KAT

It was 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.

At the 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?

The best 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?

We asked 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.

Vic and 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.

We also 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.

Now we have the MAR KAT in charter management and the staff at Southwest Florida Yachts are still guiding us.

AHOY!  Read all about us!

Southwest Florida Yachts makes news
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!

Power Cruising

Power Cruising 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 Southwest Florida!      

Our New International Airport
Makes it Easy to Get to
Southwest Florida!

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: www.flylcpa.com

Boating in the Checkout Lane

By Barb Hansen

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 Mano-a-Mano,” and “Macho 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.

Click here to read the entire article:

FOR SALE:  1996 Beneteau Oceanis 321 – REDUCED TO $59,900!

Josie 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.

Equipment includes:  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 today!

FOR SALE:  1983 Grand Banks 36 Single Engine Trawler
with Stern Thruster -

La Rigolade recently 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. 

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.

FOR SALE:  2003 Mainship Pilot 34 Express Cruiser - $178,400

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

FOR SALE:  1978 Grand Banks 42
 Completely refitted in 2002-2003!


Half Moon
Available for charter fleet placement or private ownership.

You have to see this one to believe it!

This classic Grand Banks is now unbelievably priced a Compare this price to similar 2002-2003 models.  You would pay at least $500,000!

Twin Ford Lehman 120 hp diesels
NEW Tundra Refrigeration w/ Freezer
NEW Raritan Icemaker  
NEW Stainless Water Heater 
NEW Transmission Controls
Onan 8 kw Generator
NEW Electric Stove w/ Oven
NEW Cruise Air Reverse Cycle A/C
NEW Aluminum mast and boom
NEW Engine Mounts (8)

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


Give Vic Hansen a call today!  We can help you sell your boat or find you the boat of your dreams!

Visit our Website at www.swfyachtsales.com

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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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