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

March 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Good luck and good cruising!

Power Charter or Class
Sailing Charter or Class

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!

The New Summer Camp
by Barb Hansen

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.

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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. 

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 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.

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Camp AHOY!

Camp Sessions:  July 10-14,  July 17-21, July 24-28 or July 31-Aug. 4
Camp Fee:  $995 plus 6% sales tax = $1054.70 per Camper
(Payable by Visa, MasterCard or Check 30 Days Ahead.)
( 50% Due at Enrollment.)
Camp Fee Includes:

Daily “camp” on board a power vessel, Captain  “Camp Counselor,” lunch daily and Camp AHOY! tee shirt!

Camp Hours:  0830 (8:30 am) to 1630 hours (4:30 pm) Monday-Friday
Campers:  Children ages 10-15 years (approximately)
Camp Program:  Camp AHOY!  will focus on boating safety and the marine environment.

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.


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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 – 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.

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!

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

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!

1980 Grand Banks 42 Classic - $139,000
Twin Diesel with Generator

A great chance to get into a GB 42 at a great price!

Equipment Includes:
Twin Ford Lehman 120 hp diesels, Northern Lights 9 kw generator, dual Norcold refrigerator/ freezers, electric stove with oven, Furuno GPS with radar interface, inflatable dinghy with 4 hp Yamaha outboard and more!  The price has been reduced by $20,000!  The Owner is motivated to sell!   Offers are encouraged.

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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If you have a boat to sell, let the professionals at Southwest Florida Yachts assist you!
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!

Dear Barb, Jan, Chris and team,

Jean and I just want to thank you for a great experience.  We just finished the P101 & P102 classes with Captain Chris.  He was GREAT.  Could not have asked for an instructor with more knowledge and patience.  His calm supportive instruction was just what we needed.

We enjoyed our time on the boa and meeting the folks at SWFY that do such a great job behind the scenes supporting the instructors and students.

Again, thank you.I will send a few photos in another email.

Lenny and Jean from
P101-102 class

Let us assist you with transportation, docking, dining, sightseeing arrangements, and other special needs.

We can help put the "ease" back in cruising! 
We can . . .

-recommend airlines that serve our area.
-recommend car rental or airport limo service to meet your needs.
-recommend site-seeing trips ashore for the landlubbers in your crew.
-make docking and dining reservations.
-arrange a gift basket aboard for a special occasion.

Let us know how we can help make your vacation afloat a relaxing one!  Just give us a call!

We hope to see you soon in beautiful Southwest Florida!

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!

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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