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Subject: honey, where did all the furniture go?
(Posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 04:24PM)

Tags: Granville Island, boat charters, boating courses, office renovation, Vancouver Sailing Club
Well, the holiday gremlins are hard at work morphing our Granville Island office from the 'just moved in look' to a boating lifestyle showcase. The office renovation is full speed ahead because these guys don't know what the word holiday means!  

So, the office is a little 'less than furnished' and we are camped out at the JIB SET Vancouver Sailing Club clubhouse across the street. We have no phones, computers or internet for that matter back at the office.  If you need to call, try our JIB SET phone number first - 604.789.6576 

Where's all the furniture in this picture?


At the same time, the hood is up on the website booking/reservation engine (basically, it doesn't work at the moment).  As the website mechanics close the hood, we'll have a new engine driving our online sales with all the security and shopping features to make it a great experience for boat charters and boating courses. 
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Subject: Holiday thoughts and gatherings for boat crazy folks
(Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 03:50PM)

Tags: Boating holiday, sailing club, Forbes Cooper, boating gift certificates
Boat folks are great at socializing and this Friday is the main event.  Remember the events of 2011 and connect with others for some great events in 2012.  Kitsilano Yacht Club FRIDAY DECEMBER 16 - details and rsvp


Cooper & Catalina holiday gathering - TUESDAY DECEMBER 20 - Meet a any legends lately?  We've got some at Granville Island on Tuesday, including our founder Mr. Forbes Cooper and his little 64' toy (a great gift idea?)  and will have some festive cheer afloat in the marina.  details   join us 

Stuck shopping for a boat enthusiast?  People asking what to get you?
The gift that's great to share is a gift certificate from Cooper Boating.  Available for any program or denomination, Cooper Boating gift certificates can be obtained through our office - open daily through December 24 at noon.   If you are unable to come by, we can arrange your certificate by phone and send you a certificate by e-mail to print for your favourite boater.   When people ask what you want, don't forget that time on the water is truly priceless! 

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Subject: Do you need an ICC?
(Posted on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:45PM)

Tags: boating courses, ICC, International Certificate of Competency, International Yacht Training

If you are operating a boat in Europe you will now need an International Certificate of Competency (ICC) and Cooper Boating through its partnership with International Yacht Training can now help you obtain these documents.

 

The approval to issue the International Certificate of Competence was awarded to the IYT Worldwide by the Irish Department of Transport of the Government of Ireland on January 21st 2011.

 With European governments currently juggling budgets, the police and enforcement bodies are scrambling with reduced budgets and consequently are only too happy to fine you for not having the required paperwork.  Accordingly, charter companies in the affected regions will generally not even accept your charter reservation if you do not hold an ICC. 

Unlike the Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card, the International Certificate of Competency requires demonstration of required skills in a practical setting - it's not just a quiz, but time on the water with an approved instructor who is willing to sign off that you meet the requirements.  Courses can be a lot of fun and great review before being examined for an ICC.  If you are 'up to speed', we can arrange to have you tested as soon as you are ready - Cooper is open year round in the mild west coast climate. Plan early to get your ICC as it combines practical evaluation and theory.

The Mediterranean is a beautiful place to charter and a group from Cooper Boating sailed there in September 2011 with Marla able to organize all their requirements ahead of time and that lead to smooth sailing indeed. 

Past graduates of IYT Worldwide may automatically obtain an ICC based on their current IYT Worldwide qualifications.  The ICC complies with the Economic Commission for Europe, Resolution No.40 on International Certificates for Operators of Pleasure Craft.

This certification allows the operator to command a pleasure craft up to 24 meters in length (78 ) or 80 gross tons. This certification was previously only available (through IYT Worldwide) to Irish and U.K citizens but is now available to everyone.

For further information on how to obtain your ICC please contact Cooper Boating today.

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Subject: Sail like a Canadian in Grenada
(Posted on Dec 11, 2011 at 02:40PM)

Tags: Learn to Sail, sailing courses; Grenada sailing, Canadian Yachting Association Courses
It has been said that the best thing about Canada  is leaving it in the winter. Even though we rarely admit to that 'W' word in the boating biz (we roll from fall to spring), there are a few times when getting outta here is a great idea.  If you've started your sailing and need to continue with a warm water fix, we're running courses on a Jeanneau SunFast 52 out of Grenada with Scott Watson, a great instructor who migrates south this time of year to sail in the second best place on earth.
Two distinct programs - CYA Intermediate and Caribbean Regattas


Contact us today for more details or to book.  Need to know how to sail like a Canadian in Grenada? - wear a toque, talk lots about the weather and handle the boat in style. 

Can't make it?  Scott is back here sailing with Cooper students this summer in the best place on earth (BC of course!)
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Subject: Lucky 13 for Powell River location
(Posted on Dec 8, 2011 at 10:22PM)

Tags: Powell River, bareboat charters bc, Charter Ownership, charters Desolation Sound, Powell River waterfront

Today we lined up lucky number boat #13 for our growing Powell River location - and this one is an absolute home run experience.  This Westcoast Custom Yachts 64 footer has been personally tested by the builder to demonstrate the workmanship of his crew over the past few summers.  

Enjoy charters in the untouched beauty of Desolation Sound this summer from this ultra quiet, ultra efficient locally built masterpiece.  From the centre console tender kept up top on the world's best yacht crane to the satellite television system through the granite counters and underwater exhaust, whether you're a passionate boater or guest of one, this boat is sure to delight.  COME SEE HER TODAY AT OUR GRANVILLE ISLAND LOCATION OPEN DAILY THROUGH DECEMBER 24 before she starts her reign as the finest boat in Powell River next spring


Island Roamer remains for sale, but with all the strong interest so far indicating she is headed for our charter program, Forbes Cooper, the founder of Cooper Boating, gave the order today to start lining up a spectacular season for this fine vessel. If you are interested in charter ownership with this vessel, our the doctor is in and waiting to see you.  There are opportunities for a recently launched Pilothouse 62 and an Express 64 launching this spring as well. 

The redevelopment of Powell River's waterfront turns this logical jump off point to the worlds best cruising grounds into a showpiece and this city has been fantastic rolling out a welcome mat for fleet. 


If you're looking for something a bit smaller out of Powell River, please note that Calypso (addition 12) and Mariner's Compass (11) have also given the orders to move to Powell River in the spring of 2012.   Returning this spring are the great sailing pair of new Bavaria yachts that were fleet favourites in 2011 - Arcturus (32') and ACappella (45').

Desolation Sound - look out, we've got a fleet approaching the size of the Canadian Navy coming to invade your waters! (oops - that might be a little strong - sorry about that!)

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Subject: FLEET UPDATE choices, opportunity and alternative medicine
(Posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:26PM)

Tags: bavaria sales bc canada, boat ownership, Dufour, Powell River, sailboat charter

Enjoy CHOICES, OPPORTUNITY and cutting edge alternatives to conventional medical treatments for 2012 


CHARTER FLEET BUILDING: meet two of our special agents


 SIMON COX 


Yacht Sales West  Vancouver Island


About this time last year, Simon Cox from Yacht Sales West introduced some great people to our charter ownership program - and the concept he introduced blossomed into ARCTURUS, which has gone on to become one of the stars of our growing Powell River fleet.  As that fleet location grows, partly due to a few boats migrating north, for the first time in years we have openings in all three locations including the beautiful Port Sidney location.  Simon has new and late model Catalinas, Bavarias, and Dufours to show you at Port Sidney


 DAVE BONAR


Bosun's Yacht Sales “ Granville Island


Over 10 years ago, Dave Bonar was completing his MBA with the Ivey School of Business and he came to Cooper Boating to work on a practical evaluation of an ongoing business - that being our wildly entertaining boating business.  His team made some suggestions and we followed a few of those and blindly ignored a few others, but the magnetism of our industry has brought him back to work alongside Cooper strategically helping clients moving from chartering to owning their own boats - either to place in the Cooper program or enjoy privately.   Dave brings a passion for boating and a professional approach thanks to diverse business experiences and a lifetime enjoying time growing up (or not) on the water.  His time away from our group saw him take on challenges in the medical industry - but the treatment today is to help folks heal through the miracles of the ocean!  Recently, Dave has been scouring the corners of the planet looking for your dream boat - now he just needs to connect with you and write some prescriptions. (Honestly honey, Dr. Dave insists I need this boat)



Now that you've seen a couple of our special agents, enjoy the efforts of our supercharged fleet management team, check out some of their exciting recent developments :

CRISTA GALLI   2011 Dufour 405 Grande' Large  


In medical school, Rod saw a tiny bone like bit sitting up front of the brain and, in order to commit it to memory, he said to himself "that would be a great name for a boat".  30 years later, the 'sail of the brain' is in fact the name of Rod's new dream boat.  Come find out why this model has such rave reviews from the boating press.


Rod's trade in, a Martin 244, will shortly be available to the JIB SET sailors.   As the most over-equipped Martin 244 launched to date, GALILEO is sure to be an exciting toy for the membership.  Been thinking about the JIB SET membership? Mention this posting when you sign up in November and take 50% off your initiation fee and don't pay dues until January 15, 2012.  Take advantage of valuable free and super-low-cost clinics for members only and the exciting Polar Bear Cruise on New Year's Day (among others!)



CHOICES  Westcoast  Custom Yachts 46'  

A few years ago, Hugh contemplated jumping into the charter fleet ownership with the boat now called PRINCESS PATRICIA and timing just didn't work out.  When he connected with our crew this fall, Dave Bonar helped Hugh jump into another Westcoast 46 and CHOICES is currently undergoing further customization by the Westcoast Custom Yachts crew.  Ironically, Doug and Patricia - who did buy the boat currently known as PRINCESS PATRICIA have enjoyed moving from sail to power and are now working to update and partner on a larger vessel for the fleet.  If you are interested in taking over PRINCESS PATRICIA or partnering on the larger Westcoast 62 or 64, contact us today!

 Launching the newWestcoast Custom Yachts 62' - need your dream name!


OPPORTUNITY  2012 Bavaria 36 Cruiser  


The crew at Yacht Sales West got excited about the success of the our recent additions and have ordered a brand new 3 stateroom Bavaria 36.  Tentatively called OPPORTUNITY and headed for our Sidney location, this boat will happily take a name of your choice if 2012 is the year for you to take the plunge as a fleet owner.  The crew at Yacht Sales West has always been good about getting well equipped boats for the program and now they have raised the bar by allowing us to find some of the charter BOOKINGS for this boat ahead of time!  You won't find that on just any options sheet!


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Subject: 2012 Courses Sneak Peek
(Posted on Oct 25, 2011 at 04:11PM)

Tags: Sailing School, sailing in bc, Learn to Sail, sailing lessons Vancouver, sailing instruction
We are finalizing our 2012 course schedule at the moment and have some exciting new programs to unveil.  
Some of our programs have a habit of booking quickly, so we are introducing a few of them here so people can get thinking about them and start planning - contact the office today to enrol:
Advanced Sailing - Inside Passage - Vancouver to Prince Rupert starts June 1
Rally Around Vancouver Island - June 17 Multiple Boats - Do CYA Intermediate, Advanced or Offshore
CYA Intermediate (Caribbean) - Grenadines - Starts January 2012 (details coming soon)
7 Day Advanced Sailing - July 21 Vancouver to Ucluelet or August 11 Ucluelet to Vancouver
7 Day Offshore Sailing - August 4 (Start/Finish Ucluelet)
VHF - January 7  or February 18Coastal Navigation - January 16 or February 13
The remaining courses in 2011 still have openings:
Diesel Course (1 Day) November 20Advanced Diesel Starts November 22
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Subject: boat expo seminar schedule
(Posted on Sep 19, 2011 at 01:57PM)

Tags: boating expo, boat expo, bareboat charters bc, yacht sales, boating seminars

Here's the schedule of seminars for later this week so far.  We have a few people still to firm up - so expect a few late additions - but this open house has been transformed from static to supercharged with the BOATING EXPO flavour.   We've also got the flavour of the weenie roast!!

(September 19, 2011  v.2)


To gain access to any seminar, bring a non perishable food donation or cash donation to the Vancouver Food Bank to one of the BOAT EXPO participants.   You will receive a pass that allows you to attend as many seminars as you would like.  Thanks for helping this great cause - we hope you enjoy the presentations.


STAY TUNED - A FEW LAST MINUTE ADDITIONS EXPECTED!


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thursday, SEPTEMBER 22

1000 -“ 1130 Basics of Boat Buying

COLIN JACKSON - COOPER BOATING

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thursday, SEPTEMBER 22
1400 - 1500 Up Close and Personal With Your Marine Head

 


DAVE BONAR - BOSUN'S SALES AND SERVICE AND DANIEL HAWKES - YACHT SALES WEST

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thursday, SEPTEMBER 22

1600 -1700 Winterizing checklist for your boat 

 DANIEL HAWKES - YACHT SALES WEST

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friday, SEPTEMBER 23

1000 -€“ 1100  Recipe for a successful charter trip

DAVE BONAR - BOSUN'S SALES AND SERVICE

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friday, SEPTEMBER 23

1400-1500 Buying your boat from out of country - the good, the bad & the ugly

LEN BARONIT - YACHT SALES WEST

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friday, SEPTEMBER 23

1600 - 1700  The best value in English Bay - the JIB SET sailing club

PETER DERVILLER, JIB SET COMMODORE 

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saturday, SEPTEMBER 24

1000 -€“ 1130  Basics of Boat Buying

COLIN JACKSON - COOPER BOATING

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saturday, SEPTEMBER 24

1130 -1230  The best value in English Bay - the JIB SET sailing club

PETER DERVILLER, JIB SET COMMODORE 

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saturday, SEPTEMBER 24

1230 - 1330  Up Close and Personal With Your Marine Head 

DAVE BONAR - BOSUN'S SALES AND SERVICE 

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saturday, SEPTEMBER 24

1400 - 1500  You Work Hard, Your Boat Should Too:  Charter Ownership

COLIN JACKSON - COOPER BOATING

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saturday, SEPTEMBER 24

1600 -€“ 1730  Marine Electrical 101 

 

JEFF COTE - PACIFIC YACHT SYSTEMS 

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 sunday, SEPTEMBER 25

1000 -€“ 1100  Basics of Boat Buying

COLIN JACKSON - COOPER BOATING

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 sunday, SEPTEMBER 25

1100 -€“ 1200 Catamarans 101 (Design, Build, Charter, Purchase, Explore)

IAN STOPFORTH, VOYAGE YACHTS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

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 sunday, SEPTEMBER 25

1300 - 1400   You Work Hard, Your Boat Should Too:  Charter Ownership

COLIN JACKSON - COOPER BOATING


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 sunday, SEPTEMBER 25

1400-1500   Introduction to state of the art - HYSUCAT 

IAN STOPFORTH, VOYAGE YACHTS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

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 sunday, SEPTEMBER 25

1500 -€“ 1600   Up Close and Personal With Your Marine Head

DAVE BONAR - BOSUN'S SALES AND SERVICE 

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 sunday, SEPTEMBER 25

1600 - 1700   Voyage of a Lifetime -  Set plans for Alaska, Around Vancouver Island and beyond!

COLIN JACKSON - COOPER BOATING



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Subject: granville island boating expo
(Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 08:31AM)

Tags: boating expo, open house, bareboat charters, boat sales

Thursday, September 22 - 25

10:00 - 5:00 daily

 

Come enjoy our 4 day event intended to supercharge your boating lifestyle. 

From your first steps of learning to handle a boat through purchasing your dream boat, Granville Island is Vancouver's centre for all things marine. 

Step aboard new Catalina, Bavaria and Dufour sailing yachts. We'll have a good selection of pre-owned power and sailing yachts for sale and sail as well as select charter and club boats from Cooper Boating and the JIB SET sailing club

New to boating? Come on down and lets chat about getting you out on the water. Cooper Boating offers a full selection of courses from the basics like getting your boat operator's card to cruise and learns and offshore sailing courses for the more adventuresome.

Stepping up your game? Let's start planning your journey of a lifetime - Alaska next spring - circumnavigate Vancouver Island next June - attend one of our 'journey of a lifetime' seminars to start planning your big adventure.



For those with a serious sailing addiction and no boat, the JIB SET sailing club is the best value for sailing in town and a great way to meet some really fantastic people who share your addiction.

 

Enjoy a series of seminars conducted, with admission being your non-perishable food or cash donation to the Vancouver Food Bank.  The seminar topics include:

 

Stepping Stones to the Boating Lifestyle

 

Boat Buying Basics

 

Up close and personal with your marine head

 

When you’re working hard your boat should too (introduction to charter ownership)

 

MARINE ELECTRICAL 101

 

and more!!!

                       

 

The seminars will be held at the participants’ spaces on Mast Tower Road – a detailed schedule will be available shortly, but suffice to say we’ll have interesting topics daily. 

 

We look forward to seeing you - hot dogs courtesy of Yacht Sales West, refreshments courtesy of Cooper Boating and Bosuns Yacht Sales and cupcakes courtesy of JIB SET sailing club.


 

For more information on the event, please contact 

 

Yacht Sales West

info@yachtsaleswest.com 

 

Cooper Boating

crew@cooperboating.com

 

Bosun’s Yacht Sales & Service 

db@bosuns.ca

 

JIB SET sailing club

jibset@jibset.org

 

 

 

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Subject: Free house with your boat slip!
(Posted on Aug 20, 2011 at 01:26PM)

Tags: boat moorage bc, slips
Well, this one says it all.  Buy a boat slip for $499K and they will throw in a house.  We all know that priority is given to the boating part of life.  The Okanagan is not much better for slips than the lower mainland and for people on Lake Okanagan wanting to skip the waiting lists for boat slips, they can get one here and as a special treat, the developer will give them a free house nearby their prized new slip.  Way to go!  


We are planning the 2012 charter fleet and can accommodate a few new vessels in the program at our three locations - Sidney, Powell River and Vancouver.  We cannot, unfortunately, offer a house with your new slip!  
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Subject: RIPS 2011
(Posted on Aug 11, 2011 at 11:53AM)

Tags: RIPS Race Week, sailing in bc, racing

We're at RIPS race week - one fun filled week of sailboat racing.  Follow along at www.rips.ca

 

 

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Subject: Welcome False Creek Fuel Dock
(Posted on Jul 11, 2011 at 11:08AM)

Tags: False Creek Fuel Dock, Charters, Granville Island, Boating Vancouver
Welcome back False Creek Fuel Dock.  The arrival of False Creek Fuels marks the end of a difficult period for charters and boating in and around Vancouver.  We've been toting around fuel and working hard around the problem of no fuel dock in False Creek.  Now, we have a shiny revamped facility for fueling right back where the previous operator closed up a few years back - at the south side of the Burrard Street Bridge.  Charter clients from Granville Island will find this very convenient - charter operators can get a few extra moments of shut eye with the resulting convenience of this facility.  A warm welcome to FALSE CREEK FUELS!

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Cooper Boating Event

ACappella launch party today.  This boat is a monster with 4 double cabins and a massive cockpit.  She is currently at Granville Island and will be en route for charters in Powell River July 3rd 2011. The Bavaria 45 Cruiser is the largest new generation Bavaria available for Bareboat Charters in all over B.C. Lower mainland Canada. The champagne hit the bow today and everyone enjoyed the great food and fun of the ACappella launch event. Fair winds and calm seas ACappella. A Congrats goes out to Sheldon, Grace and Family.

 





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Subject: Things you can only see on a boat charter in Vancouver!
(Posted on Jul 1, 2011 at 05:05PM)

Tags: boat charters, bareboat charters vancouver, boat charter BC
Today in front of Canada Place the rescue helicopters were giving a show and while thousands of people crowded the shore of the new convention centre and shoreline, the view from the water was spectacular.  Boat charters allow a vantage point that others just don't get!    


We can help you book charters in Vancouver and enjoy this fascinating harbour and points well beyond.  British Columbia is the best place on earth and you can start exploring BC by boat by contacting Cooper
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Subject: Canada Day Celebrations at Granville Island
(Posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:34PM)

Tags: sailing courses, charters, Granville Island, specials, courses

Come down to Granville Island to Celebrate Canada Day.  Lots of fun for the entire family including the Canada Day Parade, free entertainment by the TD International Jazz festival, food, free bike valet, free tattoos, face painting and much much more! For more information and a detailed schedule check this out 


 


Be sure to stop by the Cooper Boating office for Canada Day specials on sailing courses and charters. We still have some boats available for the Canada Day long weekend; let us help you get on the water soon!

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Subject: NEW 2011 Bavaria 45 Vancouver BC Canada Granville island
(Posted on Jun 19, 2011 at 04:29PM)

Tags: Bavaria, Vancouver sailing charter, bareboat charter Vancouver, Cooper Boating Vancouver, sailboat charter

Willkommen  "ACappella"  !!




After much  anticipation, our *NEW* 2011 Bavaria 45 has  arrived at our Vancouver
 docks! She's just visiting, however, as she'll be spending most of this summer
in the natural beauty of Desolation Sound


"ACappella"  sleeps 8 in 4 cabins and features a powered retractable aft swim platform for
those warm Desolation Sound waters (22-26 degrees Celsius in the summer)!




This lovely lady is booked up for much of the summer already, but still has some time in August
and September for a lucky charterer!




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Subject: Catalina 445 Arrives Vancouver BC Canada
(Posted on May 25, 2011 at 08:53AM)

Tags: Catalina, boat charter BC, catalina 445 bc, catalina 445 vancouver bc canada, Cooper Boating Vancouver
On the truck at Granville Island this morning and fresh for the current season, NautOnCall is the latest award winning model from Catalina Yachts.  As the second boat to bear this name in the Cooper fleet, she promises to be very well equipped and lovingly cared for by Cooper and her owners.  She is available for bareboat charter from the Cooper Boating base in Vancouver.  Available time shown in real time online.  Book today!
  
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Subject: Last Open House of the Season!
(Posted on May 8, 2011 at 02:04PM)

Tags: Cooper open house, May events, Cooper Boating, vancouver charters boats bc, charter boats bc canada
Join us for our season-opening festivities this MAY 14th 11-5 PM at Cooper Boating, Granville Island (1815 Mast Tower Rd., Vancouver)!
Boats will be open for viewing *PLUS* boat rides and informative clinics will be offered throughout the day!
**Last chance** to take advantage of yacht charter and boating school specials *AND* last but not least... the BARBECUE will be up and running!
Come see what Cooper Boating is all about, meet our Jibset Sailing Club members in the new Jibset Crow's Nest and check out the offerings at Blast Sailing!
We can't think of a better way to start the season off!
See you this Saturday!
- your friendly Cooper Crew! (crew@cooperboating.com 1-888-999-6419)


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Subject: May Loooong Weekend Flotilla Opportunity! May 20-24, 2011
(Posted on Apr 11, 2011 at 01:44PM)

Tags: May Long Weekend, flotilla, Cooper Boating Sidney, Cooper Boating Vancouver, bareboat charters
Long weekends are great, but lo-o-o-ng weekends are better!! Planning for the May Long Weekend Flotilla is underway!
Typically, we sailors make it a five day weekend ...why not? The fun is in the journey-- and we here are all happiest if that journey is on a sailboat! Especially with a group of boats and friendly sailors. A couple of seasons ago we had a flotilla of 12 boats go into the San Juan Islands and we'd like to do a return trip for this year's May Loooong Weekend, May 20-24 2011.
The boats will be leaving downtown Vancouver on Friday May 20th. First port of call will be Point Roberts Marina. Here we can get our cruising boat permits to enter U.S. waters. Make sure you bring your passports and all the proper boat paperwork. There are local bar/cafes here for an evening social gathering. 
The next morning we head off for Roche Harbour! This is a BIG favourite of Canadian sailors due to the charm of the buildings and services, walks of historical interest, food and drink spots, a spa and some fun shopping.
On Sunday the 22nd of May we have a short haul down to Friday Harbour: there are bike rentals, art galleries, afternoon movies at the theatre, shopping, and maybe some good old relaxing on your boat with your favourite book or a friendly game of cards.
Monday is the 23rd of May and our journey takes us into Bedwell Harbour to become Canadian again, and then it’s up to Montague Harbour for an overnight on a mooring buoy or at anchor. Montague Harbour is at Galiano Island and is a lovely marine park for hiking and photo taking. If we're lucky the famous BAKERY BARGE will be there! They make incredible cinnamon buns and pies! We'll have to order ahead.
On Tuesday the 24th, slack water at Porlier Pass is at 1039… plenty of time to have breakfast and get up Trincomali Channel, through the pass and then home to Vancouver by the end of the daylight.
The enjoyment of life exponentially increases with the vacations you look forward to ... one every six months should do it!
Contact Marla@cooperboating.com for information on which boats are available for this spring vacation.
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Subject: Jibset Open House April 10th and new clubhouse opening
(Posted on Apr 3, 2011 at 04:12PM)

Tags: JIB SET, sailing club, Jibset Open House

ITS OFFICIAL!  The JIBSET 's new Crows Nest has moved from the Granville Island boatyard to a spacious new home at the corner of Mast Tower Road and Foreshore Walk, across the street from the Cooper Boating Granville Island office.

Our Open House is Sunday, April 10th, starting at 11:00 am. 
Where: 1815 Mast Tower Road, Granville Island, Vancouver

RSVP: jibset@jibset.org

Come on down for a free ride on one of the Jibset cruisers, C&C 29 'Mystique' and Catalina 28 'Resolute'! Normally only available to Jibset members!


www.jibset.org
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Subject: Arcturus Bavaria 32 Arrival Vancouver bc canada
(Posted on Mar 30, 2011 at 01:29PM)

Tags: Bavaria, Powell River, bareboat charters, bavaria sales bc canada, bavaria 32 for sale vancouver bc canada
The new Bavaria 32 Arcturus has arrived from Germany and commissioning is underway.  This is the first of the new generation Bavarias designed by Bruce Farr to enter a local charter fleet.  
Arcturus will be based out of our Powell River location this summer.  In the meantime, she is here in Vancouver.  Very exciting!




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Subject: Caribbean charters from Vancouver BC Canada
(Posted on Mar 28, 2011 at 04:52PM)

Tags: British Virgin Islands, boat charters to caribbean, boat cruises to the caribbean, bareboat charters, Marla Hedman
The Siren Song of the British Virgin Islands in the sweet Caribbean is calling to us again! We Canadian sailors need a bit of sun, sand, surf and sailing before the Christmas season hits our west coast. It's Cooper Boating FLOTILLA time!! December 3 to 13th 2011.
This year we are going to arrive on the island of Tortola on Saturday the 3rd of December in the afternoon OR if you can get an early flight, the morning of Sunday Dec.4th, 2011.The flotilla schedule is for ten days so we'll be departing the boats on the 13th of December, 2011.
Our itinerary will take us to all the favorite stops and spots .... the Baths for snorkeling, Norman Bight, the Indians for diving, Virgin Gorda Sound, White Bay and Sandy Cay, and socializing in Cane Garden Bay!
Charter your own boat with friends and family OR join one of the boats with a mentoring skipper from the Canadian Yachting Association and work on mileage and certifications if so desired. 
For bareboat pricing or for per person pricing, contact marla@cooperboating.com. Phone: 604.683.6837 ext. 19 or cell at 604.789.2995.
TIPS to be supplied:
Flight routing - What gear to take - Where we'll be visiting - Provisioning info - Sailing certs available - Assistance with BOAT choosing

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Subject: Cooper Boating welcomes Lagoon PowerCat 43 NIKKO BELLA!
(Posted on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:29PM)

Tags: power catamaran, Powercat, power boat charters, bareboat charters, Lagoon

Cooper Boating welcomes Lagoon PowerCat 43 NIKKO BELLA!

It is no secret that the popularity of catamarans has been growing in recent years. Why? Their wider beam and double-hulled stance offers more space and stability compared to a monohull of the same length. But Nikko Bella, as a *power* cat, has an extra advantage over a single-hull powerboat: better fuel economy. This is a result of the reduced drag of two shallower hulls, which give you the speed you want while consuming less fuel in the process. With 3 staterooms, each with its own head, this boat is a perfect choice for couples!

More space, comfort, privacy and stability. Less fuel. What could be better?

Nikko Bella joins us at the end of May.


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Subject: Introduction to sailing program - 2 great evenings ahead!
(Posted on Mar 15, 2011 at 12:27PM)

Tags: sailing instruction, Cooper Boating Vancouver, sailing lessons Vancouver, sailing school

One fun filled evening at our Granville Island sailing school classroom for shore based training followed by up to 4 hours on the water for a total of 7 hours of instruction for the world's best pastime!   

 $139 per person


2011  CLASSROOM DATES (6.30pm to 9.30pm)

Tuesday, April 5   Friday, April 8             Tuesday, April 19             Monday, April 25

Monday, May 9              Monday, May 16         Tuesday, May 24           Monday, May 30

Tuesday, June 7             Friday, June 17           Tuesday, June 14           Monday, July 4

Thursday, July 7           Monday, July 18           Wednesday, July 20       Tuesday, August 2

Thursday, August 11      Tuesday, August 16     Monday, August 22      Friday, August 26

Wednesday, September 7 Tuesday, September 13  Thursday, September 15


At any of of these shore based sessions, we will organize folks into subsequent water based afloat sailing sessions, which will be offered evenings from 5pm to 9pm or dusk (whichever is earlier).  Classroom groups will be divided into on the water sessions offered in the 2 weeks following each shore based session.  

To reserve a space in a classroom session above, please go to our course page for this program.

We are unable to book the water sessions through the office - these reservations are only made at  the classroom sessions

Afloat sessions are aboard our Martin 244 pocket cruisers - designed and built locally for maximum sailing fun in Vancouver Harbour.

Visit or email Cooper Boating

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Subject: Salings to New Zealand charters book vancouver bc
(Posted on Feb 27, 2011 at 11:34AM)

Tags: New Zealand sailing, Cooper Vacations, flotilla, sailboat charter, international charter

Friends and family of Cooper Boating travelled to New Zealand in February 2011 for sailing in a land that closely resembles our Canadian West Coast. Except the water was warmer!


Contact Marla if you would like to know MORE about sailing in a country that seems to have invented HOSPITALITY and laid back lifestyles. New Zealand is part of our International Cooper Vacations program. 

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Subject: Stay off the ROCKS
(Posted on Feb 15, 2011 at 08:36PM)

Tags: Navigation, pilotage, boating class, instruction, Skipping Rocks
SKIPPING ROCKS.  It was fun as a kid and now it is relieving as an adult.  When in command of a cruising boat, it rocks are best left well away from your path.  We've run the first of our new one day SKIPPING ROCKS seminars and students found it a great set of exercises delivered by a seasoned captain in a fun format.  



Enroll for this one day course today and get back in touch with what this means:  
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Subject: TOP FUN instructor awards and class of 2011
(Posted on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:58AM)

Tags: Marla Hedman, sailing school, Granville Island, sailing instruction, Stephen Desroches
Congratulations to Marla Hedman and Stephen DesRoches, our first two TOP FUN instructors - celebrated last night at our annual pre-season instructor meeting.   Marla and Stephen have been working - occasionally as a team as you will see here - to generate spectacular courses here at Cooper.  We have to admit some of their feats can only be described as 'magic' - but keep up the great work and here's hoping the magic dust washes over to the 'runners up' and our new instructors!



We also want to congratulate the batch of 'freshly minted' instructors from the January class under the guidance of David West



The November class, led by Oliver Woolcock and James Johnstone were a bit camera shy except for this burn around the bay on a Farr 40.

 


Wait a moment - FARR 40? - perhaps this group is well on their way to TOP FUN status?
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Subject: Bluenose II - rebuilding a piece of Canada's sailing history
(Posted on Jan 25, 2011 at 09:58PM)

Tags: Bluenose II, sailing, sailing in bc, Canada sailing
Seen a Canadian dime lately?  That's not just any boat.  Bluenose II is officially a huge part of our sailing heritage and something to be proud of as a Canadian.  The original Bluenose doubled as both fishing schooner and undefeated racing machine of her day and was sadly lost on a reef years ago (nb - take your navigation courses!)



The current incarnation is Bluenose II, built in the same yard in Nova Scotia by many of the same people.  Now a handful of them and their kids and grandkids are busy at work putting her back together as can only occur on a wood vessel:



We thought Don Martin's Lady Van project was intense.  This is officially takes 'keeping up with the Jones' to another level.

Thanks to the miracles of modern day technology, all of Canada (and the world for that matter) can watch the rebirth of a legend.  Visit the live webcams and youTube channels


Some of us were delighted to be part of hosting Bluenose II when she came to Vancouver Harbour to welcome the world to Expo '86.  Okay, some of us were cutting class to stowaway on her as much as we could!!  We're digging for those photos now... so stay tuned here to the Bluenose's west coast connection right here at Cooper Boating!!


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Subject: one HUGE swim platform, 2 rudders, 3 heads, 4 staterooms
(Posted on Jan 9, 2011 at 04:57PM)

Tags: bareboat charters, Bavaria, Powell River, sailboat charter, sailing in bc
Just added - the second Bruce Farr designed Bavaria model.  ACappella is under construction at the Bavaria yard in Germany and will feature this massive power (up/down) swim platform: 
 (how cool is that?)
and she's got 2 rudders and 3 heads!  You can also split the boat between 4 couples or a large family with the 4 cabins.  
 ACappella (sistership)
ACappella will join her smaller sister Arcturus - landing in our Powell River base once thorough sea trials are complete.  
 Arcturus (sistership)
One favourite change to see back 'in style' (thanks in part to this fold down platform) is a big transom (of sorts)  - a place to put the name!
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Subject: Welcome Back Cropper!
(Posted on Jan 9, 2011 at 04:47PM)

Tags: Cooper Boating Sidney, bareboat charters, boating courses, Steve Cropper
A big welcome back to Steve Cropper - back in the lead of the Sidney dock after a break from Cooper the past few years (to build a home on Mayne Island).   Steve started as a few of our regular crew did - first as a client - renting boats out of Granville Island, then becoming an instructor, followed by some time working in the office.  He spent some time nearby as captain of small commercial vessels.    
Now he's back taking the lead for the care of our boats based in Sidney for spectacular boating courses and bareboat charters.

Steve also has a background - pre boat biz - of TV and film production - we think our You Tube channel shall benefit by better material this season!

Steve can be reached via email and through our main dock number in Sidney -  2 5 0 . 8 8 3 . 2 6 2 8  ( 8 8 3 .  B O A T )

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Subject: 2011 Looking Up!
(Posted on Jan 1, 2011 at 06:02PM)

Tags: new year 2011, bareboat charters, Sailing School, JIB SET, 2011 looking up
Signs of life in the boat market give us a clear indication that 2011 is looking up.  A number of exciting things on the horizon point to improvement and lots more fun on the water ahead.

One of our leading indicators is seeing Mr. Cooper  back building boats.  Brian Kell of
Grand Yachts said recently that the best way to find the bottom of the market is to watch Forbes Cooper.   More than any other indicator, his sense of timing in the past 40 years or so has been absolutely uncanny. 

We're also seeing a number of people back enrolling in courses and the 2011 lineup is the best ever - with new programs, exciting twists on old ones and a general overhaul on programming and a quest for our new TOP FUN instructor ranking.

We're just off the water from the JIB SET polar bear cruise and the old bear has had his one trip out of the crow's nest for the year.

Beyond that, for sailors, the looking up has another connotation - look up and watch the sails.  A great tip to get you sliding along a little quicker this year. 

All the best for the new year from the whole crew at Cooper Boating.



ps - we've taken those few holidays off and the office is open again January 2 - December 24, 2011
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Subject: JUST ADDED - one sailboat and one powerboat
(Posted on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:35AM)

Tags: bareboat charters, power boat charters, sailboat charter, Sidney, Powell River
We have just added two boats to the fleet.  Arcturus will be a brand new 2011 Bavaria 32 that will be delivered in April and is destined for the Powell River fleet.  She is the first of the new generation Bavaria Yachts to head into a charter program anywhere in North America.  Bruce Farr is known for designing boats with excellent sailing characteristics and Arcturus is certain to benefit from this new design style.  The massive fold down transom platform is impressive (and our dock crew is glad they don't have to glue foam to the underside of the stern seats - which perpetually fell overboard on the older Bavarias)

The other addition is Cachet, a Carver 430 with a spectacular layout.  This well equipped boat is undergoing a host of updates this winter so she will be fresh for the 2011 season.  Check out Cachet and reserve today out of our Sidney location!
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Subject: Sailing lessons and the box of chocolate
(Posted on Dec 14, 2010 at 08:59PM)

Tags: Cooper Boating Vancouver, sailing instruction, sailing school, sailing lessons Vancouver
This was certainly a fun letter to open recently.   It talks about someone far away signing up for a course here.  We will let it speak for itself, but suffice to say a big THANKS to Marla for making the trip so special. 

Text to follow or click on the image of the letter to open the original. 
 


November 29, 2010

 

Cooper Boating

1815 Mast Tower Road

Canada V6H 3X7

Vancouver, BC

 

Forest Gump made the observation that “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get!”

 

Investing in a sailing experience with a company that I had no experience presented a significant financial risk.  Boarding a boat and putting my life in the hands of an instructor/captain whom I had no knowledge presented both a personal and emotional risk.

 

But if every instructor Cooper Boating employees is even close to the outstanding caliber of Marla Hedman all risk is nullified.  In August of 2010, I opened a “box of chocolates” to have one of the best experience of my life.  From the moment I stepped on board the Polaris to the moment we returned to Granville Island my heart was smiling.  The crew whom I had never met composed of an Engineer, a Physician, an Attorney and CEO, and myself: a Professor and President of a leadership consulting company, were all highly educated professionals that knew how to have a wonderful time.

 

Our instructor and captain Marla Hedman was equally as professional and enjoyable.  There was not a moment that I felt unsafe or that I did not believe that she had a keen observation of everything happening aboard the Polaris.  Marla has a wonderful manner of teaching that allowed the crew to maximize the talents and skills each of brought on board while giving us the opportunity to learn in a comfortable non-threatening environment.  Marla is an outstanding sailor with keen ability to both sail and teach.  She is fun, has a genuine nature, is an exceptional listener and outstanding coach, and someone I would be glad to sail with in any sea in any condition.

 

Thank you Cooper Boating for realizing it takes more than just a fine boat to make a great sailing adventure.  Thank you for selecting quality instructors like Marla Hedman.  I have been on other boats in ports in different parts of the world where the captain made the experience a nightmare for his or her crew.  This experience was just the opposite: Marla Hedman made this “Bucket List” moment in my life perfect!

 

Sail on!

 

 

Tim Clipson, Ed. D

Professor of Executive Leadership and Executive Communication

President of Leadership Is For Everyone, Inc. (LIFE, Inc.)

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Subject: Last Martin 242 leaving the Cooper fleet
(Posted on Dec 6, 2010 at 05:52PM)

Tags: Martin 242, sailboat for sale vancouver, sailing
Our last Martin 242 is now available.  As the saying goes, we saved the best for last.  This boat was hauled in 2007 and completely refurbished with all new gelcoat applied to the hull (above the waterline) and deck.   The bottom was peeled off and epoxied.  We had this boat in BC PLACE STADIUM for the Vancouver Boat show as part of our display for learn to sail classes.  So, she might be a few decades old, but nobody that has seen this one up close can believe it. 


We've thrown some nice black sailcovers on her and have spare sails (including a few that would be great on the race course - the local fleet remains strong).   We even have a spare mast.  Hull #262 (also known as 263 for some reason). Call it two for one (numbers anyways).

Put it under the Christmas Tree for only $14,400!!  We need to make room for some more boats at Granville Island... take her away!!


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Subject: Carribbean 2011 - Courses and Flotilla
(Posted on Nov 26, 2010 at 03:06PM)

Tags: bareboat charters, sailing instruction, flotilla, British Virgin Islands, Marla Hedman
The winter hit us early and promises to be long and cold here on BC's West Coast so we are heading to the other coast ...... and a lot further south!
The British Virgin Islands have long been a favouite cruising destination of all the Cooper Boating sailors and we are planning on being there from the middle of March to the middleof April 2011, coming home just in time for the Annual Easter Flotilla from Vancouver to the Northern Gulf Islands: YOU get to show off your tan!


Stage One - INTRODUCTION TO CATAMARAN SAILING
Boarding Sunday night, March 13th Soper's Hole,Tortola - BVI
Double cabins on 44 to 50 foot boats - get CYA AND/OR IYT certification
Returning to Soper's Hole, Tortola before Noon on the 20th of March.


Stage Two - FLOTILLA SAILING
Boarding Sunday night, March 20th in Tortola at Roadtown or Soper's Hole.
Join as a skipper with your own crew on your favorite size sailboat or catamaran. 7 Day bareboat yacht charters priced per size of boat: call for quotes.
Join as a CREW member on a boat with a CYA/IYT instructor to guide you through your first bareboat chartering experience.  (14 days available)

Returning before Noon on 27th of March, Roadtown or Soper's Hole.

Stage Three - MORE FLOTILLA SAILING
Boarding Sunday night, March 27th in Tortola at Roadtown or Soper's Hole.
Join as a skipper with your own crew on your favorite size sailboat or catamaran. 7 Day bareboat yacht charters priced per size of boat: call for quotes.
Join as a CREW member on a boat with a CYA/IYT instructor to guide you through your first bareboat chartering experience. 

Returning before Noon on April 03,Roadtown or Soper's Hole.

Stage Four - CRUISE AND LEARN 'TROPICAL FLAVOUR' 
Boarding Sunday night April 03 in Roadtown, Tortola - BVI
This 7 day program leads to a Canadian Yachting Association's Basic Cruising Standard and Coast Guard Operator's License.(PCOC)



CONTACT MARLA TODAY FOR PRICING.  Check out her 7 day ITINERARYTo book a charter outside of these dates, check here.   Also stay tuned or get in touch with Marla about the Croatia flotilla coming in September 2011.


 
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Subject: More marine mammals seen while cruising
(Posted on Nov 22, 2010 at 02:47PM)

Tags: bareboat charters bc, sailing instruction, power boat instruction, whales
Looking back on the 2010 charter and boating school season, it is clear we had a lot more sightings of whales and other marine mammals such as the infamous DAHL PORPOISES.   
 Photo courtesy Brandon Brind
Not commonly seen in this area is the humpback whale, but Jeff managed to capture a shot of this one on October 17, 2010:
 Photo courtesy Jeff Motley
If you manage to see some interesting marine mammal while out there, make sure to report it here.

We've been seeing guys like this for all the years we've been offering boating holidays - clearly there are more around now than there were a decade ago.   Internet bonus - if you know what this whale is doing, contact our office for a special gift (just in time for the holiday season).  Hint: We had a boat in the fleet with this name!!
 Photo courtesy www.wildwhales.org

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Subject: EASTER BUNNY SAILS AGAIN!
(Posted on Nov 19, 2010 at 10:18AM)

Tags: flotilla, bareboat charters bc, Cooper Boating Vancouver, sailboat charter, sidney charter
What is a flotilla you say??

EXTREME FUN ON THE WATER we say!!

FLOTILLAS - While the word flotilla originates from a formation of warships, the only mission of the flotillas organized around BC waters is to have fun and experience this great coast in a fantastic group environment. Those who are new can draw from those who have done it before. Those who have done it before come back because it's - well - just piles of fun.
 



The first FLOTILLA of the 2011 season falls on Easter and the dates are April 22/23/24/25th. We have a coordinator, Marla Hedman whom you can contact for further details.



ITINERARY for EASTER CRUISE

Day One, April 22 at 0900 we depart Vancouver and our destination is Porlier Pass for 1415 hrs.  Once traversing this scenic and exciting pass, navigate through the charming waterway between Reid, Norway, Mowgli and Hall Islands and set your course for Thetis Island Marina for Friday nights stay.  This marina and its owners are always hospitable and the rustic shore amenities never fail to entertain! The roadways on Thetis Island are low traffic and easy hilly so for those of you that like to hike or jog, you can get more of the island experience. Have your evening meal aboard or ashore at the Thetis Island Pub.  (NOTE: Subject to interest we will have groups originating from areas other than Vancouver Harbour)

Day Two
, April 23 starts out rather leisurely as slack water at Dodd Narrows is 1453 hrs. Sleep in or get an early start if there is a yachting challenge to participate in that day. We're on our way to Newcastle Island in the Nanaimo Harbour. This island marine park is a BIG favourite for many cruising enthusiasts and that evening we will be having a roaring bonfire near the tidal pools. Bring your favourite roasting treats and roasting sticks, too! We do not cut down anything on this island! We encourage all our musical friends to bring guitars and bongos and harmonicas and song sheets.


Day Three
, April 24 is EASTER BUNNY CHOCOLATE TIME! This annual event includes boat crews scouring the rock quarry for Easter Bunny "droppings",  many mugs of steaming coffee and hot chocolate, peaceful gazing at the beautiful surroundings and laughter at the antics of adults becoming children again as they race to gather more chocolate than the young yuns. It is recommended to get off the docks around noon as we have approximately 21NM to travel to reach our Sunday night home: Gibsons Landing on the Sunshine Coast. Everybody loves Molly's Reach and well known foodies say that the best carrot cake on the coast can be found here. Good fish and chips, too. For those who like their seafood raw, check out the new Smitty's Oyster House on the boardwalk below the pier.


Day Four, April 25th is Monday and our destination is home. There are some hearty breakfast spots in Gibsons and there is also a fuel dock here for boats needing to top up their tanks. If you want to leave early, you can always stop at Snug Cove for lunch, anchor in Mannion Bay for a picnic or just sail for the city after a sleepy morning.

Why a FLOTILLA is a good thing!

1) FLOTILLA LEADER - The flotilla leader is there as a resource - available on the VHF and by phone. Your fearless leader will keep an eye on the group like a shepherd tending their herd. They are also there to help make sure your anchor is well set, grab a line and give a pointer when you are docking. Flotilla leaders are generally available when you need some assistance. They will also organize some of the shore side activities normally associated with these events. 

2) BASIC TRIP PLAN - While we have adjusted basic plans from time to time because of weather, there will be some great destinations along with that old adage - more than half the fun is just getting there.


3) BRIEFING - Before departing, the flotilla leader will brief skippers and everyone interested on the route, destinations, navigational considerations, timing and a review of the most recent weather information. For those who are new - think of this as cruising with the training wheels still on!


4) GREAT PEOPLE - From beginner to expert, flotillas attract a wide range of experience and mixing this allows for great learning and mentorship. If you enjoy new experiences and meeting new folks - you're one of those great people welcome to join the next flotilla!


5) FLAVOUR - There's usually some theme to the flotilla that - a treasure hunt at Easter, a jazz festival in the fall... a cool potluck dinner between great friends to wrap up the season each year in November - each flotilla has a flavour to allow you to pick your favourite!


6) TRAINING BOAT- there is always a CYA instructor or two or three ready to mentor sailors on their first big cruising experience.


7) CREW FIND MEETING - join the flotilla leader to meet new and old friends to discuss sailing and boating plans.  FEBRUARY 27th, Sunday afternoon at 5PM on Granville Island at the classroom of the Cooper Boating. 1815 Mast Tower Road


FLOTILLAS ARE ORGANIZED BY THE BC SAILING ASSOCIATION.
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Subject: START HERE - New Friendly Schedule & Modular Format
(Posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 08:03AM)

Tags: Sailing School, sailing in bc, Learn to Sail, sailing lessons Vancouver, sailing instruction
To compliment the friendly instructors we have around here, we've re-organized the courses into a modular format to allow people with busy lives to get this great pastime into their lives and ensure the sailing classes meet student objectives.  Surrounding the basic level for new sailors is three core modules - CREW, BAY SKIPPER and CRUISING NUTS & BOLTS.  If you would like the well rounded, cover all the bases approach, take all three modules.  If you are looking to sail smaller keelboats (perhaps with our sailing club - the JIB SET - you can take the CREW module and start crewing on the 24 footers - putting your new skills into practice and having a lot of fun with the great group of people in our club.



Progress to the BAY SKIPPER level when you are keen to take things up a level and be comfortable in command of these great pocket cruisers -


Looking to crew on larger boats, take the CREW module followed by the CRUISING NUTS & BOLTS weekend.



Skippering these boats is best done with the BAY SKIPPER module in English Bay before the CRUISING NUTS & BOLTS weekend to Gibson's on the Sunshine Coast.

None of these modules is over one week in duration and can fit into a busy work schedule.  Need any help - our office is open daily and ready to assist.


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Subject: Bareboat key elements from Cooper Boating
(Posted on Oct 31, 2010 at 04:49PM)

Tags: bareboat, bareboat charters, bareboat charters granville island, bareboat charters bc, bareboat charters vancouver

Following up on the meaning behind the bareboat concept of our earlier post, it seems appropriate to look at how we at Cooper work as agents to take care of our bareboat guests.

The legal side does create certain obligations and a competent charter agent can help with all of those.   Cooper's two guiding principles surround COMFORT and INSURABILITY.  

Comfort aboard comes not only from the boat itself and its fit, finish and equipment, but the comfort of the skipper and crew operating the boat  their experience and familiarity with the vessel type.  Perhaps it has been several years since you last skippered a vessel.  In this case, the prudent skipper often reaches out for some assistance to refresh their skills - either via a formal lesson before hand or by taking someone at the beginning of a bareboat charter holiday to help break free of the boating cobwebs and ensure that the skipper is comfortable handling the vessel and the navigator is up to back up to speed on coastal pilotage.

Familiarity with a vessel type leading to comfort aboard does depend on whether or not this is  a boat you've operated before (or a near sistership).   Changing vessel types - especially large changes like different prop configurations or North American vs. European manufacturers - can lead to an increased challenge for a skipper.  We've seen the greatest frequency of changes when people make large changes to the type or size of vessel they are using.  

Some of the same factors that drive comfort also affect insurability of a skipper.   As mentioned in the post about the word 'bareboat',  the insurance on the vessel is transferring to the charter client for the duration of the trip as if they were an owner.   Insurance depends on the risk factor and that includes experience, most specifically recent experience on the size and vessel type.   A long track record of boating experience without an accident is a great step to being insurable, as is formal training - especially hands-on training to a national or international standard.

Ironically, when renting a vessel, it is not essential to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) - providing one walks through a rental boat checklist and signs this off as the charter commences.   The fact is, the PCOC seems to be addressing specific accident situations and is especially focused on vessels smaller than those in our charter fleet - the standard of training and competence required to be insured on a charter vessel is far greater than the level offered by a PCOC alone.

If there is an accident in one's past, it does not preclude insurability - one accident can be a vital learning experience - but it should be fully disclosed so that future risks are properly covered.    Indeed, we use past experience from debriefing accident situations to alert future people to the inherent risks of operating a boat on our coast.   Come to think of it, everything provided to back up one's experience as provided on a boating resume should be completely factual as it becomes an integral part of the charter arrangements.   The insurance company isn't out there checking everything up front necessarily, but if the boating resume is found to contain fictional content when following up a claim, it would certainly jeopardize the insurance coverage in place.

While some of this sounds heavy and does carry with it real obligations, we have been working with folks wanting to have fun on the water for over a quarter of a century now and can make most of this fall to the routine.   So, if we're suggesting something to help you bolster your resume it merely stems from our guiding concept that we want to you be properly insured and comfortable on the boat of your choice.   Let's get going with your spectacular experience!




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Subject: Get those long boat holidays booked in now
(Posted on Oct 29, 2010 at 10:03AM)

Tags: boat charter BC, sailboat charter, Catamaran, boat charters, power boat charters
As the calendars start to fill up, it becomes progressively more challenging to fit the long reservations in.   We already have a bunch of 2 week bookings for 2011, along with a few 3 and 4 week reservations on key boats.   It is so fantastic to get out for a long time as our coast has so many places to see and one can truly unwind on a long adventure on the water.   Cooper is uniquely positioned to handle these longer bookings as clients can effectively start at one base and make a 'pitstop' at another base along the way.
Remember, the moment you have the reservation, you can start planning and really looking forward to your adventure on the water.  We've collectively got the most experience helping people plan spectacular trips on this coast.


To help checking boats by date available, please take a look at our secure online booking system.  Our system is compliant with the new credit card rules and open 24/7 so you can plan from the comfort of your own home. 


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Subject: Last Basic Sailing Class Cooper Boating this weekend.....
(Posted on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:11PM)

Tags: basic sailing course, basic sailing course vancouver, sailing schools, sailing school, basic sailing courses vancouver
We're running the last Basic sailing class starting Wednesday this week.   Not just the last course for the year, but the last class with the current format.  We're breaking this course info modular components for a couple reasons.

The new format is CREW and BAY SKIPPER.  Both courses span less than a week in format and have different objectives.


The reasons to change are to make the course shorter for ease of scheduling and to better match client objectives as they take to the water.   New sailors with us have shared that courses drawn out over many weeks make it hard to balance with their busy lives.  In addition, part of having fun on the water is having the level of experience  that matches the level of responsibility.  Many people want to just crew aboard the boat and have fun.

Want to crew aboard a bigger boat?  Do the CREW module and then our CRUISING NUTS & BOLTS weekend.  Want to be a skipper on the day sailing boats and cruise English Bay?   Then proceed to the BAY SKIPPER after CREW.   Feel free to get some practice as a crew member in between.  Want to get to the bigger cruising boats?  Add the third module of CRUISING NUTS & BOLTS.

Both CREW and BAY SKIPPER run two evenings in the classroom during the same week and the on the water component involves the entire weekend that same week.





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Subject: Welcome Jamie Johnston to Cooper's Operations
(Posted on Aug 24, 2010 at 06:40PM)

Tags: Jamie Johnston, Operations Manager, boat sales, boat sales bc, boats sales local
We are pleased to announce that Captain James Johnston will be joining Cooper Boating effective September 1st, 2010.  James, or Jamie to his colleagues and friends, has over 15 years experience on power vessels up to and exceeding 100 feet, has worked in the operations area of the marine trade and is a qualified CYA Power Boat Instructor Examiner.

We also wish to inform you that Roger Boulet will be departing Cooper Boating at that time.   Early this year Roger informed us that he would move on after the current season to pursue his career as an independent marine technician, and while we are pleased for Roger we will all miss his energy.

The addition of Jamie to the Cooper crew will fill the role that Roger is vacating, with his background leading certain local yachts and a management of a local luxury yacht service department.  In addition, his certification to several standards as an instructor examiner allows continued growth of the Cooper Boating school.

You will see that Jamie also enjoys sailing - evidenced by this photo.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Roger well in his future endeavours and to welcome Jamie to the Cooper Crew.


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Subject: New 2011 Lagoon 400 - A Great Opportunity!!!
(Posted on Aug 6, 2010 at 02:04PM)

Tags: Catamaran, Charter Ownership, Lagoon, Sailing Charter, charter ownership granville island
Cruising catamarans have been growing in popularity around our cruising waters over the past few years with good reason.  These vessels are spacious, comfortable, and stable.  They also feature a shallow draft and excellent performance characteristics.  One of the world's leading luxury catamaran manufacturers is Lagoon of France.  This beautiful Lagoon 400, model year 2011 with various updates, is due to arrive in Vancouver in the late fall and is available for shared ownership to the right couple.  She includes all equipment required for either short or distant cruising.  Please contact either Bosuns Yacht Sales or One 4 Yacht Fractions for further specifications, pricing, and other details.  This wonderful lifestyle   opportunity is available for a limited time only.


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Subject: Own a 46 Foot Bavaria in Sidney
(Posted on Jul 6, 2010 at 06:35PM)

Tags: Bavaria, Charter Ownership, GST, Boat Tax BC, Sidney
Here's a great chance to own a late model 46' sailboat in beautiful Port Sidney.  This boat is spotlessly clean and just thoroughly tested after her re-assembly from a road trip across the continent.  She sailed over from Europe last winter to Miami and has the size and the equipment for another adventure - Alaska?   

The boat is at the dock here at Granville Island and we have long term moorage available at beautiful Port Sidney if someone acts fast AND she is owned by a GST / HST registrant so one can buy the boat for the charter program and claim the GST / HST back - vs. the brand new tax on 'Designated Property' that applies specifically to boats that are not owned by a GST / HST registrant.

Contact Roger to arrange a showing of this great vessel.   Details are on the brokerage site.


Bavaria 46
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Subject: 'Lady Van' back in Vancouver
(Posted on Jun 23, 2010 at 12:09PM)

Tags: Lady Van, Alexandra Cup, Don Martin, RIPS, R Class Yacht
We've been watching the transformation and the 1928 R Class Yacht "Lady Van" for a while now. 


She was re-christened this week at a well attended ceremony at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.  The restoration nearly complete now, the story will continue with the battle over a very old trophy this fall - the Alexandra Cup (1906) - and the drama between Vancouver, Seattle and Sidney is already entertaining to say the least.   The first 'brandishing of the swords' will occur at the RIPS regatta in August, where a number Cooper crew members will be helping out with race management (make sure to let us know if you want to help with this and get the best seat in the house for seeing the battle of these classic yachts)



We are close to many of the people involved in this boat and are delighted to see this magnificent boat back in the water and soon to sail again in English Bay.
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Subject: Coast Hunter arrives in Port Sidney
(Posted on Jun 4, 2010 at 08:40PM)

Tags: Queenship 64, Coast Hunter, Power Boat Charter, Sidney
Coast Hunter, the massive and beautiful Queenship 64 has arrived at our Port Sidney base and final touches are underway after an extensive list of upgrades this past winter.   Coast Hunter is very well equipped, luxurious and truly a one of a kind boat in these waters.   This vessel is available under bareboat arrangements. Very experienced qualified skippers* will enjoy the autopilot, on board computers and other features.   With with the myriad of systems and toys aboard, we would strongly suggest less experienced folks also choose to add a crew member and / or skipper to take charge of this vessel.   Contact the office or drop by Port Sidney today!



* qualifications / experience would stem  from owning or having owned or extensively operated vessels this size with proper insurance in place
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Subject: Lagoon 400 "Amritha" joins the fleet in Sidney
(Posted on May 23, 2010 at 04:43PM)

Tags: Sidney, Catamaran, Lagoon, Sailing Charter, sidney charter

The latest addition to the sailing fleet is "Amritha", a brand new 2010 Lagoon 400 to sail from our Sidney location at the beautiful Port Sidney marina.  Final commissioning and sea trials are underway, but she will soon be at her new home.  This is quite likely the largest 40 foot boat we have ever seen.  She has three large staterooms each with their own head, plus accommodation in the salon and forward through the foredeck hatches for your able crew.  This boat is loaded with options.



We are particularly impressed with the lines which lead to a central station to port so that tacking can be done without moving from side to side (or with less crew)  Electric winches lighten the load and help pull up the square top mainsail, a real plus in those light wind summer days. 




  Contact our office today to get started booking this fine vessel.

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Subject: May LOOONG Weekend Flotilla
(Posted on Apr 22, 2010 at 08:06AM)

Tags: flotilla, May, Vancouver, Sidney sailing, sailing in bc
Basic details and destinations are up for the May LOOONG Weekend 5 day flotilla.  At this popular time, boat selection is limited, so act fast if you want to join this event.  Looks like 5 boats are planning to join this flotilla so far.


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Subject: We have moorage for your dream boat
(Posted on Mar 10, 2010 at 10:02AM)

Tags: moorage, Sidney, boat ownership, Cooper Boating Sidney
Perhaps your ship has come in?  To enjoy boat ownership these days, you first must find moorage for your boat.  Well, Cooper Boating has a couple slips available, especially special in that we have a couple spaces at the world class PORT SIDNEY marina for boats coming into our management program.   Management boats offset ownership costs with charter revenue in our proven program.  For more information on yacht management with Cooper, contact Colin.

We are also happy to help you with the purchase of your boat.  One coming shortly is a Bavaria 46 FOUR CABIN.  Contact Roger for information on this boat.  




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Subject: Stealth Yachts - BC?
(Posted on Mar 4, 2010 at 08:19AM)

Tags: Stealth Yachts, HYSUCAT, Powercat
We saw the video for the HYSUCAT and it reminds us of our most impressive boat test drive EVER.  A few Cooper crew members took off (literally) in Annapolis, MD and flew around the Chesapeake with Ian Stopforth and Dave Beavis from Voyage Charters of Annapolis and BVI's and we were stunned by the stability and performance of this flying catamaran.  Ian also manages STEALTH YACHTS, builders of these amazing craft.



Riding on some carefully engineered foils sitting between two hyper-efficient hulls, the cat rises up and allows the surface piercing propellers to work their magic.  Here we were driving around in this beautiful condominium, passing some very sleek boats that just aren't used to being passed.  This boat/plane... whatever you would call it... is the most amazing ride and it corners 'like it is on rails'.  Wake jumping... not really, the boat blew through some boat wake from some large boats and it was barely noticeable.  

Amazing technology and it is now available to be licensed for construction right here in BC.  Contact Colin to learn more!  Oh, and don't forget that Cooper is happy to help you arrange all details of your BVI experience as well.  Contact Marla for more information - she just got back from checking out all the favourite sites down there!
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Subject: Torch runs through Granville Island
(Posted on Feb 12, 2010 at 03:43PM)

Tags: Torch, 2010 Games, Granville Island
Well, it's certainly heating up here - a bunch of people seem really excited with this torch running by the office.  Check out the video bottom left side of our web site

Not sure if it is more exciting than the America's Cup on now in Valencia - but certainly exciting for some.
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Subject: First of two Dufour 425's arrived this morning
(Posted on Jan 22, 2010 at 07:57AM)

Tags: Dufour, sailing charter, Cooper Boating Vancouver, 2010, Arista
The first of two Dufour 425's arrived very, very early this morning at Granville Island.   Arista is destined for the Vancouver  charter fleet and features some of the coolest items we've yet offered in the charter fleet.  In addition to a propellor that looks more like  of a work of art than a working piece of equipment, Arista is the first boat we've ever offered with a retractable bow thruster - that's right, a bow thruster that sucks itself back up into the hull to make an incredibly easy boat to dock with no sacrifice to sailing performance.

Being that Granville Island is not always the easiest place to dock, we're sure this feature will be a hit!  Book today to avoid disappointment.


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Subject: Oh what a difference a year makes!
(Posted on Jan 3, 2010 at 05:58PM)

Tags: sailing charter, 2010
As 2009 drew to a close, a lot of folks here could not help but notice the dramatic difference between the end of 2008 and 2009.  A year ago, we wondered if the docks could continue to float under massive snow loads.

Some of us were housebound - others of us planned to move back to the prairies where less shovelling is required and snowblowers are readily available and cool to own.   


Remember the favourite saying for weather in BC - if you don't like the weather, wait an hour. In this case the general trend is great year over year  in that we all get to enjoy some very pleasant time on the water.  For amusement, take a look at shots of the same boat a year apart:




No wonder we're seeing more folks here... hope to see you soon!
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Subject: She said YES!
(Posted on Dec 24, 2009 at 09:05AM)

Tags: Stray Cat, Lagoon 380, Marriage Proposal, Carol Ships
Well, at least that is what it looked like from the helm position of Stray Cat last night at 2020hrs off Quayside Marina in Yaletown.  Calvin Cheung chartered the Lagoon 380 for a private cruise to join the Carol Ships off of Stanley Park and around and through False Creek.  

This surprise cruise for Beverly Chan started as we navigated the docks to the boat at Granville Island's Maritime Market where Stray Cat sat warmed up and waiting.  We actually got off the dock a little ahead of schedule, allowing some time to get all the way around to near the Lion's Gate Bridge to find other vessels taking place in the parade of Carol Ships.  In fact, with the concept of lead, follow or get out of the way, we ended up with the carol ships lining up behind us and had the opportunity to get into False Creek with all the other boats seemingly in tow!  

As some of the parade headed under the Cambie Street Bridge, we pulled away - next to the promenade of Yaletown's Quayside Marina.  Now, we couldn't get under that bridge if we wanted to, but spinning around and holding station gave a great backdrop of the bridge and the various Carol Ships either continuing under the bridge or turned immediately in front of us.

Now, I felt sort of like a one person cheering section back at the helm as the couple gathered forward and to starboard on the vessel.  Thankfully, it is pretty impossible to hear anything from back there,  but I can tell you that chivalry is most certainly not dead. Calvin came to his knee at one point and if the bouquet of flowers were any bigger, we would have had to get a cargo manifest to have it aboard! Body language and a happy couple getting off the boat some time later indicated that by all accounts, the trip was a success.

Our own version of the Love Boat - from 1977 to 1986 Captain Steubing took the Pacific Princess to tropical ports of call and, apart from a bit of a chill in the air and an urgent need for a little hot cocoa, those stories had nothing over the warmth of last night as these two enjoyed their own private cruise at the lead of the parade of Carol Ships.


A winter Love Boat story right here in False Creek.  It's now permanently recorded in Stray Cat's log and the happy couple can visit the Quayside Marina anytime they like to be right where it occurred.  Our whole crew (more of the cheering sections) We love being part of the special times in people's lives!


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Subject: 2010 Sailing School Catalogue Available
(Posted on Dec 23, 2009 at 02:47PM)

Tags: Sailing School, Schedule, 2010, Learn to Sail
It's ready - the 2010 sailing school course lineup is ready - both in print and online Contact our office and we'll be happy to mail you a copy to browse as you recover from holiday indulgences and plan lots of fun on the water in the happiest of new years. 

We have devoted the beginning of this year's publication to providing a new overview of various programs and how they all fit together.  For those you meet at this special time of year that have always wanted to start sailing, there is also a section about "Brand New to Sailing." It's great to introduce people to this activity and that's what this new part of the publication is all about.

For those who've started and want to continue with our course lineup, you will also find trusted favourites and some interesting new programs. The power boat courses are on-line and we'll follow up with that material next year in print for those so inclined.

The office is open daily except for the afternoon of the 24th and 31st along with the entire day on December 25, 26 and January 1.  As you plan for some great times on the water in 2010, we're here to get you there!
 

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Subject: Getting out of town - Cooper tropical destination assistance
(Posted on Dec 20, 2009 at 04:05PM)
We've got some great tips for dealing with the off season experiences on the water, but for some, the best tip is how to get out of town completely.  Our crew has been around the globe experiencing the Whitsundays in Australia, the British Virgin Islands (even have our favourite - Cooper Island!) and we've even had dock staff who've worked in Croatia and instructors who worked in Greece.  Looking at the whole world and selecting the best destination circles back to someone that can relate the experience you want to the one's you've already had here in BC waters - and our Cooper crew are here year round and eager to help you book and plan something that fits.

Whether it's Marla comparing the strong winds of Antigua to the protected waters of Croatia or Dawn explaining provisioning tips in Nanny Cay - having worked there one winter - you're sure to get the insider tips you need to have a great time anywhere outside of BC.  Contact the crew today!


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Subject: Easy to shop for
(Posted on Dec 13, 2009 at 08:32AM)
The gift that's great to share is a gift certificate from Cooper Boating.  Available for any program or denomination, Cooper Boating gift certificates can be obtained through our office - open daily through Christmas Eve at noon.   If you are unable to come by, we can arrange your certificate by phone and send you a certificate by e-mail to print for your favourite boater.   When people ask what you want, don't forget that time on the water is truly priceless! Go to Cooper Boating for great course selection.


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Subject: Conny Strub moves on to outfitting
(Posted on Dec 6, 2009 at 10:15PM)

Tags: Strub, clothing
After quite a few years working closely with our Eurpoean clientele, Conny Strub - our master of many languages and passionate world competitor - has moved on from Cooper Boating.  But she has not not moved far.  Conny is in the same building - in fact, if you travel from our current Granville Island location back towards our old location, you'll pass Conny's new store.  Strub Outdoor and Marine is well suited to keep you warm and dry as you enjoy off season boating.

As one of our sailors puts it: "there's no such thing as bad weather - only bad clothing".  Conny couldn't put it better herself!

We wish her well with this exciting new pursuit.  Drop by Granville Island soon to see both the Strub store and Cooper!




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Subject: New Dufour 425 Halo sails fast and apparently books fast too!
(Posted on Nov 24, 2009 at 11:58AM)

Tags: sailing charter, Sidney, Halo
The latest addition to the Cooper sailing charter fleet is Halo, a new Dufour 425 with a 3 cabin layout and sleek up-to-date styling.  Since announcing this addition to the fleet, 3 key sailing times have vanished.  So, not only is this boat quick to sail, she's quick to book - so act soon to take advantage of some key times still available in 2010.

Visit  Halo at our website and contact us today!


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Subject: Bayliner 33 coming to Sidney location shortly
(Posted on Nov 21, 2009 at 07:15PM)

Tags: Sidney Charters, Cooper Boating Sidney, Sidney, Powerboat
We're delighted to announce the addition of a loaded Bayliner 3388 for the Sidney fleet.   This boat is arriving shortly and we would be delighted to book your spectacular summer holiday from the picturesque Port Sidney Marina.   Contact Dawn at our Sidney office  for more details on this great boat.



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Subject: Vancouver 2010 Olympic Accommodations on a Yacht
(Posted on Nov 18, 2009 at 02:15PM)

Tags: 2010 Olympic Accommodations
2010 Olympic Accommodations on beautiful Granville Island!

We have the accommodations you need right in the heart of the city of Vancouver! From luxury Yachts to smaller multicabin sailboats, we have over 15 yachts to choose from to suit your needs. Our yachts are booking up quickly so call today to avoid disappointment! Since we are located on Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver, you will have easy access to and from the Vancouver International Airport and most of the Olympic venues including Canada Hockey Place (GM Place), Pacific Coliseum, Cypress Mountain, Richmond Oval, Hillcrest/Nat Bailey and the UBC Winter Sports Centre. All of the yachts will have heating, 120 volt electrical supply, full galleys, linens, towels and 24 hour access. Give us a call to book your accommodations today and ensure you have a Spectacular stay during the 2010 Games in Vancouver at 1-888-999-6419 or 604 687 4110 Please note that not all yachts may be available, minimum booking 7 nights, special rates apply.
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Subject: Cooper Boating has a new home in Sidney, BC
(Posted on Nov 18, 2009 at 01:34PM)

Tags: Boating BC Locations, Cruising BC
We are pleased to announce that Cooper Boating has a new home in Sidney. The beautiful PORT SIDNEY MARINA is a world class facility at the heart of town with easy access to restaurants, shops, hotels, a spa and the magic of Sidney by the Sea. Our facilities include a meet & greet office in the floating marina office as you enter the facility at 9835 Seaport Place (second floor above the entrance - by the ship's wheel) and a shop at the far end of the marina. We look forward to serving you from this spectacular location.
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Subject: Location Based Galleries Track Cooper Locations
(Posted on Nov 5, 2009 at 01:56PM)
We've created a Google infused gallery pinpointing our Cooper Boating locations - Vancouver on Granville Island, Sidney on Vancouver Island and Powell River on the Sunshine Coast.

We are pretty excited about these location based galleries. We will be able to load images real time with descriptions of activities, even links to more details. Interested parties can publish our posts on their own web sites or blogs simply by grabbing our widget code, or they can be notified by email or SMS each time we make an update.

We've also added collaboration tools allowing members to comment and share their own experiences with their peeps.




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Subject: Orca Video
(Posted on Nov 4, 2009 at 02:33PM)
We've loaded our video of a pod of Orcas in active pass. Something we take for granted here on the west coast.











Even though the sight is common, we are still always in awe of the power and beauty of nature.
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Subject: 'Halo' - Latest Addition to the fleet
(Posted on Oct 25, 2009 at 12:05PM)

Tags: Halo, Cooper Boating Sidney, Sidney, Sidney Charters
This boat comes with a warning - get support for your neck.  Why? Because she's sure to turn heads. 

Following up on the success of Maverick and Sainte Reine II in the fleet, Halo is the latest addition from this French yard and the boat has very aggressive styling  and fantastic sailing characteristics.   Unlike the other two, Halo is offered in our Sidney location.
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