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Do I qualify to bareboat charter?   We look for a combination of experience and certifications.  Coastal Navigation certification is a requirement in most cases.  To find out if you qualify, please submit a current Skipper’s Resume.  If you are not qualified, our team of Instructional Skippers can help you become qualified or simply join you on a learning vacation.


How do you prepare boats for charter?  Each boat undergoes a “pre-charter inspection” as well as thorough clean prior to your arrival.  


Are your boats pet friendly?  No.  I’m sorry, we love our furry friends, but pets are not allowed on any boat in our fleet.


What do we need to bring?  All our boats are fully equipped for your charter with domestic inventory and all safety equipment as required by Transport Canada- you only need your personal items, sailing gear, provisions and a smile.  Visit our Client Services Page for our boat inventory, packing tips, and so much more.


Can I fish and catch crabs and prawns?  We do offer crab and prawn traps for rent, however we do not have fishing gear. You must be in possession of a fishing licence to fish or put down traps.  This can be obtained from – Fishing License Application Website.


May I rent a kayak or SUP?  Yes, we have kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for hire.  Once you have confirmed your booking – you will have the opportunity to reserve these items.


What time does my charter begin and end?  The first day of you charter starts at 10:00 a.m.  You may also choose our preboard option – and arrive the afternoon before your charter so you can provision, stow and become familiar with your charter boat.  It also affords you the opportunity to be able to have our assistance with any queries or further items you require before you depart the marina in the morning. Your charter ends at 10:00 a.m. on the last day  –  this means that you must have  disembarked the boat by this time and by then all garbage, recycling , food, and personal belongings are removed and the standard clean-up is completed.  Please plan your return to the marina in order to meet this deadline.  With this in mind you may wish to return to the marina on your last evening.


What are the payment and contract terms?  Confirmation of your charter requires a 35% deposit.   Full payment is due 60-days prior to your arrival at the charter base.  All amounts are in CAD (Canadian Dollars) and are subject to applicable provincial and federal tax (7% Provincial tax & 5% Federal tax).  You may find a sample Bareboat Charter Agreement here.  Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions/clarifications on the charter contract.


What is your cancellation policy and do I need travel insurance?  We recommend purchasing travel insurance for protection against cancellation penalties and/or unforeseeable circumstances such as an emergency medical evacuation.  Visit our Rates Page to find our Rebooking & Cancellation Policy.


Who owns the boats in the fleet?  All of our boats are privately owned.  Our boat owners love our ideal island location, offsetting their maintenance and annual costs with sharing the charter revenue, and the ability to step aboard and enjoy their boats without having to worry about any maintenance or repairs when they are taking “owner time”.  We are in the center of the best cruising grounds in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy the best parts of boating.  Owners enjoy the benefits of our company being part of a full service marine  business group – Stones Boatyard, The Marine Store, Nanaimo Yacht Services, Inflatable Repair Shop and Nanaimo Charters & Sailing School. Our services include an 83 ton TravelLift, skilled marine technicians, inflatable boat experts, and access to vast marine suppliers and very competitive rate.   If you would like to learn more about joining our Yacht Partnership, email us at

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601 Start Price 1000 CAD
Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd.
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC, Canada V9S 4E1

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