2009 Charter Guide
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New Fleet Additions

22' C-Dory, "Salty"
31' Pacific Seacraft, "Discovery"
36' Catalina
36' Grand Banks, "Deborah Jane"
37' Irwin, "U Got A B Kiddin"
38' Beneteau, "Surprise"
39' Tollycraft, "Glass Act"
40' Willard, "Northstar"
46' Selene, "Erik K"
47' Beneteau, "nil-adnirari"
47' Bayliner, "Serenity"
50' Navigator, "Lady M"

57' Bayliner, "Quesara"

AYC Celebrates 30 Years � Former Owner Dan Meyer Reminisces

As the days get warmer, longer and sunnier, it is fun to reminisce about Anacortes Yacht Charters first 30 years. Beyond its on-going commitment to provide topnotch boats at terrific rates, AYC continues to evolve boat-keeping and customer service systems that set the bar for the industry.

In 1989 Dan and Sherrie Meyer purchased the business from Jim Shay, who ran the company its first decade as a fairly casual, family-run venture. Dan notes that one of the most important changes he and Sherrie made during their 17-year-watch at AYC was to change the checkout system. Instead of using seasonal help that tried to manage 100 boats, the Meyers developed a team of competent boat handlers who were responsible for 10 boats each. As a result, the professional handlers knew their boats well and could advise clients through highly effective and efficient checkouts and check-ins.

"Instead of a shotgun approach, we developed a more refined approach to handling checkouts and check-ins," says Dan. "As the process evolved it made a huge reduction in the number of service calls. We became proactive and we were able to resolve fires before they combusted, adding to AYC's credibility and our charter guests' satisfaction."

AYC's Specialty Charters - Take a One-Way Cruise of a Lifetime

Experienced boaters will be excited to learn about AYC's Specialty Charters that include one-way charters to Desolation Sound and Alaska. This year's AYC One-Way List features six power vessels and five sailboats. Charter Specialist Carole Peiffer explains that one-way charters are a tremendous deal for adventurers on a time budget. Guests can rendezvous with their vessel by way of Kenmore Air floatplanes or by driving to Lund, British Columbia. One-ways typically entail a turn-around fee, refundable extra insurance and tax rebates as well as checkout prior to the trip. Carole can describe all the details and options (1-800-233-3004 x 201).

The One-Way Power Boat List includes the 47' Bayliner Starlight Express and the 43' Albin Lady Barbara, both come with roomy layouts and excellent navigation equipment. The One-Way Sailboat List includes the 43' Nauticat Finessa and the 37' Irwin U Got A B Kiddin. The "stout" Irwin is especially well designed and equipped for long range cruising (Noble Tec Charts installed from Olympia to Alaska & Vancouver Is).

Drop by AYC During Trawler Fest Anacortes 2009, May 7 � 9

AYC encourages charter guests to attend Trawler Fest Anacortes 2009, May 7-9. It's a great time to view the latest tenders, trawlers and tugs, take cruising and equipment seminars and hangout with like-minded boaters. If you plan to attend, please make an appointment with AYC to stop in to see our charter fleet of top brand trawlers and tugs.

Okay, so you lust after a Selene, Nordic Tug, Grand Banks or even an Ocean Alexander. Why not charter the object of your desire for a real test drive - before you buy? PassageMaker/Trawler Fest: 888.487.2953; AYC: 800-233-3004

Opening Day � Start Your Engines or Set Sail This Spring

Seattle Yacht Club's Opening Day on May 2 heralds the start of boating season, so it's time to start your engines or set sail. And the earlier the better because spring boating offers many advantages, especially for those who appreciate quiet marinas, loads of wildlife, beautiful spring weather and unpopulated anchorages. Also look for the orcas' return to the San Juan Islands! www.ayc.com

1-800-233-3004 | Contact AYC
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