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Thank you from Take Me There

Thank you from Take Me There!

We want to take a few minutes to express our sincerest THANK YOU to all of you who have sailed with us in the last year and a half. We do not take our business relationships for granted and we are so grateful that you said TAKE ME THERE!

As many of you know, we spent 2020 in the Salt Creek Marina and DIY Boatyard with Take Me There up on land while we literally tore her apart and then put her back together in order to create the most beautiful vintage boat (as well as the safest) that would also meet restaurant standards. We spent a year being dirty! But we learned so much and enjoyed the journey.

Take Me There at Salt Creek Marina

We did not know whether we could make this private sailing charter business work– especially during COVID. We were experiencing supply chain issues and not being able to get parts, we struggled to get the qualified labor to help us (so we just did it ourselves), and there was so much about opening a restaurant with a beer/wine license that we did not know. Many times we felt like we were flying blind. But one thing we were always sure of- we believe in giving exceptional service, having a great time, and treating people fairly and with respect.

After a year of renovations, we called a few dear friends and asked them to accompany us on our maiden voyage as a sailing charter boat to Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda. Thank you, Michelle, Joanne, and Chris!

Friends aboard Take Me There

Within a few days of putting our signs up in the marina, the phone started ringing and it was time to actually do the work that we had been planning and preparing to do! As a licensed restaurant with a beer and wine license, we quickly became known as the go-to charter for special events.

We want to say THANK YOU to all of you who called on us to host family gatherings,


honeymooners aboard Take Me There


Annoversary aboard Take Me There

Many birthdays,

birthday aboard Take Me There

And many, many family and friends gatherings!

friends gathering aboard Take Me There

We did lots of eating!

food aboard Take Me There

LOTS of drinking!

Drinks aboard Take Me There

And of course, we did lots of sailing and enjoyed a lot of amazing sunsets and beautiful Florida skies!

Florida Sky

We kayaked, floated, swam, snorkeled, enjoyed the beaches, and most importantly made INCREDIBLE MEMORIES! For all of these amazing experiences, we want to say THANK YOU! We hope that we have given you opportunities to have memories that you will reflect on over and over again.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Thank you for welcoming us into your life events. And thank you for trusting us to help you create unforgettable memories.  Take a look at our short video that shows you more memories made aboard Take Me There.

And if all of this was not exciting enough, we have a lot more exciting things happening onboard Take Me There.

  • We have now partnered with NauticEd to provide sailing instruction
  • We have our CUA (Commercial Use Authorization) to charter in the Dry Tortugas
  • We just finished installing our new dive compressor so we can provide you with multi-day diving experiences in the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas.

Our online calendar is always up to date so you can visit our website anytime and see if your desired date is available. Remember- we love planning special events so be sure to let us know if you are celebrating something special or are looking to make this an “over the top” memory. We will take care of all the details. And if you want something special- just ask. We will do everything we can to say YES.

We look forward to making more beautiful memories with you! Thank you for saying, “TAKE ME THERE”


3 Reasons to Take a Great Family Sailing Vacation

Hi there sailing friends! We’ve been enjoying planning one after another great family sailing vacation, so this topic is top of mind for me. Since many folks are busy planning their family vacations, I thought this would be a good time to talk about the value of a great family sailing vcacation and how to go about planning one. A great family sailing vacation is one of Take Me There’s specialties. We love showing people the beauty and serenity of the waters of Southwest Florida and we really enjoy talking with people and finding out what would make their vacation exceed their expectations, and then making that happen. Family vacations are an important part of growing up and creating memories that are remembered for a lifetime.

When I was a child, my father worked tirelessly all year as a police officer and looked forward to taking his family on a memorable family vacation. Most of our vacations centered around visiting relatives in southern states. We enjoyed theme parks like Walt Disney World or Kings Dominion but we spent most of our time in the oceans of Virginia Beach or Clearwater Florida. During long weekends, when there wasn’t enough time to travel south from New Jersey, we found enough time to escape to Swartswood Lake for swimming, boating, and picnicking. The memories of these times are special and were important to my early development. Experts agree that family time raises children’s feelings of importance and value, and parents gain valuable insights into their children’s strengths.

Great family vacation

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” – Sandy Gingras, Writer & Illustrator

Steve and I have been so blessed to blend our family and to have enjoyed many great family vacations together. We were especially thrilled to have had our children and granddaughter onboard Take Me There for four days to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Our great family sailing vacation aboard Take Me There reminded us that having fun together, creating shared memories, and prioritizing the importance of our family time are essential reasons to bring our family together on a regular basis.

As we help other families plan their great family sailing vacation, we focus on the same 3 things that we found important for our own family; 1. Having fun together, 2. Creating shared memories, and 3. Prioritizing the importance of family

The first ingredient to a great family sailing vacation is having fun! And many times the key to having fun is doing something unique. When we continue to do the same thing over and over again we are limiting our creativity and restricting our minds from experiencing new challenges. And when we don’t engage in new things, our minds and spirits can become disinterested. But when we inject something new into our routines, we feel invigorated and enthusiastic. And with this enthusiasm comes more fun and excitement. Fun is what Take Me There is all about. We love turning up the music, dancing on the deck, and laughing together as a family as we sway with the waves, enjoy the Florida sunshine, and appreciate the fresh air. Research shows that having fun is also good for our relationships because it helps to build trust and enhance communication.

That leads us to the second ingredient of a great family sailing vacation which is creating shared memories. Being together bonds families and encourages close ties. Sharing space together on Take Me There creates the opportunity for enjoying experiences together. Enjoying a tandem kayak excursion through the mangroves, swimming around the boat, or just relaxing together on the deck while gazing at the stars creates family memories that will be talked about for years to come.

And as time goes on, and we reflect back on family vacations we realize that it was so much more than just spending time together; those family vacations remind us of the importance of our family. The third ingredient of a great family sailing vacation is the priority that we place on spending time together. We realize that scheduling, planning, and enjoying these family vacations show each other that we value our time together and prioritize our family time above other activities in our lives. We realize that time is short and our relationships with each other are what matter most.

These are the top 3 reasons to take a great family sailing vacation. So where do you start? How do go about planning this great family sailing vacation? Take Me There Sailing makes it easy for you. We love doing the planning for you. Give us a call! Tell us some of the activities you would like to do or sights you would like to see. Tell us how much time you are able to spend on this great family sailing vacation. With that information, we will be able to put together a suggested itinerary for you. And then we make the preparation easy for you. We provision the boat with all the food and drinks you love. We have all the necessary sundry items you would need like shampoo and sunscreen, and we make all the necessary reservations for any special events you would like to enjoy like golf, jet skis or shopping. And then all you have to do is come onboard, relax and enjoy. And it all starts by saying TAKE ME THERE!

We look forward to seeing you onboard Take Me There for your great family sailing vacation.

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain, American Writer