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

July 2006

There’s still time to enjoy a great summer or fall cruise or class!

Summertime... And the Cruising is Great!!!

Announcing our 2006 Summer Charter Specials

August, September and October, 2006

 2 FREE Days with a 3-day or longer charter!*
Sail or Power

For example, pay the 3-day low season rate and take a 5-day cruise or pay for 5 and take 7 days!

*charter must begin on or after 8/1/06 and end on or before 0/31/06. 

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!

This is one Summer School the kids will WANT to attend!

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 diesel-powered sail or power 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.  In addition, your boat would be 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.

Summertime, or Anytime, is a
Great Time to Cruise with Kids
by Barb Hansen

Child psychologists say we should spend quality time with our children and grandchildren.     I agree with the experts. Furthermore, I cannot think of any time that has more built-in quality than the time you can spend with a child on a boat cruise.

I don't mean the kind of cruise you take on a cruise ship. I mean a cruise on a vessel with two, maybe three cabins and a small galley. Almost by definition a cruise on this vessel will mean you will spend quality time with the young ones onboard. (Nobody can escape to the casino or to the game room.) We tell our charter customers that a cruise with young ones is a memory-building opportunity as well as a character-building opportunity for them and for the kids.

When a pod of dolphins selects your bow wave to ride, and your young charges get to watch this magnificent animal from just a few feet away, the thrilling memory will stay with them (and you) a very long time.

Multiply this thrill by all of the close-to-nature things they will see and do. Then, imagine how much better this vacation can be compared to previous vacations that always seemed to involve an expensive attraction with high-priced junk food and mechanical and stage drop imitations of nature's magnificence.

Vic and I have some experience here -- with the boats and with the kids. Every year we cruise for a week or more with our nieces – and the dog!

We have learned that the best cruises are those with "to do" lists that follow a pretty regular schedule every day. This heads off all manner of unpleasantness. "Are we there yet," is one of the milder complaints.

We're fortunate, because cruising through our tropical island paradise offers so much, as you'll infer from the items on the list we use to keep young ones happy, occupied and, by the end of the day, pleasantly exhausted. Here are the activities we draw on for our daily schedules:

  • Dolphin watching. We set up "watches' on the bow.

  • Exploring. We launch the dinghy and motor or paddle in to a deserted beach so everyone can look for special shells and other treasures.

  • Swimming. A swim in the surf is terrific fun but we also try to arrange a swim in the pool at a marina where, conveniently, all aboard can shower afterwards with plenty of fresh water.

  • Fishing. A piece of shrimp on a little hook does the job almost every time in our area. Fishing is a great activity to schedule before dinner. The young anglers might catch something fresh for the grill. By the way, bring lots of good food and interesting snacks but avoid the kinds that produce a sugar-rush, if you catch my drift.

  • Reading. We encourage this after lunch and, if a nap should happen, that's just fine. When you're underway, the rumble of the engine almost guarantees sleep. After dinner, we often read pirate stories.

  • Star gazing. Away from the city lights, the stars put on a show better than any planetarium. Bone up on some astronomical factoids so you can help the young ones understand what they're looking at. Or, challenge each of them to teach the rest about a star, planet or constellation. A cruise planned around a full moon is a special treat.

  • Letter writing. In this era of cell phones and email, a personal letter home or to a friend becomes something really special for the recipient. Encourage this before it becomes a lost art. On Useppa Island, one of our favorite stops, kids can visit "Mister T,”  the Tortoise and drop off a letter in his mailbox.

  • Story writing. Do teachers still ask for a what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation essay? Even if they do not, bring paper and pens and assign it anyway, allowing a little time for this toward the end of each day. Be sure to have them include drawings to accompany their stories.

Cruising with kids makes for a special cruise. It brings out the "kid' in all of us.

Just Listed!    2003 Mainship Pilot 34 Express Cruiser - $178,400

The accommodations aboard this vessel include a private forward stateroom, spacious head with shower, fully-equipped galley, convertible leatherette dinette and roomy cockpit with bench seating.

Peachy Keen II

Main Salon
  • Single Yanmar 370 hp. diesel with bow thruster

  • Generator, 3.5 kw

  • Air conditioning with reverse cycle heat

  • GPS

  • Stove, 2-burner electric

  • Refrigerator/ Freezer, Norcold 12 VDC and 110 VAC

  • Stereo with CD player

  • Color TV with VCR  . . . and much more!

This popular “picnic” style boat is perfect for a long weekend getaway afloat, or an extended cruise!  This vessel cruises easily at 15 knots with approximate fuel consumption of 10 gph.  She is completely equipped with safety gear, linens, galley gear, and the charts and cruising guide to get you underway!

Peachy Keen II is available for Private ownership or Charter fleet placement.

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!

This boat is at our docks.  Call us today for an appointment to see Half Moon!

1991 GRAND BANKS 42 – Was Asking $345,900
PRICE REDUCED BY $50,000!!  NOW ASKING $295,900

This is a gorgeous yacht!
Available for charter fleet placement or private ownership.

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


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.

2003 Rinker 31’ Fiesta Vee 312 – REDUCED to $84,500!
Similar boat (same model and year) sold in March for $97,000!
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. 

1986 Krogen 42 - $225,000
Single diesel with bow thruster

Want to liveaboard?  This is the yacht!

A classic and comfortable double-cabin cruiser!

Equipment Includes:

Single Ford Lehman 135 hp. Diesel, Westerbeke 12.5 kw generator, holding plate refrigeration, freezer, Garmin GPS, propane stove with oven, heat and air conditioning, Avon 3.1 RIB (2003) and Honda 15 hp. Outboard (2002) and much more!  Make an offer on this classic yacht!

1996 Beneteau Oceanis 321 – REDUCED TO $59,900!

“Josie” is fast, fun to sail and fully equipped for cruising.  This is a great boat at a super price!  For less than $60,000 you can own this modern, clean and comfortable vessel.

Equipment includes:  New main on roller furling (2002) and new 155% genoa (2003), dodger, bimini, GPS, air conditioning, refrigeration,  new Achilles inflatable dinghy (2005) and much more!

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.

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Give Vic Hansen a call today! We can help you sell your boat or find you the boat of your dreams!


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!

Great course.  Good Captain.  Please pass my remarks up to the boss. [done]  Hopefully we can do another round of courses later this year.

Edward S.
S101-103 Sailing Class

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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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