|Charter Demand Outpacing Supply at Southwest Florida Yachts|
|Written by Kim Kavin|
|Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00|
Here's something that I haven't seen in quite a few years: a company that has more charter demand than yachts to accommodate it.
Southwest Florida Yachts in North Fort Myers, Florida, says it is actively seeking power and sailing yachts in the 34- to 40-foot range to add to its charter fleet. These are smaller boats on the world's charter stage, for sure, usually with captain-only options, but they can be great entry-level experiences for people who go on to charter larger and fully crewed yachts.
Southwest Florida Yachts says the most demand for sailboats includes Catalina and Island Packet builds. Among motoryachts in this size range, there is demand for Grand Banks, Mainship, and Sea Ray builds.
The company tries to maintain a charter fleet of yachts that are 10 years old or younger, but any well-maintained yacht in the needed size range will be considered as a possible addition to the fleet.
The motoryacht fleet for Southwest Florida Yachts is based at Marinatown Marina on the Caloosahatchee River in North Fort Myers, while the company's sailing yacht fleet is maintained at Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda, Florida.