Cape Coral, FL
Barb Hansen is a highly experienced and knowledgeable broker. In addition, Barb and her husband, Vic, have owned and operated Southwest Florida Yachts, Inc. and Florida Sailing and Cruising School continuously since 1984.
The charter operation has an extensive power and sail fleet, while Florida Sailing and Cruising School was the first Trawler Training School when it began operations in the late 1980’s. The school is well-recognized for its “liveaboard” course offerings for both beginners and advanced cruisers.
“We are particularly proud and pleased with the generations of families we have had the pleasure to serve over the years,” she said. “Our family of cruisers continues to grow from year to year.”
Over the last four decades, Barb and Vic have cruised and delivered boats throughout Florida, the East Coast of the United States, the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands.
Barb’s began her career in Management with Johnson Wax in Racine, Wisconsin from 1978-1984 before moving to Florida and starting Southwest Florida Yachts with her husband, Vic.
“Watching our company grow and change has been like watching your child grow into the person you hope they will be. We have always wanted our business to be a beacon for education and professionalism in the marine industry. It has not been easy, by any means. We have survived a lot of tough times including recessions, an oil spill, and hurricanes, to name a few. We still face challenges every day like any other small business.”
Barb is well-recognized in the cruising industry and has been feature in publications such as BoatUS, Boating, Cruising World. Power Cruising, Sailing, Soundings and others.
Additionally, Barb is a Past President of the Junior League of Fort Myers and a graduate of the Leadership Lee County program through the Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce.
Barb can be reached at 239-257-2788 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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