St. Patrick's Day!
Mix with a dose of sunshine, beautiful beaches and gentle breezes and you have a sure cure for whatever ails you!
Hop a flight or hop in the car! Fort Myers is easy to get to by plane, train or automobile! We guarantee you’ll feel better fast!
We always knew this was one of the best year-round cruising areas in the world and a recent issue of Motor Boating magazine proved us right again. The magazine selected 10 of the top charter cruising destinations in the world and Florida's West Coast, particularly the Fort Myers area, ranked number 5 - just behind Australia, Italy (Venice), Greece and New Zealand!
The October, 2005 issue states that, "the west coast of Florida is the less-traveled gem. There are quiet waters, secluded anchorages, islands and miles of sugar-white beaches." Yeah, we know!
One of my fond memories is two summer weeks as a pre-teen at Camp Gallahue Valley in Southern Indiana. I recall it fondly now but at the time I think I complained to my long-suffering parents about icky insects, latrines, cold lake water we were forced to swim in, and horseback riding in the heat of the day. Life is so hard when you’re a girl of a certain age.
I was homesick, most of all. I could not let them know this.
Yet even after all these years I can still see the campfires, hear the songs, see the faces of my new friends, and recall my excitement when the camp leader called my name to pick up a letter or a box from home with cookies-to-share. Summer camp – I know this now – taught me a lot of new things, gave me more confidence, helped me get along with lots of different people, and helped make me a better adult.
I confess that all of this was on my mind when the staff and I at Florida Sailing & Cruising School drew up plans for a new summer boating camp here at Marinatown Marina in N. Fort Myers for boys and girls from ages 10-15.
We call it Camp AHOY! It’s a week-long day program emphasizing boating safety and an appreciation for nature and the marine environment. Each five-day camp session begins on a Monday in July and concludes on the following Friday. Five day-campers will be assigned to each vessel, a 32-foot trawler-style cruiser. Their “camp counselor” will be a U.S. Coast Guard licensed marine captain and boating instructor.
They’ll learn about the vessel and what makes it tick. They’ll pick up some proper boating terminology, tie some knots, learn about tides, make calls on the marine radio, learn emergency procedures, get a lesson in chart reading and maybe get to steer the boat in the channel. These campers are going to learn some things their parents don’t know and for some I’m sure that will be a terrific highlight for the week. They won’t get to sing around a campfire, or short-sheet cabin mates, but I’m sure they’ll think of something just as hilarious.
They might get to see how a real live fire boat works or observe a lock tender as he assists the vessel in locking-through along the Okeechobee Waterway. The emphasis is on safety so instead of ghost stories round the campfire, the captain may tell some boating accident horror stories up on the flybridge.
I want students to learn to appreciate the marine environment and the birds and wildlife that depend on it. When their vessel leaves its slip each morning and cruises down the Caloosahatchee River the captain might point to a bird and ask the students to identify it. No, it’s not a heron, he will say. It’s a great blue heron. Or he’ll say that’s not an egret; it’s a snowy egret.
Learning to appreciate and respect our beautiful tropical world can’t start early enough in a young person’s life.
In the hindsight of a camper with some years behind her, I believe what makes youth camps work is fun mixed with lighthearted discipline. Like the roux in a good seafood gumbo, this helps the other lessons go down well. Without them being aware of it, young adults-to-be learn how to follow directions and how to give directions. They learn teamwork. They learn how to direct and motivate others. These are the stock-in-trade skills of a good boating captain and crew. In fact, they are the basic skills for a productive and happy adult life. Boating just happens to be one of the best ways to teach it.
Camp AHOY! will be everything Camp Gallahue Valley was, even more, but without icky insects, latrines, cold swimming water. A box lunch is provided. Hey, maybe we’ll even pack some “s’mores” in the box lunch. That will make this camper smile and keep the tradition alive for a new generation of summer campers.
2 FREE Days with a 3-day or longer charter!*
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 10/31/06.
for 3 students and the 4th is FREE
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call 239.656.1339 or 1.800.262.7939 to sign your camper up today!
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.
Available for charter fleet placement or private ownership
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!
If you are in the market for a GB42, you won’t want to miss seeing this special yacht.
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!
A classic and comfortable double-cabin cruiser!
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!
A great chance to get into a GB 42 at a great price!
Call Vic or Barb Hansen to make an appointment to see any of these lovely yachts.
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