Learn more about our news and special events, both here at the marina or out and about on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

top 10 hiking destinations on south vancouver island

South Island Hiking Trails

Top 10 Hiking Destinations on Southern Vancouver Island

From North to South, Vancouver Island is covered in beautiful, well-maintained hiking trails for all skill levels. Below is a list of Van Isle Marina staff’s favourite hiking destinations on the Southern part of Vancouver Island – because sometimes you just need to get off the boat, go for a drive, and stretch your sea legs.

  1. Galloping Goose Trail

The Galloping Goose is a multi-use, 55-km trail connecting Victoria and Sooke. A former railroad line, this trail is popular with dog-walking locals, commuting cyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts from all around. Depending on your access point, you’ll pass tons of wilderness, waterways, rural farmland, and urban pathways.

See how to get to the Galloping Goose Trail 

  1. Thetis Lake Regional ParkThetis Lake Regional Park sign

Accessible via the Galloping Goose Trail, Thetis Lake Regional Park offers panoramic views of the lakes and surrounding hills, beaches, picnic spots, old growth trees, wild flowers, and hiking trails ranging from easy to expert. While there are plenty of trails allowing you to create your own route, you can also do the simple hike around the lake in 5 km. Expect tons of locals out for exercise on this trail.

See how to get to Thetis Lake Regional Park

  1. Mount Work Regional Park

At Mount Work Regional Park near Langford, enjoy three lakes, Dorrence, Fork, and Pease, and then consider hiking the Summit. The Mount Work summit trail is a steep 4.5 km hike more suitable for experienced hikers. Trail markers will help show you the way up what is at first a mossy, lush forest then a rockier viewpoint. An accessible loop trail is available at the Munn Road entrance.

See how to get to Mount Work Regional Park 

  1. Goldstream Provincial Park

Goldstream Provincial Park Falls on Malahat north of LangfordGoldstream Park is a must-see if you’re visiting south Vancouver Island and are looking for a massive park with plenty of amenities. Although it’s inland quite far, Goldstream has easy, wheelchair accessible trails, or more strenuous hikes. Some to check out are Arbutus Ridge, Arbutus Loop, Gold Mine, Prospector’s, and Lower or Upper Goldstream. At Goldstream Provincial Park, you’ll be surrounded by tall trees and close to waterfalls, a meandering river, a trestle bridge, a salmon run, an eagle centre, campsites, and much more. There’s even a gift shop and Visitor’s Center.

See how to get to Goldstream National Park 

  1. Mount Finlayson Hiking Trail

The Mount Finlayson Hiking Trail is a steep 4 km hike located in Goldstream Provincial Park offering scenic Olympic Mountain and Saanich Inlet views towards the Langford area. Many locals flock to this trail, especially on the weekends, so plan accordingly.

See how to get to Mount Finlayson Hiking Trail 

  1. Gowlland Tod Provincial Park

At Gowlland Tod Provincial Park you’ll find more than 25 km of hiking trails, including the Tod Inlet Trail, the Cascade Trail, the hike to Jocelyn Hill, and the McKenzie Bight Trail all among protected areas rich in biodiversity. This park covers almost the entire east side of Saanich Inlet, from Goldstream to Brentwood Bay and Butchart Gardens. The Cascade Trail is steep but includes the Cascade Falls, while the McKenzie Bight Trail includes a scenic beach area, and Tod Inlet will take you to see evidence of early-day pioneer settlements.

See how to get to Gowlland Tod Provincial Park

  1. Coast Trail

The Coast Trail near Sooke that runs alongside the rocky shoreline of the Juan de Fuca Strait offers impressive ocean and mountain views mixed with forested trails. You’ll also pass the Coast Salish First Nations petroglyphs at Alldridge Point. Head out to complete the entire Coast Trail in about eight hours one-way or choose the smaller portion of the trail at the south end of the park.

See how to get to the Coast Trail 

  1. John Dean Provincial Park

John Dean Provincial Park is on top of Mount Newton near the town of Sidney on the east coast of Vancouver Island overlooking the Saanich Peninsula, the Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountains. Expect to find hiking trails for all skill levels here. You’ll also be among wildflowers, old-growth Douglas firs and Garry oaks, amazing sunset views, and flocks of wildlife at this day-use park.

See how to get to John Dean Provincial Park 

  1. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

No round-up of hiking trails on south Vancouver Island would be complete without a mention of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on the Island’s west c

juan de fuca provincial park

oast. Easily accessible by boat, this massive park features four main areas: the 47-km Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, the China Beach day-use area, the China Beach Campground, and Botanical Beach. Along with natural wildlife and stunning views, this park features old growth forests, waterfalls, grottos,

tide pools, estuaries, and stunning rock formations. Multiple trailheads provide something for all skill levels. We recommend checking the provincial government’s website for service notices before heading out:

See how to get to Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

  1. Avatar Grove

The route to reach this hiking trail just north of Port Renfrew on Gordon River Main logging road has some twists and turns but it is worth it if you’re looking for something a little less populated than the hikes mentioned above. Home to massive old growth Douglas Firs and Canada’s “gnarliest” tree, Avatar Grove is a lesser-known destination hike on the Island.

See how to get to Avatar Grove  


No matter what type of hike you choose on Vancouver Island, make sure you pack the essentials (water, snacks and safety provisions!) and wear layered clothing and shoes suitable for the Island’s often wet, unpredictable weather.

Looking for hikes on other Gulf Islands? We’ve got you covered! Check out our post on our Top 5 Recommended Hikes on the Gulf Islands 

The above trails are just some of the fantastic hiking trails South Vancouver Island has to offer. We also have plenty of hiking recommendations for places only accessible by boat. Stay tuned to our blog or follow Van Isle Marina on Facebook or Twitter.

parts of a boat - boating terminology for beginners

Parts of a Boat

Parts of a Boat: Boating Terminology for Beginners

If you’re new to the boating community, familiarizing yourself with the different parts of a boat will help you talk the talk and ensure you set sail with confidence. Van Isle Marina has you covered with our handy beginner’s guide to the different parts of a boat. From the bow to the stern, and everything in between (the hull), know before you go!

  • Anchor: a large heavy object attached to a boat that is dropped into the water and attaches itself to the seabed to keep the boat in place when desired.
  • Awning: an often-retractable cover used to shield passengers from the weather.
  • Ballast: a large amount of weight (often lead) added to the boat used to better stabilize it.parts of a boat - boating terminology for beginners
  • Berth: the sleeping quarters of the boat.
  • Bilge: the lowest section of your yacht where water is collected, near the shower sump.
  • Bimini top: a canvas cover or similar used to occasionally shield passengers from the weather.
  • Bow: the entire front portion of the boat.
  • Bridge: the part of the boat where the controls are; the cockpit.
  • Bulkhead: a supportive structure between the bulk and the deck.
  • Cabin: private living quarters, usually below deck, where people sleep or otherwise spend time indoors.
  • Casting platform: an open area used to cast fishing rods.
  • Coaming: edging added to a cockpit to keep out water.
  • Console: a smaller area above a deck or cockpit offering guests more space to gather.
  • Deck: the part of the boat that is on top of the hull and an area where you can walk or work. It acts as a roof for the hull. Boats can have multiple decks (i.e. foredeck).
  • Dinghy: a smaller boat on board the larger boat uses to get to land easier or as a life-saving apparatus.
  • Fenders: parts made of plastic or rubber that act as a buffer between the boat and the dock or pier and other boats, protecting both from damage.
  • Foredeck: the front-most deck of the boat in boats that have multiple decks.
  • Flybridge: a steering station on specific models that is on top of the boat’s cabin. See the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge as an example.
  • Galley: the kitchen area where food is prepared.
  • Gunnel/Gunwale: The edge running along the side of the boat, adding structure and strength to the vessel’s design.
  • Hatch:  an opening connecting the bottom of the boat with the deck. There can be many hatches on a boat. Moving down into the hatch is “going below” and moving up through the hatch is “going topside.”
  • Head: the bathroom on board.
  • Helm: the wheel used to steer the boat.
  • Hull: the body (shell) of the boat that encompasses other parts like the deck, bottom, and sides. The hull doesn’t include the rigging or mast of a sailing yacht.
  • Keel: a part of the hull, the keel is the primary middle beam running from the front (bow) to the back (stern). It is considered the foundation of a boat, ship, or yacht.
  • Jump seats: Space-saving small seats you can pop in and out of place in the cabin.
  • Lifeline: lines or cables that act as guard rails, preventing people or gear from falling overboard.
  • Line: a synonym for rope used in the boating world.
  • Mooring: a place where you can safely secure your boat, such as a marina (a dock, wharf, or pier).
  • Port: as you’re facing the bow, the port side of the boat is the entire left side.
  • Porthole: a window in the side of the boat, often circular.
  • Propellers: the blades of a motor that spin and propel the boat.
  • Rigging: the lines used to operate the sails, masts, and yards.
  • Rudder: a vertical appendage attached to the hull and submerged in the water to control steering.
  • Saloon: the primary dining area onboard.parts of a boat - dinghy
  • Scuppers:  drains on the deck used to spray incoming water from rain and waves overboard.
  • Starboard: as you’re facing the bow, the starboard side of the boat is the entire right side.
  • Stern: the back of the boat.
  • Superstructure: anything above the deck that is not the rigging is part of the boat’s superstructure.
  • Swim deck/platform: an area for swimming, located far away from the casting platform when a boat has both.
  • Tender: another name for a dinghy.
  • Thruster: located on the sides of ships and some yachts, thrusters are used to move the bow or stern sideways in either direction through the water without changing the vessel’s orientation.
  • Topside: the part of the hull that is not touching the water.
  • Underside: the part of the hull that is touching the water.

The above glossary includes the main parts of a boat, yet there are many more out there. However, this list is a good place to start if you’re thinking about embarking on the yachting lifestyle.

Van Isle Marina’s yachting experts will be happy to show you all the different parts of each boat you’re interested in at our marina. Check out the yachts we have for sale right now, or contact one of our yacht sales brokers to learn more about touring our marina and our new and used boats.

lures vs bait - understanding the pros and cons

Lures or Bait?

Lure or Live Bait? Understanding the Pros and Cons of Each

When it comes to catching fish as quickly and effortlessly as possible, the question of which is better – artificial lures or real bait – depends on what you’re trying to catch and in what conditions you’re trying to catch it. Sometimes a lure is best, while other times, bait is the way to go. However, there are some general pros and cons to each method.

Fishing with Lureslures or live bait - when to use lures

Fishing lures are small, artificial objects often shaped like a fish’s prey that are attached to a hook and tied to the end of a fishing line. They are used to attract fish to your line.

There are many different types of lures on the market such as jigs, spinners, spoons, fly lures, crankbaits, and plugs. Some lure manufacturers have even added LEDs to the mix.

Whether they are made from rubber, plastic, metal or a mix of such materials, fishing lures are often weighted and use a combination of movements, vibrations, colours and shiny reflections to entice fish to bite.

The Pros of Fishing with Lures

  • Lures are one-time, reusable purchases.
  • Lures don’t require special storage like dirt or water tanks, which significantly reduces the weight of your tackle box.
  • Lures are not dirty or smelly.
  • Lures are fun to collect and actively engaging and satisfying to use.
  • Lures often lead to bigger catches and fewer unwanted fish on your line.
  • Lures help increase the survival rate of fish in catch and release fishing by reducing deep hooking – an occurrence that leads to higher mortality rates in fish.
  • Lures reduce an angler’s use of bait, which helps maintain populations of bait species from being overharvested.

The Cons of Fishing with Lures

  • With so many varieties of fishing lures out there, it can take some trial and error to find the best ones for what you’re trying to catch. This means you might end up with clutter in your tackle box.
  • No matter how fun lures are to collect, lures can get expensive if you’re not careful, and they won’t all work.
  • Lures can get stuck in weeds, branches, and rocks. And they won’t be all that effective in murky waters or at night time.
  • Fishing lures work best when they are cast where an abundant amount of fish is present. Unlike bait, lures won’t attract fish from far and wide, so you might be waiting a while for a bite and be required to move around to different areas.
  • Lures require the right combination of weight, hook sizes, and colours to work effectively for what type of fish you’re trying to catch, so they aren’t as straightforward as bait. In short – the number of options can be overwhelming for beginners.

When to Use Fishing Lures

For better or worse, the effectiveness of lures relies on just the right conditions. Lures are best used when:

  • The water is nice and clear
  • The weather is warmer
  • You’re dealing with aggressive, predatory fish
  • There are a lot of undersized or non-target fish present
  • You’re in a catch and release area
  • When signs are deeming the waters “artificial only” or “fly and lure only”

Fishing with Bait

Natural baits are living critters that are used to attract fish to your hook. The most common types are worms, minnows, leeches, insects and shrimp. Rather than artificial lures, which mimic a fish’s prey, bait ARE actual fish prey.

lures vs live bait - dew wormsThe Pros of Fishing with Bait

  • Bait is highly effective because fish are more attracted to the real live prey you’re delivering. They latch on with gusto, improving the chances of a deep hooked fish on the end of your line – one who is less likely to fall off. (A deep-hooked fish is a con if you’re doing catch and release, however.)
  • Bait appeals to a wide range of fish species, increasing the likelihood you’ll catch something.
  • Bait is often cheaper than lures in the long run. It’s free if you find your own while out and about in nature.
  • Bait attracts fish from far and wide, so you can easily set your rod up and just wait for something to bite.
  • Unused bait can be returned to nature, or even frozen until your next trip.
  • Researching bait basics helps give you a better understanding of which fish prefer which prey.

The Cons of Fishing with Bait

  • Bait is messier and smellier than fishing with lures. Prepare to get your hands, clothing, and gear smelly and dirty, especially if you’re capturing your own bait.
  • Bait needs special storage considerations like refrigeration or circulating water.
  • Due to these storage considerations, bait is usually heavier to lug around than artificial lures.
  • Bait requires more frequent trips to the bait shop and planning to make sure you have enough.
  • Fishing with bait contributes to the overharvesting of fish prey.
  • Bait attracts any and all types of fish, including small ones or otherwise not the ones you were looking to catch.
  • Bait increases the rate of deeply hooked fish – only a con in catch and release fishing as this decreases the survival rate of the fish.

When to Use Bait

As with lures, the effectiveness of bait relies on just the right conditions. Bait is best used when:

  • The water is muddy or murky
  • It’s nighttime
  • You’re a beginner looking to catch something, anything
  • You’re fishing for keeps
  • It’s cold outside, or better yet, when ice fishing
  • Your next meal depends on it!

In the end, there is no clear winner in the lures vs. bait debate. And this is by no means an exhaustive list of each method’s strengths and weaknesses.

Each method of fishing has its pros and cons – it all depends on what species you’re trying to catch, your level of experience, and your conditions.

At Van Isle Marina in Sidney, BC, near Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, we love talking fishing with our clients and visitors and would be happy to give you some pointers and talk about what works for our waters. Come see us with all your fishing and boating related questions. Find us at 2320 Harbour Road. Find out how to get here.

Yacht Life - 8 Things You’ll Love About Living on a Yacht

Yacht Life: 8 Things You’ll Love About Living on a Yacht

What’s It Like Living on a Yacht?

For many people, a property with an ocean view is the most coveted type of property there is. No matter the season, gazing out into the vast ocean and watching the sunset can be a breathtaking experience.

But have you ever considered what this view would be like from your own personal yacht? Probably about a million times more stunning! The tranquil, beautiful ocean views that a yacht offers are just a few of the many reasons why life is simply better on a boat.Yacht Life: Living on a Yacht

The Yachting Lifestyle

When you see a luxury yacht moored at your local marina, do you ever find yourself wondering what life on board is like?

Simply put, it does not matter what type of yacht you’re on. Life on a yacht is purely what you make of it. Whether it’s an elegant Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht , a luxury classic Belize 66 Daybridge or the more modest, 20-year-old Bayliner 4788 Pilothouse Motoryacht life on the ocean is pretty spectacular if it’s freedom, relaxation, privacy, and memorable moments you are looking for.

Here are 8 things you’ll love about life on a yacht:

Time to Relax

Life on a yacht is as calm and quiet as you want it to be, ensuring you have tons of time to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life on land. No matter the size or speed of your boat, you’ll be free from the constant hum of traffic, that annoying barking dog, and your neighbour’s noisy toddler. You’ll escape everything else you didn’t even know was stressing you out.

Privacy & Security

Many yacht owners say one of the things they most appreciate about life on the water is how much privacy they have. When you live on a yacht, you won’t have to deal with things like unexpected guests popping by or keeping the curtains closed and the doors locked at nighttime.

Exploring the World

One of the things most yacht owners love is the freedom to pick up and go whenever the mood strikes. Yachting is the ultimate way to travel and explore the world from port to port to port. You’ll never have to sleep in the same spot twice, and you will finally be able to travel with that friend or relative who fears flying.

Making Memories

Whether you do it for a few days, a few weeks, or you live on your yacht for years at a time, you’ll never forget the feeling of how special your time on the water will be. Life on a yacht makes for great photos, great conversations, and a sense of pride for the owner.

Decluttering Your LifeLife on a Yacht - living area

If you’re looking to downsize and declutter, life on a yacht may just be the excuse you were looking for to sell everything off, pack up the rest, and go.

Many Ways to Entertain

Wondering how you’ll spend time aboard your yacht? The possibilities are endless. Today’s luxury yachts offer modern kitchens, multiple bedrooms and living rooms, multiple sun decks, fitness gyms, modern kitchens, huge theatres, high-end sound systems, hot tubs, pools, and much more. You’ll feel like you’re on your own personal cruise ship.

Endless Ocean Views

As we mentioned earlier, ocean views aboard a yacht cannot be beaten. While you’re enjoying all the above, endless ocean views surround you while you’re living life on your yacht.

Ways to Make Life on a Yacht Even Better

  • Before buying a yacht, spend a few nights on one to make sure you can handle life at sea.
  • If you’re a light sleeper or are prone to getting motion sickness, a larger yacht will rock less during stormy weather.
  • Talk with other yacht owners to find out what works for them.
  • Research the resale value of your yacht if you plan on selling.
  • Bookmark our blog for more tips!


Questions about life on a yacht? Understanding the potentials of life on a motor yacht cannot be explained in one short article. If you would like to learn more about what type of yacht would be right for you, Van Isle Marina is here to help. Please contact one of our Yacht Sales Brokers or call us at 250.656.1138.

2019 Vancouver International Boat Show

Don’t miss out on Western Canada’s largest boat show, the 2019 Vancouver International Boat Show! This boat show takes place from February 6-10 at BC Place and  the Granville Island marina. Hundreds of boats are for sale from Wednesday to Saturday 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Our brokers will be happy to tour you around our boats on display. Find us at Granville Island, G Dock 11,13 and 15.

Van Isle Marina is proudly showcasing the following boats at the Vancouver International Boat Show:

52’ Riviera Enclosed Flybridge

The sophisticated design of the 52’ Riviera Flybridge exudes effortless power. Rare seafaring affinity and operational ease. Uncompromising Riviera quality and attention to detail throughout.

Flowing saloon and cockpit space, three staterooms, two bathrooms, spectacular luxury flybridge with internal staircase access, embracing the world’s easiest joystick helm maneuverability and control with Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit Navigation and silky smooth Volvo Penta Integrated Propulsion System (IPS) power.

43’ Riviera Open Flybridge 2019

This exciting new model incorporates great function and style within a supremely comfortable, sea-kind hull. When it comes to propulsion, the proven Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) has allowed Riviera designers to create a fresh accommodation layout on the new 43 Open Flybridge. With all major engineering positioned well aft, enormous gains are made with beam-width space amidships.

Cruising at 28 knots with a top speed of around 31 knots, the 43 Open Flybridge has a range of 340 nautical miles from its 476 gallon tank. And of course handling the new 43 Open Flybridge in close-quarters is made care-free via the use of the integrated joystick control.

This particular boat is equipped with two 12″ Garmin Glass Bridge GPS screens, integrated GRID controller autopilot helm. Garmin GSD 26 CHIRP sounder and transducer, 4 KW Open Array Radar.


36’ Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht 2007

The Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht is a superb example of forward thinking, combining the best of the past with innovative new thinking to forge an exciting future for boating enthusiasts everywhere. The Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht provides the very best in al fresco living with a single-level design combined with the comfort of a fully enclosed living area and helm station. The saloon and galley are on one level, and flow as one space into the cockpit via a large door and wide folding window. The cockpit is equipped with a lounge across the transom and a table that adjusts from compact coffee table size to an extended dining table.

Built to the exacting standards that epitomize Riviera, the 3600 Sport Yacht offers the security of a hand-laid fiberglass hull with independent compartments and a watertight collision bulkhead forward. The innovative and highly efficient Frank Mulder designed tunnel hull and underwater exhaust systems, deliver a “big boat” ride and feel.

For sale by the original owner who has upgraded and professionally maintained this vessel to a high level with several recent upgrades making her a very desirable cruiser for her next owners. Attention Canadian buyers: this Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht is Canadian licensed and 9.5% Canadian import duty paid (significant savings for a Canadian buyer when comparing to any in the US)

32’ Back Cove 2018

Equipped with the factory optional hardback enclosure for comfortable year-round cruising! Back Cove has become synonymous with motor yacht cruising in affordable and easily maintained yachts. Practical elegance speaks to the simplicity and serviceability of her systems and to the gracious lines of the down east motor yacht.

The Back Cove 32 is the latest model to be launched in a range that spans more than 700 hulls and 14 years.  New to the Back Cove range for 2018, she is an amalgam of design ideas coming from discussions with our current owners and potential owners, about the ways in which they use their boats.

The Back Cove 32 offers the same concepts that have built the success of the range. Extraordinary fuel efficiency from her single diesel engine, straight forward systems and rugged good looks that are the talk of any harbor she enters.

While her on-deck spaces are perfect for entertaining family and friends, her cozy and luxurious interior perfectly suits the needs of the cruising couple. The skilled boat builders at Back Cove have crafted a warm and inviting interior using American cherry, finely finished with satin varnish.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Riviera to showcase four Premieres at the Miami International Boat Show

Riviera to showcase four Premieres at the Miami International Boat Show

Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, will proudly present four Premieres in a nine-model red carpet showcase at the Miami International Boat Show in February.

The on-water display at the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key in Florida during President’s Day weekend from 14 to 18 February will Premiere the extraordinary new Belize 66 Sedan that had her World Premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.

The Riviera Miami Premieres include the long-range and luxurious Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht, an entirely new-style of motor yacht under 40 feet, the 39 Sports Motor Yacht and the sporty and adventurous 395 SUV.

The display also includes Riviera¹s stylish and sophisticated 4800, 5400 and 6000 Sport Yachts, the blue-water Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge model and the timeless classic Belize 54 Daybridge.

Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst said: ³We are proud to Premiere four extraordinary motor yachts in a range of highly advanced and luxurious models at the Miami International Boat Show. This distinctive range of designs cater to a wide range of motor yachting pursuits and cruising aspirations.”

He said the name Riviera was synonymous worldwide with ultra-luxury, superior design, and supreme blue-water sea-keeping capabilities.

Every model in the display features the very latest in marine technology, including Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit navigation and systems monitoring as well as touch-screen digital switching and joystick controls for superior handling and low-speed manoeuvring.

Each motor yacht features the outstanding maneuverability and power of Volvo Penta integrated propulsion system IPS pod drives. With Riviera, all Volvo Penta systems are covered by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty to complement the Riviera and Belize five-year limited structural warranty.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere Belize 66 – on display

The new Belize 66 Sedan builds on the heritage of a luxury motor yacht that celebrates the styles of a bygone era of yachting, of gleaming hand-crafted interiors and, most importantly, of individuality.

The Belize 66 Sedan on display at the Miami International Boat Show is a three-stateroom, three bathroom model that takes the concept of a semi-custom motor yacht to a whole new level, delivering a wonderful sense of space, comfort and luxury and offers the highest level of customisation and bespoke elements.

Special features of this motor yacht include a super yacht scale full beam master stateroom and full beam master bathroom aft of the stateroom.

The garage under the cockpit has space for a Brig F330L tender. Wide and high bulwark side decks lead forward to a massive sundeck that offers a large sunken U-shape lounge and a central dinette table. The foredeck will certainly become a favourite onboard entertaining or relaxation zone.

A large awning window opens out to the large cockpit and connects its multiple lounges and barbecue centre, to the galley while a sliding glass door provides entry to the salon. When the window and door are both open, this creates one enormous entertaining area. The large U-shape gourmet galley is aft and the dinette is forward to starboard with a free-standing lounge or armchair opposite. The superbly designed and crafted helm faces a wrap-around windscreen. A watertight pantograph door opposite the dinette provides immediate access to the port deck and introduces more fresh air into the salon.

Power for the new Belize 66 comes from twin Volvo Penta 1350 IPS3 pod drive systems, each providing 746kW (1,000 hp).

Miami International Boat Show Premiere Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht – on display

The long-range and luxurious Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht delivers spirited performance and super-smooth running at speed.

This new Sports Motor Yacht offers a large open cockpit, perfect for entertaining or water sports, high bulwarks with wide side decks, a foredeck entertainment centre and an immense covered mezzanine dining and relaxation area. A door on the port side of the mezzanine leads to a staircase down to the day head and shower. Adjacent to the day head is a utility room or optional crew cabin with direct access to the engine room.

The large aft U-shaped galley is designed to cater for the chef’s every requirement while a plushly carpeted salon features a large lounge to port and, to starboard, a leather dinette that seats up to eight.

The fully enclosed flybridge with a forward helm, guest lounge and an alfresco dining area aft is accessed by internal stairs.

Accommodation options include Grand Presidential or Classic layouts with three or four staterooms and three bathrooms.

Power for the Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht comes from twin MAN V12 turbo diesel 1800 or 1900 engines, each providing 1,324kW (1,800hp) or 1,397kW (1,900hp).

Miami International Boat Show Premiere Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht – on display

The latest model in Riviera’s outstanding Sports Motor Yacht collection, the 39, offers a sophisticated new design and multiple entertainment spaces that are emblematic of Riviera Sports Motor Yachts.

The cockpit is ideal for entertaining and water sports with a teak table and lounge set under the awning window to port offering alfresco dining. A stair-ladder on the starboard side of the cockpit connects with the sizeable flybridge with a forward helm and an L-shape lounge aft.

Contemporary styling throughout the 39 Sports Motor Yacht is evident in the fully-equipped aft galley on the starboard side and plush dining area opposite. A lower helm is forward to port with a lounge opposite. The accommodation deck provides sleeping for five adults in two luxurious staterooms and a large bathroom that includes a vanity, toilet and separate shower stall with a frameless glass door.

Power for the new Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht comes from twin Volvo Penta D6-IPS600 pod drive systems, each providing 320kW (435hp).

Miami International Boat Show Premiere Riviera 395 SUV – on display

The sporty and adventurous Riviera 395 SUV displays a contemporary elegance, from her entirely new hull and deck design with feature hull windows to European-inspired fabrics and cabinetry throughout.

Her open cockpit is perfectly designed for relaxing and entertaining or for a raft of water sports. A deluxe lounge and table in the forward port quarter invite alfresco dining.

This new model offers a spacious salon with fully-equipped aft galley to starboard and a dinette opposite, a forward helm to port and a guest viewing lounge in the starboard forward quarter. The accommodation deck includes two generous staterooms and a large bathroom.

Power for the 395 SUV comes from twin Volvo Penta D6 IPS 500 pod drive systems, each providing 272kw (370hp).

Where to find Riviera at the Miami International Boat Show

Mr Longhurst said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Riviera and Belize owners and enthusiasts to inspect the latest luxurious models of Riviera excellence at our red-carpet, on-water showcase on Miami Marine Stadium, Pier 6, Slips 650-657 at the Miami International Boat Show.”

Please click on any of the images below to download a full resolution copy

Belize 66 Sedan

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Belize 66 Sedan

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Belize 66 Sedan

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Belize 66 Sedan

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Belize 66 Sedan

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Belize 66 Sedan - Cockpit

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Belize 66 Sedan – Cockpit

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Belize 66 Sedan - Salon

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Belize 66 Sedan – Salon

Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 72 Sports Yacht Salon

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Yacht Salon

Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht - Aft Stateroom.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht – Aft Stateroom.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht - Flybridge.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht – Flybridge.

Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 395SUV - Salon.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 395SUV – Salon.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 395SUV


Riviera, Australia¹s most-awarded builder of luxury motor yachts, currently offers 19 different models from 39 to 72 feet across five distinctive model collections: the supremely seaworthy Flybridge range, stylish and sophisticated Sport Yachts, the sporty and adventurous SUV series, the luxurious and long-range new Sports Motor Yacht design, and the timelessly classic Belize Motor Yachts.

Having now built more than 5,300 motor yachts throughout its rich 38-year heritage, the name Riviera is synonymous around the world with luxury, innovation, blue-water performance, built-to-last quality and unrivalled owner support.

Winter Boating Courses to Keep Your Skills Sharp

Whether you are a skilled offshore cruiser or a new boater with only a few seasons under your belt, there is always more to learn when it comes to boating. The New Year holiday season is an excellent time to perfect existing skills or learn a wealth of new information. We have compiled a list of courses that are offered in Victoria, Vancouver, or online. Many of the courses are offered across Canada, so it is recommended to check with your local Power and Sail Squadron for more information on courses in your area.

Marine Electrical Maintenance

This course is taught by the Vancouver branch of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. It teaches you the basics to keep your on-board electrical systems maintained and safe.

Where: Prince of Wales Secondary School, Vancouver B.C.

When: January 24, 2019 – March 14, 2019


Looking to start sailing, or increase your knowledge of sailing procedures? This course goes over all aspects of sailing theory including rigging, handling foul weather conditions and much more.

Where: Prince of Wales Secondary School, Vancouver B.C.

When: January 15, 2019 – March 12, 2019

Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1

This course dives deep into essential boating information, especially for those who spend long time frames away from shore. Course topics include: medical emergencies at sea, tides, and marlinespike seamanship. This course is also offered online from February 21, 2019 – May 16, 2019 in addition to being offered in a classroom.

Where: St. Matthias Anglican Church, Victoria B.C.

When: January 15, 2019 – April 16, 2019

Offshore Marine Navigation Level 2

Building on the information relayed in the Level 1 course, this course requires a strong foundation of navigation with topics that include celestial navigation, sextant training, offshore electronics and navigating in emergencies. This course is offered online.

Where: Online

When: January 7, 2019 – March 25, 2019

Offshore Personal Survival Course

This is a 2-day course offered in Victoria by the Vic-Maui International Yacht Race. It includes a theory session, as well as practical sessions with in pool training. Participants will learn how to properly conduct a man-overboard rescue, hypothermia & cold-water immersion, emergency signals and much more.

Where: Royal Victoria Yacht Club, University of Victoria (McKinnon Pool)

When: March 23, 2019 – March 24, 2019

What boating courses would you like to see offered in 2019?

Christmas Gifts for Boaters under $100

Living in the Pacific Northwest, chances are you may have a boater, fisherman, or sailor on your holiday list. Sure– you could get them another nautical mug or anchor key chain, but why not get a Christmas gift that they will never forget. If none of these gifts will do, a Van Isle Marina gift card is always the perfect fit.

If you’re hunting for the perfect gift for the captain in your life, we have a few ideas below that are both nautical and nice!

Christmas Gift Puddle Jump Bag Available at Van Isle Marina Fuel Dock

Puddle Jump Bags starting at $54.95

Available at the Van Isle Marina Fuel Dock, Puddle Jump bagsare versatile and highly functional for the nautical. They are made fromrecycled sails and come in a variety of styles and colours. The company standsbehind their products so firmly that they offer free repairs on your bag forthe first decade of use!

Christmas Gift YETI Rod Holster

YETI Rod Holster $49.99

This fishing rod holder is made to securely attach to your Yeti Tundra or TANK cooler by a stainless-steel, powder coated bracket. The holder is designed to work seamlessly alongside your cooler to ensure complete access to your beverage of choice. Your cooler can make a great cast-on stand!

Christmas Gift Tesalate Sand Free Towel

Tesalate Sand-Free Towel  $79

Imagine taking a trip to the beach, and not having to worry about tracking sand back to your boat! Tesalate, an Australian company, has created a towel that will do just that. The towel is lightweight, super-absorbent, and actually repels sand! The towels can absorb up to a quart of liquid and dry in half the time of a traditional beach towel. 
The towel is available in colours and prints suited toeveryone!

Christmas Gift iBobber Wireless Smart Fish Finder

iBobber Wireless Smart Fish Finder $99.99

The iBobber is a great alternative to an expensive built-in fish finder. The bobber is a portable, cast-able fish finder that marks fish,depth and water temperature accurately and transmits this information right to your smart phone. The user-friendly app identifies the length of each fish and their exact depth, up to 135’. For those social media savvy, there is a link to post your fishing finds directly on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 
Each charge has 10+ hours of battery life.

Christmas Gift La Roche Posay Anthelios Melt In Sunscreen

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen (SPF 60) $35.99

This sunscreen is perfect for the water-sport enthusiast in your life! It will protect you from UVA/UVB filters, while being water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Its velvety texture makes it a breeze to apply and ensure 100% coverage. The oil-free formula ensures you remain break-out free while staying safe in the sun.

Do you have any Christmas gift ideas that could help a fellow shopper? Comment below!

ROAM – Clearing Customs by Boat

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency has announced the launch of a new streamlined, yet comprehensive way to clear customs for boaters travelling from Canada to the United States. ROAM (Reporting Offsite Arrival-Mobile) is an alternative method to the typical face-to-face customs clearing that most people are used to.

Small pleasure craft arriving to the United States must immediately declare themselves to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Using ROAM, boaters have the option of remotely reporting their arrival through the app on their mobile phone. This method reduces wait times for clearance, as no officer is required on board to search the vessel. Instead, boaters input their personal information and the specifications of their trip and officers can choose to video chat with boaters and remotely inspect if they deem it to be necessary.

Exceptions to using the app are:

  • Travelers who require an I-94;
  • Travelers who wish to obtain a cruising license;
  • Travelers who must pay duties on imported goods; and
  • Other circumstances as applicable.

The app is available on Google Play and Apple iTunes Store, and is currently in use in Alaska, Washington, Detroit, Port Huron and Sault St. Marie.

More information can be found on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website, or contact your local port of entry.

Protected Anchorages in the Gulf Islands

The sun has officially set on summer, and winter is on the horizon. The “off-season” brings a plethora of wild and glorious weather to the Pacific Northwest. In an instant, things can change and even the most experienced boater may need to seek refuge. Below is a list of a handful of the many anchorages in the Gulf Islands that can provide shelter during a storm.

Ford’s Cove – Hornby Island

Ford-Cove-Harbour-Hornby-IslandFord’s Cove – Hornby Island

Ford’s Cove is the only completely protected anchorage on Hornby Island. The southern tip of Denman Island blocks any south winds, while Hornby and the Ford’s Cove spit protects from the other directions.

The bottom is a mix of sand and mud which provides a lot of hold during stormy weather, and the depth of the water typically ranges from three to five meters.

If amenities are needed, the Ford’s Cove Harbour has washrooms, electricity and a small store.

Annette Inlet – Prevost Island

Annette Inlet Anchorage – Prevost Island

Prevost Island has no lack of great anchorages, but Annette Inlet is a local favourite.

Not only is it beautiful, but it is easy to maneuver and sheltered. While this area does lack immediate amenities, Annette Inlet is spacious and less busy than most other anchorages its size.

The surrounding area is private property, so trips ashore are discouraged.

Royal Cove – Portland Island

Royal Cove, Portland Island, BC

Royal Cove Anchorage – Portland Island


Royal Cove is nestled in the northern most part of Portland Island. It is a quiet alternative to Princess Bay, which is located on the southern side of the island.

The cove is quite sheltered, however if you are avoiding a strong north wind, there may be a better suited anchorage for you elsewhere.

Your anchor is sure to stay put, as the bottom is made up of thick mud. If you have a deep keel, be wary of the rocks located on the west side of the cove.

Clam Bay – Thetis Island

Clam Bay Thetis Island

Clam Bay Anchorage - Thetis Island

The aptly named Clam Bay (previously the site of a large shellfish operation) is tucked in between Thetis Island and Penelakut Island. The two islands are separated by a very small channel which is maneuverable by dinghy and will lead you right to the amenities at Telegraph Cove.

This anchorage will provide you shelter in all but an easterly wind. The bottom is stable with mud and sand, and anchor holding is typically found around six to twelve metres.

We encourage you to refer to your navigational aids and do your research before checking out a new anchorage. Do you have a favourite location to anchor during troubled seas? Let us know in the comments!