Meet Jim Burgoyne and Lynne Picard

If you’re not familiar with Jim Burgoyne and Lynne Picard, let us introduce you to this lovely couple. After spending several years living abroad in Thailand, Jim and Lynne decided to pack it up and head back home to Canada aboard their Vancouver 27. True to their spirit of adventure, the trip home spanned three […]

Boat Show Seminars

Learn Something New Every Day Docking and Line Handling Learn techniques that will help take the stress out of docking. Learn tips & tricks for docking in tidal waters, with a special emphasis on common problems encountered by couples and short-handed crews. Whether you are new to boating or handling boat that are new to […]

Featured Sailmaker – Carol Hasse 

Many a sailor has heard the line that sailing is the fine art of going no where fast.  For racers and cruisers alike, the pursuit of speed is always in sight.  But for serious cruisers and people seeking a fun, relaxing charter holiday, safety and comfort share equal importance. As we seek to inspire and prepare you […]

Winter Boating in the PNW

Many people from the East Coast and Great Lakes regions ask whether we keep our boats in the water over winter. Yes – we do. While temperatures sometimes drop below freezing and snow does fall in the coastal areas each winter – the climate is mild enough to allow for year-round boating, if you have […]

Winterizing Tasks Have Begun

Deep cleaning your boat will help you avoid expensive and smelly problems in the spring. Here at Cooper boating, the work of putting the boats in our Canadian Fleet is in full swing – an annual task to ensure that each boat is dry and clean so that everyone who charters from us enjoys every […]

Don’t Leave Home Without It – Coastal Navigation

Many people come to B.C. for the beauty.  But did you know that the inside passage of British Columbia is one of the most complex areas in the world – making this one of the best places in the world to learn to become a skilled skipper.  Coastal Navigation is essential for keeping your crew […]

Of Deadheads & Disabled Props

Keeping a close eye is an essential part of coastal navigation in British Columbia. Crab pots, kelp beds, floating logs, and the deceptive knot of twigs hiding a large root-ball and log below require a careful watch – a fun task for crew as they keep a careful eye out for whales and other wildlife. […]

From the Pilot House

Airline cockpit procedures, applied to recreational boating. After many years of chartering, we decided to purchase a Trawler. Like many sailors, this purchase has fulfilled a lifelong dream and will become the cornerstone of an active and exciting retirement for us in Sidney. One of the best parts of the purchase process was getting to […]

Bareboat Charters

Cooper Boating, as is the norm in charter companies, offers bareboat charters.