Southwest Florida Charter choices
Thank you all for the advice and tips in response to my query post about Caribbean/Bahamas trawler charter choices for a 2 week trip June 2012.**Based on your input*and the lack of trawlers for charter in those areas*we decided to do the trip out of*Southwest Florida.* Other factors included:* 1) we can drive there from*Atlanta saving the airfare* 2)*there is a decent selection of the type of trawlers we would consider as cruising/liveaboards (that we could actually afford) which is the point of the trip.*
So it's down to:
Chitwood Charters out of Sarasota - has a GB42, had a good experience with them on weekend charter over July 4th this year on a GB36 and gave us a great last minute deal.
Florida Yacht Charters out of Miami or Key West*has a KK42 at their Key West base
Southwest Florida Yacht Charters in Ft. Myers has a KK42 and a Mainship 40.* Chartered twice with them in the late '90s on a KK42 and Gulfstar.* Good operation.*
What is your opinion on pros/cons about doing the run from Sarasota/Ft. Myers to the Keys versus starting the charter in Key West ($1000/wk more for the same boat)?