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Subject: a whole new breed of cat
(Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 11:10PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
We are delighted to announce confirmation of a new power catamaran destined for BC waters & the COOPER fleet.   AQUILA power catamarans come with the leadership of industry veterans and represent a fusion of European, Asian and North American styling.

“The market has asked for exactly what has built into the Aquila Power Cat.  It fills a market void and we know that we will see more and more of this type of boat here in the Pacific Northwest. We are very pleased to be the region’s pioneers.” said Aaron Tweedy - who is taking the lead on this project within Cooper Boating.
Delivery of the first 44’ AQUILA power cat (shown above) is set for spring 2015 and will be displayed at the 2015 Victoria Harbour Boat Show from April 30 - May 3, 2015
(Posted on Jan 11, 2015 at 02:21PM ) Tags:
come check out our booth at the
january 21 - 25 at BC Place
& the hands on skills training clinics at the floating show on granville island

~ OR ~

january 23 - february 1

the countdown is on!
 ~ come see us for early booking deals and promotions ~
book now or forever hold your peace
~~well, until next year anyway

Subject: check out the new view
(Posted on Dec 31, 2014 at 05:07PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
so many years in the business, finally a room with a VIEW!

~ the new VANCOUVER charter & boating school office is up & running at 1832 MAST TOWER ROAD - come by for a visit (after tomorrow, we're closed NEW YEAR'S DAY, then open daily after that) ~

ENJOY THE VIEW! (we sure do!)
Subject: CHRISTMAS is just around the corner
(Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 11:36AM ) Tags:
starting someone off with a new pastime can be truly life transforming, and we can help!
gift certificates are available now, and courses are 10% off until december 15

there are all sorts of great possibilities, whether you need a gift for someone who's an old salt or a newbie

here are a few ideas:
~a beginners course to learn the basics
~an intermediate or advanced course to upgrade skills
~a docking or anchoring clinic
~a coastal navigation or VHF course
~boating guides to all the best local destinations

give your friends and family a gift they will always remember

Subject: ALASKA 2015
(Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 02:56PM by Samantha Jackson) Tags:

have you dreamed about cruising the INSIDE PASSAGE TO ALASKA
well next summer from may 16th to july 13th you could live out your dream!

COOPER BOATING is setting up a flotilla that will be leaving POWELL RIVER may 17th and headed for JUNEAU ALASKA
~the trip will be run in 4 – 2 week long stages:  powell river to prince rupert, prince rupert to juneau, juneau to prince rupert, and prince rupert to powell river ~ you can book a boat and take your own crew, or book a berth and travel with a group of like-minded adventurers ~choose 1, 2 or all 4 stages~  if you have your own boat, you can join the flotilla too

for more information call dawn at our sidney office at 250-655-4979 and she will help make
your INSIDE PASSAGE dream trip to ALASKA happen!
fair winds and following seas…
Subject: we met MR WRIGHT
(Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 07:56PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
~ the joke of the week started: "I'm off to meet MR. WRIGHT" "tell him I've been waiting for him all my life" replied DANIELLE ~

hanse 470

a few quick decisions lands WRIGHT WAY in the fleet for SIDNEY this coming season ~ this beautiful grey hulled 2012 HANSE 470 is loaded with electric winches, retractible bow thruster, teak decks & a few short handed features like a self tacking jib ~

if you are looking for a sailboat charter out of SIDNEY (near VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT), this is one of the finest choices you can make

hanse 470 charter

~ she arrived at GRANVILLE ISLAND tonight to get fitted with a bimini for further comfort ~ come visit this three cabin boat (with two cabins yet to have ever been slept in!) & reserve for your summer holiday in the GULF ISLANDS

~ if you are considering boat ownership, also know now is the best time of the year to add a boat to the program ~ even if you can't meet MR. WRIGHT, you can at least take his lead!!

Subject: a nice NOVEMBER forecast for SIMPLE PLEASURES
(Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 10:06AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
when we see a forecast like this in NOVEMBER, we'll take it!  ~ especially when it's our last flotilla entirely in 2014

wx simple pleasures flotilla

~ we'll be heading off to GIBSONS & SNUG COVE this weekend, with a crew members brining a special dish for the famous POTLUCK on SATURDAY night ~

SUNDAY morning we dine where RELIC of the BEACHCOMBERS did at MOLLY'S REACH before heading to SNUG COVE ~ up over GAMBIER if conditions permit

molly's reach

~ act now ~ we'd love to have you aboard ~

(Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 03:16PM ) Tags:

red lights flashing, alarms sounding, and ten miles from land? no need to panic!
our student driven lessons are led by a licensed diesel mechanic with a specific emphasis on marine installations for recreational vessels

learn the basics of how the diesel engine runs, some simple preventative maintenance and learn to rectify simple problems ~ one SATURDAY in the classroom from 9am – 5pm ~ Price $159 per person
learn to perform preventative maintenance, rectify simple problems and understand larger projects when you are working with a professional and parting with your hard earned dollars ~ this program affords more time to delve into the various systems that support reliable operation of a diesel engine ~~ four weekly evening classes from 6:30 - 9:30pm and one full SATURDAY shop day at the conclusion ~
november 12 class runs WEDNESDAY nights with a shop day on SATURDAY, december 6 ~ Price $399 per person

these clinics are coming up fast, give us a call at 604-687-4110 sign up
Subject: meet AARON ~ our new fleet WRANGLER
(Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 03:51PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
~ AARON TWEEDY jumped from aviation to the water, but it was not a big leap because he found some of his old acquaintances here & he has always had a passion for boats

~ shown here AARON is taking a SELFIE while moving one of our boats ~ his specialty is POWER BOATS ~ but he's been doing well on his sailing skills as well ~

AARON's mission is to ensure we have the best possible fleet moving forward ~ to that end, AARON is helping convert our popular BOAT BUYING SEMINARS to also be available on a WEBINAR FORMAT

~ if buying a boat is on your near horizon, contact AARON TWEEDY to get some help ~

if you need help remembering his name, try this:

(Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 01:43PM )
as the french national anthem was sung dockside it could only mean one thing... that ANTOINE CENSI
had been awarded the gold medal at the JIBSET CLUB’S first annual docking HULLYMPICS ~~
7 participants competed in 3 events, and FRANCE CAME OUT ON TOP~~congratulations ANTOINE!
& of course PETER & HARRY, our silver & bronze medalists!

 photo: harry pratt


the MYSTERY CRUISE was a huge success ~ ~ we had some great wind and a great crew,
with the infamous stephen desroches skippering CASSIOPEIA, our beautiful & FULLY ENCLOSED
bavaria 42 that is currently living in vancouver  ~ ~  here’s what our winners had to say:

“Jason and I really wanted to thank everyone at Coopers Boating for organizing such a great day out on the water.
Stephen was fantastic and we both truly enjoyed ourselves.  We are honestly grateful to have been invited.”  -Toula

“It was a perfect day.....   Stephen is marvellous and so entertaining - he gets the message out while making sure
everyone is keeping safe and having fun!  The weather was perfect.  Lots of wind for some really exciting sailing.
The crew was great - a perfect mix....The boat was fabulous - how lucky was I to be included on a stellar day like that!  
I can't thank you enough!”  -Kathleen

just another great weekend at cooper boating!

CASSIOPEIA (bavaria 42) is raring to go for your off-season adventure ~ her full enclosure makes sailing at this time of the year especially pleasant