Simple Sailing Charters and Sales was founded in early 2011 to provide a single place where boaters could charter sailboats, learn to sail, or buy a boat. Its owner, Ed Ecker, wanted to build a new kind of boating company that prided itself on service and unique opportunities for customers.
Simple Sailing Charters and Sales: Services
Simple Sailing Charters and Sales has quickly gained popularity in the St. Petersburg boating scene. Simple Sailing offers a wide range of services, from sunset cruises through week-long charters. An American Sailing Association accredited sailing school takes sailors from beginner to expert. Simple Sailing Charters and Sales’ boating club allows members to sail boats from the fleet regularly. Corporate and private events are also a specialty. Simple Sailing provides event planning services for our clients.
Simple Sailing Charters and Sales: Affordable Hunter Marine Sailboats
Simple Sailing Charters and Sales both sells and sails boats from Hunter Marine, selling keelboats up to 27 feet. “Hunter Sailboats are fun and exciting boats that provide, dollar-for-dollar, the best value of any manufacturer in the world,” says Ed Ecker, President of Simple Sailing. He added, “Since our charter fleet is standardized on Hunters, our customers can ‘try before they buy’, right here at our slips at the Municipal Marina. Plus, the factory is close to St. Petersburg which offers our customers better service, direct access to the factory, and a more affordable sailboat.”
Simple Sailing Charters and Sales: Owner
Ed Ecker has been an entrepreneur his whole life, and has deep roots in the St. Petersburg area. His first business ventures were in office equipment sales and service, and he founded, grew, and sold two separate businesses in that field. (The first was Carousel Computer Solutions, an Atlanta-based firm with offices throughout the South, including West Palm Beach, FL. The second was Tereck Office Solutions, a North Carolina-based company with offices throughout the Southeast, including a sales and service office located in St. Petersburg for 14 years.) During this time he also was involved in a number of residential and commercial real estate development projects in GA, NC and FL.
Given his extensive experience sailing in Tampa Bay and on the Gulf Coast, St. Petersburg was his first choice for a new home after the sale of Tereck in 2010. Since moving to St. Petersburg, he has made substantial investments in the area, both in Simple Sailing Charters and Sales and other ventures. He continues to be active in community and philanthropic events. Mr. Ecker is a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Ed’s most recent focus is on real estate – he has invested in multiple residential and commercial properties throughout the St Petersburg area, including single-family, townhouse/condominium, and multi-family residential properties. He has joined the Remax team as a sales associate and looks forward to being involved in a number of exciting new projects.