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Opportunity! – Grand Banks 36 For Sale. Great Charter History.

After many happy years of owning MissLED, I have made the difficult decision to sell her. My two boys are getting older and I simply do not have the time to enjoy MissLED as much as I want to. I will own a trawler again, but I will have to wait until the boys are on their own.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has always wanted to own a trawler, but were concerned about the costs of ownership! MissLED is in exceptional condition and we are working on a few upgrades this summer. We are already starting to book for the high season and we are expecting another big year of bookings. The Grand Banks 36 is one of the most popular in the fleet and her significant revenue greatly offsets expenses.

Please check out the listing below and feel free to call the broker with questions.

MissLED Grand Banks 36 For Sale

By the way, the broker is also the owner of SW Florida Yachts, the exceptional charter company that manages MissLED. They have been wonderful to work with and they will be missed.

Then again, if MissLED stays in the fleet, I plan to charter her in the future.

New Home Port for MissLED!

MissLED in her awesome new marina in SW Florida.

MissLED in her awesome new marina in SW Florida.

MissLED has moved to the area that Cruising World calls the number one chartering destination in the U.S. and the third best in the world. She is berthed in Cape Coral, Florida just across the river from Fort Myers at the beautiful Tarpon Point Marina.

Sarasota was great, but I decided to move so this Grand Banks charter could be closer to where most of my charterers were going. The area around Pine Island Sound is spectacular and well known destinations like Sanibel, Captiva, Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key and Boca Grande are a short cruise away.

Sarasota was great to me and gave me this great sunrise as I left.

Sarasota was great to me and gave me this great sunrise as I left.

I have also partnered with a leading charter company, SWF yachts. This exceptionally professional organization has been in business for nearly 30 years and knows how to make your charter experience fist class. Their operations are based in a marina that is one of the best I have ever experienced.

This marina has everything you need. It is clean and well maintained and the onshore restroom and shower facilities are fresh and comfortable. There are three restaurants and many stores are on site and you have access to two pools, tennis courts, and a fitness center. You can have an amazing vacation without even moving the boat… although the amazing cruising grounds will motivate you to cruise.

Many dolphins escorted me on my journey including this pink bellied jumper!

Many dolphins escorted me on my journey including this pink bellied jumper!

I am using this transition and the offseason timing to take care of some maintenance items and upgrades. MissLED will be ready for your trawler charter vacation by Fall 2014. Please email me at and I will get you connected with the folks to reserve your time.


Awesome Electronics Upgrade for MissLED!!!

Raymarine C-Series Chartplotter on the Lower Helm

We just finished up a huge electronics upgrade and I am so excited! It solved what I consider a safety problem that is common on trawlers like mine and made the boat much safer and easier to navigate.

I installed massive Raymarine C-Series 9″ chartplotters on the flybridge and lower helm and they are networked together. There is also a new HD radar with a 48 mile range and a new depth sounder.

Chartplotter on the Flybridge

Many Grand Banks trawlers like mine only have a single radar or chartplotter. Why is this less than ideal? Imagine you are cruising in the afternoon and a thunderstorm blows up on you in the middle of the ICW. You need to get down below in a hurry and be ready to know EXACTLY where you are when the wind and rain hits and visibility goes to zero.

With both plotters up and running, your waypoints and routes are active on both, so all you need to do is go below grab the helm and you have exceptional situational awareness to get you through the weather. In more benign weather conditions, it allows you to take a break from the sun and be with your significant other if they are spending time in the salon.

Crazy cloud formation after the gust front gathered up the fog and moved off to Sarasota.

Also, during those rare times when we have fog in Southwest Florida, the HD radar will help you find your way. On my most recent visit, I thought I would need this when I woke up and the anchorage was shrouded in fog. I didn’t need to use the radar after all since the fog was literally blown away by a 30kt gust front that blew through and cleared it out.

Finally, we installed a top of the line Standard Horizon VHF radio with DSC integration. If you are not familiar, this means the radio is hooked up to the GPS and pulls in LAT/LONG data. If the unthinkable happens and you need to send a distress call, you flip a cover up and push a red button for 3 seconds. It will then send an automatic distress signal with your coordinates.

Overall, these state of the art electronics will help you feel more comfortable as you grow accustomed to MissLED and you cruise through unchartered waters.

The Spring is booking up, but we have some availability in March so give us a call to set up your trawler charter today.


Time for Some Boat Upgrades

Watching football on MissLED... a new experience for me.

MissLED is in great shape and ready for a very busy winter of charters. In preparation for this, we are upgrading this classic Grand Banks trawler with up to date electronics to make your voyage safer, more comfortable, and fun.

For too long, I have resisted adding a television to MissLED because I try to disconnect when I am on the water. However, based upon requests from my customers it became obvious that many of you do want it. Thus, I have added a 22″ full HD LED TV with built in DVD players. I must admit, I did love being able to watch football on the boat, I am going to be spoiled now.

It operates on DC power so you can watch at the dock or when hanging on the hook. I also reconnected the big antennae on top of the mast. I haven’t had a chance to fully test it, but I expect to be able to pick many (30?) over the air channels. When at the dock you can hook up to the cable at my marina or others you may visit.

I also have several DVDs on board for your viewing, but I must warn you there are no romantic comedies… only action stuff so bring your own if that isn’t your style.

I also installed some new speakers in the galley/Salon and the sound is exceptional. The stereo receives many great stations, works with CDs, and has an AUX in for phones or mp3 players. it works well for mellow music for reading or blasting out music for a boat dance party.

We are currently installing some other MAJOR upgrades to the electronics and comfort systems I will be writing about in the near future.

Please give me a call or email to set up your Grand Banks trawler charter vacation on MissLED.


Clean and Shiny and a Quick Visit

Check out this awesome reaction Kathryn had to this dolphin showing off in our wake! Love it!

MissLED is happy after a quick trip to the boatyard. She received fresh bottom paint and her hullsides were buffed and polished. The blue stripe at the waterline complements her perfectly and the hull is shiny white

Her teak accents were touched up and she is looking as gorgeous as ever. Grand Banks trawlers require constant attention, but they pay you back with their classic looks, enduring quality, and the fun you can have on them.

Speaking of fun, we were able to take her out and we had a great cruise with some seriously nice weather. I hooked into my favorite secret anchorage and had a blast.

Slept with the aft companionway open... this was my view when I woke up and looked out. Life is good!

The wildlife was particularly active this time. A pair of dolphin cruised with us for at least 45 minutes and another pair put on an aerial show in our wake.

Schools of fish were everywhere and were jumping out of the water and away from predators hundreds at a time. While walking on “beer can island” a school of these fish flew out of the water towards of us and split at the last second like two silver clouds. I was worried that the thing chasing them would get us.

This is a great time to book a Grand Banks trawler charter! We have a number of bookings, but do have availability! Please email

Beautiful skies at sunset will cruising on Sarasota Bay

Detailed Specifications – MissLED Trawler

In this post I have listed the detailed specifications for MissLED. This is an extensive list, but I haven’t included everything. Please contact me if there is anything else you would like to know.

- 1987 Grand Banks 36 Classic
- Twin Lehman 135hp
- LOA – 36′
- Beam 12’2″
- Draft 3’11″
- Two fuel tanks with 400 gallon capacity
- Two water tanks with 170 gallon capacity
- Hot water heater
- Holding tank with 35 gallon capacity

Comfort and Living
- 16,000 btu AC
- 24″ HD TV with DVD player
- A/B switch for cable input or input from antennae on mast
- 7 DC fans in berths and heads
- AC/DC cold plate refrigerator/freezer
- Princess range and oven/broiler
- Microwave
- Plates, glasses, silverware, etc for 8
- Coffee maker
- Toaster
- Bed linens and bath towels

- Onan 4kw MDKC generator
- Two 8D batteries, one 4D battery

Electronics – Lower Helm (Click here for more details)
- Standard Horizon VHF with DSC Integration
- Raymarine C97 MFD with chartplotter, 48mi HD radar, depth sounder (NEW 2014)
- Robertson 200 Autopilot
- Furno GPS Navigator (non-chart plotting)
- Sony CD Player with AUX input in salon
- 12V DC cigarette lighter outlet

Electronics – Flybridge (click here for more detail)
- VHF Radio
- Raymarine C95 MFD with chartplotter, 48mi HD radar, depth sounder (NEW 2014)
- Robertson 200 Autopilot remote
- Furno GPS Navigator (non-chartplotting)
- Raymarine LifeTag man overboard system
- Sony CD player with AUX input
- 2 – 12V Cigarette lighter outlets

Ground Tackle
- Lowfrans Tiger Windlass with three control stations
- 35# CQR with 200′ of chain
- Fortress Danforth

GUEST POST: Christmas in Florida by Rebecca

Guest author Rebecca beneath her new favorite Christmas tree.

When you think about the Christmas season, what comes to mind? If you say sleigh bells, snowmen and seriously cold weather, you’re not alone. But if you’re like me and prefer your festive without the frigid, a boating excursion in sunny Sarasota might be your new favorite holiday tradition.

Picture this: instead of snow, how about miles of white sand, glinting in the sunlight? Instead of a pine tree decorated with ornaments, how about tiny white lights spiraling up a palm tree, or a dozen crab traps, lit up and stacked to resemble your favorite Christmas spruce?

Gary and I spent the first weekend in December on MissLED, and the Christmas season in Sarasota was already in full swing. We spent Saturday evening docked at Marina Jack, a festive marina and restaurant in walking distance from downtown Sarasota. Have you ever seen a yacht adorned with garland, or wrapped in bright red tinsel?

Festive boat

Neither had I—until I saw the boat in the slip behind ours. I was expecting Santa to saunter off at any moment!

When we walked into town that night, we stumbled upon the city’s Christmas parade. Yes, it included a ship and several convertibles—not to mention a white tiger.

Sunday we found ourselves doing a typically Floridian activity: sitting on the beach, watching the sunset over the Gulf. Felt more like July than Christmas–until I caught a glimpse of a Christmas tree over the bluff, framed beautiful by tall palms and a festively-lit restaurant.

Our sunset neighbors

Admittedly, all this Christmas pine in SW Florida is about as natural as fake snow; the more common evergreens, of course, are palms. Plastic pine aside, in just two days we were swept away by Sarasota’s Christmas spirit, which is genuine, whimsical and simply fun.

And let’s be honest: who wouldn’t rather rock around the Christmas tree with a tan?


Awesome waterside bar with "misfit toys" hanging from the branches

Crab pot Christmas tree - her second favorite!

Unexpected Fun on a Last Minute Trip to MissLED, Grand Banks Trawler Charter

One of my close friends cancelled plans for the weekend in Georgia, so I checked the weather report and the forecast was perfect for Sarasota.

So, I booked a last minute flight with frequent flier miles and took off to SRQ. The weather was ideal and I headed off for my next Grand Banks adventure.

I set the anchor behind Bradenton Beach and got the dinghy ready to go… And then I discovered I had forgotten my oars. Whoops! I didn’t feel like swimming to shore, so I had to change plans.

Yes, that is Santa on the bow

Since activities ashore were not to happen, I headed to my favorite peaceful anchorage behind Jewfish Key. Then I had one of those happy surprises… the Cortez Yacht Club was having its annual Christmas boat parade and the route went right past my boat.

It was a beautiful sight! The sailboats were the most spectacular with lights up to the top of their masts. My favorite was a sailboat tan projected a FIRE onto its sail. The participants were singing and having fun and I was stoked for such a a fun surprise.

That night the moon had set and the starts were spectacular.

The parade was led by a giant Santa

The next day, on my way to home port, I was escorted by multiple groups of dolphins. This never gets old! I love watching their graceful moves in the clear water and their surprising leaps out of the water.

Check in with us and schedule your last minute trip here! MissLED is a 7 minute ride from SRQ.


High Heels and High Tides: Sophisticated Fun on a Grand Banks Trawler Charter

I just finished a quick weekend on MissLED with my girlfriend. We always have a fun decision to make when we arrive – go for a peaceful weekend at anchor surrounded by natural beauty or opt for a more social, nightlife-focused experience at a marina. We often have a chance to do both, but for this short stay we chose the marina.

The weather was a perfect 80 degrees with a 5-10 knot breeze as we took our time cruising to our destination Marina Jack which is adjacent to downtown Sarasota. After tying up we settled in for a beautiful sunset and enjoyed meeting our new neighbors at this always active marina.

The sunset from the flybridge was incredible. The colors were spectacular and a few clouds arrived just in time to create an amazing panorama. After that it was time get dressed for dinner and a night on the town.
The options for sophisticated fun are impressive within walking distance of Marina Jack:

• Restaurants – Have a favorite food? You can most likely find it on or just off Main Street.
• Live Music – Jam bands, rock & roll and jazz can all be heard on a stroll down Main.
• Dancing – Slow dancing to oldies head banging or aggressive dancing to club music is all possible on a typical
• Theater – Check the calendar, many performance venues are close by

Check this website for all Sarasota has to offer.

>As we approached downtown, we had a great surprise. The Sarasota Christmas Parade was about to start. We were hungry, and wanted to watch the parade so we grabbed a bar seat at Tequila Cantina and watched the parade go by. The most bizarre moment was when a float with numerous lions and tigers cruised by.

Afterwards we enjoyed a jazz duet, fun dancing at Gators, and discovered Ivory, a club that was cranking until the early morning hours with great dance music.

The next morning I awoke and discovered Rebecca’s high heels contrasting brilliantly on the teak woodwork. They inspired this post and made me think about how fortunate I am to have such a great boat in a great location that allows me to have such amazing experiences with my wonderful girlfriend!

I hope you contact me about a Grand Banks charter on MissLED and discover what you like best… a peaceful night at anchor or a fun night in the city from your water-based homebase.



Grand Banks Charter Adventures – With Kids!

I just wrapped up a great six day vacation on MissLED with my boys Kai (age 6) and Jayden (age 4). This was their last blast of summer before the start of school this week. As always, the Grand Banks 36′ trawler was the perfect base for our fun times.

We never feel cramped, have a perfect for salon for eating and playing together, and enough space to separate when the testosterone gets the best of us.

Our list of adventures were as follows:

- Meeting friends and searching for crabs, fish, and other creatures on our favorite sandbar

- Dinghy ride to the O’Leary’s for great seafood and 4′ hammerhead shark chasing fish within 10′ of our dinghy as we were wading out to leave

- Great dinners in downtown Sarasota and their favorite stops at the toy and ice cream shop

- Feeding baby gators at Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf

- Swimming, swimming, swimming

- Bowling on a rainy day

- Chasing sea gulls on the beach

- Dancing and playing under one of the most incredible sunsets I have seen in a while

- Fishing in pajamas with many nibbles, strong pulls, but no set hooks

This reminds me to point out that a Grand Banks Charter is a great choice for a family vacation. MissLED trawler charter is the perfect home base that can be moved to a new location every night. It is your private island to have an amazing time with your family.

The optional dinghy is your high speed transport that gets you into the shallowest of waters to see what most others do not.

Also MissLED has the LifeTag man overboard system that gives extra piece of mind when you have young ones aboard. (video post on this to follow soon)

Give us a call to setup the vacation that you and your family will never forget.

Jayden, Kai, and Gary Trott