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

September 2006

2 FREE Days with a 3-day or longer charter!*
Sail or Power

For example, pay the 3-day low season rate and take a 5-day cruise
or pay for 5 and take 7 days!
*charter must begin on or after 8/1/06 and end on or before 10/31/06

Take your family "back to school" and save on any
sail or power boating course this fall.

Pay for 3 students and the 4th is FREE
Only until September 30, 2006!

Take any sail or power class and pay the full course rate for three (3) students and the 4th student is free.*
*class must end on or before 9/30/06 *maximum 3 students per vessel.

Bring the kids! Bring the grandkids!
This is one School the kids will WANT to attend!

Summer is a great time to go boating. Plan to take the family to Power Boating or
Sailing School this summer and save some money, too!

Pop-Psychology on the Water
by Barb Hansen

Being an amateur psychologist, I like to analyze people by the boat names they choose. Every boat name is like a mini-psychological profile of the vessel owner.

I won’t waste your time on boats like She Got the House and She Whines a lot. They’re just too easy. Dittos for Sin or Swim, Swimsuits Optional and Nauti Couples.

Somewhere in Alabama there’s a boat called Auburnsux. I don’t ever want to meet the owner of that boat, so I won’t risk angering him (or her?) with my non-professional psycho workup.

Because they are confronting their demons, the owners of Sir Rosis of the River, Zoloft and Xanax get a pass today. And I won’t take the bait and analyze the owner of Analyse This.

The owner of Singood the Sailbad has some issues. He (or she?) needs counseling for poor sailing, that’s for sure, and maybe for good sinning, too. Or is it good singing? We’ve got a split personality here, folks.

I have to get this off my chest. You’ve seen boats named Hell Froze Over?  I imagine that here we’ve got an older male individual. He was married for some years. His wife was always just dead set against him owning a boat and he sulked about that. Then something really drastic happened. I’m not saying foul play was involved but something tells me his spouse is no longer in the picture.

Anyway, I recently had a chance to take a look and reflect on the annual top ten list of the most popular boat names from Boat U.S. The winners for 2005 were, from the top, Seas the Day, Aquaholic, Island Time, Dragonfly, Pura Vida, Encore, Black Pearl, Destiny, Serenity Now and License to Chill.

Seas the Day was up from number seven in 2004. I don’t know about you but I’m picturing a preppy kind of skipper tucked between two masts. This fellow used to wear a captain’s hat and a blue blazer with lots of gold buttons and always-too-clean Top Siders. Nowadays, in a more casual world, he wears a ribbed, linen crew-neck pullover, a pair of $200 hand-sewn navy blue boat shoes, a Blackberry, and a pencil-thin mustache that he trims approximately hourly.

I picture the owner of Aquaholic as a Houston pork bellies baron. Billy Bob’s up there on the bridge of his 52-foot sportfisherman overseeing a lighted panel of information –- GPS interfaced with radar and sonar, real-time satellite images of loop currents and water temps, a 52-inch flat screen TV with satellite reception. He has a Stella Artois in his left hand and a wireless remote control in his right to control the Bose sound system which plays either Emmy Lou Harris or George Jones. The autopilot takes care of the steering but he rests a foot on the wheel anyway just for a sense of control. The other foot is for goosing throttles.

I have to say I puzzled over the profile of the owners of Black Pearl. That’s a new one on the list. I thought, “Oh, this is your financially-secure skipper with inherited wealth and a high-fashion trophy wife. But then somebody pointed out that the hit movies in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series are all about a fictional pirate galleon called the Black Pearl. Oh my, this changes everything.

Vic’s opinion is the owner of Black Pearl is, in fact, a lawyer who files class action lawsuits during the week. But I think Black Pearl’s skipper plays strictly by the rules Monday through Friday, goes to church every Sunday, and turns into a pretend-to-be swashbuckler only on certain Saturdays.

This is all in fun. The new top ten names suggest to me that in real life these owners are all solid, taxpaying citizens who just like to escape the world’s madness once in a while and who can fault them for that?

Naut me. Sea ya.

Captain Bob Mahood

In Memoriam

One of our long-time Captains, Bob Mahood, passed away in June.

Those of you who were fortunate to have taken a sail or power boating course with Captain Bob will remember his passion for boating, his flair for teaching and his Canadian wit.  Bob always had a smile on his face and a story to tell!   Although he has sailed beyond our horizon, Bob will remain in our hearts for years to come.  We wish you fair winds Captain Bob.

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

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

Peachy Keen II
Single Yanmar 370 hp. diesel with bow thruster
Generator, 3.5 kw
Air conditioning with reverse cycle heat
Stove, 2-burner electric
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.  She is completely equipped with safety gear, linens, galley gear, and the charts and cruising guide to get you underway!

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

JUST REDUCED! 1978 Grand Banks 42 - Completely refitted in 2002-2003!
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 at $179,500!  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 Ice make

  • 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)

This lovely vessel has been meticulously refitted inside and out.  Half Moon has Corian counter tops, a Bose Wave Radio, an LCD TV, Autopilot, Radar, GPS, and more.  The cabin sides, side decks and flybridge have a new Awlgrip paint job.   And you could eat off the floor of the engine room, newly painted in white Awlgrip with shiny dark red engines!

This boat is at our docks.  Call us today for an appointment to see Half Moon!

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


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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.

New Owners Bill & Amy
christen MAR-KAT

Equipment includes:

Twin Caterpillar 3208TA 375hp diesels, Onan 8kw generator, 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, and much more! 


Garmin 2010C GPS at both stations, Furuno 1940 10” 4kw Radar, Furuno RP200 Radar Plotter, Autohelm ST-50 Speed/ Depth, Robertson 300 DL Autopilot, and more!

MAR-KAT will be ready to cruise later this fall.  Give us a call soon to reserve your dates aboard this lovely yacht.

We receive lots of nice emails and letters from both our charter and school clients.  Here are two that we wanted to share with you.  Thanks to our great customers!

Hi Jan,

 . . . you and your company – a class act all the way around.  From yourself helping me with reservations on such short notice to Bob’s very helpful insight into the boat’s systems and local knowledge . . . .  Thanks again , say hi to everyone and we’ll see you soon for another wonderful charter!

E. Gonzalez
Grand Banks
32 Charter

Dear Barbara and Vic,

Eric and I want to thank you and your fine staff for a learning experience and adventure that surpassed all our expectations.  The course was perfectly structured to maximize factual knowledge, hands-on experience, and fun.  We learned an enormous amount in a relatively short period of time, and look forward to the next stage of our boating education!

With all best wishes,

Amy and Eric
P101-102 Powerboating Courses, GB32 “Patience”

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