We absolutely loved our experience with Nanaimo Yacht Charters! A professional and caring staff who really went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful trip. I would recommend this company to anyone wanting a great experience chartering a boat on the west coast of Canada.
I have chartered from many of the local yacht charter companies and Nanaimo Yacht Charters was terrific! They were very organized with pre-boarding details and providing the briefing details by video, so lots of time is not wasted before departing. They were very responsive to all issues and helpful in providing guidance and advice on planning etc.
Look no further if you’re looking for a great sailing holiday! The boat is in great shape, the customer service before & during has been outstanding, our instructor (Darren) was fantastic and the available destinations are amazing!!!
Ask for Andy… My wife and I just finished our IYT day skipper certification and were onboard with Andy Deotter for 4 days.
The material is normally covered in 5 days but due to COVID and some constraining timelines Andy was able to certify us in 4 days… he kept a great pace of material and is hands down a great teacher and navigator. He explains the material well, is very calm and uses fun ways to help us understand the lesson. On top of that we also needed to bring our kids (5 & 9) and Andy was great with them too.
We am hoping to move on to the Yachtmaster course next and will ask for Andy.
We had the trip to define Summer 2021 aboard Cool Runnings, a Hunter 33. Just wrapped up today, everything was thought of, whenever you thought “Would be nice to have a…” you found it in a locker. Boat was extremely clean and well organized, and the staff very supportive when we encountered a tough situation. We’ll be back.
Great access to many sweet anchorages, islands, marine parks.
We have been with the Nanaimo Charter & Sailing School for all of our qualifications and charters. The team is fantastic, the instructors extremely competent and the fleet in excellent condition. Anyone who is looking for a charter or want's to get into sailing - go book with them!
Pros: Tony was an amazing skipper. Probably the best we ever had.
Cons: 1. The powerboat we have chartered had many issues which we had to fix by ourselves, 2. Poor instructions on the boat equipment, 3. Not enough beddings and towel supplies for our trip.
4. Huge hidden costs that were not communicated to our group before the trip - almost 20% more than the original quote.
Had a great experience teaching two fellas from Alberta on the Catalina 36. Thank you NYC for setting this up. I was so relieved to know my students were vaxxed. Looking forward to the next course.
Google rating score: 4.8 of 5, based on 86 reviews.