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Subject: CRUISE here and eat like a KING!
(Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 07:56PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:

by CREW member MAX

Not many people know but there is a world class dungeness crab, spot prawn, and salmon fishery right outside of our Granville island and Sidney charter bases.

Chances are if you have talked to me on the phone you know that I spend many of my off days out on the water setting crab and prawn traps and fishing for salmon right here in our local waters.  Not only is it a great way to get out on the water but it has been a fantastic source of food over the past year.  Make sure to get your tidal fishing license online and check for any recent fishing closures and you will be good to go! 


Opportunities for harvesting crab abound right here in English Bay as well as up into Howe Sound and over in the Gulf Islands.  General rule is if you can find a sandy ledge in about 40 feet of water you have a good chance of finding some crab!  Bait choices can vary; there are pellets you can purchase at almost any gas dock however I have found that nothing works better than a salmon carcass.  These can be purchased right here at the Granville Island Market.  Set your traps and let them soak for a few hours for best results.


Spot prawns are plentiful in Howe Sound as you can see from my fish well filled with over 20lbs of them! And from just one set!  Finding them can be trickier than crab but when you locate them get ready for some good eating.  Best places to look are in Howe Sound in depths of 200-300 feet alongside some deeper water.  Make sure you have some willing hands as hauling up these traps can be tiring but if you ask me there is no better reward than a pan of prawns sizzling in butter and garlic to make you forget about your sore arms.  Very effective bait for these guys is the same pellets used for crab trapping.  Same idea as crab set the traps and let them soak for a few hours and then get ready for good eating!  

max with his fish

By far the most sought after fishing in Vancouver’s waters is for the mighty chinook salmon.  There are fishing opportunities available for these beauties year round as well as many smaller species of salmon that make their way into our waters every year.  Fishing for them is generally done with downriggers and specialized equipment however one very effective way of catching these fish with minimal gear is to drift fish for them during the summer Capilano Run.  All you need it a rod and some bait and you can join in the fun!  Either take your boat down to the mouth of the Capilano River off of West Vancouver or anchor and zip over in your dinghy and then it is as easy as hooking a piece of herring onto your line and lowering it down to the fish waiting below.  During the months of August and September and as early as July thousands of fish come into the area as they prepare to swim upriver so get out there after them!   


Subject: the flotillas are coming, the flotillas are coming
(Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 08:33AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
One of the very special things we do around here is build events that people can just PLUG INTO.  Doesn't matter if you are good or not.  Doesn't matter if you have done these over & over or are out for the very first time.  

We organize where, why & how.  Members book in & we draw from an inventory of boats at great prices to take the booking risk away.  Not sure how many or nobody to cruise with?  No problem.  We got you covered.


Oh, ya, these events are lots of FUN for everyone ranging from NEWBIES to OLD SALTS.

Browse the schedule & join today!

desolation sound

(Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 12:26PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
Great courses depend on great instructors.  

The story of our past chief instructor ALAN BOREHAM, & how he came to be one of our finest instructors started an the unlikely place - KITIMAT, BC.  

As we ring in a new year, we love his philosophy that "while pain is inevitable,  suffering is optional".  

Spend 10 minutes with ALAN here: 

Those small decisions will change your life - big time!

Subject: A Gift of Adventure!
(Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 12:30PM ) Tags:
The BEST gift to give someone, is a gift that will last them a lifetime!
Buy a Gift Certificate today!

YOU know how valuable, refreshing, and freeing your time is on the water- this year, share that joy with your friends and family with a gift that gives access to boating lessons, charters, and clubs.             

Grow your crew!


Gift Certificates are available in any denomination.
Available in person, or by phone- Gift Certificates can be printed, or emailed instantly!

Christmas hours
Open 9-5pm 7 days a week with the following exceptions:
Dec 24    9am - 1pm
Dec 25    Closed
Dec 26    Closed

Subject: SHARE YOUR ADVENTURE ~ story and photo contest
(Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 04:55PM ) Tags:
SHARE your boating adventure for a chance to WIN a $2,000 gift certificate from Cooper Boating!
Submit your favourite boating adventure photos & story, and you could WIN $2,000 to spend on charters, courses, or club memberships in 2016 at Cooper Boating!
Contest details:
We love hearing about your awesome boating adventures when you’ve finished a class or a charter with us- and we really want to share your story with everyone!   
Tell us about great destinations, and the journey getting there.  We’d love to hear about what you saw, what you dined on, that funny thing that uncle Bob did, and just how big that fish was you caught!
Winner will receive a $2,000 Gift Certificate from Cooper Boating for use in 2016, and their entry will be featured in Cooper Boating’s February 2016 Newsletter, and on
In addition, one runner up will be chosen, and will receive a 1 year membership to the Crew Club - a $500 value! 

Dates and deadlines:
Deadline to submit is December 31st, 2015.
Winners announced Friday, January 15th. 2016.
How to submit:
Submit 2 - 10 photos, and your story of 500 - 1000 words by December 31st, 2015.
Submissions will be accepted in word or rtf document only, photos in JPG.

Email your submissions to and put YOUR NAME & CONTEST ENTRY in the subject line.
Judges & the small print:
Winner and runner up will be chosen by our staff judges: Colin Jackson, Nancii Bernard, Dawn Dexter, and Jeny Cassady.
Entry in the contest constitutes your permission to Cooper Boating all rights to edit, and use the entry or parts of the entry in any marketing or publicity of Cooper Boating and Cooper Boating related business.

Subject: Filling the Food Bank
(Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 02:25PM ) Tags:
We would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to everyone who attended
Cooper Boating's Yacht Expo Seminars this past weekend! 

Not only did we have a great bunch of seminars, but we also collected an impressive amount of groceries for the         Vancouver Food Bank!


Subject: boat buying experts on site SUNDAY
(Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 08:50AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:

" learn the rules of the boat buying game "

We have experts here in the areas of marine surveys, mechanical inspections, marine finance, marine insurance, boat brokerage including having assistance buying with access to market data.

If you've always wanted to buy a boat, this is the day where we bring all the help you'll need together in one place.

Morning session packed with guest speakers including banker, broker, marine surveyors and a marine mechanic run from 0900 to 1200.

Afternoon sessions, including workshops on minimizing costs & hassles start at 1300 ~ wrapping up by 1630 hrs

food bank

YACHT EXPO SEMINARS benefit the VANCOUVER FOOD BANK ~ join the fun ~ learn ~ support a great cause ~

all our presenters volunteer & your only cost is a donation to this great cause
(Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 11:02AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
After 50 years, there are a lot of people by now who have DONE the VIC MAUI race.  Far fewer have WON the VIC MAUI race.  We're fortunate this SATURDAY to have PETER SALUSBURY on site.  Peter was the 2014 VIC MAUI CHAMPION aboard his purpose built LONGBOARD.


Come join the adventure from the comfort of the GRANVILLE ISLAND classroom.  VIC MAUI, 50 years of pine trees to palm trees is SATURDAY at 1300 hours.


YACHT EXPO SEMINARS benefit the VANCOUVER FOOD BANK ~ join the fun ~ learn ~ support a great cause ~

all our presenters volunteer & your only cost is a donation to this great cause 
Subject: ROUND THE ISLAND: a multihull perspective
(Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 07:18PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
BOB DAVIS is the president of the BC MULTIHULL SOCIETY & part owner of the legendary cat "BAD KITTY"

~at 1400hrs on NOVEMBER 21, BOB is on site talking about adventures on the VAN ISLE 360 RACE from his perspective as a multihull sailor ~

bad kitty catamaran

NEED more information on sailing cats? BOB DAVIS is our expert on hand, having been involved in some way with every VAN ISLE 360 race ever run!

~ YACHT EXPO SEMINARS benefit the VANCOUVER FOOD BANK ~ join the fun ~ learn ~ support a great cause ~

all our presenters volunteer & your only cost is a donation to this great cause

food bank

Subject: Waterfalls, Glaciers and Bears- OH My!
(Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 10:57AM ) Tags:
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!

john waterfall

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.