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Rhett lloyd

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Hunter 35 Cruising Sailboat

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type boat

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Available for charter as a bare boat for experienced sailors or with a captain.

'ZIA' is a 1987 hunter legend 35' sloop rigged sailboat. She is fully equipped to cruise the great lakes in total safety and comfort. The 2 cabin layout provides a large double berth with overhead glass hatch, ample storage shelves, lockers and a privacy door. The aft cabin has a double berth with large wardrobe, 2 opening ports and a privacy door. A spacious main salon amidships has a 2 swing up table leafs to seat up to 6 for dining and sleeps an additional crew member on the port side. A large glass opening hatch and 4 skylights let in the beautiful summer light and the 6 opening ports provide ventilation. A navigation station with seat contains all the charts and port information for the Lake Michigan and Lake Huron areas. The VHF radio, stereo, cd player, weather station, depth sounder, and electrical panel are located here also. The large galley to port has hot and cold pressure water, deep sink, refrigerator, gas range, ample counter space and is fully equipped with all the necessary pots, pans and dishes to feed a crew of 6.

The large head to starboard contains a vanity sink, mirror, storage, marine toilet and shower. A 24 hp yanmar diesel engine provides quiet and dependable power for the times with the wind does not blow your way. The roomy cockpit seats up to 7 on custom cushions. A canvas dodger and bimini top provide protection from the sun and spray. The large wheel mounted on the steering pedestal gives the captain total control along with the convenient location of the auto pilot, depth sounder, clock, engine controls, compass, and wind indicator. A swing up teak table and drink holder provide for snacks and meals in the cockpit. The roomy forward deck is perfect for lounging , sunbathing and working the sails. All sail controls lead back to the cockpit for easy and safe sail handling. If you have sailing experience on large boats and wish to charter Zia as a bareboat, we have a short experience form for you to fill out. Please call or e-mail to request one.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rhett lloyd (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Rhett lloyd

I grew up on Lake Charlevoix. My father taught me to sail as soon as I could swim. I worked on Mackinac Island in the summer while going to college and lived on a sailboat in the harbor. I have sailed all through the Greats Lakes in addition to the Erie Canal, East Coast, Caribbean, and South Pacific. I hold a Coast Guard 50 ton Masters(Captains) license. My son is presently serving with the coast guard in the Persian Gulf aboard a 110' cutter.

Rhett lloyd purchased this boat in 2011

Why Rhett lloyd chose Northern Michigan

The best way to enjoy the Great Lakes and northern Michigan is by boat. Especially a sailboat ,with the only noise being the wind and the waves.

What makes this boat unique

While everyone is sitting in traffic you are sailing over cool clear water with no one honking at you. On the water not only do we not yell or honk at other boats, we wave and smile. Truly a different world.


based on 7 traveler reviews

Hunter 35 Cruising Sailboat
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Nice Experience. Solid boat and very pleasant experience.

  • 4 of 5

My family did a short overnight this weekend onboard Zia and had a great time. Rhett was great to work with and the boat was clean and ready to go when promised. No problems at all, completely hassle free. We felt very comfortable with the process and would gladly charter again.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Boat, Beautiful Cruising Area

  • 5 of 5

Zia was well appointed and perfectly set up for troublefree cruising. Captain Rhett was there to greet us and gave a thorough run through of the boat before we set off. This is a wonderful cruising area with plenty of lovely harbors within easy sailing distance.

My young family (Aged 7 and 4), loved their first experience of sailing. Playing in the dinghy, swimming in the lake and feeding the ducks were all highlights, along with some great wind for sailing. Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased you enjoyed the boat and our waters. Chartering to wonderful families like yours makes my day.
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Summer Sail

  • 5 of 5

Boat was in good condition, not top of the line, but clean and in good condition for the age of the boat. The area is excellent for sailing with several scenic towns and marinas within a days sail. Had a great week and will charter this again if the opportunity presents its self.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glen and Patti. The boat came back cleaner than when it went out. Thank you for making my day.
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Lee's Summit, Missouri

Captain Jimmy

  • 5 of 5

Two thumbs up! The Zia was very clean upon arrival. Captain Rhett was a real gentleman. Not having a great deal of experience bareboat chartering on my own, it was great to have the relatively sheltered waters of Lake Charlevoix to get used to the Zia before heading out on Lake Michigan. We did have the mainsail rip at the end of the first day's sail, but Captain Rhett made repairs that we literally didn't lose an hour of sailing time....and Captain Rhett stated that the mainsail that ripped was being replaced at the end of the season. It was overall just a very, very positive experience, and I look forward to returning and sailing more in the beautiful area.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim & Pam. It was a pleasure to have you aboard. Hope to see you again in Charlevoix the Beautiful.
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Birmingham, Mi.

Smooth sailing

  • 5 of 5

We spent a day aboard ZIA with Captain Rhett and had a blast! Not only is the boat a pleasure to sail on and well kept, but the sailing experience on Lake Charlevoix is a treat. The added benefit is that there is direct access to Lake Michigan, and we had a brief excursion to the great lake and a swim before it was all too soon to head back. We are already booked again for this year.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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blown away!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were blown away with the surprise sail we had last Summer! This boat was new to his fleet. We were pleasantly surprised with the entire trip.The water in Michigan was absolutely as clear as the Caribbean.The boat was extremely smooth with every wind on her sails.The boat was well maintained and everything we were told and then some.Captain Lloyd took his time,was polite and courteous and very thorough in getting us familiar with the boat. There are many destinations easy to explore and not one was a dissappointment.

We will be back next year!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Traverse City-Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Villager
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Beaver Island
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Charlevoix Municipal
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
M 131
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Weathervane
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Boyne Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Lake Michigan Public Beach

I charter the boat out of Lake Charlevoix. I can reserve overnight dockage for you in any harbor in the area at your request.


Rates & Availability

East Jordan Boat Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Season
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 15 2016
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

10' inflatable dingy/day $15
Refundable damage deposit $500
3 HP Outboard/day $10

I charter out the boat by the day or the week. If you would like to sleep on the boat the night before or after your charter I can arrange that if the schedule permits. The cost is $65 each night and includes the slip fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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East Jordan Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Head has marine toilet, shower and vanity sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Forward and aft cabins. Double berths in each
  • Stereo ...
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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