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

February 2006

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yippee!!  Did you hear the news?

You can cruise Southwest Florida this Summer or Fall and Save!

Announcing our 2006 Summer Sail and Power Charter Specials!

August, September and October, 2006
2 FREE Days with a 3-day or longer charter


*charter must begin on or after 8/1/06 and end on or before 10/31/06. 

Everyone’s in a hurry to reserve their summer cruising dates so call us soon!

Editor’s Note:

In this month filled with love, this is a story of one man’s love of life and his determination to succeed against some pretty incredible odds. 
I invite you to meet Dave Jossi.

Dream on. Really.

     By Barb Hansen

Isn’t it funny how you can be on top of the world one day and as low as low can go the next?  Actually, in real life it’s not so funny.

Late in 2004 Dave Jossi came to our offices at Southwest Florida Yachts and told me his story.

In 1997, he was on top of the world. Not only did he have a great job with a fast-paced, high-stress (and top-dollar) firm in Washington, DC, he also played as hard as he worked. He rode horses, raced down ski slopes, dove on reefs and wrecks, hopped mountain bikes down rocky trails—you get the picture.

Although not a boater, Dave was interested in boating. “I really wanted our family to get involved in boating but my wife was opposed from the beginning. Every time the subject was raised she would laugh and say that it would never work since, she claimed, she got seasick walking across a wet lawn.”

That summer, however, Dave’s life changed forever. In mid-July, he came down with what seemed to be a bad case of the flu. But he also noticed a rash on the back of his leg. Not one but two physicians assured him that it was caused by a simple spider bite.

A month later, in Houston on business, he awoke and realized that the left side of his face was paralyzed. Worried he might end up hospitalized far from home Dave took the next flight to Washington. Now the diagnosis was Bell’s Palsy.

His condition continued to deteriorate. He began experiencing excruciating back pain and double vision. This time Dave’s physician accurately diagnosed his condition as a severe case of Lyme disease and put him in the hospital. Tests showed that the disease had spread to his central nervous system.

Industrial strength IV antibiotics helped alleviate the worst of his symptoms but his struggle really had just begun. With unrelenting back pain and severe fatigue Dave found the demands of the job he once found so challenging to now be overwhelming. Determined not to give up without a struggle, however, he hung on for an entire year before it became obvious to everyone, even himself, that he simply wasn’t up to the task.

 Once on disability Dave focused all his remaining energy on finding physicians who he hoped might resolve his mounting physical problems. His initial efforts led to an expert in pain management who was able to bring the excruciating pain in his spine under control using an intrathecal pump. Implanted in the abdomen, the pump supplies a steady and strong stream of pain medication to the base of his spine.

He continued to seek medical help for his condition. Expert after expert told him that his symptoms were beyond their experience and that there was little they could do for him. He did his very best to maintain a positive attitude despite these setbacks until the truly crushing blow came. His wife of 28-years announced that she was “running away from home at age 47.”  She could no longer handle the pressure of watching him deteriorate day after day.

His life collapsing around him, Dave was desperate to find something positive to help him regain some sense of hope. That was when the dream of owning a boat came back to him.

Despite being bed-ridden for long periods, Dave had no problem learning more about boating through books, magazines and the Internet. He discovered our website and set up an appointment.

When he visited Dave told me about his boating dream. As I explained, he would need to gain practical experience through courses, boat clubs, chartering or purchasing a small, easily-managed boat. With that base of knowledge plus a firm idea of what he wanted, it would be time to seek the services of a broker to help him find the right boat.

First things first. In December, 2004 Dave completed two back to back courses, a six-day liveaboard session with our Captain Greg Corsones, Powerboat 101 and Powerboat 102 at Florida Sailing & Cruising School. He was a star.

My star student visited us again late in 2005. He was even more hooked on boating than before and we talked about taking his boating dream to the next step.

There’s more to Dave’s story, and his boating dream, which we’ll bring to you in another Newsletter. Will he stay hooked on boating? Will he buy a boat? Stay tuned.


Announcing our “Summer School” Special!

Take your family “back to summer school” and save on any sail or power boating course this summer.

Pay for 3 students and the 4th is FREE
From June 1-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 begin on or after 6/1/06 and end on or before 9/30/06.
*Maximum 4 students per vessel.

Bring the kids!  Bring the grandkids!

 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!


We have a critical need for additional late-model Sail and Power yachts to join our fleet!  We especially need sailboats from 35-40 feet and trawlers and motoryachts between 35 and 45 feet.

If you currently own a yacht that you may not have the time to use, or wish to purchase a boat now as your "floating retirement plan", give Vic or Barb Hansen a call. 

With our sail and power courses, and sail and power charters, the demand for yachts exceeds our supply. 

If you would like some income to help offset the cost of boat ownership, or wish to have your investment in a yacht protected by having regular usage and proper maintenance, you might want to consider charter yacht ownership.

Also, if you are interested in placing your boat with a company that is a leader in the charter and boating education industry and has a reputation for excellence, please consider the company with a proven record for over 20 years - Southwest Florida Yachts, Inc.   Plus, we are located in one of the finest year-round cruising areas in the world!

For more information on our charter yacht ownership program, please give us call at 800.262.7939 or email us at info@swfyachts.com.



Camp AHOY!  will emphasize boating safety
and the marine environment during weekly sessions for boys and girls from 10 to 15 years of age.

Florida Sailing & Cruising School (FS&CS) has announced Camp AHOY!, a week-long summer day program for boys and girls 10 to 15 years of age emphasizing boating safety and the marine environment.


Barb Hansen, who co-founded and has managed FS&CS since 1984, said the school has scheduled four Camp AHOY! sessions, all based from Marinatown Marina on the Caloosahatchee River in N. Fort Myers. Each five-day camp session begins on a Monday and concludes on the following Friday: July 10-14, July 17 – 21, July 24 – 28, and July 31 - Aug 4.

According to Hansen, five day-campers will be assigned to a “cruising campsite,” actually a Mainship Pilot 34 Express yacht, under the supervision of a “camp counselor,” a U.S. Coast Guard licensed marine captain and boating instructor. She said another vessel, perhaps two, and instructors/counselors could be added but that enrollment necessarily would be limited to just a few students and encouraged early registration

Camp AHOY!’s five-day schedule includes a variety of learning activities while the vessel is in its slip, while underway and while anchored. All campers must know how to swim, Hansen said. The themes, she said, would be “boating basics, the world around us, and fun.”

Tuition for the unique summer camp is $995 per child plus tax, which includes five days of activities and instruction aboard the vessel, course of instruction, student share of fuel expense, daily lunch, and a “Camp AHOY! ” tee shirt.

For more information and to register campers, parents may contact Florida Sailing & Cruising School at 1-800-262-7939 or 239-656-1339.

In addition to Camp AHOY!, Florida Sailing & Cruising School offers a variety of power and sailing courses including classroom and live-aboard courses. It is a division of Southwest Florida Yachts, Inc. Its headquarters, also the location of Camp AHOY!, are at 3444 Marinatown Lane, N.W., N. Fort Myers, FL 33903.

Introducing a very special way to be a Gourmet  . . . underway!

It’s true!  Now you can enjoy gourmet meals aboard your SFY Charter or FSCS Sail or Power Boating Class. 

Help is on the way from My Everyday Gourmet!  Now you can place an order for appetizers like Brie en Croute  followed by your entrée of Beef Wellington and top it off with Autumn Flower Chocolate Cake for dessert!  And it can all be ordered on line before you leave home and then delivered to the deck of your boat upon arrival! 

NOTE:  When you reserve your class or charter and tell us that you want to order from MY EVERYDAY GOURMET, we will give you a code to use on the website when placing your order.





1978 Grand Banks 42 – Completely refitted in 2002-2003! $199,900.
Available for charter fleet placement or private ownership.

You have to see this one to believe it!

This classic Grand Banks is a steal at $199,900!  Compare this price to similar 2002-2003 models. 

You would pay at least $500,000!

Twin Ford Lehman 120 hp diesels
Onan 8 kw Generator

NEW Tundra Refrigeration w/ Freezer
NEW Electric Stove w/ Oven
NEW Raritan Icemaker
NEW Cruise Air Reverse Cycle A/C
NEW Stainless Water Heater
NEW Aluminum mast and boom
NEW Transmission Controls
NEW Engine Mounts (8)
NEW Gauges

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!


1991 GRAND BANKS 42 – Asking $345,900
Available for charter fleet placement or private ownership.

This gorgeous yacht is a “must see.”  Owner is motivated to sell!  Reasonable offers considered.  Call Vic Hansen today!


Main Salon

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!

If you are in the market for a GB42, you won’t want to miss seeing this special yacht.

#3_________________________________________________________________ 2003 Rinker 31’ Fiesta Vee 312 - $89,900
         Twin Merc Cruiser I/O’s (Gas)

This “like new” vessel sleeps two, four or six in cruising comfort!  And powered by twin 260 hp MerCruisers (with only 160 hours,) you’ll be one of the fastest cruisers on the water!  This yacht has excellent headroom, comfortable furnishings, and lots of “extras,” including Air conditioning, Generator, windlass, stereo, VHF, remote spotlight, and more!

This boat is priced to sell.  It is one of the best of its kind on the market today, but is priced less than the others.  We invite you to compare and you’ll see why you’ll want to buy November even though it’s not yet spring!



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

CALL US AT 800-262-7939 OR 239-656-1339.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.

Visit our Website


If you have a boat to sell, let the professionals at Southwest Florida Yachts assist you!
Give Capt. Vic Hansen a call today!  We can help you sell your boat or find the boat of your dreams.

From the Mailboat

We receive lots of nice emails and letters from both our charter and school clients.  Here is just one that we wanted to share with you.  Thanks to our great customers for taking the time to write to us.  We appreciate your comments!

Hi  to all of you  hard  working folks at SWFY.  I just wanted to pass along a little update on what Louise and I have been doing since attending cruising class last September.

We did our boat hunting as planned through October and found the boat we wanted, a 43’ Gulfstar trawler that was up on the Chesapeake.  We bought her in early November and moved aboard the next day.  Then after a couple of days of cleaning, stocking and maintaining, we mustered up our courage and every bit of information we could remember from Capt. Greg and set out for Florida “doing the ditch.”  One month and a thousand miles later we pulled into our tem,porary home port of Ft. Pierce (FL) with absolutely no major problems and very few small glitches.  I won’t say we owe it all to our successful completion of cruising school- just 99% or so!

Once again we extend our sincere thanks to Capt. Greg and all the staff at Florida Sailing & Cruising School.  There is no doubt in our minds that attending cruising school was the smartest boating purchase we’ll ever make.  Thanks again.

Court & Louise aboard “LoCo”

Editor’s Note:  That really warms our hulls – from the bow to the bilge!  Thanks and pleasant cruising to Court and Louise.

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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!

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For a copy of our free video on CD-ROM, "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!

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: info@swfyachts.com


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