Southwest Florida Yachts


Catalina 30-foot sloop new to SWF Yachts Fleet
“Vela Fe” Termed Perfect “Gunk Hole” Cruiser for SW Florida

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla., December 24, 2012 -- Southwest Florida Yachts has added the Catalina 30-foot Sloop – Vela Fe – to its charter fleet for cruising the southwest Florida gulf coast, including the scenic Pine Island-Sanibel-Captiva area.

“With a draft of just three-foot-ten, this yacht is the perfect ‘gunk hole cruiser’ made for exploring the many anchorages that allow sailors to fully enjoy the splendor of our coast,” said Barb Hansen of Southwest Florida Yachts. Vela Fe (Iron Sails) is named after a sail-shaped constellation in the southern sky plus the element for iron. 

The 30-foot Vela Fe is equipped with a three-cylinder, 25 hp Universal diesel, GPS chart plotter, Autopilot, stereo with IPOD adapter, outboard powered dinghy and more.  It is based at Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda with Southwest Florida Yachts’ six-boat sailing fleet.  The company’s power cruisers, ranging in length from 32- to 50-feet are located at Marinatown Marina here.

Weekly charter rates for Vela Fe are $1,964 during the winter season and $1,573 during the summer.  Hansen noted winter charters of three days or longer through April 30 earn one free cruising day as part of the company’s 30th anniversary in 2014.  Three day or longer summer charters earn two free days of cruising.

Southwest Florida is continually ranked as one of the world’s best cruising and sailing areas.  Visitors cite the barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva as the best islands to visit for their ambiance, beaches, friendliness, restaurants and scenery.

More information about Southwest Florida Yachts and Florida Sailing & Cruising School is available at and  Telephone: 800/262-7939 and email:

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Southwest Florida Yachts
3444 Marinatown Lane N.W. • North Fort Myers • Florida 33903
(239) 656-1339 (800) 262-7939 Fax (239) 656-2628

Marinatown Marina 26° 38.5'N 81° 53.0'W
Burnt Store Marina 26° 45.71' N 82° 04.20'W

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