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5 Ways to Have a Fun Sailing Trip

Hi there sailing friends! Are you looking for a fun sailing trip? Are you planning a special event like a birthday, anniversary, family vacation, or honeymoon? Being aboard a sailboat can be a great way to spend time together as a family and create amazing memories. But there is more to creating a fun sailing trip than just renting a boat or hiring a sailing charter company to take you out on the water.

When you think about a fun sailing trip what do you think about? Is the wind blowing lightly in your hair, are you lounging on the deck while you work on your tan, or are you exploring beautiful beaches? Ahhhh… that sounds like the ideal fun sailing trip!! But it doesn’t just magically happen that way. And the reality of being on the water on a sailboat does not always match that vision and so it may not end up being the fun sailing trip that you imagined. We work hard to create a fun sailing trip for you and want to share the top 5 ways that you can get the most out of your time on the water and have the greatest chances of the most fun sailing trip possible.

5 Ways to have a fun sailing trip

1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare for your fun sailing trip.

We are all about the experience! And the first ingredient to a fun sailing trip is planning, planning, and more planning to make sure that our guests have an exceptional experience. Let’s face it- being on the water is a fun adventure but when the winds are too great, the seas are too high, or the rains are too hard- it’s difficult to have a fun sailing trip. Captain Steve spends a lot of time looking at the weather in ways that many people may not think about. Most people look at the general forecast to see if it is going to be sunny with little chance of rain. But there is so much more than temperatures in order to analyze the weather for a fun sailing trip.

Steve looks at the radar to determine what kinds of weather activity is going on in the Gulf of Mexico or coming at us from land. 4-5 days before a charter begins, we are looking at how the temperatures are expected to rise or fall, what the barometric pressure is, what direction the winds are coming from, how the cloud systems, wind, and temperatures are working together to create the weather conditions in Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. Depending what the weather looks like, will impact what direction we sail, how much motoring versus sailing we will do, and how much fuel that will take. After Steve determines the routes, then Kimberly starts provisioning the boat for the charters that are occurring in the next three-four days.

As a licensed restaurant with a beer and wine license, we want to make sure that we are serving meals and small plates that are tasty and fresh. We are also concerned with maintaining our costs so we can keep our prices to our customers reasonable and affordable for the value that we are providing. We look for the fruits and vegetables that are in season and we look for the suppliers that have the freshest ingredients for the least expensive prices. Provisioning for our charters and then preparing the tasty treats is what Kimberly loves to do! And she loves finding new tasty combinations like watermelon and feta or goat cheese with pecans and honey. (And so much more!)

2. It’s all about the journey AND the destination for your fun sailing trip.

Steve and Kimberly LOVE to be on the water. But we will both tell you that we have no desire to cross an ocean. We will be perfectly honest with you – sailing, and sailing, and sailing for long periods of time with no activities, or appealing sites to admire, or a destination to be excited about can be boring. One reason that we brought Take Me There to Charlotte Harbor from Tampa Bay is that there is so much to see in Charlotte Harbor and beautiful destinations are just a few hours sail away. On a day sail, we can enjoy Cayo Costa, or Fisherman’s Village, or Cabbage Key, or Boca Grande.  These are all beautiful and picturesque places with activities to do once you get there. When you think about your fun sailing trip, make sure that you have destinations in mind that will offer you activities that you enjoy.

3. Bring all the toys!

One of the things that we like about our 60-foot sailboat is that we have plenty of room to store all of the fun activities on board. Kayaks, hammock swings, an inflatable 10 ft tender, paddleboards, party floats, snorkel gear, and fishing gear are all stored aboard for your enjoyment. We feel that it’s important that once you get someplace, you have the toys you need to enjoy your fun sailing trip. And there is no better place to enjoy these toys than in Charlotte Harbor and its surrounding waters. The Charlotte Harbor watershed contains 13 named lakes/ponds, 21 rivers/streams/canals, and 2 bays/bayous making it perfect to explore the area in a kayak, small boat, or paddleboard. If you’re going to have a fun sailing trip, make sure you have all the toys to enjoy the area. And when you come aboard Take Me There, if we don’t have the toys, we will arrange for them to be brought to you. Are you looking to include a couple of hours of jet ski riding during your overnight sail? Just let us know and we will coordinate jet skis to be delivered to us by Riptide Rentals. Just say, “Take Me There” and we will get you there or bring them to us!

4. Sailing makes you hungry and thirsty!

We have already mentioned the importance of planning your provisions for your fun sailing trip, but you can never have too much food or drinks when you are out on the water and so this topic is worth mentioning twice. When you are planning for a fun sailing trip, food and drinks are essential and we want to do all of that preparation for you so you don’t have to worry about it. If you are entertaining out-of-town guests or want to have a small getaway with some friends, don’t worry about doing the shopping, preparation, or cleaning up- let us do that for you. A fun sailing trip means RELAXING and REJUVENATING, so let us do all of that for you and then you can sit back and enjoy your friends and family. This is what we love to do- so just come aboard and we’ll have the drinks cold and ready when you get here.

5. It takes power to keep everything in motion.

A fun sailing trip includes taking pictures and videos to capture your favorite moments. In order to keep your devices powered up, we have plenty of USB outlets to plug in your phones so you can take pictures and not worry about running out of juice before the day is over. You will also need to keep your devices charged up to you can connect your music to our Bluetooth system to enjoy your favorite music selections. And of course, we have plenty of battery and generator power for our overnight trips to enjoy movies and popcorn after taking in our gorgeous sunsets, hot showers at the end of a busy day in the water, and hot coffee or tea on deck in the morning as you enjoy the sunrise. And let’s not forget about plenty of power to provide you with cold drinks from the coolers and plenty of ice for your drinks as well as keeping your food at the proper temperatures in our commercial refrigerators.

We have thought of everything aboard Take Me There so that all you get to do is enjoy your trip!

When you are thinking about a fun sailing trip, be sure to consider the preparation, destination, water toys, food/drinks, and power that it will take to ensure that you have an EXCEPTIONAL sailing trip. As you can see, it takes a lot of time and energy to prepare for a sailing trip. Let us do all the work, so you don’t have to. Give us a call. We would love to start planning your trip for you. Just say Take Me There!

 

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Top 3 Reasons to Sail with Take Me There!

Hi Everyone! 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 its time for #funin21! And we know just how to do it. Here are our top reasons to charter Take Me There.

So why should you book a sailing charter on Take Me There? Here are our top three reasons why we think you should choose to charter Take Me There:

  1. We know how to live a balanced life. 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. 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! 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!

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  3. Vintage charm with modern conveniences with personal touches and lots of love! 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!

 

The Story of Take Me There

The story of Take Me There.

We all have a story, right?  Well, our story happens to include a boat. As we bring our website live and we start taking reservations for charters, I thought some of you might like to know the history behind Take Me There. We believe in building relationships, and the way to build a relationship is to get to know the other person. So grab something to drink, kick back and enjoy the story of how Take Me There came to be…

I’ll start by taking you back to July 30, 2011 when Steve and I got married. The following year, after taking a cruise for our first anniversary, Steve confessed to wanting a boat. It was certainly something that I never would have seen in my future, but if Steve wanted a boat, a boat he would have. And the more I thought about it, the more I could picture us enjoying afternoons on Tampa Bay in a little 20 foot sailboat. Imagine my surprise when I came home one day to find Steve looking at 75 foot sailboats! I could see that we were going to have to compromise. After about 4 months of traveling around Florida looking at boats for sale, we came across this one- a 1975 53 foot GulfStar Motor Sailer. A family of 6 had lived on this boat for about 10 years. It was worn, but greatly loved. With three cabins, 2 bathrooms with separate shower enclosures, 16 feet wide, with a washer/dryer combination, a spacious cockpit, and a few other extras that Steve really wanted, we knew that we had found our new weekend enjoyment.

And enjoy we did! Steve had a project to tinker with, and I had a place to lounge, read, and relax. For two years, we enjoyed day sails, weekend trips and a few week-long adventures in the Tampa Bay area. Take Me There became the perfect weekend getaway spot for us.

In 2014 when Steve retired from the Army, he was offered a consulting job that would require us to move to the DC area. It was actually my bright idea to sail the boat from Florida to the Potomac River and turn Take Me There from a weekender to a liveaboard boat. The stern became the perfect spot for my garden of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers, while the cockpit became the perfect nesting spot for me to work on my Ph.D. dissertation. After three winters and a completed doctoral degree, we decided that we were done living where it snowed. It was time to move on to warmer climates.

Take Me There was about to make another transition. After living aboard in a marina with both cars at our disposal, we were about to make a significant change. We relocated our cars to our home in Florida, pulled away from the dock and became full-time cruisers. I learned how to provision enough to feed us for 4 monthsat a time, how to bake bread and many other useful skills that come in handy when you live full-time on the water. We increased the number of batteries onboard to increase our power capacity, reacquainted ourselves with the water maker so we could convert salt water to fresh water and off we went. Down the East Coast and on to the Bahamas. While Steve was thriving in our nomadic lifestyle, I felt a bit homesick. Much to Steve’s disappointment, it was important to me to bring Take Me There back to Tampa, close to our land home and convert her back to being a weekender.

But our lives had changed since we first bought Take Me There in 2012. We had aging parents and a young granddaughter who needed our attention. And my consulting business was still in full swing and clients around the country needed leadership assistance. Take Me There wound up spending over a year parked at a dock with very little love or attention and it seemed that the right move was to put her up for sale.

By mid-2019, Steve seemed a little lost without being at the helm of Take Me There. We had a few lookers come to the dock, but Steve was not too excited at the proposition of letting Take Me There go. Them in mid-August, I had a vivid dream. I awoke startled and yet peaceful that what we needed to do was close down my consulting business and begin a new business venture together with Take Me There at the core. We would pull Take Me There out of the water for a complete renovation and turn her into a professional sailing charter boat. Take Me There was about the embark on the biggest transition in her 44 years. She was no longer going to be only for us, she was now going to be available for others to enjoy. Masts were removed, sails were repaired, rigging was redone, additional lighting was installed, walls were replaced and bathrooms were updated; not to mention new beds, bedding, linens, and all the extras. The biggest conversion occurred in the galley. Since we are offering food and drink aboard, we are required to be licensed as a full-service restaurant. The old appliances were removed, and all new appliances were installed to meet restaurant health and safety standards. Easier said than done! But we did it!

2020 marked a pivitol time for Take Me There and for us. It has been a long year in the boatyard with Take Me There being at the center of the construction. Now its time to have some fun! We are excited (and ready) to have the opportunity to share Take Me There with others and we are looking forward to hosting people aboard and making new friends.

So now you know a bit of Take Me There‘s story. Let us be a part of your story. Whether you are popping the question, planning a honeymoon, need  time away with friends, or are celebrating a special occasion- Come sail with us, because you deserve exceptional!