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Subject: START HERE - New Friendly Schedule & Modular Format
(Posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 08:03AM ) Tags:
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.


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

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!




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


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





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


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


Subject: Own a 46 Foot Bavaria in Sidney
(Posted on Jul 6, 2010 at 06:35PM ) Tags:
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
Subject: 'Lady Van' back in Vancouver
(Posted on Jun 23, 2010 at 12:09PM ) Tags:
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.
Subject: Coast Hunter arrives in Port Sidney
(Posted on Jun 4, 2010 at 08:40PM ) Tags:
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
Subject: Lagoon 400 "Amritha" joins the fleet in Sidney
(Posted on May 23, 2010 at 04:43PM ) Tags:

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.