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Yacht Management Testimonials

Alan – owner of a Dufour 385

I would not hesitate to highly recommend Nanaimo Yacht Charters. My Dufour 385 (2008 model) has been in the NYC fleet for 5 years and I can confirm that the NYC management team (and their staff) is the most experienced and ethical in the Pacific Northwest.

In terms of your question re: income and costs…my charter income has more than covered the cost of maintaining the vessel to an extremely high standard.

Average weeks under charter over the 5 years has been about 8 weeks…..with a low of 5 weeks and a high of 11 and I still use the boat myself each summer. However, you should not necessarily rely on my experience as a guide in this respect because I don’t know what type of boat you are contemplating and the appeal of the vessel to charter clients is obviously an important factor.

My boat has been maintained in pristine condition and Ian is very good at keeping me informed about repairs that are required during the charter season and also at taking care of the boat over the winter.

Meticulous maintenance is critical to successful charter operations. Basically they care for the boat as if it was their own !

Finally is worth mentioning that Nanaimo itself is a good base for charter boats and for personal cruising….I was based in Comox for the first two years….good jumping off point for Desolation Sound but not so convenient for the Southern Gulf islands.


Penny & Dave Pittman – owners of a Beneteau 34


It is with pleasure that I comment on our experience with Nanaimo Yacht Charters. We have been sail boat owners for close to 30 years and it was time to purchase a newer, more modern boat for our comfort in retirement years. We have always been interested in Beneteaus so we treated ourselves to a charter with Nanaimo Yacht Charters on a Beneteau in their fleet. We were very impressed with the condition of the boat and the professional approach to their charter operation. After our successful charter experience, we made a decision to buy a newer and more modern boat as planned, but to put it into charter with NYC. This allowed us the comfort and confidence that our investment would be professionally maintained, as well as generate some revenue until a time when our circumstances changed.

We are entering our second season with NYC and we are thrilled with our decision. We know now from personal experience that our Beneteau is being professionally maintained, proper and routine maintenance is taking place and our boat is in pristine condition anytime we want to use it. We have since chartered twice in the British Virgin Islands since we started our agreement with NYC and NYC operations compared more favorably all around then our BVI experience.  Although it was a good experience, NYC is just a notch above.

Penny and Dave Pittman
( Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

Dave Martin – owner of a Oceanis 400


I have known Shari and Ian MacPherson for 10 years, having first met them when they operated Sunsail Canada in Coal Harbour in Vancouver. I was so impressed with their attention to detail, their insistence on everything being right, the commitment to customer satisfaction and the work ethic of everyone involved in their business, that I purchased a boat and put it in their fleet.

When they purchased Nanaimo Yacht Charters I was approached by Ian and asked if I wished to continue chartering my boat through their business and without giving it a moment’s thought I said yes. Shari and Ian and Lorraine run a professional organization, no detail is too small to ensure customer satisfaction.

I would describe them as hardworking, ethical business people and would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who is considering placing their boat in charter or chartering from them.

David Martin
( White Rock, BC, Canada)

Diana Young and Peter Bruckmann – owners of a Oceanis 461


Quite simply, we cannot recommend Nanaimo Yacht Charters and Sailing School highly enough.  We have known Ian and Shari McPherson since 2003 when we first purchased our 46-foot Beneteau from them when they managed SunSail Canada in Vancouver.

Our boat remained active in their charter fleet until September 2006 when we became full-time cruisers.  During the time that we had our boat managed by the McPherson’s we had total peace of mind and complete confidence in them.  Our boat was chartered out more often than we had expected (and we still were able to enjoy lots of personal off-season sailing) and it was maintained to the highest standards.

We also had the added benefit of learning from them, as they are both proficient sailors and Ian is a gifted mechanic.  If there is anything that Ian doesn’t know about sailing and boats…it isn’t worth knowing.  My husband took his sailing instructor course from Ian and I also got lots of tips from him.  I’m delighted that they are now offering a sailing school in addition to the charter business as Ian and his team are very patient, have a passion for sailing and will make any student feel much more confident and proficient.

In summary, everything at Nanaimo Yacht Charters is first class…from the website, to the office staff and to the work ethic and integrity in which they operate their business.  We salute Ian and Shari and the team at Nanaimo Yacht Charters.

If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Diana Young and Peter Bruckmann
S.V. QuickStar


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