2009 Charter Guide
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New Fleet Additions

22' C-Dory, "Salty"
31' Pacific Seacraft,
36' Catalina "Charisma"
36' Grand Banks,
"Deborah Jane"
37' Irwin, "U Got A B Kiddin"
38' Beneteau, "Surprise"
39' Tollycraft, "Glass Act"
46' Selene, "Erik K"
47' Beneteau,
57' Bayliner, "Quesara"

Carver Owner Values "Economics" of AYC Charter Yacht Ownership Program

Longtime AYC charter clients Roger and Beverly Entrekin of Vancouver, Wash., put their 57-foot, 2002 Carver in the AYC Charter Yacht Ownership Program shortly after they bought it in 2005. Employed as a stockbroker, 70-year-old Roger Entrekin purchased Excell to charter with AYC and sees the ownership program as a business relationship, "The attractive economic benefits make it all worthwhile; otherwise, we couldn’t own a boat of this size and caliber."

The first incentive, explains Entrekin, was the $50,000 he saved on sales tax. In addition, the boat-as-a-business model provides tax advantages in depreciation, interest expense deductions and all maintenance costs, including the couples’ monthly "fun" maintenance trips to work on the boat. It also generates revenue and Excell serves as an elegant second home and vacation venue. Oh, yes, he adds, "It’s building equity at the same time!"

If there is a downside to chartering your boat, it is accepting that when someone else uses your boat, stuff happens. Entrekin admits that at first he was brokenhearted when Excell returned from charter with a ding or worse. "But then I adjusted my attitude and appreciated that everything on the boat is insured and everything can be fixed," he says.  "Of course, the fact that AYC is so good at managing the fleet makes all the difference. It has the staff to take care of my yacht and keep it in service!"

Charter Rush Prompts Need for Sail and Power Boats to Join the AYC Fleet

Due to a crush of bookings, AYC needs more charter vessels and it needs them fast!  AYC invites all interested sail and powerboat owners to consider the benefits and realities of placing your boat in charter. Please review AYC’s Yacht Ownership web page (www.ayc.com/yop.cfm) and, then, give us a call at 1-800-233-3004.

The most important feature AYC is looking for in a charter boat is that it offers multiple cabins. AYC is in particular need of sailboats of all sizes, but the newer, the better. The powerboat fleet looks to attract vessels in the 32’ to 36’ range as well as the 41’ to 45’ range. While trawlers of all sizes and models continue to be popular, AYC also wants to add more, new sedans and motoryachts.

Destination Sidney Spit Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Just as Roche Harbor on San Juan Island serves as "yacht central" for the boating crowd, Sidney Island just 10 miles to the west offers "unadulterated nature" for those seeking solace in the great Northwest. Situated in Haro Strait about three miles east of Vancouver Island’s Sidney-by-the-Sea, the Sidney Spit Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is one of the largest and easiest accessed of British Columbia’s maritime jewels.

Once you check through Canadian Customs at Bedwell Harbor on South Pender, head southwest to Sidney Island. Grab a mooring ball or anchor on the west side of the spit, toss the crabpot overboard and deploy the dinghy for an onshore prowl. After you tie up at the dinghy dock, slather on sun block and explore the miles-long beach. Be sure to carry water with you. When it is time to escape the sun, head inland and hike the trails around the park, keeping a weather eye out for deer, bald eagles and the scores of blue heron that feed in the shallows at low tide. Best of all, by the time you return to the ship, chances are a dinner’s worth of crabs will have invaded your pot!

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