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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.

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

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

Subject: Stealth Yachts - BC?
(Posted on Mar 4, 2010 at 08:19AM ) Tags:
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!
Subject: Torch runs through Granville Island
(Posted on Feb 12, 2010 at 03:43PM ) Tags:
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.
Subject: First of two Dufour 425's arrived this morning
(Posted on Jan 22, 2010 at 07:57AM ) Tags:
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.

Subject: Oh what a difference a year makes!
(Posted on Jan 3, 2010 at 05:58PM ) Tags:
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!
Subject: She said YES!
(Posted on Dec 24, 2009 at 09:05AM ) Tags:
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!

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

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!