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Planning Your Spring Wedding?

Your one and only choice, Windsong Charters, a 58' 34 year old Classic Sailing Yacht.  Get married on a classic Yacht. Captain Bob is a licensed ordained minister.

 

A Pirate Wedding

or a more formal one...

Or, during a 44 knot

tropical storm wind

 

 


 

Our website hits an all time high with over 150,000 unique visitors each month starting Novemeber 2010; requesting over 4,590 pages. Results: more charters, corporate events and companies requesting to advertise on our main page. First the Hilton Americas and Cheap Caribbean Vacations.

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USA Today Travel Tips

 

The Article: "Captain Bob and Admiral Kathy sail the 58-foot-long Windsong, Windsong Charters only vessel. The boat is unique--only two other boats share its center cockpit Formosa design. Cruises travel along Clear Lake, League City, NASA, Kemah, Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Windsong's three-hour-long cruise includes a steak and lobster dinner with a Cesar salad appetizer and dessert. The company customizes trips, serving dinner whenever the client requests--before or after sunset. The Windsong is available for private hire for special occasions and themed events. The company only accommodates dinner parties up to four people; larger parties must have dinner at the marina before or after their cruise. Windsong Charters 801 Coryell St. League City, TX 77573 281-332-3108 windsong-charters.com

 


League City Chamber selected a small business photo "Windsong" to be used in their 2010-11 and again in the 2011-12 Preferred Business Guide. The League City also used Windsong for their "Team Building Event".

 

2011 - 12

 

 

2010 - 11

 

League City Team Building Event

 

 

Windsong has a 100% satisfied Customer Rating.


The Island of Saba Dutch West Indies

 

 

Saba is ideal for the traveler looking for a secluded haven, in peaceful and friendly surroundings. Rising steeply from the azure sea, the tiny island in the Caribbean is a magical experience far away from the cares and worries of today's hurried world.

 

Four small villages are as quaint and charming as the gentle, friendly manner of the Saban people, descended from hardy 17th century pioneers. Visitors feel they have stepped back in history, yet many modern luxuries are here to be enjoyed. Saba is a monument to nature's best above and below the ocean's surface. The famous Saba Marine Park is second to none. Saba is a magical place for scuba diving, hiking, admiring the nature or honeymooning!


The landing strip is a reported 1300 feet, which makes it one of the shortest commercial runways in the world. Furthermore, the strip is flanked on one side by steep hills, and on the other side and at both ends of the runway by cliffs dropping into the sea. This creates the possibility that an airplane might overshoot the runway during landing or takeoff and end up in the sea or on the cliffs.

 

Saba, the smallest special municipality of the Netherlands juts abruptly out of the blue Caribbean Sea. It mainly consists of the remains of a (potentially-active) yet dormant volcano named Mt. Scenery.

 

The origin of its name is still disputed to this day; some say it's from an Arawak Indian word meaning "rock," while most experts claim it's of Arabic and Greek origin.

 

When Christopher Columbus spotted the island in 1493, he noted its position but did not come ashore because of the rocky coastline and strong offshore currents.

 

History reports that in 1632 an English ship ran aground here and a small group of Englishmen became the first Europeans to set foot on Saba. Later rescued, they found the island rugged and uninhabited.

 

 

Saba was claimed for France in 1635, but just a few years later the Dutch West India Company, from its base on the nearby island of St. Eustatius, sent a group of people to colonize this uninhabited rock, and colonize it they did.

 

Over the next two centuries Saba was controlled (or traded) among the British, Dutch, French and some pirates of note. And like most other islands in the Caribbean, some African slaves were imported to do the work.

 

With the above mentioned minor exceptions, The Netherlands have been (firmly) in possession of the island of Saba since the early 19th century.

The island's small size has made it a secluded long-time haven for some, and in fact, the local population is less than 1,500, and most trace their family names to some earlier inhabitants.

 

Saba has a rugged, steep topography, with most of the island sloping (rather dramatically) to the sea. Consequently, farming is all but impossible so most revenues come from tourism and the sea.

 

There's a road (one road), and it took a masterful engineer and a few dozen years to complete. Visitors are often advised to leave the driving to experienced locals.

 

And yes, there's an airport, but its landing strip is one of the shortest commercial runways in the world, so obviously no commercial jets, as only small airplanes are able to land.

 

World's Most Dangerous Airports, WOW, but fun and should be on your "Bucket List". One Captain Bob has experienced several times...

 

 

A great way to visit Saba (either for a day, or for a week) is by the ferry service from Sint Maarten. Three ferry services provide transport to Saba's Fort Bay throughout most of the week.

 

Saba is famous for its numerous scuba diving venues, eco-tourism opportunities, lobster fishing, a distinct lack of commercialism, and a relaxing, isolated solitude.

In addition, this somewhat little-known speck of land is one of the favorite honeymoon destinations in all of the Caribbean.

 

The Island of Saba Dutch West Indies

 


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Team Building

Windsong Charters wins 5 Star Rating as more Major Corporations chose Windsong over all other venues for their team building events.

Corporations like... ExxonMobil and Shell Oil onboard 4 years running, CGG Veritas, HESS Oil, Aker Solutions and FMC Technologies... and so many others... reference available.

 

BMC Software Houston 2011

 

GE Oil & Gas

2 Boat Team Building 2011

 

ExxonMobil June 2011

3 boat team building

 

Shell Oil 2011

 

Tait Radio International team building 3 boat charter event

 

Certified Safety

 

UTMB Galveston 2009

 

UTMB Galveston 2010

 

UTMB Galveston 2011

 

League City Chamber 2008

 


Local Yacht Brokers - Selling or buying a boat? It's a hard decision; who do you trust to point you in the right direction? At the end of 2012 we will rate the top Brokers in the Galveston Bay area. Brokers your can trust.

After working with brokers from Maine to the Caribbean for many years on both sail as well as power; vessels ranging from 30' to 150'; I found it's really tough to locate a broker that talks straight and works with you, "the buyer" or "seller" before, during and after you buy or sell. Today, too many people promise too much and deliver to little. It's just like boat surveyors but that's another article which we will cover in 2012.

 

Over the past 4 and a half years I've watched our local brokers and have selected the first one to feature based on my findings. We are now in month 2 and looking at the next Broker. March we will look at our 3rd llocal broker. One down and a few to go.

 

This month we looking at Lauderdale Yacht Sales. But first I would like to clarify what it means to be a seasoned broker and more importantly, an industry professional.

 

A seasoned industry professional takes someone that works hard for your business and that they have your best interests in mind as "the buyer" or "the seller". Someone that you can "trust" in what they say. An individual's word is all you have. A Broker is only good as their word and of course what people say about their experience before, during and after their purchase. Be sure to ask for several references, because what people think about the Broker, counts.

 

Let's look a little deeper into what makes a seasoned broker. How much real boating experience does a Broker have, what type of vessels do they have experience with? They are vessels made of fiberglass, steel, wood, aluminum and Ferro cement. Not to mention numerous styles, like cruisers, trawlers, blue water or bay boats. There are some many decisions one must make before they select the right boat for both you and your partner. A "Seasoned Broker" is someone that has years of management skills, experience as seasoned captain or yacht broker and can help you make the right decisions so you understand the difference in what is a “Great boat versus Just-an-Ok boat.”

 

There is an organization that is well known that has set guidelines for all Brokerage firms. YBAA (Yacht Brokers Association of America) was founded in 1920 and exists to unite yacht brokers throughout North America in order to: establish, promote and enforce high standards of professional competence and ethical conduct; foster public recognition of, and support for, YBAA and its member brokers; facilitate cooperation among member brokers; and, enhance each member's success. To find out more visit their website here: http://www.ybaa.org/

 

Also Texas has a well known association for Brokers and you can find out more about them on their website here: http://gcyba.com/

 

We Both Know That...
“It’s the experienced broker that makes the difference.”

 

Now lets look at our next Broker...

 

 

Lauderdale's Yacht Sales owner Tommy Tipton went out on his own 13 years ago after having a long working relationship with the large Sea Ray dealer Del Home Marine. Using what he learned from Mr. Delhomme “honesty & integrity come first & that there is no room for deception & half truth in sales” He started Lauderdale Yacht Sales with this business creed.

 

Tommy has been President of the Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers Association and was honored as "Broker of the Year". Tommy leads a team of seasoned industry professionals.

 

Lauderdale Yacht Sales covers more than just Texas; they have a Fort Lauderdale yacht connection as well. We found that Tommy has always strived to build personal relationships with those he works with and he feels that everybody wants to be treated fairly. He stated "Word of mouth can be great advertising for you, and I feel like I have had my name circulated well through positive word of mouth efforts.” While Tipton has for worked hard for many years at building a name for himself in the Bay Area, he has also given freely of his personal time to numerous local causes like; Sunshine Kids, Bay Area Turning Point (Battered Women) The Rose, Men Who Cook, just to name a few.

 

Lauderdale Yacht Sales focus now is to have traditional values and approach with cutting edge marketing technology. "Cutting Edge Marketing Technology" has to do with how we present and get the boats noticed and seen. We don't want to list exactly what we do for competitive reasons. As we speak we are in the middle of doing much more on SEO optimization, photo's, video and interactive salesmanship.

 

When you take a closer look at Lauderdale Yacht Sales they have gone one step ahead by removing travel from the yacht search equation. Just how do they do that? They pull from their years of yacht brokerage and sales. They basically share their pit falls they experienced with you which in the long run saves you times and the headaches of packing your bags; spending time traveling to boat, after boat, after boat. With their connection in Fort Lauderdale it gives you more than a local reach when understanding what's available.

 

As you begin your search, the experience of the Tommy Tipton's Lauderdale Yacht Sales team will help you define your priorities whether it be power or sail.. Their long established industry contacts and search capabilities will assure that your dreamboat doesn’t get away. Be it a motor yacht for entertaining clients, family or friends, a serious bluewater vessel.

Whether it’s new or pre-owned, the search does not end when the right boat is found. Tommy Tipton's Lauderdale Yacht Sales comprehensive services include financing, insurance, delivery arrangements and perhaps the most important, the aggressive marketing of your current vessel. You can find out more about Lauderdale Yacht Sales by visiting their website. They will help you with your yachting needs and enjoy the peace of mind that only integrity and experience can deliver.

 

To find out more about Lauderdale Yacht Sales visit their website here:

 

Lauderdale Yacht Sales

 

 


So far we've looked at the following local broker. To find out more about each just click their logo or read our past Newsletters.

 

 


 

What's Going on Around Galveston Bay!

 

Early in 2011, ClearLakeSun.com debuted its website and is quickly becoming the # 1 online resource for local Food, Entertainment and Night Life in the Clear Lake and Galveston Bay area. This popular website brings information on local business and events via short stories and brief articles , vivid and clear pictures, as well as high definition video commercials. ClearLakeSun.com features user friendly animated icons that gives “one click” access to everything that is Clear Lake and the Bay area. This well defined site will provide access to restaurant menus, Attraction discounts and even what bands are playing in the best Clubs. Visit ClearLakeSum.com today for all your future activity planning!

 

Click link below to find out more:

 

http://www.clearlakesun.com/

 


 

Why use Dockside Boat Repair; ready what our clients think...

"Captain Bob Edwards has performed various maintenance and repairs on my 2008 SeaRay 44 Sundancer for over the past two years. Bob has also executed the work in a timely and professional manner. I have recommended Bob to others and would use him in the future." Regards, Russell Martin, CFO Tabula Rasa Energy

 

From: McGray, Donald J
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
To: 'captain.bob@docksideboatrepair.com'
Subject: RE: Fiberglass Repair

 

Bob,
"Since I work downtown Houston, nights or weekends are the only times available. I leave home at 6am and get home at 6pm daily.  However, I am off Friday Dec 10th  and will be using my boat that day. Perhaps we can find some time that day? I will go out to the boat this evening to take a look at the fiberglass repair.I have to admit, you guys did the job very quickly… Dependable folks who keep their word in the boat business seem to be a rare find, so I appreciate the relationships you have established . Dave has high praise for your work ethic and professionalism.
That does mean a lot!" Talk to you soon, Don

 


 

Renovation:

"a Galley Makeover"

Before

After

 

"a Salon Makeover"

Before

After

 

 


Past Issues

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Charter Concerns

 

Before you charter any boat check the following.

  • Does the vessel carry Charter Insurance to Protect You? Ask to see their policy.
  • Is the vessel "Vetted" by any major corporations? Windsong has been vetted by Shell Oil since 2009
  • Is the Captain Licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and is he allowed to carry more than 6 passengers?
  • Is your Captain in a random drug screening program; which is required by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • How much experience does the Captain have? Captain Bob has over 50,000 blue water miles and has crossed the Atlantic. He has owned or operated term charters vessel in the Caribbean for 10 years.
  • Does the boat carry the proper safety equipment & first aid?
  • Meet the crew and tour Windsong before you spend your hard earned money.

Windsong meets all of the above requirements...

 

Other boats pictures can be deceiving. Windsong has more room than any other sailboat within 500 miles. (photo below) Windsong on the left...

Concerns

"Windsong is the largest legal sailing vessel on Galveston Bay."


Selected 5 Star Charter Yacht Broker

 

 

Caribbean Soul Charters is located in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. We’ve cruised and lived in the Caribbean for almost 20 years and know many of the yachts and crews as friends. We also attend the Tortola and St. Thomas Charter Yacht Shows to personally inspect hundreds of gorgeous yachts and meet the wonderful crews. An all inclusive charter on a private yacht in the Caribbean is the perfect vacation for families and friends alike. Just sit back and let the crew wine and dine you as they sail you to a different anchorages each day. It’s all about you!

 

The Virgin Islands provides the perfect backdrop for your family vacation or gathering of friends with its protected warm waters and a multitude of anchorages within sight at any given time. If you want to see the islands from a local’s perspective and experience the sunrise and sunset from a different anchorage each and every day, this is your next vacation.

 

Visit their website here:

 

Caribbean Soul Charters

 


Featured Charter Yacht

 

Yacht Sweet Thing, a 48' Cat

 

 

 

Sweetest Thing is a luxurious 48-foot, state-of- the-art catamaran. This design was brand new in 2008, from renowned yacht builder Fountaine Pajot, replacing the Bahia 46. The Salina 48 is exceptionally roomy, with large windows - ideal for two or three couples and their children or up to eight total guests. She offers huge salon and cockpit social areas, plus an aft sun deck, foredeck seating, and an elevated 3-seat flybridge helm station with panoramic views, yet easy access to the cockpit.

 

 

Captain Tofer was born and raised in Wyoming, graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree. During a brief hiatus from college he moved out to Washington State where he met a beautiful girl. He married Rebecca Knight in 1988 and they moved back to Wyoming to finish University.

 

Shortly after they were married they began working with troubled youth. For six years Kristofer took court referral and school referral kids out on high impact backpacking, kayaking, and river rafting trips. This experience moved Kristofer and Rebecca to start a home for troubled boys in Montana. For 14 years they were known as the place you sent your kid if no real hope was left, or often, if no one else would take them. Backpacking, Kayaking, Rock Climbing and other outdoor adventures were still a big part of the program. They also raised farm animals and the kids were responsible for helping with the running of the farm. In 2001 Kristofer and Rebecca, whose own five children were now getting older, decided to make a big life change.

 

They began to charter sailboats in Washington, state and took all of the American Sailing Association courses. They began to take a select group of boys from the home out to Washington to get certified by the ASA as well. During this time they were already looking for a boat to buy for themselves. In 2003 they bought “Wandering Dolphin” a 41 foot aluminum cutter designed by Gary Mull. After loosing their home and business in an uninsured fire “Wandering Dolphin” became their full time home. Since then they have sailed her up and down the East Coast of the USA, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Leeward and Windward Islands and Trinidad.

 

Kristofer became a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain in 2007 and has delivered sailboats all over the US and Caribbean. He has over 30,000 OFFSHORE sailing miles and continues to sail offshore around 10,000 to 12,000 miles every year.

 

Visit their website below

 

Yacht Sweet Thing

 


The Kemah Boardwalk at Night, a great place for the kids while your sailing aboard Windsong.

 

A night view as Windsong returns to dock after a day on the water.


Sail Galveston Bay

A Taste of the Caribbean; done best by Captain Jan Robinson and her Ship to Shore Cookbooks - Featuring Her Sip To Shore Drinks, "Cookbook ?".

 

Capt. Jan Robinson a native of New Zealand, was Captain and Chef aboard her 60-foot yacht VANITY. For more than 20 years Jan cruised the Caribbean islands and entertained many charter yacht guests.

 

Her growing reputation as a sea-going chef, and incessant entreaties for her recipes from her charter guests, prompted Jan to collect recipes from other yacht chefs and write her first cookbook Ship to Shore I, now in its 17th printing.

 

This month we are featuring Jan's famous "Sip To Shore" drink cookbook.

 

 

250 recipes from 80 chefs. 178 pages. 4-color cover. 6" x 9". Lay flat binding. A snappy volume of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres recipes. The hors d'oeuvres are unique and creative. Drinks include alcoholic, non-alcoholic and diet. Plus, helpful hints for the discriminating host or hostess. A fun addition to the collection to make your sunsets sizzle.

 

An outstanding dining experience requires both knowledge and planning. Sip to Shore provides the guidance and information needed to insure success in the first step - cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres. These two words carry special meaning. The word cocktail is derived from the eighteenth century slang term for a "docked tail", first applied to a horse of mixed bread and then to a nag on a race course. A combined allusion to the society in which drinks are popular and the notion of mixed breeding must have led to the word being applied to alcoholic recipes.

 

The first cocktails originated in England at the height of the Victorian era. Many cocktails were being made by the end of the century and some of the names are still being used. Coolers, cobblers, cups, daisies, fixes, flips, juleps, nogs, punches, rickeys, sangarees, slings, and smashes all suggest the hilarious nature of those gentleman's origins of some of the mixes.The drinks are delicious and include alcoholic, non-alcoholic, and diet, plus helpful hints for the discriminatng host or hostess with such favorites as Bushwhacker, Pussers Pain Killer and Goombay Smash.

 

An hors d'oeuvre is a delicacy served before a meal as an appetizer. It is unusual, extraordinary, and exciting so to stimulate enthusiam for what is to follow.Hors d'oeuvres are always eagerly anticipated and happily devoured. The recipes are fun and easy to prepare. They will brighten the moment, whether on land or sea, when the sun slips over the yardarm.

 

Sip to Shore is a true collection of delicious award winning recipes from the Caribbean charter yacht chefs and captains, who have many years of experience in meeting the needs of discriminating guests. It is the fun addition to the Ship to Shore collection that will make your sunsets sizzle!

 

 

More about Captain Jan Robinson below.

 

The overwhelming success of Ship to Shore I, led inevitably to Ship to Shore II, then Sip to Shore, a collection of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by Sea to Shore, a treasury of scrumptious fish and shellfish recipes, Sweet to Shore, "Life is uncertain, have dessert first"- decadent desserts, cakes and candies, Slim to Shore, recipes for a healthier lifestyle, Bahama Mama's Cooking, recipes from the Bahamas There is also Store to Shore, featuring 400 recipes with complete menus and detailed shopping lists, and Famous Virgin Islands Recipes.

 

When not sailing, Robinson divides her time between her homes in the Virgin Islands and North Carolina, where she is active in local culinary circles and does much of the research, recipe testing, and writing for her cookbooks. Jan is an active member of The American Institute of Wine and Food. She holds certificates from the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, The Ritz Cooking School, and the Culinary Institute of America. She makes personal appearances at major boat shows throughout the United States. Coordinates culinary contests and has made numerous cooking and autograph tours promoting her cookbooks around the country, the Caribbean, and New Zealand.

 

Jan's adventurous life and culinary expertise have been featured in numerous national and international publications; she is a much sought - after speaker, host, judge and coordinator of culinary competitions.

 

Robinson's television cooking credits include "The Morning Show" with Regis Philbin, and the NBC Special "The Cruise of the Vanity" which featured Jan and her yacht. As "The Gallery Gourmet" Robinson authors a monthly column for All At Sea, Yacht Essentials, occasionally Yachting Matters and other international publications.

 

Since 1983, "Captain Jan" has been a revered household name in this part of the continent. That's the year the effervescent New Zealand native and charter Yacht captain Jan Robinson published her very first cookbook title, "Ship to Shore." Pardon the unabashed pun but locals and vacationers ATE IT UP - and wanted more.

 

How in the world did it all begin? According to Jan, she and her husband Pero were living in North Carolina until 1979. He was a civil engineer and attorney; Jan was making her living in real estate. They both decided it was time to retire and they purchased a 60-foot steel hulled motor vessel to enjoy in the tropics.

 

"Back then, it was one of the largest yachts in the Caribbean," said Jan with a bright smile. "I soon learned that my husband's idea of retiring was cruising the middle of the ocean and working on the boat. Mine was heading for the marina and putting up the cocktail flag. The perfect compromise was that we become a charter boat."

 

Captain Jan also discovered that chartering meant preparing meals four times a day for seven guests, seven days a week. "I was working 12 hours a day," said Jan. "We decided that we'd only charter for three years. But guests were re-booking with us as soon as they got off the boat. We had a 60-per-cent return guest rate." Little wonder. Jan was born a magnificent hostess. She is also an accredited member of the American Institute of Wine and Food with certificates from the Cordon Bleu Cooking School and the Culinary Institute of America. "I love to give parties," said Jan, adding that every meal she served aboard had a fresh place setting and a new look. As Jan put it, "People eat first with their eyes, then with their nose and finally with their taste buds."

 

The Robinson's ended up chartering for ten years. During that time, Jan's efforts to swap recipes and serving tips with fellow charterers evolved into culinary creativity at its finest. "Ship to Shore" was born containing 680 Tastes of the Caribbean from 65 chefs and Captain Jan Robinson sailed previously unchartered career seas as The Gallery Gourmet. Multiple publications followed as well as a video cookbook, "Tropical Temptations." Over the years, each of the eight publications from The Galley Gourmet has enjoyed a personality all its own. "Slim to Shore" brought us gourmet tastes without the guilt. "Sweet to Shore" was a divine offering to the dessert gods. "Sip to Shore" was a fun-filled exploration of beverages and hors d'oeuvres.

 

Captain Jan has recently completed the quintessential cookbook encompassing every aspect of charter yacht hosting. "Store to Shore" goes the extra mile - or knot, as the case may be - offering comprehensive full-day menus from 50 international yacht chefs as well as proven recipes and shopping lists. Over 400 mouth-watering recipes are spotlighted along with hints on planning, preparing and hosting. As always "Store to Shore" is equally appropriate for landlubbers' events.

 

Want to know more or order Captain Jan's cookbooks? Checkout her website here:

 

Ship To Shore Cookbooks

 


 

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