The Fort Family would like to express our appreciation for the excellent training we received from Captain Gary and Southwest Florida Yachts. We entered this educational process with little knowledge and a lot of enthusiasm, and left with some new
Captain Gary did an excellent job of balancing the seriousness of piloting a rather large boat and the fun that is available cruising in a trawler.
The organization of your business and course was excellent and conducive to learning the material.
My son, Kirk’s [sailing] experience with Captain Bill was equally positive. . . .
We will always appreciate the training we received at Southwest Florida Yachts. Thank you and your excellent team for all of your hard work.
Very truly yours,
Thanks for the photos. We had a terrific time on Sootsus at Sea. Each day took us to a new location, with lots to do and see. We all loved South Seas and the manatees all around us. Boca Grande was great fun, especially having the golf cart to explore the town and visit the beach. While we were there we tried our hand tarpon fishing with a local captain. Useppa is very special and we loved wandering the island. The meals were great, too. Speaking of meals, Cabbage Key was fun for lunch. And when they brought us hot fresh blueberry muffins at 7:30 am at Sanibel Marina, we all got big smiles on our faces.
So, for my wife Gail, daughter Allie and son-in-law Zane, and 7 year old grandson Dylan, thanks for helping us have one of the best and most memorable vacations we’ve ever had.
Dear Vic and Barbara:
My family and I just finished a delightful charter with SW Florida Yachts and I wanted to drop you a line of thanks. Both [Mark and Captain Gary] were excellent and “salty” assets and we could not have been more pleased with their patience and expertise. Our pre-visit communications with Jan (and you, Barbara) were always professional . . .
In addition, the materials you sent were superb and totally unexpected including the “Gunkholer’s Guide,” chart of Charlotte Harbor, the magazine reprints, and much more. This was truly value-added stuff!
The boat was fine . . fully equipped and a joy for myself, my wife, our son and his girlfriend.
Thanks so much for your professionalism and patience. We’ll definitely be a repeat customer!
With best regards,
Christopher from New York
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You are invited to join fellow boaters for the cruising experience of a lifetime in beautiful Alaska next summer!
You will cruise aboard the 65 foot Malahide trawler, “Ursa Major.” The boat (r) will cruise from Petersburg to Sitka or from Sitka to Petersburg in Southeast Alaska , depending on the week you choose.
There are only 2-3 double cabins available on each trip - one couple or two singles per cabin .
This will truly be a memorable cruising experience that you won't want to miss! Availability is limited, so reserve your cabin soon!
date options as of now are as follows:
You’ll marvel at the natural beauty of Southeast Alaska at the height of the whale and bear season. You’ll dine on gourmet food from “Ursa’s” galley, including homemade bread, soups and desserts each day!
“Ursa Major” has a full-time Captain, Crew and Cook on board. You can sit back and enjoy the scenery or navigate alongside the Captain in the pilothouse.
Dress for the weather - no ties or dinner dresses required! Average temperatures are 61° and 48° F, with about 15-18 hours of daylight June through August!
Vic and Barb have cruised aboard the “Ursa” and have seen, first hand, the awesome beauty of Alaska – up close and personal. As the owner of “Ursa Major” says, “friends don’t let friends see Alaska from a Cruise Ship!” Join family or friends aboard the "Ursa Major" for an amazing cruising experience in Alaska!
Southeast Alaska is serviced by Alaska Airlines from Seattle. Travel arrangements to and from Alaska are up to you, but give us a call for some helpful hints!
ALASKA CRUISE SUMMARY:
WHO: Cruise with the Captain & Crew of “Ursa Major” and fellow boaters.
WHEN: You will board at noon on the first day and return at noon on the last day. You may need to arrive in town the afternoon before boarding due to flight schedules. We can refer you to local hotels for overnight accommodations in town.
WHERE: Southeast Alaska! Petersburg to Sitka or Sitka to Petersburg.
WHAT: A nature cruise through Southeast Alaska aboard a 65-foot trawler yacht.
COST: For bookings made by September 30, 2007, the 2007 rates will be honored: $3500 per person for the 7-day cruise and $4500 for 10 days. For bookings taken after 9/30/07, the cost is $3750 for 7-days and $4750 for 10 days. (Includes all meals while on board. Gratuities for Captain and crew not included.) A 50% deposit is due at the time of your reservation. The balance is due 60 days prior to your cruise. Call 1-800-262-7939 to reserve your cabin!
If you are interested in the option of bringing a larger group, other yachts are available for cruising in tandem with the “Ursa Major.” Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions you may have. We can even give you tips on sightseeing in other parts of Alaska if you would like to extend your stay. Alaska is amazing!
We hope you will plan to see Alaska in 2008 aboard the “Ursa Major!” Call 1-800-262-7939 or 239-656-1339 to reserve your dates or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artwork reprinted with permission of Meg Gower, 2007.
Available for private ownership or purchase for charter fleet placement.