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Subject: Waterfalls, Glaciers and Bears- OH My!
(Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 10:57AM by Jeny Cassady)
2652 Miles, 2 boats, 8 weeks: Sidney to Juneau Alaska and Back.

John Gourlay, our head Instructor at Cooper Boating, took two groups aboard powerboats Electra, and Island Roamer on an epic journey up the Inside Passage to the stunning and beautiful waters of Alaska.   John has stories of route planning, the unexpected, and the WOW factor of it all.

Come hear John Gourlay speak on NOVEMBER 21 about this Alaska adventure with waterfalls, glaciers and bears. . . Oh My!


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YACHT EXPO SEMINARS benefit the food bank & allow you to share some of the magic by those who have gone before & done what you may hope to do.  Register your interest today & stay connected to the magic.

Subject: FORT LAUDERDALE BOAT SHOW: survival guide
(Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 04:27PM by Colin Jackson)
WOW!  If you've been struggling on that decision between your Falcon jet, a new exotic car, or adding a hundred feet of boat to your inventory, well FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW was the place to be 'efficient with all your choices'. Grab your entourage & have some fun. 

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While touring the various superyachts, it was clear that CIRCLES are back in.   Why do stripes when you can add circles down the side of your boat?

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This one has overlapping circles - very CHIC!

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Speaking of CIRCLES, bring your wheels right to the dock.  That way the shipwrights can figure out how to match the paint on your various rides, or find a boat big enough to roll the wheels right aboard.   You'll note this little 'tub' just didn't match up with the ride. 

lights camera action

Speaking of circles, there are plenty of lights top & bottom.   This one was sparkling at sundown in front of her red carpet.   While not circular in nature, this RV inspired 'bumpout 'is essential for summoning 'your peeps':   


bumpout

If you need a great dose of excess, mark your calendars for the FLIBS!!  It was so much fun!!!

Subject: SNOW to SAND - south pacific sailing
(Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 05:51AM by Colin Jackson)
A decision on a snowy engineering job site led to a phone call which fostered a lifetime of sailing adventures - ultimately an entire book of sailing memoirs.

How exactly does THAT happen?

Join ALAN BOREHAM on NOVEMBER 21 at 1600hrs as he shares the adventures of sailing to & through the SOUTH PACIFIC - at our GRANVILLE ISLAND LOCATION.


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Alan is a sailor & world traveller. In 1982, Alan left Vancouver to sail to Hawaii on an offshore training course and continued on, working his way across the South Pacific aboard sailing yachts.  He is an author & travel writer & lives in North Vancouver. 

After returning from cruising, he joined COOPER BOATING as head instructor before heading for points east.  His recent collaborative effort "BEER IN THE BILGES" represents both memoirs from the epic journey & a reminder to get out and enjoy adventures by boat.  

YACHT EXPO SEMINARS benefit the food bank & allow you to share some of the magic by those who have gone before & done what you may hope to do.  Register your interest today & stay connected to the magic.


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Subject: TOM on top
(Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 02:52PM by Jeny Cassady)
This is Tom.  

silly guy

You can often find him hanging around Cooper Boating on Granville Island.  He’s one of our Instructors, and also one of our capable crew aboard our entry boat Alegria for the 2016 VicMaui race.

Right now, Tom is trying out some new safety gear for ascending and descending masts- I’ve been given the task of contact person- I am standing in the nice warm office with my coffee in one hand, 2 way radio in the other- watching Tom out in the crisp air wrangling lines.

“Hello Max, testing”.  Says Tom.   Max has just gone to lunch.

“Max isn’t here Tom,  It’s Jeny”. 

“Ok great- just testing my emergency line”

“Oh don’t worry Tom”, I say, “ you’re completely safe in my very capable puppeteering manipulative hands”. 

There’s a short burst of static. . . did he drop the radio?  

“Oh!” he chuckles, “that’s - really. . .  great!”

I think he likes Max better.   It’s probably a guy thing.

Subject: the MAGIC of MULTIHULLS
(Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 04:21PM by Colin Jackson)
around the world, multihull boats are taking over in cruising, racing & certainly in chartering
 
WHY
 
* efficient use of space
 
* privacy when you need it, great social spaces when you don't

* comfortable ride

..... & much much more
 
two very interesting multihull boats are ready for you to check out at the BOAT SHOW at the CREEK SEPTEMBER 17-20 in NORTH VANCOUVER
 
see the AQUILA 44 & the F-33 trimaran

 
can't make it?  check out SEPTEMBER ISSUE of PACIFIC YACHTING to learn about the AQUILA 44


 
Subject: boating safe just got easier
(Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 04:54PM by Colin Jackson)
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Subject: congrats to the winners!
(Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 05:56PM by Colin Jackson)
~ CONGRATULATIONS to PETER & his sailing friend CATHY (not to be confused at all with his WIFE PATRICIA) ~



PETER & CATHY had their THREE HOUR CRUISE with CAPTAIN NIGEL ~ we're just so pleased that they didn't become 'castaways'

~ both avid sailors, PETER said he thinks the "DARK SIDE" is great & CATHY was totally amazed with NIGEL's handling of the boat in very tight quarters ~

if you would like to check out NETTA JEAN for your own magical trip, cruise to the next article on our blog & check her out ~~ NETTA JEAN is available for your next power boat charter adventure in BEAUTIFUL BRITISH COLUMBIA



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Subject: HEAR THE STORY & WIN A CRUISE~
(Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 12:17PM by Colin Jackson)

~ EVERY boat has a STORY: NETTA JEAN  ~

 

We believe that boats are people too.  We name them, care for them & get REALLY attached. For those of us crazy enough to believe it, boats are alive and they all have a story to tell.   

 

Today, let's consider NETTA JEAN, the SILVERTON 34 recently added to the COOPER FLEET.   Be sure to enter to win a 3 hour cruise if you can make it this SUNDAY.

 

Did you know that ships are named with female names to protect sailors as they head to sea, not unlike how their actual mothers protected them in younger years?  Well, NETTA JEAN is named for the owner's mother.  While his father had introduced young Evan to the water & sparked a passion for exploring and adventuring on the water.  You see, Evan's dad built small boats, including a Fireball sailing dinghy named KALALA (butterfly).  Sadly, his mother's battle with MS began & curtailed all the boating adventures.   Caring for family trumps boating holidays & Evan's mom could simply not partake.

 

This year, Evan bought the boat and named if for his late mother.  Enter an opportunity to pickup where those early adventures left off.  So, if you're healthy, why not get a good dose of 'happy' with your own ocean playground exploration?   

 

NETTA JEAN is seaworthy - she's been tested in some pretty big swells.  As with many boats we offer, we know the boat will take more than the crew will want to. 

 

She's also is the perfect platform for fishing or snorkeling, with her cockpit low to the water.  I joined Evan as he finished up installation of a second down rigger.  The boat also has crab traps & a great tender with electric davit, making life easy for newly minted 'Pleasure Craft Operator Card carrying kids'.  The boat also has a couple of walkie talkies to connect with them during micro-exploration of quaint harbours. 

 

If you're heading out for longer, there are a few kayaks that can appear & add to your enjoyment - be sure to request those early to ensure we can make that happen. 

 

From atop the vessel the flybridge one has an excellent view.   This boat is capable of some great speed (as much as 25). Those extra few knots will cost more of course, but having some speed capability also translates to additional safety if someone needs to get ashore in a hurry or bad weather is approaching.   Cruising around 17 knots uses about $55/hour in fuel at today's diesel prices. 

 

ENTER NOW to win a 3 hour cruise on NETTA JEAN this SUNDAY

 

Drop by or click to see her!



 

Subject: GET FAMILIA with our latest fleet addition
(Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 10:06PM by Colin Jackson)
~ FAMILIA is our latest addition to the SIDNEY charter fleet ~

~ we're not entirely sure if the name is from the 1987 BRAZILIAN ROCK band or the midieval designation for HOUSEHOLD (sometimes WIKIPEDIA isn't really all that helpful), but we know this to be a fine 3 stateroom vessel from the SEA RAY factory - & you can visit her online or at PORT SIDNEY ~

sea ray charter

whether you are looking for a bareboat adventure or like to add a skipper for a luxury yacht charter from SIDNEY/VICTORIA, FAMILIA would be a fantastic choice
Subject: ALEGRIA ~ swiftsure win & more
(Posted on May 28, 2015 at 10:18PM by Colin Jackson)
~ ALEGRIA x places FIRST in division on the long SWIFTSURE BANK course in the 2015 race ~

alegria swiftsure 2015

preparations are underway for her first VAN ISLE 360 & a second circumnavigation of the island immediately following that as an ADVANCED & OFFSHORE course

see the full updates on her page

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