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We are agents for a number of bareboat charter companies on Vancouver Island and the mainland.  Both powerboat and sailboat charters are available with a wide range of manufacturers and sizes.  Let us find the right boat for you.

If you are planning to cruise in the Gulf Islands, considering starting your vacation from Vancouver Island.

Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. brokers clean, well-maintained and equipped yachts for your cruising pleasure.  

Previous experience on tidal waters in a similar sized boat and/or the Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising, Coastal Navigation and/or CPS Boating course or equivalent.

Can you answer "YES" to the following questions?

Am I confident handling a boat of this size in tidal waters?

Have I the navigational skills to safely pilot a boat?

Do I have copies of any certification showing my qualifications?

If you do not have the qualifications to bareboat charter, you may want to take a sailing, powerboat or navigation course.  Another option is to hire an instructor to teach a private course on any charter boat.

First Mate 101: How To Stop Worrying & Start Boating Book
  First Mate 101 is filled with tips and tricks. She describes in great detail, a long list of First Mate jobs with shortcuts in two major chapters—Interior Management and Exterior Management. The book is so much more than how to be a First Mate. Readers have suggested that after reading the book from cover to cover, they plan to keep “First Mate 101” aboard for easy reference when a situation arises. Knowledge = Confidence = Enjoyment !




For further details, please e-mail, write or call:
Bruce & Fran Stott
Mailing Address: 10191 Third St. Sidney BC V8L 3B7

Phone Number: 250-656-BOAT(2628)
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Bruce Stott
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