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Fau 10-27-2013 05:27 PM

Considering SWFYacht Charter
 
I read the recent article on Southwest Florida Yachts and became intrigued. My only concern is the shallowness of the water in that area. Has anyone ever used this company? Is there a recommended agenda that I could follow?

Thanks

davidpm 10-27-2013 09:27 PM

Re: Considering SWFYacht Charter
 
I charted with these guys Emerald Coast Yachts - ASA Sailing School and Charter Company and we had a good time.

I'm sure any charter operator knows the water and their boats well and will tell you where it is safe to go.

In my charter they were very clear about one bridge we were not to try to go under!!!

svHyLyte 10-28-2013 09:24 AM

Re: Considering SWFYacht Charter
 
Southwest Florida Yacht Charters is a family owned and operated business that has earned a good reputation over many years. There seem to be two locations, one at the Burnt Store Marina fronting on Charlotte Harbor on the north end of Pine Island Sound and a second operation at the Tarpon Point Marina (which is a great spot) on the north side of the Colossahatchie River in Cape Coral. In either case, the boats that are available are suitable for the waters in the area which, although thin. is a nice cruising ground.

FWIW...

nolesailor 11-13-2013 02:15 PM

Re: Considering SWFYacht Charter
 
I had planned a charter with them a little while back (16 months ago?) but had to cancel due to my own reasons. I recall the interaction with their staff was quite pleasant, and I believe even before I had booked the charter they sent up a packet of information that included cruising information and maybe even a suggested itinerary. I also have seen several articles of them in the various magazines over the years, all with pleasant things to say about the company and cruising area.

I would suggest contact them for additional information...

CLOSECALL 11-13-2013 02:21 PM

Re: Considering SWFYacht Charter
 
They were a good company to charter with. You should buy the towing insurance. Ask me how I know.

davidpm 11-14-2013 03:48 PM

Re: Considering SWFYacht Charter
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CLOSECALL (Post 1118771)
They were a good company to charter with. You should buy the towing insurance. Ask me how I know.

Sounds like a story, what happened?

lans0012 11-15-2013 07:47 AM

Re: Considering SWFYacht Charter
 
We made the trip down to Charlotte Harbour area twice over the last three years in our 27' Cal from St. Petersburg. It is a great cruising area and the shallowness is not that big of a deal, you always have to be aware of where you are but the bay is huge and plenty deep. There is plenty of sailing to do.

We actually left our boat in Burnt Store Marina for a couple months two years ago and used it for weekend getaways. It is a really nice marina, pools, good restaurant, friendly professional staff. It's also really quiet.

I'm sure they'll give you an itinerary but you want to check out Boca Grande, Cabbage Key, and Cayo Costa state park.

CLOSECALL 11-15-2013 08:12 AM

Re: Considering SWFYacht Charter
 
We were pretty new to sailing in thin water as most of our experience had been in the Caribbean. We wanted to do a lot of gunkholing and even with a three foot draft we managed to hit bottom several times a day, but were always able to get off.

One night we got caught out after dark but figured we could manage the lighted channel marks ok. We went aground at high tide within sight of the channel entrance. Things were not going to improve with time.

Two hours and six hundred dollars later we were snug in the slip.

This was the second week of December and it turned out to be impossible to pick out the lighted channel markers amidst all the Christmas lights.

All my fault and SWFY didn't hassle us at all about grounding there boat.

svHyLyte 11-15-2013 08:52 AM

Re: Considering SWFYacht Charter
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CLOSECALL (Post 1118771)
They were a good company to charter with. You should buy the towing insurance. Ask me how I know.

If you are routinely sailing in US Waters, a BoatUS Towing policy is a wise investment and very inexpensive; even if for only charters. The $149 Unlimited Saltwater Policy would have been/could be a very wise investment.

yachtguy 01-01-2014 06:16 PM

Re: Considering SWFYacht Charter
 
Have used SWFYC several times and been delighted every time. A good family run operation, and they have strict requirements for their charter boats so each is well equipped and well maintained. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them highly.

Don't worry about the skinny water. All the Intracoastal is well-marked and all their boats have chartplotters.

The latest issue of CharterSavvy, the online bareboating magazine, has a big feature about an SWFYC charter with lots of good details. Google it.


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