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Alaska Dreaming? AYC Makes it Easy!

It's time to reserve your AYC Alaska adventure. The owners of the President 41 Silver Satin invite interested charter boaters to contact AYC for all the details. But, most importantly, the well-built trawler is available for either leg of the trip. The northbound leg must depart Anacortes on or about May 29 and the southbound leg must arrive in Anacortes before July 31.

According to AYC's Mike Lovell, "Silver Satin is a veteran that has made the trek several times before. This sturdy, classic trawler design is well-suited for this kind of expedition."

Several years ago Silver Satin's co-owners Mark Zvilius of San Jose, Calif., and Terry Sutton of San Francisco not only researched the voyage, they added two essentials to the vessel: an autopilot and enclosed flybridge. The solid President 41 sleeps six comfortably, boasts a good heater, large fuel and ample water supplies. "It is also very fuel efficient," reports Zvilius. "It burns four gallons per hour, which is real important on a trip of this magnitude."

President 41 Owner Describes His First Alaska Adventure

The summer of 2007 co-owners of the President 41, Mark Zvilius of San Jose, Calif., and Terry Sutton of San Francisco, spent 12 days running the vessel to Southeast Alaska and 26 days exploring the region as far north as Glacier Bay National Park. It was such a monumental adventure, that this summer they plan to spend their entire vacation exploring Alaskan waters.

In terms of the run north or south, Zvilius offers advice to potential charterers to take their time. "Cover fewer miles per day, make an itinerary and chop it in half!" says Zvilius. "If someone can make a five week trip and allow three weeks up and two weeks in Alaska to play around, they've orchestrated a great trip!"

Highlights on that first summer to the Holy Grail of Northwest Cruisers? Zvilius says the wildlife was amazing (whales, dolphins, eagles galore, grizzlies up close and personal) and that Glacier Bay lived up to expectations. He recommends cruisers make reservations at the park prior to their arrival.

Also, the weather was just as one would expect – all over the chart. They experienced everything from totally sunny, warm, calm days to rainy, grey ones. "We only had to bail on our itinerary three times and, then, we just tucked-in early for the night," reports Zvilius.

Make Your Winter Escape on AYC's Great Escape

There is nothing more memorable than a winter weekend charter on board a crusty, lusty trawler! Sure to forge new family and couples' cruising traditions, break the solstice blues with a mini-charter on AYC's Featured Charter Vessel, the Ocean Alexander 43 Great Escape.

This tough, older trawler comes equipped with everything intrepid sorts need, including a new Webasto Heater (think toasty warm), oven and four-burner stove (think hot toddies) and propane-Magma party-size BBQ (think turkey breast). Powered by trusty twin Ford Lehman 135's, Great Escape offers a roomy master plus two, sizeable guest berths to accommodate up to six in style.

AYC's Mike Lovell describes the handsome OA, "It's the perfect boat to take out in winter, it's got excellent visibility down below, nice master aft and it only burns five gallons per hour at 1,800 rpms."

Where would Mike suggest great escapers go? "Friday Harbor for people, shops and restaurants. For easy forays, run around Spieden Island or head to Roche Harbor for lunch."

Note to Self — Isn't it time for the Perfect "Gift to Self"

Propel your personal dream into high gear. This winter let the experienced brokers at AYC Yacht Brokers locate your perfect "gift to self! AYC Broker Vann Chinchen describes two of the brokerages best and most beautiful "buys for self."

The 36' Bavaria Sloop Escape is at the top of the sailboat list. Built in 1999, this one-owner, beautifully-kept vessel features quality European construction (hull is reinforced with Kevlar®), a spacious interior with three staterooms as well as updated rigging and reefing systems. Says Vann, "Everything on this Bavaria has been upgraded. It's a deal with a price under $100,000."

Vann recommends power boaters take a good look at the 42' Symbol Classic Trawler AYC has listed for $279,900. This stunning boat was built in 2000, one of only four years Symbol manufactured these elegant vessels. Vann suspects there are only two-to-three of these gorgeous trawlers for sale in the county.

Why is the 42' Symbol such a deal? It is a one-owner vessel that has been kept under cover its entire life; it features twin 210 Cummins engines, all upgraded electronics, bowthruster, generator and inverter as well as a watermaker. "This Symbol is ready to go to Alaska," notes Vann. "It is in absolutely Bristol condition."

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