E-Yardarm - November 2004 Edition

A Thanksgiving Toast

Some years ago I gave Vic a tee shirt that read, “Life is an adventure, not a guided tour.”

Since it is that time of year when we give thanks for all that is good and right in our lives, I will give thanks for the gift of the adventurous spirit that Vic and I share. That spirit has defined our 20 (going on 21 years) together as partners and proprietors of Southwest Florida Yachts and Florida Sailing & Cruising School.

This is not to say that bad things don’t happen.  It would be easy to be brought down with the negative stuff in the headlines like wars, pestilence and famines. It would be easy to dwell too long and negatively on the close-to-home issues, too, like the difficult people we have to deal with, personal tragedies, health problems, and weather calamities.

In southwest Florida we’ll remember Hurricane Charley of 2004 for a long time. Hurricane Charley came ashore at Charlotte Harbor and damaged some of the vessels in our sailing fleet. Our mutual response? “It could have been worse.” In years to come when we recall Hurricane Charley, I believe we will exchange wry, knowing smiles that confirm the old saw, “If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger.”

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Do you know where this picture was taken? If you guessed “Southwest Florida” you are correct! 

To be more specific, this is beautiful Cayo Costa State Park, just north of Sanibel and Captiva islands.   And this picture was taken on a holiday weekend! 

So, are you looking for a fall or winter “getaway?”  Well look no further.  Your private sail or power yacht from our charter fleet can take you to Cayo Costa and all of the other beautiful tropical islands of Southwest Florida.  Just give us a call and reserve your dates soon.  Paradise awaits you in beautiful Southwest Florida!

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Cruising with Non-Boating Guests
(Or how to survive having landlubbers aboard!)

By Barb Hansen

Did you see the cartoon about the invited couple arriving at the hosts’ vessel for the overnight cruise? The “vessel,” I should note, is a rather tiny thing.

The lady is wearing a miniskirt and high heels. He’s still wearing his rumpled suit from work. He has an overstuffed briefcase tucked under his arm. His shoulder is weighted down with golf clubs and tennis rackets. And everything else they could think of is stuffed into two huge, hard-sided suitcases. Oh, and the cell phone on his belt is ringing.

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Berth announcement!

Southwest Florida Yachts is accepting reservations for charters aboard Halve Maan II, a Dutch Sturdy 320 black-hull steel yacht built in 1998 in Holland by Linssen Yachts.

Described as the perfect yacht for a cruising couple or for a couple with a child, the 32-foot trawler-style vessel will be available beginning November 1 for crewed or bareboat cruises on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway through Southwest Florida’s wildlife cruising paradise. The yacht will be based at Marinatown Marina in N. Fort Myers.

The spacious Dutch Sturdy layout features a spacious open fore-cabin with a dinette table plus sleeping for two. The lower salon has an L-shaped galley with generous lockers and drawers opposite a combined toilet/shower/basin compartment. The main salon features a spacious L-shaped dining table with bar and helm. The master cabin features two single berths with large drawers and shelves for clothing and gear. Powered by a Volvo 88 hp engine, Halve Maan II cruises at approximately 8 knots and uses only 1.5 gallons of fuel per hour.

“I think it’s the perfect cruising yacht for couples cruising the beautiful islands of Southwest Florida,” said Barb Hansen of Southwest Florida Yachts. “It’s easy to manage and very comfortable.”

For more information, please give us a call at 800-262-7939 or 239-656-1339.

And be sure to check our website at www.swfyachts.com.

And check out the other new additions to our fleet at http://www.swfyachts.com/webpages/whats_new.htm.

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Southwest Florida Yacht Sales and Brokerage

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.  It is also a participating member of Yachtworld.com, the online, universal yacht listing service.

Featuring this month...






Krogen 36



Volvo Diesel

Krogen 42



Ford Lehman Diesel

For additional brokerage, please visit our website at  www.swfyachtsales.com.

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


Sojourner retires from our fleet only to begin her owners' cruising adventure.

Jack and AnnaBelle Allyn chartered with us three times and dreamed of cruising.  They then purchased an Island Packet 31  for our fleet with the dream of cruising.  Now, after three years   in charter service, they have retired and their boat has retired and their dream is coming true.  In their “thank you” note to us they wrote, “we want to thank you so much for everything you have done from the time we met in October, 1996 through charters . . . and having the experience of having Sojourner in the sailing fleet was a plus.  Your professionalism and care has been superb.”

Well Jack and AnnaBelle, we thank you for being a part of the SFY family for all these years.  We wish you fair winds and pleasant cruising for many years to come.  ...Top of Page

Escape to Florida!

Now is the time to make plans to get away this winter!  Come and enjoy a relaxing cruise on your private sail or power yacht in Florida! You don't have to travel for days to reach the "island    of your dreams."  Your dream island may be closer than you think! 

With all the concerns about a safe place to vacation, you can relax in knowing you are safely aboard your own private yacht while cruising through some of the most beautiful islands in the world!

Are you the "adventure vacation" type?  You might also want to consider one of our sail or power courses.  This kind of education is fun for the whole family as you live aboard a sailboat or motoryacht for a week-long learning adventure! 

So, consider the advantages of a cruising vacation:

  1. No traffic!

  2. No crowds!

  3. No waiting in line!

  4. No phones! and. . .

  5. Lots of fun!

Go to our website for a link to the Southwest Florida International Airport Flight Information Page and make your reservations soon to come to Florida!

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We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary with 20% off all charters of  5-days or longer between July 13, 2003 and July 13, 2005!  Now there are only 9 months left to take advantage of our Anniversary “sale.”

Our Sail and Power Boating School is also celebrating with a FREE Weems and Plath Navigation Kit given to all students who graduate from our school between now and July 13, 2005!  (The Gift does not apply to the 2-day S101 and First Mate Classes.

The first year of our 2-year Sail-a-bration is history!  Don't wait any longer!  Call to reserve your charter or class dates today!  1-800-262-7939 Or go to our website at http://www.swfyachts.com/webpages/whats_new.htm

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Check out our websites! 

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!

SFY offers free video on VHS or CD-ROM!

For a copy of our free video, "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! ...Top of Page

For more information on charters, classes, charter yacht ownership, or brokerage yachts for sale, please call us a 1-800-262-7939 or 239-656-1339.


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