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We launched Take Me ThKimberly and Steveere Sailing as a private sailing charter business in January 2020. After spending a year in the boatyard renovating our 1975 Gulfstar, we brought Take Me There to Burnt Store Marina in January 2021. We’ve been having a blast hosting customers aboard Take Me There since March. During this first year in business we have figured out what our customers want (You wanted Daysails so we added 1/2 day and full-day charters) and we also figured out what our customers really like (The comfortable deck chairs and the food have received the most glowing comments so far!)

When we moved the boat to Burnt Store, we were not even sure that we would be able to keep this business afloat- but thanks to your decisions to book Take Me There for your family outings, honeymoons, anniversaries, birthdays, and end of life celebrations- we realized that we are offering something that you want- so we are excited to move into our second year here in Punta Gorda. Please keep saying “Take Me There”!

Like any successful business, we are starting to think about our next steps. And we felt that the next most important piece of our business was to update our website to broaden our reach of potential customers. We found the BEST website partner E’s Website Design. Eleina helped us to reconceptualize our business and make some fresh updates while optimizing our site for advanced web searches, greater online stability, and faster processing speeds. We are excited to launch our new website in the near future and get your feedback. Please keep telling us what you want and we will keep listening. We want to continue to “enrich lives through exceptional experiences” and we strongly believe that YOU DESERVE EXCEPTIONAL! All you have to say is Take Me There!

Private Sailboat Charters this Week

WOW! What an incredible week this has been. And we are so thankful to everyone who came out and enjoyed special events with us.

We started the week with a full day sail. Laura and Dave were hosting Laura’s sister and brother n law and their two children. What a fun family outing!! Due to light winds, we mostly motored to Cayo Costa State Park. We enjoyed a lunch of my tropical chicken salad, with sides of Caribbean coleslaw and seafood salad. After arriving at Cayo Costa State Park, it was time to get the dinghy in the water and get to the mangroves to see the manatees. During the two hours that we were anchored, there was time for swimming, kayaking, shelling on the beach, and walking around the state park. Let’s not forget about time for lounging on the deck with a glass of wine too! The day ended with a magnificent sunset and everyone smiling and laughing as they disembarked. What a fun-filled day!

But that was just the beginning of the week!

Then we moved into a half day sail with John and his wife and their niece and great-niece. And boy was she a GREAT niece. Amy was thrilled to lounge on deck and take in the sunshine while here for spring break from up north. We had an amazing 4 hour sail. Steve was overjoyed to have an opportunity to share the helm with John and tell him a bit about trimming the sails. Lunch was served and then we headed back to Burnt Store Marina. Amy really wanted to try kayaking. Since we only book one sail a day, while we started cleaning up the boat, Steve dropped two of our hard kayaks in the water for Amy and John to enjoy a bit of paddling around Burnt Store Marina. Steve and I started Take Me There Sailing with the mission to “Enrich lives through exceptional experiences”. We are always glad to say YES to something if that is going to bring a smile to someone’s face. Life is too short to say NO.

 

We ended the week with a dinner and an overnight sail to celebrate Jerry and Kristen’s anniversary. The winds were perfect and we were able to get Take Me There cruising at 6.5 knots on our way to a little anchorage near Alligator Creek. It was a perfect anniversary celebration! We bought some flowers for Kristen and Jerry and enjoyed praying at the bow before throwing a few flowers overboard as a gift to the sea. We are all about having fun and making memories- and what a great memory it was.

 

We now have a few days with no charters booked so we are heading back to our home in New Port Richey. With my birthday this week, it’s time to focus on us, our friends, and our family. We love our new friends that we are hosting aboard Take Me There, but we also want to stay connected with our neighbors and family. It’s time for some yoga, golf, wine with my besties, and quiet time with my wonderful husband. Take Me There!

We’ll be back at Burnt Store Marina next week and prepping for the next charters. Stay tuned for more of our sailing adventure stories. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to be a part of your story.  We are abundantly blessed.