Located in Anacortes, the “Gateway to the San Juan Islands”, Anacortes Yacht Charters has established itself as the leading charter company with the largest selection of power and sail boats available for charter in the San Juans and Gulf Islands. You may decide to charter as far north as Desolation Sound or Alaska, with our friendly reservation staff waiting to make your yachting vacation fulfill all your expectations.
AYC’s charter management program is a great way to afford a new boat or defer many expenses for a boat you already own. AYC is seeking quaility yachts for our yacht management program to fill the demand for our charter customers. Last year was another great season and people are chartering boats and getting out on the water despite the economy.
For more than fifteen years, AYC has been providing instruction designed to get you and your charter party ready to relax and enjoy your vacation. AYC offers ASA certified sailing instruction as well as a wide range of yachting courses to meet your needs.
From your first phone call, the staff at Anacortes Yacht Charters is here to help you book the right package and vessel for your excursion. Above all else, we are here to serve you and your cruising needs.
From our careful charter yacht selections, to our thorough safety procedures and mechanical checks, we strive to make your tour to the San Juan Islands, Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, or Alaska as enjoyable as possible. With their stunning natural beauty, these Northwest Islands and Passages are not to be missed.
We know it is difficult to set aside time alone with one’s family and friends, so we are prepared before you even arrive to make the time you do have together a special one.
Safety and Instruction
Our dedicated staff and charter representatives maintain a thorough understanding of our fleet of vessels and the handling characteristics of each. We will never compromise your safety or the success of your cruise. To ensure the safety of your family and friends, we also have skippers available to accompany your voyage.
We are highly selective with our staff, and take care in reviewing the resumes of those who wish to charter our vessels. We have also instituted our “Power Cruising” training program, designed to develop new skills in our students, enabling them to charter a vessel similar to the one used in our hands-on training.
Recognition and Membership
AYC has become the first Moorings Preferred Partner. As the first partner to join this select group of exclusive charter companies, Anacortes Yacht Charters has access to arranging charters in all Moorings destinations. This significantly expands the number of destinations offered to our customers.
AYC has received the Cruising World Reader Poll’s excellent rating, a rating only received by 5 charter companies in the world. We feature the largest fleet on the West Coast with approximately 100 vessels. Because we are highly selective regarding the yachts we take into charter, and the vessels we do receive already come to us well-maintained, we in turn host a more caring clientele.
AYC is a member of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, Sail America, American Sailing Association, Northwest Marine Trade Association, and Pacific Northwest Charter Association.
Perhaps one of our most cherished forms of recognition is that well over 50% of our clients are repeat clients. They’ve experienced our hassle-free and thorough introductions to our vessels, and know our fleet is in excellent, working condition to ensure a safe and pleasant cruise.
2009 marked AYC’s 30th Anniversary as a company. Founded in 1979, the company was started by Jim Shea with a modest fleet. The Company grew over the following years and, in 1989 Jim sold the business to the current owners. Throughout its history, AYC has been family-owned and operated.