… a few words about where we’ve been and how we can serve you best!
Cooper Boating delivers the best boating holidays in the world. The formula includes spectacular people, boats and processes that have been continually refined since 1983. When combined with the spectacular scenery, wildlife and cruising grounds of the British Columbia coast, Cooper Boating is the preferred choice for the best ‘on the water’ experiences.
Cooper’s tradition of coaching – both in our courses and when introducing people to our boats and regions for charter experiences – sets us apart. As boaters take to the water with Cooper, our instructors set a course for a lifetime of great cruising. Each time people come back, our staff is ready with informative vessel and area orientations necessary to ensure trouble free and comfortable holidays on the water.
Cooper Boating is run by a team of dedicated individuals who have many years of boating and business experience. Cooper is open almost every day of the year, offering year-round services in the mild west coast climate.
Our graduates go places – while we are through and through a Canadian west coast company, we’ve had graduates of our programs head all over the globe and in a few cases, all the way around it!
Whether your next adventure is to conquer an ocean or harbour, become a competent crew member aboard a friend’s boat or just become a little more self sufficient as you explore our spectacular coastline – you set the goals and we help you get there.
A L I T T L E H I S T O R Y
Cooper Yacht Charters was started in 1983 by Forbes Cooper, who is often credited as being British Columbia’s most successful boat builder, with thousands of boats on the water here at home and around the globe. Mr. Cooper sold the charter and school business in 1988 and later sold the boat factory to others, although he does still build select custom projects under his WestCoast Custom Yachts brand (many of which are featured in the Cooper fleet.)
Cooper Boating, as it stands today, is the product of growth and acquisitions, including asset acquisition of The Jib Set Sailing Centre, West Coast Cruising Centre, West Coast School of Seamanship, Seafari Sailing Expeditions, and Bosun’s Charters and corporate acquisition of Pacific Rim Yacht Charters Ltd.
Cooper Boating operates the largest recreational charter fleet in Canada. Cooper’s locations include Granville Island’s Maritime Market in Vancouver, where a collection of boating businesses combine to be the best boutique boatyard – a truly unique destination without leaving the dock! Granville Island features a large ultra popular public market, a kids market, a collection of artisans, theatres and restaurants in a collection that is nothing short of magic.
Another full service, year round location sits in the bustling marine seaside community along in Sidney BC at the world class Port Sidney Marina. Minutes from Victoria International Airport, this sophisticated oasis is located at the end of Sidney’s main street – Beacon Avenue. Seasonally enjoy an open air community market on Beacon and enjoy easy access to supermarkets, restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores and ‘fresh off the boat’ seafood.
Cooper’s third satellite location is open seasonally in Powell River, a large seaside community at the gateway to Desolation Sound. The city of Powell River is in the middle of significant upgrades to its waterfront and we look forward to an exciting new Powell River in the coming season.
Bareboat charter or add a skipper for a skippered charter from one of our three bases: Vancouver, Sidney (Victoria), or Powell River (Desolation Sound).
From these bases the Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound, Princess Louisa Inlet or anywhere in between await your exploration. Cooper Boating has the largest charter fleet with the greatest selection of sailboats or powerboats on Canada’s West Coast.
Our Gold Fleet sailboats and powerboats are fully equipped with the equipment that you need to enjoy your vacation. Included with your charter of 5 days or more are linens and bedding for all the sleeping cabins.
Our Silver Fleet boats are slightly more experienced than our Gold Fleet boats, and do not include linens and bedding in the charter price. We would be happy to place linens and bedding on board for a small charge.
All of our cruising vessels include dinghies and outboards as well as barbeques, refrigerators (ice boxes on a few smaller vessels), water heaters, charts, sailing directions and the best local knowledge around!