COOPER BOATING news ~ latest information about boating in BC
Subject: now THAT's open house weather
(Posted on May 9, 2015 at 09:10AM by Colin Jackson)
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CHECK OUT THE WEATHER for checking out boats & programs down at GRANVILLE ISLAND!!



BOATS OPEN 11-5 & still a few slots for boat rides (call ahead if you want one of those 604.687.4110)
Subject: OPEN HOUSE events scheduled for SATURDAY
(Posted on May 6, 2015 at 04:35PM by Colin Jackson)
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OPEN HOUSE EVENT SCHEDULE: SATURDAY MAY 9

~ let's connect to launch a spectacular season ~



~ ~ WHATS UP SATURDAY ~ ~


~ ~ boats open 11am - 5pm ~ ~

tour the new AQUILA 44 power catamaran

 


~ COMPLIMENTARY intro boat lessons aboard MONK 36 trawler or CATALINA 445 - please RSVP (604.687.4110)
 

~ COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR SCHEDULE ~

EARLY BIRD  theory & mystery unlocked: SPINNAKERS 10am to noon (COLIN jackson)

           LUNCH & PARTY !!! (BBQ on!!!)

           2pm ~ navigation guru JOHN slater - push & know the limits of GPS ~

           3pm JIM & ISABELA - adventures of SONSIE ~ the cruise to AUSTRALIA

           4pm 2014 VICTORIA - MAUI RACE recap ~ re-live the adventure from the safety of the classroom! (COLIN jackson)



 we look forward to seeing you at GRANVILLE ISLAND

Subject: free as the wind
(Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 06:49PM by Colin Jackson)
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SAILOR PRICING = the wind is free & everything else should be! ~ we run periodic classes off season to add value to our memberships ~ these sessions are normally for MEMBERS ONLY ~



BUT - we say "WHAT OFF SEASON??... CHECK OUT THIS WEATHER!!"  ~ so, ON MARCH 22, we are blowing the VANCOUVER doors open (pardon that pun, we can't help ourselves sometimes) to offer a FREE SAIL TRIM SEMINAR from 10am to 3pm, PLUS - a bonus of the recap from our 2014 VIC MAUI adventure - contact the VANCOUVER OFFICE TODAY through THIS EMAIL LINK




~ this offer is on a space available basis, so act NOW ~


Subject: SEPTEMBER JIB SET SPECIAL
(Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 11:47AM by Colin Jackson)
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welcome to SEPTEMBER!



~ anyone joining the JIB SET SAILING CLUB this month will get a free course ~

sail as much as you like for $149/month and with your $499 initiaion, you get a $399 course voucher good towards ANY course at COOPER ~



the JIB SET is a great group of people who love sailing around ENGLISH BAY & we have boats coming on line in POWELL RIVER & SIDNEY as well

check out the JIB SET WEBSITE & contact our office today to take advantage of this great deal



Subject: fresh ideas to get you AFLOAT ASAP
(Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 07:53PM by Colin Jackson)
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get on the water MORE & have MORE FUN

the dilemma - how to get boating more -

    •    you don't have a boat
    •    you don't always have people to join or join you
    •    you want to stretch your boating buck

WE SAY ~ "PERFECT"

here are a few ideas that you may have considered & a few that you haven't:



LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION


want to get some boating lessons in as we capture some video, just LIKE COOPER BOATING on FACEBOOK & join the "LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION" conversation -- we're also turning our classroom into a studio to capture some of that great theory --- just in time to freshen up your skills for the season


FRIDAY NIGHT RACING


starting MAY 9th, the weekly ritual begins ~ sail & socialize ~ you too may become a "FRIDAY NIGHTER"  with  JIB SET




DELIVERIES


we've been moving boats around a lot to get them serviced & ready - if you would like to crew when we do this, join the conversation on our FB page for that as well





COURSES

refresher courses, clinics on specialty topics ~ they get you back up & going ~ & have a blast in the process




SOCIAL SAIL

april 29 is our first evening social sail - per member price $29




MORE IDEAS?

browse the CLUBS PAGE



maybe you DO  want a boat?

check out our choices for great STARTER BOATS


IN SHORT

we have hundreds of paths to get YOU the water… but there no wrong paths unless you are golfing instead of exploring our wonderful coast!
Subject: HAPPY 2013 – resolve NOT to buy a boat this year and spend more time on the water – HOW you ask?
(Posted on Dec 31, 2012 at 11:57AM by Colin Jackson)
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the truth about boats ~ from our experience ~ is you must love boating more than anything else (not altogether a bad thing) to the point you are using the boat all the time ~ that’s when ownership is really worthwhile
 
if you’re looking to get out on the water lots more and have big piles of fun in 2013 ~ your best year yet ~ then how do you do that without buying a boat?
 
JOIN ONE OF OUR THREE CLUBS

 we’ve come up with three innovative clubs specifically aimed at BOATLESS BOATERS – power & sail
 
CREW CLUB
they don’t get any simpler than this club ~ $39/month ~ we have a rolling 12 month calendar of FUN events why you pay a per trip fee ranging from $29 evening SOCIAL SAIL to $999 for a whole week in DESOLATION SOUND with the DREAMSPEAKER TEAM ~ authors of the DREAMSPEAKER CRUISING GUIDES


 
there are even bigger trips on the horizon for that once in a lifetime experience ~ but let’s just start by having some fun
 
we organized the destinations ~ we assemble the crews, we’ll pick boats from a great inventory that suit the group ~ YOU just plug in and go!
 
CRUISING CLUB
rather than casual charters, commit to a certain level and enjoy the best rates, best terms and ultimate in cruising convenience ~ if you are looking to spend a combined time of 20 days on the water, the CRUISING CLUB is the program for you


 
JIB SET
if you have seen the blazing red jibs out sailing, you have seen JIB SET and some of the smartest boatless boaters in BC ~ beyond the ability to sail as much as you would like on the sporty MARTIN 244 pocket cruisers, the JIB SET has an unmatched GROUP OF PEOPLE TO SAIL WITH ~ part of the savings stem from club members participating in operating the club and taking care of the boats ~ in 2013, the actual boat builder of the MARTIN 244 is on staff at GRANVILLE ISLAND ~ so learning about the boats just jumped up a level!
 
whether crew or captain, JIB SET is a great opportunity for short trips, including our popular FRIDAY NIGHT RACING ALL SUMMER

 
ALL OUR CLUBS offer many fun shore side opportunities to learn new topics like spinnaker and electronics, book readings from authors who are adventure experts and opportunities to just hang out with like minded boating folk ~ arguably the best sorts to hang out with on the planet ~ many of these shore side functions are free to members
 
STARTING IN 2013 ~ on the 13th of each month we send out our MEMBERS ONLY bulletin with unique opportunities reserved exclusively for MEMBERS, ranging from deeply discounted last minute offers to MEMBER ONLY EVENTS such as attending the popular FIREWORKS after dark
 
CAN’T DECIDE?
 know that we have many people that belong to more than one club and we make it easier to do that
 
with the rollout of the CREW membership, we are talking to a number of people interested in joining all three
 
    ~ WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? ~
one initiation fee of $499 and for $588 per month the member gets UNLIMITED SAILING on the MARTIN 244’s, $6,000 annually of charter time on anything in the entire fleet for your own group(s) and the opportunity to join the per trip programs of the CREW club with our groups
 
hey folks – we have people paying way more JUST TO MOOR THEIR OWN BOAT ~ and they go boating less with less variety
 
 
for some ~ PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP remains unmatched & despite our cries not to, they WILL BUY A BOAT ~ we can help ~ either with our FREE BOAT BUYING GUIDE ~ aimed at making you an educated buyer ~ to the opportunity to JOIN BC’s FINEST FLEET and ensure that when you are not using your boat, it derives revenue from our CHARTER, COURSE and CLUB programs at any of our THREE WORLD CLASS LOCATIONS
 
CONTACT US TODAY TO STEP UP YOUR LEVEL OF ENJOYMENT THROUGH THESE INNOVATIVE OFFERS
Subject: CREW membership underway PLUS DECEMBER special
(Posted on Dec 8, 2012 at 05:38PM by Colin Jackson)
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almost 25 years ago, COOPER BOATING changed hands and one of the first tasks at hand was to set a schedule for the school courses ~ taking the lead on scheduling courses was a key ingredient that fuelled  growth for the last quarter century 


last night we did our second preview evening for the CREW membership and it is clear that setting a schedule for the events that are all about having FUN and less about SKILL DEVELOPMENT has a lot of appeal ~ within minutes of unveiling the necessary paperwork for the club, we had a pretty nice group of freshly minted members


WHAT IS THIS APPEAL? - no need to do all the organizing - we've got that covered - dates, where to go, lead boat, shoreside events/meals, briefings - just browse our list of events, enrol and have fun 


some events are MEMBER EXCLUSIVES - in 2013 we only offer fireworks cruises to MEMBERS - if you are looking to attend the fireworks on one of our boats, you'll need to be a MEMBER - it is a very special experience



we draw on a selection of the finest boats based in three great locations - but more than that, we have a collection of great people that want to explore the BEST COAST and play together on boats ~ because there's just nothing better than messing about on boats


the club is built on a foundation of great MEMBER rates and getting involved is EASY -  there is no need to organize groups - just come as an individual or couple and we'll build the crew lists and select appropriate boats 72 hours prior to start times ~ for multi day trips the captain will be in contact to organize meals afloat and start planning out some of those finer details of your adventure 


we'll start each of those longer trips with a briefing of what's in store - and unlike those gigantic cruise boats - that nobody lets you drive - you'll be part of the crew - part of the adventure - part of the magic


if you have ever asked the question, how could it be simpler to get out on the water and have fun? - well the new club is really just that easy 


for DECEMBER, we're making the deal even sweeter - a special offer for two free months - only $390 for the entire 2013 year (and we'll include the NEW YEAR'S event - even though it's technically half in 2012!)


CREW membership - JUST have FUN

Subject: SIMPLE PLEASURES 2012 flotilla highlights
(Posted on Nov 12, 2012 at 06:24PM by Colin Jackson)
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certainly a mixed bag for weather on our last flotilla completely in 2012 (the NEW YEAR's event crosses to 2013 of course)

it started with the renaming ceremony SATURDAY morning for GENA II ~ ensuring the gods would be kind to her with the new name (and ensuring she wouldn't sink enroute to our first destination)  (KEY WORD for the morning: libations)

GENA II ~ undersail with her newly minted name (ENGLISH BAY)


CORENIA making her way up the NORTH SHORE (ENGLISH BAY)

in preparation for the POTLUCK dinner, new owner BRIAN & assitante ALEX prepared the PRINCESS PATRICIA to receive guests


and let the POTLUCK begin - testing the limits to the capacity of the WESTCOAST 46'

watch the carpet please says new owner BRIAN!


lots of tasty treats and the boat at absolute capacity


WAYNE is happy because he's so much taller than SEAN - we're not sure why SEAN is happy - must be the food


a few laughs on the sundeck of PRINCESS PATRICIA


more POTLUCK fun


WOODY had a great time not having sunk on the way over thanks in part to the official re-naming ceremony that morning ~ he also gave specific orders to eat all the LASAGNA so he wouldn't have to pack it back on the plane (reminders of that great cat GARFIELD?)

the next morning saw getting the boats out with no room to spare thanks to the arrival of the fishing fleet overnight

SHADOWFAX squeezes out with millimeters to spare


and CORENIA follows with at least an inch or two more to spare

we abandoned plans for SMUGGLER's COVE and headed up around GAMBIER ISLAND and back to SNUG COVE

after a lively night dockside at SNUG that saw STRAY CAT reposition from one side of the government dock to the other to minimize the bouncing - PRINCESS PATRICIA weathered the windward side of the dock all night and watched a couple movies 

the this morning we left SNUG COVE and headed back to GRANVILLE ISLAND - all 7 flotilla boats are now tucked in back at GRANVILLE ISLAND


CATCH YOU AT THE NEXT EVENT!


 
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