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Old 01-02-2020, 10:18 PM   #1
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Florida Bareboat Trawler Rental

The Admiral and I are seriously considering renting a 40' or so Trawler for 3 months somewhere in the Florida area next winter. We are very experienced PNW boaters and currently own a Bayliner 4788. If anyone can provide insight on where to source a bareboat Trawler or if you have previously rented one and can give us some advice on things like must see places, good affordable marinas to tie up, places where fellow liveaboard boaters congregate etc etc it would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-02-2020, 10:26 PM   #2
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Check with Southwest Florida Yachts. Don’t have any experience with them so I cannot say good or bad.

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Old 01-03-2020, 08:15 AM   #3
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There is also Chitwood Charters in Sarasota. We used them twice.
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Several years ago I chartered from Southwest Florida Yachts, and found them to be somewhat better than the run-of-the-mill charter outfit. Their service was responsive, and the level of maintenance on the boats was pretty good.

Thought Chitwood had gone out of business years ago, but now I see they have a small ad in the back of Southern Boating.
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Old 01-03-2020, 09:44 AM   #5
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Southwest and Chitwood both have excellent reputations.
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Old 01-03-2020, 10:45 AM   #6
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We chartered a 40' Mainship from SWF Yachts two years ago and it was a great experience. Great area (Ft. Myers/Cape Coral) and well run business.

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