April-May 2005


Are you bouncing back and forth on confused seas? Does your internal compass swing wildly around? Dr. Lucy Loveboat can help calm your troubled waters. Here’s a recent exchange of letters between the eminent counselor and a bachelorette in Annapolis.

Dear Doctor Loveboat

I met this guy at a meet-up, one of those dating deals where you spend two minutes talking with 20 different men. I found myself face to face with this really good-looking, tanned, healthy, smiling, smart, vibrant guy. I asked him what he liked to do. He told me he liked to cruise on his boat. I’m not a boater. What should I do?
Anxious in Annapolis

Dear Anxious (Don’t be.)
Marry that man. Go boating with him. Bear his children. Involve your children in boating.  It’s not just me saying this. Research backs it up. Boating makes marriages happier and kids healthier.

I call your attention to an online survey of 542 boat owners and 536 non-boat owners by Impulse Research Corporation of Los Angeles.  The findings show that the boat owners reported higher levels of satisfaction in marriage and romance than non-boaters. Not only that, Anxious in Annapolis, but boat owners more than others rated their overall well-being, health, work, leisure, sleep and finances as “very good” or “excellent.”

That’s not all. Another study of 1004 parents asked them about the health and happiness of their children.  National Marine Manufacturers Association, which also commissioned this survey, reported that the kids who boat are healthier than their non-boating kids physically and psychologically. They are more outgoing, more optimistic, more self-confident, more likely to be better team players and more likely to be leaders among their peer group.

The research also shows that boating kids are more likely to do household chores and help with cooking. They have more interests, participating regularly in eight activities compared to only four for non-boating kids. Another family bonus: boating children spend more quality time with parents, even in non-boating months.

Go for it, Anxious. You’re going to get to see an exciting side of life and perhaps a braver side of yourself. As your family grows and goes boating together, you’ll see your progeny absorb just the right mixtures of independence and discipline, courage and caution, brains and brawn. Boating does that to its people, the young and the not-so-young.

Safe boating teaches kids to do what Mom and Dad say. Boating with kids teaches Mom and Dad how to have fun like kids. Living on a boat teaches us to leave our Game Boys and laptops at home. Living aboard teaches us to get along and to enjoy each other’s company and special differences.

You’ll get to see your five-year-old excitedly watching a crab crawl across the sand. Is that not a mutually-exhilarating experience for mother and child? You’ll smile inside when you watch that little kid with muscles lower the anchor. You’ll shed a proud mother’s tear when you overhear your confident pre-teen on the marine radio asking the dockmaster about a slip for the night. You’ll be onboard when your teenager flawlessly puts your vessel into a tight slip or carries out his or her responsibilities during a bad situation on the water.

To paraphrase the credit card commercial, the experiences of boating are priceless. I’d say, priceless in two ways.  One, your children learn and hone the skills of life. And, two, you get to see them grow into responsible, happy citizens.

Good luck to you, Anxious in Annapolis. Luck, yes, because none of these good things are guaranteed. You’ll still have to work at it. Yes, of course, of course; you should go on a few dates. But if you decide to marry this man and join the crusing lifestyle, you can take some comfort in the favorable odds that boating gives you.

From The Mail Boat . . .

Here's what some of our customers have to say!

Your operation is first rate.  We cared for your vessel as if it were ours.  All [services] have always been above our expectations.  After chartering with your organization last year we did not feel the need to shop around.  [You are] a very honest, client driven organization.” 

Greg & Carole from Ohio
Island Packet 32 Charter

Dear Barb, 

Thank you for a very successful and satisfying second sailing course.  Capt. Don, the Wind Song, & beautiful Charlotte Harbor made sailing a very enjoyable experience.   I look forward to our next course in a couple of weeks.

 Paula H.
S103 Course

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SFY Featured in Three Marine
Publications this Spring! 

Southwest Florida Yachts and the Florida Sailing & Cruising School were featured in the following publications:

VOYAGING Magazine – Spring, 2005 Issue
SOUNDINGS – May, 2005 Issue
POWER CRUISING Magazine – May/ June, 2005 Issue

We hope you have a chance to pick up a copy of these magazines or go online and subscribe to these great publications! ...Top of Page

By Barb Hansen

Hundreds of books are available to us about how to be better boaters. But in my book even the very best nautical tome, Chapman’s Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling, places a distant second to learning on the vessel with the help of an experienced captain.

Speaking as the proprietor of a live-aboard yacht school – Okay, twist my arm: Florida Sailing & Cruising School – this kind of learning operates on at least three levels. You’re seeing it. You’re doing it. You’re having fun. Compare that to burning the midnight oil to cram for the final. The old saw is true: Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand. more...    ...Top of Page

20th Anniversary Sail-A-Bration Extended to Nov. 1, 2005

We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary with 20% off all charters of 5 days or longer between July 13, 2003 and July 13, 2005! 

Good News!!  Our Sale has been extended to November 1st!  And there’s more good news.  For August, September and October, the 20% OFF APPLIES TO CHARTERS OF 3 DAYS OR LONGER!  Now you can plan that great summer or fall weekend getaway and save 20%, too!

And don’t forget that our Sail and Power Boating School is also celebrating with a FREE Weems and Plath Navigation Kit given to all students who graduate from our school between now and July 13, 2005! 
(Note:  The Gift does not apply to the 2-day S101 and First Mate Classes.)

Call to reserve your charter or class dates today!  1-800-262-7939

http://www.swfyachts.com/webpages/whats_new.htm  ...Top of Page

MAY, JUNE and JULY- Three Beautiful Cruising
Months Ahead!  Join us soon!

Mark your calendar, pack your sea bag and set off on a sail or power cruising adventure during some of the most beautiful weather months of the year. 

When people ask us what is our favorite time of year, we quickly reply – “Summer!”  We love summer in Southwest Florida!    ...Top of Page



Southwest Florida Yacht Sales is focused on matching boat buyers from around the world with trawlers, motor-yachts and sailing vessels 30-feet or longer. It is a member and abides by the code of ethics of the Yacht Brokers Association of America and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association. 

SFY is also a participating member of Yachtworld.com, the
online, universal yacht listing service.



For a showing on any of our brokerage vessels just give our office a call and ask for Vic Hansen.


Krogen 42’ 1986 $245,000 Single Diesel w/BT
Grand Banks 42’ Classic 1980 $189,000 Twin Ford Lehman Dsls
Krogen 36’ Manatee 1989 $159,000 Single Volvo Diesel w/BT
Grand Banks 32’ Sedan 1979 $85,000 Single Ford Lehman Dsl
Beneteau Oceanis 321 1996 $73,000 Yanmar Diesel

http://www.swfyachtsales.com  OR CALL US AT 800-262-7939 OR 239-656-1339.

If you have a boat to sell, let the professionals at Southwest Florida Yachts assist you!
We can help you sell your boat or find the boat of your dreams.
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We have an immediate opening for a yacht salesman to join our professional yacht brokerage team. Sail and power boat handling and maintenance experience a must. Background in general business, marketing, or finance preferred. This is a commission-only, contracted sales position.  WANTED:  One energetic, proven sales person to join our expanding yacht brokerage office.  Complete office and support provided. For more information call Vic Hansen at 239.656.1339 or E-mail Resume to Barbara Hansen.

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Announcing . . . 10% OFF ALL CHARTERS!

10% off all charters of 3-days or longer beginning November 1, 2005

Charter a sail or power yacht for a long weekend or a week-long cruise and take 10% off the regular charter rate during the 2005-2006 season!

Reserve your dates soon!  The winter months, especially holidays, fill up quickly.  Book the boat of your dreams today! ...Top of Page

Check out our websites! 

For complete charter, school, and yacht sales information, try our websites:

You will find complete charter and class rates, specs on all the boats, copies of many newspaper and magazine articles about our company, the latest news, boats for sale, and special offers!

SFY offers free video on VHS or CD-ROM!

For a copy of our free video, "Sailing and Cruising- Passport to Excellence" give us a call at 800-262-7939 or visit our Website and click on the video request form!  Watch our video and you will see why we love beautiful Southwest Florida! ...Top of Page

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: SWFYachts@aol.com


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