The Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School management team has more than 30 years’ experience in delivering memorable charter holidays on a fleet of highly maintained sail and power yachts. It is the only Charter Company that has a full-service division and boatyard. – nanaimoboatyard.ca
Ian MacPherson,Nanaimoyachtcharters the CEO of the Company, is the second Vice President of Boating BC and on the board of the Canadian Recreational Yachting Association (CRYA) as well as the President of the Association of Bareboat Charters and Sailing Schools of BC. Ian built a 40′ long-distance cruising sailboat and spent ten years cruising the world with Shari and 2 young daughters. He managed the Caribbean and later the Greek and Eastern Med charter operations of one of the largest charter companies in the world. This included managing over 300 staff, maintaining 250 yachts and developing 6 hotels. Ian’s exceptional skill and teaching ability have contributed to the enormous growth of Nanaimo Yacht Charters Sailing School.
Shari MacPherson,iMarketing owned and managed a day charter operation of a 70′ Stays’l Schooner called “Gandalf of Eldemar”. The charters included day, evening, and dinner cruises- a huge attraction to all those who visited the Caribbean. Shari, together with Ian, cruised some 32,000 nautical miles, crossing several oceans with two very young daughters
Beth MacPherson has naturally grown up around sailboats. She has gone through CRYA and IYT training and due to her taking any opportunity to be out sailing, there is very little about our charter fleet and the cruising area that she doesn’t know. She heads our marketing and sales team and the charter operation generally!!!
These customer-driven owners make the strong management team of Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School – proud owners and proud Canadians.
The company is privately owned and not affiliated with any other charter company.
For an article on some of the MacPhersons’ exploits, prior to immigrating to Canada, follow the link below.
We have recently been asked to work with Transport Canada in promoting safe boating in the rental boat fleet:
Below is just a snippet of some of the world’s best cruising ground along the Sunshine Coast and through Desolation Sound onboard the Beneteau 40 – ‘Baraka Too’ over the Thanksgiving Holiday 2017!
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Thank you NYC for helping to make our dreams come true! We ticked a huge item off our Bucket List in July 2019. Stargazer, a beautiful Bavaria 43' was our home for 10 days. These are just a few of the squillions of photos! She was comfortable, clean, and very well appointed and maintained.
A big thank you to Ian and his team. This was our first charter and we could not have been happier with the kind and courteous service. After a warm welcome we were briefed on the sailing area, received charts/books and plenty of tips to help us on our adventure. We were given a very thorough brief aboard Stargazer and our questions were answered professionally and respectfully. We have two teenage boys and this was the perfect family holiday.
We will definitely be chartering again with Nanaimo Yacht Charters as we really felt that they wanted us to have the best experience possible.
Stephanie, Marcus, Noah and Nicholas
Over the past 5 years I’ve attended the sailing school twice and chartered boats three times. Each experience with NYC has been professional, organized, and enjoyable. Beth and Ian are wonderful to work with. They are warm, knowledgable, courteous, and encouraging. I particularly enjoyed living on a sailboat and receiving instruction for a week while attending the intermediate cruising course. Living on a boat for a week develops a strong appreciation for the maintenance that a boat requires. I greatly admire how NYC services and maintains their fleet. The systems and equipment of each vessel in the expansive fleet is continuously monitored and attended to. The sailing courses helped familiarize me with the Gulf Islands and made me comfortable eventually chartering for myself. NYC offers wonderful itinerary planning for boaters not familiar with Gulf Island, Sunshine Coast, and Desolation Sound areas. My recent charter into Princess Louisa Inlet on the Sunshine Coast will be a life’s highlight. I look forward to many years enjoying and exploring western Canada’s costal waters with Nanaimo Yacht Charters.
My wife and I chartered a Hunter 38, Never for Ever, from the NYC and sailed her at Sunshine Coast up to Princess Louisa inlet in September of 2018. Great experience from every perspective! The company is very well organized and all processes are thought-through. Attention to details and outstanding business ethics is what makes this company to stand out. Initial communication with Beth was clear and responses were quick and to the point. Ian met us at the ferry terminal. Orientation in Ian’s super-organized classroom was in-depth yet very friendly and without a hint of condensation from a very experienced sailor towards less experienced sailors. We were going to pass through Malibu Rapids on our way to Princess Louisa inlet, so Ian made sure that we understand how to calculate tide slack times. He also pointed out major hazards along the way and provided some recommendations to make our experience more enjoyable. All charts, guides, navigational tools were supplied in a special easy to carry bag. We were given an opportunity to use the company car to do our provisioning run.
The boat was in great shape and well-maintained. Ian conducted a boat systems briefing. Docks team helped us to get out and helped us to dock on our way back. Beth scheduled an inspection by divers on the morning of our departure, so we knew that NYC has no outstanding issues with us. We were also asked to provide a very detailed feedback about our experience pertaining to all aspects of our charter. We would highly recommend the NYC to everyone.