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Sunset and Day Sails from Jacksonville on the St Johns River

Many folks don’t realize what a fabulous sailing venue exists in Jacksonville. Find out why, north or south, daytime or sunset, sailing charter or private sailboat, everyone who sails on the St Johns says what a beautiful and relaxing sailing treasure the river is.

Sunset and Day Sails from Amelia Island

Fernandina on Amelia Island is an ideal location for taking a sunset or day sailing boat tour. You can be on Cumberland Island at the Ice House dock in under 2 hours. It is a short sail out the St Marys inlet so you have easy access to ocean sailing.

Amelia Island – Fernandina Shrimp Festival April 26 – May 3

Now & Zen will be docked in downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island from April 26 to May 3 for 2016 Shrimp Festival. The town will be filled with 100s of fine art and craft tents, plus a lot of great music, food, pirate fun, and activities for the family including parades and fireworks! A […]

Charter in Florida Keys March and April 2016

Now & Zen is available for charter in the Florida Keys all of March through the end of April 2016. You can charter Now & Zen anywhere along her route as she travels from Miami to Key West and returns, perfect for a sailing vacation. If you have chartered Now & in Jacksonville or Amelia Island, you know what a great […]

Memorial Day 2015

Do you have Memorial Day 2015 Plans??  What fun it would be to go sailing.  Now and Zen Sailing Charters is booked for the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day but Memorial Day 2015 itself is open!!!   Spend the day on the water sailing down the St John’s River from Ortega Landing Marina, picnicking […]

Amelia Island – Fernandina Shrimp Festival May 1 – 5

Now & Zen will be docked in downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island for 2015 Shrimp Festival. The town will be filled with 100s of fine art and craft tents, plus a lot of great music, food, pirate fun, and activities for the family including parades and fireworks! A perfect opportunity for a full day of […]

Plan a Yacht Charter or Private Dinner Cruise for your Holiday Outing

Looking for something special to do for the Holidays? Having friends or family coming in from out-of-town? Your company team is looking for a way to spend quality time together? Looking for a holiday boy’s or girl’s night out that will be epic? Need to get-away from the mundane and the ordinary? Why not enjoy […]

Tailgate on Your Private Yacht Charter

Private Yacht Charters Available for FL-GA and Jags Games Tailgate on your Day Cruise That’s Right! Park you car at the stadium early and get a ride over the Ortega Landing Marina, about 10 mins away. Leave Ortega sometime between 9 and 10, then enjoy a wonderful cruise on the St Johns while you “tailgate” under sail. […]

Fall Events for your Yacht Charter Day or Sunset Cruise

The Air Show and other Fall Events dates still available While every yacht charter on Now & Zen is an experience you will remember for life time, there some special events going on this fall that will make your day or sunset cruise extra special. Jacksonville Air Show and Light Parade Charter Now & Zen […]

Sunset and Day Sails from Amelia Island

Fernandina on Amelia Island is an ideal location for taking a sunset or day sailing boat tour. You can be on Cumberland Island at the Ice House dock in under 2 hours. It is a short sail out the St Marys inlet so you have easy access to ocean sailing.

Amelia Island – Fernandina Shrimp Festival May 2 – 4

Now & Zen will be docked in downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island for 2014 Shrimp Festival. The town will be filled with 100s of fine art and craft tents, plus a lot of great music, food, pirate fun, and activities for the family including parades and fireworks! A perfect opportunity for a full day of […]

Sunset and Day Sails from Jacksonville on the St Johns River

Many folks don’t realize what a fabulous sailing venue exists in Jacksonville. Find out why, north or south, daytime or sunset, sailing charter or private sailboat, everyone who sails on the St Johns says what a beautiful and relaxing sailing treasure the river is.

Sailing, Swimming, Snorkeling, SUBA, and Fishing on Now & Zen

Most folks love just relaxing onboard Now & Zen, spreading out on our spacious bow trampolines or enjoying a drink in the cockpit or salon. For those looking for more activity, there are a number of opportunities. Because you are chartering Now & Zen as a bareboat (often with a hired capt and crew), you […]

Sailing Vacations from Jacksonville and Amelia Island

Why go further than northeast Florida, when there are great sailing vacation opportunities right here. Get the inside scoop on the fascinating seaside towns, sandbars, and beaches, historical sights, remote anchorages, ocean and Intracoastal sailing that are waiting for you right here in Northeast Florida.

Sunset and Day Sails from Jacksonville on the St Johns River

Many folks don’t realize what a fabulous sailing venue exists in Jacksonville. Find out why, north or south, daytime or sunset, sailing charter or private sailboat, everyone who sails on the St Johns says what a beautiful and relaxing sailing treasure the river is.

Sunset and Day Sails from Fernandina on Amelia Island

Fernandina on Amelia Island is an ideal location for taking a sunset or day sailing boat tour. You can be on Cumberland Island at the Ice House dock in under 2 hours. It is a short sail out the St Marys inlet so you have easy access to ocean sailing.

Charter in Miami – Sail the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay and the Upper Florida Keys

Now & Zen is available for charter from the Miami / Coconut Grove area from January 11th through the end of March 2013. From Coconut Grove you can be in Key Biscayne, or sailing through Stiltsville in an hour or two. Or, you can be snorkeling in the coral reefs and shipwrecks at Fowey Rocks […]

Tailgate on Now & Zen – Florida/Georgia and Jags dates available

Don’t drive. Tailgate on Now & Zen for the Florida/Georgia classic or any of the Jaguar’s home games. Spend the night onboard before the game at a downtown marina (book early and we could get dock space at Metro Park). And/or enjoy tailgating on the water and have the boat drop you off at Metro […]

Sailing Jacksonville’s St Johns River, a Hidden Treasure

Many folks don’t realize what a fabulous sailing venue exists in Jacksonville. Find out why, north or south, daytime or sunset, sailing charter or private sailboat, everyone who sails on the St Johns says what a beautiful and relaxing sailing treasure the river is.

Sailing Amelia and Cumberland Islands: A New Sailboat Charter Destination

Many folks don’t realize they can have a great sailboat charter from Jacksonville and Amelia Island. Get the inside scoop on the fascinating seaside towns, sandbars, and beaches, historical sights, remote anchorages, ocean and Intracoastal sailing that are waiting for you right here in Northeast Florida.

Beautiful Weather for Jacksonville Spring Sailing

Spring time is the perfect time to be out on the water in the Jacksonville area. For most of the spring Now & Zen will be available in Ortega for sailing on the St Johns River. But don’t delay, we have 10 days already booked between now at the 4th of July. (Sorry July 4 is already […]

Moonlight Sailing – 2012 Spring and Summer

Looking for the MOST romantic time to be out on the water on Now & Zen? Immerse yourself in the beauty of the sunset while watching the moon rising in the east. Enjoy wonderful moonlight sailing over the following days, culminating with a full moon: April 28 through May 5 – Full Moon May 4-5 […]

Sail to the South Beach Wine & Food, Comedy Festival, or the Miami International Film Festival

Thinking of attending one (or more) of the Miami South Beach festivals this February or March? South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2/23-2/26 South Beach Comedy Festival 2/29-3/3 Miami International Film Festival 3/2-3/11 Consider a 24-hour overnight charter from Coconut Grove. Leave around 10 or 11 AM and spend the afternoon sailing and/or snorkeling in […]

Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the Miami Boat Show 2/16-2/20

Now & Zen is moored 50 yards from the epicenter of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2/18-2/20; right off Peacock and Myers Parks, literally right in the middle of the festival. You can charter Now & Zen by the hour (4 hour minimum) for an escape to nature or by the day. Enjoy the festival […]

St Augustine – Nights of Lights

See St Augustine’s spectacular Nights of Lights while relaxing on Now & Zen’s comfy bow trampolines, sipping your favor drink while the boat sails through the water.

Sailboat Picnics for a Day Sail or Sunset Sailing Charter

Going sailing or chartering a sailboat for the afternoon? Wondering what to bring for a picnic lunch or a snack? Get menu tips and hints on what to bring and what to leave home and how to pack from the experts at Now & Zen Sailing Charters.

A Sailing Vacation – An Experience of a Lifetime!

“WOW! Thank you so much for a truly wonderful and relaxing week. The boat was amazing, the food outstanding, the destinations and things we stumbled upon on our way each day were fantastic. We so appreciated your knowledge, history and truly your company thru out the week. Thank you for sharing with us an experience of a lifetime!”

View from the Top (of the mast) and a Seafood Surprise

There is always something to fix on a boat and Now & Zen is no exception. Having made three trips up the mast this past week (one to fix the wind indicator, one to install a new lighting rod, and one to take down a defective wind vane), I thought I’d take a couple of photos. […]

Jacksonville Unity Full Moon Drumming Circle

The last time we had a drumming circle on  Now & Zen, we never took a photo of the actual circle. Guess we were all to busy drumming. Unity Church of Jacksonville will be doing a full moon drumming circle on Friday March 18th. See their website for details. The long range weather forecast looks fabulous […]

Summer in March?? !!

WOW do you believe the weather we’ve been having? Are you, or your friends and family heading for Jacksonville for spring break or a birthday or anniversary celebration? Looking for something special to do for your party (of 12 or less)? Book a charter for a Sunset or Afternoon sail. The will be moonlight sails from March 10th […]

Valentines Moonlight Sails for Lovers

We are offering a Special “Moonlight Sail for Lovers” from now until the full moon, Feb 18th. $500 for a 4 hour private sailboat charter including: captain and crew, a 3-course gourmet dinner for 2, a bottle of champagne, heated cabin, moonlight, and a memory of lifetime. Leave from Downtown Jacksonville around 3:30-4:00 and sail into the sunset […]

Unique Wedding Ideas

Looking for a unique wedding idea?  Take your wedding party of 12 or less sailing! You can have the ceremony while we are still at the dock and then jettison the minister or bring them along and have the ceremony while underway. We already have our first booking for June, so don’t delay.  Gourmet appetizers or full 3 course dinners […]

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