Southwest Florida Yachts


Sailing Catamaran Added to SWF Yachts Charter Fleet
January 31,  2007

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – Southwest Florida Yachts has expanded its chartering fleet with a 35-foot sailing catamaran that has more space and comfort than mono-hulls plus performance potential that equals or exceeds mono-hulls.

Firenze, a Packet Cat 35 manufactured by Island Packet Yachts, features two cabins, two heads, a large settee, and a complete galley, making it suitable for four to six passengers, said Barb Hansen, founder and manager of the longtime chartering firm.

Hansen said Firenze amenities also include twin 27-hp Yanmar diesel engines, wheel steering, autopilot, shore power system, air conditioning, refrigerator, stove and oven, microwave, Bimini top, cockpit shower, GPS navigation, and dinghy with outboard motor.

Firenze charters for $2,738 for seven days in winter’s high season and only $2,111 in the summer for sailing and cruising in Gulf of Mexico and Charlotte Harbor and for exploring the celebrated Gulf barrier islands of Sanibel, Captiva, Cayo Costa, Gasparilla, Useppa and many others from Punta Gorda to Fort Myers.

Other vessels in the SWFY sailing fleet, chartering from $1,017 to $1,498 for three days, are a Hunter 29 sloop, Catalina 32 sloop, Island Packet 32, Catalina 34 Sloop and a Hunter 34 sloop. In addition, the company charters a 24-foot day sailor for $225 per day

Southwest Florida Yachts’ sailing fleet from 24 to 35-feet is located at Burnt Store Marina, Punta Gorda. Its power-yacht fleet, based at Marinatown Marina, N. Fort Myers, includes a Linssen 32 trawler, Grand Banks 32 trawler, Mainship 34, Mainship 39, Grand Banks 36 trawler, Jefferson 42 Motor Yacht, a 40-foot Carver Motor Yacht, and three 42-foot Grand Banks trawlers.

Barb and Vic Hansen founded Southwest Florida Yachts in 1984. They also manage Florida Sailing & Cruising School in which students live aboard while they learn to operate and navigate vessels of different sizes and complexity.

For more information about charters or courses, contact Barb Hansen at or by phoning 800-262-7939.


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