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5 Pros to Choosing a Sailing Charter Vacation

Is it time to start planning your next family vacation or maybe just a mini getaway for the two of you? Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of your options? Where do we go? How much money do we budget for this vacation? What is the best place to go to do the things we want to do? And are we going to get the most bang for our buck? Yikes- there’s a lot to think about when it comes to planning your next vacation. It almost makes you want to throw in the towel and decide to just stay home.

BUT WAIT! You deserve that vacation, and you need a break from all the hustle and bustle of work, kids’ activities, and keeping up with the cleaning and cooking around the house. You need this getaway, and we want to make it happen for you! Here are the 5 pros to choosing a sailing charter vacation.

Reason #1: It’s time to get out of the house!

One of the top reasons for choosing a sailing charter vacation is because it is time to get out of the house. Particularly since the outbreak of Covid, many of us are feeling cabin fever and dreading being cooped up inside. Do you just feel like running out the door shouting, “I’m free”? If so, then choosing a sailing charter vacation is the perfect release for you. There is nothing like laying on the deck, looking at the stars and the moon, and experiencing the wide-open expansiveness of the water and space. It’s time to break free and there is no better way to do that than choosing a sailing charter vacation.

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Reason #2: You want to try something different!

The second reason for choosing a sailing charter vacation is because it is different and unique from the other trips you have planned. When you think of Florida or if you have taken a Florida vacation what do you think of or what did you do when you came to Florida for your vacation? You probably went to the beach, enjoyed a theme park or two (or three), and visited some great beachy restaurants for seafood. But did you book a sailing charter vacation? It may not have even occurred to you that you could do that easily and inexpensively.

How much did you spend for your family at one of those theme parks? Tickets are around $150 per person and that does not include food, drinks, or parking. What if I told you that you could choose a daysail aboard Take Me There for around the same price per person and that we include all your food, drinks, and activities? Now that’s a vacation- not worrying about how often you pull out the credit card to pay for just one more thing. So now it’s time to think of Florida as the place for choosing a sailing charter vacation.

Reason #3: You do not want to plan or arrange for anything – you’re on vacation!

The third reason for choosing a sailing charter vacation is that you deserve a break from planning, preparing, organizing, scheduling, and basically being the one to make everything happen. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up when you want to wake up, have coffee already brewing and ready for you whenever you decide it’s time for caffeine, and then breakfast arrives when you’re hungry and all the clean up is done for you and you just get to relax until the next plate of food arrives? Doesn’t that sound just heavenly? I can’t speak for other sailing charters, but that’s the way it works aboard Take Me There. You do YOU and let us do everything else.

Reason #4: There needs to be something to do for everyone!

The next reason for choosing a sailing charter vacation is because you are thinking of everyone else in your family and you want to make sure that no one is bored. Bored? On a sailing charter? Not aboard Take Me There. You can choose to lay on deck and grab some sun, hang out in the shade of the cockpit with a good book or just listen to music that’s piped in through the sound system. But wait- there’s more aboard Take Me There! You could also choose to strap on some snorkel gear and see what’s swimming around the boat or relax in the floats with your tumbler full of something cool to drink.

There’s still more- you may also decide to kayak over to an island and explore some of the sandy beaches or drop a line in the water and see what’s biting. Jumping off deck is always fun to cool off and hanging out in the hammock chairs is also a great way to relax. In the evenings we play cards or board games while snacking on sweet or salty snacks, and in the morning, we get up and do it all over again.

Reason #5: We do the sailing and you do the relaxing!

When you board Take Me There, we take care of everything for you. We do the navigating to find the best places to be, we do the sailing so you can enjoy your time on deck and in the water, we do the cooking so you can enjoy the tasty treats, and we do all the clean up so you can enjoy more down time. How many times have you returned home from vacation only to say that you need a vacation to recover from your vacation?

Well- not when you choose a sailing charter vacation aboard Take Me There. You will arrive home rested, rejuvenated, and restored back to life. So then all you have to think about is your next sailing charter vacation!  Book Now for your next sailing charter vacation! All you have to say is, “Take Me There”!

5 pros for choosing a sailing charter vacation

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Top 3 Reasons to Sail Take Me There!

Hi Everyone! I think it’s important to remind folks of the reasons to sail Take Me There. Are you as ready as we are for 2020 to be over? We’ve experienced things this year that we never dreamed would ever happen… It’s been a year of social distancing, toilet paper shortages, quarantining at home, take-out food and grocery home delivery, canceled gatherings, work at home or no work at all, and limited seating at important life events.  While we want to encourage everyone to be safe and stay healthy, we think that you can have a balance of safety and fun and that you don’t have to choose to be safe but not have any fun. You can still get out and have fun AND stay healthy at the same time. So it’s time for #funin21! And we know just how to do it. Here are our top reasons to sail Take Me There.

So why should you sail Take Me There? Here are our top three reasons why we think you should choose to sail Take Me There:

  1. We know how to live a balanced life is the first reason to sail Take Me There. We saw 2020 as the year of extremes. On one end of the spectrum, some people threw caution to the wind and got up close and personal with others despite warnings of social distancing and threw their masks away as soon as they were told it was not mandatory. At the other extreme were those who never left their house out of fear of catching COVID19. Steve and I did neither of these things. We balanced safety with necessity. We incorporated Take Me There Sailing in January 2020. When COVID19 hit the news, we were in the middle of renovating Take Me There. Take Me There was up on land and torn apart to begin top to bottom updates and we couldn’t just close up shop and go home. So we put on our masks every morning, made our runs to Home Depot, Lowes, Fiberglass Coating and Pinellas Fastener, used a ton of hand sanitizer, and kept our distance. But then we went to work in the beautiful Florida sunshine and turned Take Me There into an amazing work of art. We will offer you the same balance. We will continue to keep our distance, wear our masks, wash our hands, sanitize our boat regularly and turn on the UV lights to ensure that we keep the germs to a minimum. But you will see our smiles through our masks, our eyes twinkle and our voices exude excitement as we share the thrill of snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and enjoying good food and drinks as we sail the Southwest coast of Florida.
  2. We do it right- is the second reason to sail Take Me There! While there are many private charters out there to choose from, we have the licenses and credentials to offer you the security of knowing that we have gone above and beyond to serve you. When we decided to be “all-inclusive” and serve food and alcohol, we started calling DBPR (the Florida Department of Professional Regulations) to find out how we would legally be able to offer food and beverage service that was so much more than bottled water and gas station sushi. The process was much harder than I originally thought. Aren’t we a bed and breakfast? No, not really. Aren’t we like a food truck? Nope. We are just like your favorite sit-down restaurant that caters to private functions of 6 people or less. We are a licensed Florida restaurant meeting all the health department codes of safety standards just like any other restaurant. And we are also licensed to serve beer and wine with a COP2 license. It was not an easy process. It took a great deal of time and effort to accomplish these credentials. Why did we go through this effort? Because, we believe in doing the right thing, even when no one is looking and because YOU DESERVE EXCEPTIONAL! This is just one of the certifications that we hold. Here are the other qualifications that make us unique in the private sailing charter world!
  3. Vintage charm with modern conveniences with personal touches and lots of love is the third reason to sail Take Me There! The last of the BIG 3 reasons why we think you should sail withTake Me There is because we offer a vintage boat with lots of personal touches. There are certainly newer boats to charter (Take Me There is a 1975 Gulfstar), and there are certainly boats that are bigger than ours (Take Me There is 53 feet long and almost 16 feet wide). But I would challenge you to find another charter boat that has been loved on, fully renovated, and has owners that have taken the time to install as many extras as we have or added as many personal touches. There are charging ports in ALL areas of the boat including your personal cabins to keep all of your devices charged and ready to use. There is a complete surround sound system to connect your phone to so you can enjoy the music of your choice throughout your charter, comfortable new mattresses, a fully equipped kitchen for us to serve you your favorite meals, and so much more! Take a look at our amenities page to see everything we offer.

We are excited to have you aboard Take Me There so you can add your reasons why you decided to sail with us. Book your exceptional experience today!

Steve and Kimberly aboard Take Me There

 

Sailing Charters

You have 8 Sailing Charter Packages to choose from at Take Me There Sailing

When we thought about the types of sailing charter options we wanted to offer at Take Me There Sailing, we looked at what was already being offered. We did a great deal of googling of sailing charters! Here is what we found: There are quite a few sunset dinner cruises offered and there are also quite a few options for what is called bareboat chartering (this is where you rent the boat, but there is no captain or crew aboard- you have to do all the sailing yourself).

Here is what we DID NOT find: Sailing charter options that would enable guests to have a captain and chef at an all-inclusive price for overnight or multi-night charters based in the Charlotte Harbor, Florida area. We knew we wanted to be based out of the Charlotte Harbor area in order to best serve Naples, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Marco Island, Captiva Island, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg, and Key West. We looked and looked and couldn’t find a business like ours- so we decided that it was time to fill that gap and offer this kind of service.

After much research, we determined that Punta Gorda is the best area to be based in order to serve those areas on the West Coast of Florida and still be able to offer longer sailing charter packages to the Bahamas.

We met with the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce and according to them, we are a unique business offering overnight, all-inclusive sailing charters in the Charlotte Harbor area. That was wonderful news for us to hear. So it was settled- we would offer all inclusive, overnight and multi-night concierge level sailing charters based in Burnt Store Marina. We love this area and there is so much to offer our guests. Here are the sailing package options you have to choose from:

1 night charters – If you are looking to book a reservation at a fancy restaurant, why not extend that dinner date into an overnight event aboard Take Me There? Whether you are popping the question or celebrating a birthday or anniversary, we will make it a night to remember.

2 night charters – We are all ready for a weekend getaway, aren’t we? If you are planning a family excursion, a bachelorette party, mother/daughter outing, or a romantic weekend with your partner, we have just the sailing charters you are looking for!

3 night charters – This is the LONG weekend that we all crave! 4 days and 3 nights of sailing, swimming, kayaking, dinners on deck, snorkeling, and so much more! This sailing charter is just for you.

With 3 different choices of 1 night sailing charters, 3 choices of 2 night sailing charters and 2 choices of 3 night sailing charters, the world is your oyster! These sailing charters are packaged at just the right price for up to six people to enjoy a private mini-vacation.

Are you looking for something longer than 3 nights? We’ve got you covered at Take Me There Sailing. You can also choose to customize a sailing charter of 4-7 nights, 8-14 nights, or even 15-30 nights if you want more time to relax, explore, and spend time with your loved ones.

Our mission at Take Me There Sailing is Enriching Lives through Exceptional Experiences. The activity of sailing is not as important as the time that you will be spending with your family and friends aboard Take Me There. We will help you plan a memorable event, ensure that you enjoy a multitude of culinary delights, and have plenty of time to connect with the important people in your life. Come sail with us- because you deserve exceptional! Contact us for more information about the sailing charter that will best meet your needs. We look forward to hosting you aboard Take Me There.

6 Ways We Amaze You at Take Me There Sailing

Take Me There Sailing, based in Punta Gorda Florida, offers all-inclusive sailing charters and came about as a result of a dream. But isn’t that the way most small businesses start? Here is the Reader’s Digest version of the history behind the dream of Take Me There Sailing…

Steve has been boating all of his life so for his birthday in 2011 I bought him professional sailing lessons- knowing that a boat would be in our future. Before the lessons were finished, Steve was looking at boats for sale- no surprise there! After much searching, we purchased this 1975 Gulfstar in December 2011. In 2014, when Steve retired from the military and was offered a job in the Washington, DC area, we sailed Take Me There from Florida to the Potomac River and lived aboard for three years. In 2017 and 2018, we broke away from the dock and cruised the East Coast and the Bahamas. What an amazing adventure!

While we were sailing, there were other life-events going on. During this time, I completed my Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and continued consulting with clients around the United States on how to create servant leaders and healthy organizational cultures. In 2019, after 20 years of serving clients, I closed InterWeave’s doors. But I wasn’t ready to settle down and just play golf several times a week- although we love our golf community home in Timber Greens.

Not quite ready to slow down during retirement, Steve and I took our passions for sailing, exploring new places, serving others, and living a life full of purpose and meaning and decided to launch Take Me There Sailing to offer private, all-inclusive sailing charters. After a year in the boatyard, we are now ready to start serving clients! And we are so excited to have you come aboard.

After a year of quarantines, work-at-home, home-schooling, take out or food delivery, social distancing, and limited social engagements- aren’t you ready to throw your hands in the air and shout, “take me away!” Well, just say TAKE ME THERE and we are ready to help you get there.

Here are just some of the ways that we deliver exceptional service to amaze you at Take Me There Sailing:

  1. We want to talk with you! While we may be out serving clients on a charter and may be out of cell phone range in the Punta Gorda Florida area, we will find a way to connect with you because that’s what we like to do. While other companies are moving away from the personal touch, we believe that building relationships is essential to an exceptional experience.
  2. We will not nickel and dime you! We opted for an all-inclusive pricing structure so that you know your costs upfront and there are no surprises. Look at what is included in your all-inclusive package.
  3. We invested in upgrading Take Me There so you would have all of the conveniences of home. Pack your clothes and toothbrush and let us take care of the rest!
  4. We want to make the reservation process easy so we created the ability for you to book, sign, pay, and engage online through our secure in-house booking website. While other companies ask you to call them for a quote, we provide you with all the information online so you could conveniently book your reservation without waiting for us to contact you. Booking an all-inclusive sailing charter is easy with Take Me There Sailing.
  5. We want to know what defines exceptional service for you. We are counting on you to tell us what matters most to you so we can make sure that we meet your expectations on your all-inclusive sailing charter. Complete our Pre-Departure Questionnaire to tell us about your preferences.
  6. We want to be a part of your lifetime memories. Our lives are filled with special moments- proposals, honeymoons, baby announcements, anniversaries, birthdays, and bucket list items. Our desire is to create a lifetime relationship with you so you can experience exceptional over and over again. Just say TAKE ME THERE.

These are just a few of the ways that we provide you with exceptional service at Take Me There Sailing. Our mission and our sole purpose is Enriching Lives through Exceptional Experiences. We look forward to seeing you aboard Take Me There so we can amaze you with exceptional service- because you deserve exceptional!