E-Yardarm - October 2004 Edition

Fall is here. Make way for old man winter.

I’ve heard it said that there’s no change of seasons in Florida.  Of course there are seasons – “high” season and “low” season!

Seriously, as I write this fall is in the air.  The mornings seem cooler, the palm trees sway to the gentle sea breeze, and the harvest moon glows brighter in the clear star-filled night sky.  After the hurricanes of the last two months, it is as if Mother Nature has waived her wand of beauty and calm over us.  And all is right with our world again.

Those of us in the Fort Myers area feel very lucky to have had such minor effects from the recent storms.  Of course, “Charley” came the closest to our area, but the clean up has been swift and thorough.  I had a caller ask me recently if our cruising area was “devastated.”  My answer was, “absolutely not.”  All of the marinas of Sanibel, Captiva, Cabbage Key, Useppa, and Gasparilla islands, except one, are already open or will be open by the end of this month.  Southwest Florida is ready for business!  And the islands and resorts will be better than ever.  Of course, a few sandbars have shifted locations and a new pass or two have been created, but that has always been the nature of our cruising area whether we have a hurricane or not.  Unfortunately, other parts of Florida did not fare nearly as well as we did here.  We wish the people and businesses of the Panhandle, the East coast, and central Florida a speedy recovery.  Please remember that the Hurricane Relief efforts for those areas that were hit the hardest depend, in part, on your contributions to the American Red Cross. ( http://www.redcross.org )

So, with the arrival of the fall season and winter not far behind, now would be a good time to plan your vacation to our islands.  And what better way to see the islands than aboard a private sail or power yacht.  Whether you want a weekend “getaway” cruise, a leisurely sailing charter, or a challenging power boating class we have it all.  

We hope to see you soon in beautiful Southwest Florida!   ...Top of Page


Hurricane Tug of War
By Barb Hansen

Hurricanes are like wars, I have decided. For one thing they hurt a lot of people indiscriminately. And, for another, if they don’t hurt you, both hurricanes and wars force us to ask the question, “What should I do to help?”  ...more of story

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Hurricane humor!

Just to show you we haven’t lost our sense of humor, here’s are two of our favorite jokes from Hurricane Season 2004!

Top Ten Reasons Hurricane Season is Like Christmas
10. Decorating the house
9. Dragging out boxes that haven't been used since last season
8. Last minute shopping in crowded stores
7. Regular TV shows pre-empted for "specials"
6. Family coming to stay with you
5. Family and friends from out-of-state calling
4. Buying food you don't normally buy ... and in large quantities
3. Days off from work
2. Candles,     
And the number one reason Hurricane Season is like Christmas ...
At some point you know you're going to have a tree in your house!

YOU MIGHT BE A FLORIDIAN IF:

  • YOU EXHIBIT A SLIGHT TWITCH WHEN INTRODUCED TO ANYONE NAMED IVAN,  FRANCES, CHARLEY, OR JEANNE.

  • YOUR FREEZER NEVER HAS MORE THAN $20 WORTH OF FOOD IN IT.

  • YOU'RE LOOKING AT PAINT SWATCHES FOR THE PLYWOOD COVERING YOUR  WINDOWS, TO ACCENT THE HOUSE COLOR.

  • YOU THINK OF YOUR HALL CLOSET/SAFE ROOM AS "COZY.”

  • YOU NOW UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT "LITTLE 29% HURRICANE DEDUCTIBLE" PHRASE  MEANS.

  • YOU ARE PUTTING TOGETHER A COLLAGE OF SHINGLES FROM ROOFS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

  • YOU RECOGNIZE PEOPLE  AT THE FREE ICE, PLYWOOD, AND WATER LINES.

  • YOUR THERAPIST REFERS TO YOUR CONDITION AS "GENERATOR ENVY.”

  • AND FINALLY YOU MIGHT BE A FLORIDIAN IF YOUR STREET HAS 3 "NO WAKE" SIGNS!

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Berth announcement!

We are now booking charters for the newest vessel in our sailing fleet, a Catalina 34 Sloop, COOL CHANGE

This modern sloop has two double cabins and one head with shower, wing keel, Dutchman system with full battens on the mainsail and a 150% genoa on roller furling.   Cool Change will keep you and your crew cool with dockside air conditioning and all the comforts of home, including refrigeration, propane cooking, TV, stereo, Bimini top, and more.  Welcome Aboard!

COOL CHANGE will be ready for charter by November 1, 2004.
Watch our website for complete specs on this vessel!

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...

POWER

Boat

Year

Price

Engines

Grand Banks 42'
Classic

1980

$209,000

Twin Ford
Lehman Diesels

SAIL

Beneteau
Oceanis 321

1996

$73,000

Yanmar Diesel

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

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

LAUNCH YOUR DREAMS WITH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA YACHTS! ...Top of Page


More Airlines Serving Southwest Florida!

Did you know that Fort Myers has an International Airport (code RSW)?

And, did you know that most major airlines are now offering non-stop or one-stop service to Fort Myers from all across the country?  For example, there’s non-stop service to New York City, Denver, Chicago, Indianapolis, Houston, Atlanta, and many more cities!

Many airlines are expanding their service into Southwest Florida, including JetBlue, ATA, Air Tran, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Spirit, and more!
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! ...Top of Page


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


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