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Southwest Florida

By Kim Kavin — July 2004


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“We were one of the earliest companies to recognize trawlers as a viable charter vessel,” says Barbara Hansen of Southwest Florida Yachts. “We had, back in 1984, a Marine Trader 36, and that was our first trawler.”

The company is based in North Fort Myers, on the Okeechobee Waterway. “From Fort Myers to Stuart, which is about 120 miles, you’ve got the waterway,” Hansen explains. “There’s five locks you go through. It’s a pretty, pretty trip, and a different type of cruising. Inland, cows and alligators, orange groves, things like that.” Southwest Florida Yachts’ fleet is also within cruising distance of Tampa Bay and its resorts.

The company’s dozen trawlers range from a Grand Banks 32 that’s $2,400 per week during the winter to a two-cabin Grand Banks 42 that’s $4,000. A captain is an additional $150 per day. This year, the company is giving a 20-percent discount on all its boats to celebrate 20 years in business.

They also offer hands-on training, though the cruising grounds are friendly. “Whether it’s a couple or family cruising, it’s a sand and mud bottom,” she says. “Can you run aground? Sure, but you’re not going to break the boat.”

Southwest Florida Yachts Phone: (800) 262-7939.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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