Bareboat Charter Grand Banks 49 Motor Yacht in Sanibel/Captiva
One of the few bareboat charters available in the Captiva, Sanibel, Marco area. Cruise the beautiful waters in South West Florida including the islands of Sanibel, Captiva, Boca Grande and Cayo Costa. Charter our Grand Banks 49 Motor Yacht, Island Girl, for up to 6 people. Located near downtown Fort Myers which has an amazingly diverse offering of shops, restaurants, bars and even a brewery. You may just stay for the weekend nightlife and then make your way out to anchor or explore Captiva and Sanibel. Lots of ways to enjoy your time on the water and land. Make sure you check out Fort Myers beach also; a pleasant drive down palm-lined McGregor Boulevard by the Edison Ford Estate. Rates as low as $1200 per day with a captain and $900 per day bareboat (for bareboat cost of 2-4 hour check-out ride is included; day(s) of training with captain at guest expense; 4 day minimum for bareboat charters). Longer charters are preferred and receive a discount. Island Girl is essentially a three bedroom, three bath apartment with four AC units, full galley, salon and a deck (flybridge). She provides a solid stable platform, if slow, to totally immerse yourself in life on the water. Fuel is your responsibility but she sips at 8 knots/hour = 4/gals/hour. At 10 knots = 13/gals/hour. Going slow is the way to go! Forget about planing. Some folks just move from marina to marina and enjoy the islands that way. For the experienced and confident captains spending nights on the hook are a wonderful way to unwind. Let the sun and the tides become your timepiece. For the even more intrepid with the right weather (light east wind), you can anchor off the Gulf coast, sit on the flybridge and watch a sunset for what seems like hours. Probably want to set both anchors just to feel totally confident in your tie to the bottom. You'll be amazed at that the depth is just 20 feet a mile offshore. The range of your adventure is limited by her speed, insurance and potential liability. Most first timers are content with the Sanibel, Captiva, Cabbage Key, Useppa, Boca Grande and Cayo Costa options. Day trips (with a captain only) to Picnic Island or even Cabbage Key/Cayo Costa are a lot of fun. Imagine having the deserted beach at North Captiva Island all to yourself. Just anchor and take the dinghy in. Sit back and let the captain deal with staying in the ICW channel. Trust us, the cost of a captain is well worth it. Key West, while a romantic idea, is a 400 mile round trip and a 10-day minimum charter. We don't want you bringing her back with her tongue hanging out! Plus having a deadlines with a boat on the ocean is a recipe for disaster. The Bahamas are even more of a commitment. A charter to the Bahamas is a thirty day minimum. You've got to wait for weather windows and it takes three days just to get around to Lauderdale or West Palm to await a Gulf Stream crossing weather window. We are not saying it is not possible, it just takes a lot planning. Probably best to get to the Abacos or Nassau and charter with a company based locally if the Bahamas is your goal. Qualifying for bareboat is part of the process, so please provide boating resume, licensure, etc. that would make you feel comfortable giving control of your 30-ton, twin engine vessel to someone you just met. A licensed captain will vet you you via interview and 2-hour check-out ride. If you are deemed skilled enough to handle Island Girl, you are off on your adventure. If not, you can hire a captain for a day or two of training or the entire trip, whatever makes us both feel comfortable. If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
- Captain is optional.
- You decide if you would like to book with or without a captain.
- 6 guests
- Houseboats & Sleepaboards
We loved being on the water so much we bought a boat to explore the coasts of the US and the islands of the Bahamas. Now you can enjoy Island Girl to make your time on the water as comfortable as being at home.
Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
- Climate Control
- Galley Stove & Oven
- Air Conditioning
- Fish Finder
- Wheel steering
- Inboard Engine
- Chart Plotter
- Twin Engine
- Fuel type: Diesel
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
90% refund up to 30 days prior.
Additional Terms & Information
Must provide adequate evidence of experience and insurance to cover damage above deposit. Acceptance of Time Charter agreement is required.