The Experience

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The Joy of Sailing

Most Sailors were introduced to the “Joys of Sailing” by a friend or relative as few other opportunities are readily available. St Barts Yachts, Beneteau and it’s partners, Charleston City Marina, Charleston City Boat Yard, and Ocean Sailing Academy, plan on changing that.

Since Charleston Harbor is a great place to sail, year round, it seems a shame to live in the area and not take advantage of one of the best harbors on the East Coast. Seeing Charleston, from the water, is truly breathtaking and you can take the photographs to prove it. You will also be exposed to a wide variety of wildlife and the almost constant 8 to 12 knot Sea Breeze helping you enjoy the quite peaceful nature of sailing. Another advantage of Charleston, as your home port, is that destinations like Beaufort, Hilton Head Island and Savannah are only a day sail away.

However, if you have had the desire to experience Sailing , so you will know if it is the right “Recreational Lifestyle” for you , your family and friends – we want to help. St Barts Yachts typically has Beneteau sailboats, from 35ft to 60ft, size and inventory will very throughout the year, that we are willing to use to provide you, your family and friends an idea of the beauty and sense of freedom sailing locally can give you. If you are interested we can recommend several local Sailing Schools, provide you with the typical costs, associated with boating locally, and access to knowledge about sailboats of all sizes as well as their costs. In other words we “can show you the way”.

If you will take the time to answer a few simple questions, to help us determine your level of interest, we will be able to offer some of you a morning or afternoon, sailing in Charleston Harbor, with your family and friends as our guests. No experience necessary, no cost to you – bring your camera and capture some beautiful memories.

St. Barts Yachts

3 Lockwood Drive, Suite 301, Charleston, SC
(843) 577-7377

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Ron Stoddard, CPYB Ron has been selling both power and sailboats for over 40 years as an owner principal, manager and CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker). He was recently the recipient of the Beneteau “Top Gun” award for his dedication and hard work with the brand. Ron also has served on the Evinrude National Dealer Council, Crestliner National Dealer Council, Thompson President’s Council and seven years on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Boating Industry Association that, among other things, is responsible for the “Detroit Boat Show”. Ron is known for being a knowledgeable professional that is willing to go the extra mile for both sellers and buyers. Contact Ron at

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Bénéteau sailboats have a great reputation for cruising, a perfect combination of comfort and performance that keeps customers’ needs at the forefront of design.

More than 100 models are available from 20 to 60 feet from Bénéteau, Jeanneau and Prestige. The Lagoon cruising catamarans are based under CNB as are the commercially oriented Voyager TM and Bénéteau Pêche.

Many adaptations have been made for the American market. The new Oceanis 45 is a good example. It can be configured a number of ways, starting with choosing whether to have a two or three sleeping cabin layout.

Creature comforts are important, but the Bénéteau sailboats also have a great track record as racing yachts. In 2011, a First 40, NAOS 2, captained by Charles Devanneaux, completed the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, then, this year, he took first in his division in the Pacific Cup from San Francisco to Oahu, on a First 30. In this year’s Vic-Maui Race, a First 47.7, sailed by David Sutcliffe, took first in class and second overall while the First 456 Radiance, sailed by Mark Ward, took first place in the cruising class from Victoria, British Columbia, to Maui.

Then there is the rig choice. The ICW rig has a 5.74’ shoal draft keel and an ICW-friendly mast (62’) that leaves room for instrument installation. Another nod to the American market is an enclosed shower, separated from the rest of the head.

Charleston City Marina

Charleston South Carolina’s premier marina since 1994, Charleston City Marina is located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Historic Downtown Charleston.

Named the 2005 National Marina of the Year by Marina Dock Age Magazine, Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water. The marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free-standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast. Our premium location, state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive amenities are complemented by the classic Southern hospitality of a skilled professional staff working to ensure that Charleston City Marina maintains its stature as one of the East Coast's premier travel and boating destinations.

Dock Features & Amenities

An ideal downtown location, and peerless hospitality make the Charleston City Marina & MegaDock the premier home base for area boaters. Known locally as “The Boaters’ Marina,” this state-of-the-art facility offers 19,000 linear feet of dock space. A concrete floating MegaDock and comprehensive array of services and amenities include the Southeast’s longest free-standing, high-speed fuel dock, and a floating bathhouse and laundry facility. Year-round maintenance and repair are offered through our affiliate Charleston City Boatyard, both onsite and at their complex just north of Charleston Harbor on the Wando River. Only a 20 minute drive from Charleston International Airport, the marina is ideally located in the heart of Downtown Charleston. Complementary shuttle service makes the Historic District’s world-renowned dining, shopping and cultural destinations effortlessly accessible for you and your guests. Walk to the Historic District. Step up to Charleston’s Premier Marina.

Charleston City Boat Yard

Featuring a 75-ton Travelift, The Charleston City Boatyard is located just north of the Charleston Harbor on the Wando River. Formerly the Halsey Cannon Boatyard, this facility features complete yacht services.

At The City Boatyard, our proven professionals have extensive experience in topside painting as well as meeting all of your power and sailboat needs. Whether it’s fiberglass, welding, electrical, mechanical, and woodwork, The City Boatyard brings you one-of-a-kind service. From refits and repairs, to complete yacht restorations, The City Boatyard can handle it with dedicated craftsmanship.

The City Marina Company, operators of The City Boatyard, has a strong tradition as the marine industry leader in South Carolina.

"Timely and professional..." "Your estimate was right on the money..." "a great service team so close ..."

Dedicated specialists in all fields:

Complete Refit Service • Bottom Jobs

  • Running Gear
  • Restorations
  • Modifications
  • Refinishing
  • Cabinet/Joiner Work
  • Spray & Brush Painting
Full Service Mechanical Shop
  • Caterpillar
  • Crusader
  • Cummins
  • Detroit Diesel
  • Kohler
  • Mercruiser
  • Norpro
  • Westerbeke
  • Yanmar