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ECY Bareboat Charters

Emerald Coast Sailing was featured in Sailing Magazine

Our bareboat charters were featured in the October 2015 issue of Sailing Magazine!
Click here to read the article by our friend, David Liscio.

ECY offers bareboat charters along Florida's Emerald Coast. We are based at Sabine Marina on Pensacola Beach. From here you have access to the best the Gulf Coast has to offer. This includes Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Panama City, Port St. Joe, and Apalachicola. You have access to everything from secluded islands to modern marinas.

We believe that the Emerald Coast of Florida is one of the best kept sailing secrets in the world! David Liscio, a photojournalist, based in Nahant, MA, agrees and has written multiple articles about exploring the Emerald Coast with his family. His articles about our area have been featured in Sail, Cruising World, and Sailing magazines.

The following passage from David's Sail article describes our cruising area exceptionally well:

"Bound for Northern Florida’s Riviera, some 250 miles of bayous and barrier dunes that protect the Panhandle, stretching west roughly from the coastal town of Carrabelle to the bustling port of Mobile, Alabama. A place where people practice Southern hospitality, fish obsessively, and sail some of the country’s least-celebrated yet spectacularly beautiful cruising waters. Florida locals call the region LA, for Lower Alabama, because the seamless boundaries are more political than cultural. This is the Old South, graceful and unhurried, enlivened by a Jimmy Buffett sound track and mellowed by a lack of pretension. Boiled peanuts, key lime pie, "BBQ" chicken, cold beer, and tie-dyed sunsets are part of everyday life, as are the sugar-white sand beaches."

"For cruisers, LA offers countless opportunities to explore uninhabited islands surrounded by transparent emerald water, both teeming with wildlife, dolphins, rays, blue crabs, pelicans, herons, hawks, and eagles. Marinas are plentiful along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), and civilization is never far out of reach, but in most bayous it’s possible to anchor overnight in settings of such natural splendor that docking seems absurd."

Why ECY?

"We explored the Florida Panhandle on three previous charters, covering the coast roughly from Pensacola to Apalachicola. Emerald seas, sugar white sand beaches, and protected sounds and bayous behind the barrier dunes made these trips a pleasure."

- David Liscio - Sailing Magazine Article

For a smaller, family operated charter company - they are among the best. Customer service is clearly their strong suit and that is what keeps us coming back again and again. While their boats are not as pristine as those from the major charterers, they are well maintained, clean and well provisioned. I have bareboat chartered with them three times now, twice with my family of five and once with "the fellas." Captain Rick and Peggy are certain to see us again!

- tripadvisor review

Additional Articles about ECY Bareboat Charters

Sailing Magazine


Emerald Coast Sailing was featured in Sailing Magazine

ECY was featured on the cover of Sailing Magazine's April 2008 issue.

Cruising World Magazine


Emerald Coast Sailing was featured in Cruising World Magazine

ECY was also featured in the October 2003 issue of Cruising World.

Sail Magazine


Emerald Coast Sailing was featured in Sail Magazine

ECY was featured on the cover of the August 2001 issue of Sail Magazine.

"Unlike the more congested stretches along Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Panhandle hasn’t been ruined by wall-to-wall highrises and traffic thick enough to make a veteran commuter wince. The atmosphere is still graceful and unhurried, and there’s a slightly unpolished edge to the people and the place, which in these days of pretension can be as refreshing as the afternoon sea breeze. That alone is reason enough to sail Florabama before it’s gone."

- David Liscio - Sailing Magazine Article

Emerald Coast Sailing Bareboat Charters

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We also offer Captained Day Sails! To learn more, click here.



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