News, views, opinions and reviews from Van Isle Marina, one of the largest full service marinas in British Columbia.

Spring Boating Start-Up Checklist

Spring is in the air; is your boat ready to get back to cruising? If you did winterize your boat, you saved yourself some spring boat prep time and possible headaches now, which means the road between your boat and the water is shorter! Although it is always best to winterize a boat before putting it into storage, if you didn’t, don’t worry. Here are some tips to get your bow pointed in the right direction:

Have Your Manufacturer’s Manual Handy

If you have a copy, fantastic. If you don’t, it would be a good idea to get one. You’ll need it to replace fluids and parts properly. Never take apart anything without consulting the manual first.

De-winterizing Your Engine

This will be the biggest and messiest task, so it is recommended that you start here. If you didn’t change the oil at the end of last season, do so now. At the same time you change the oil, be sure to change the oil filter. Change the oil in the transmission or the outboard’s lower unit as well. Next, fill up the cooling system. Be sure you examine the hoses for any cracks and empty out the strainer. Finally, check the batteries and replace them if needed. Use a battery tester to check out the amps and volts and perform a thorough engine test.

Inspect the Canvas & Vinyl

Check your bimini top, seats, covers, and other vinyl and canvas items for tears, mildew and dirt. Repairs tears and holes, and then clean with the proper cleaner for canvas and vinyl.

Inspect the Hull and Propellers

Check the hull for abrasions, scratches, gouges, etc. and repair if needed. Inspect and replace zincs if necessary. Touch up or replace bottom paint. Check the propellers for dings, pitting, cracks and distortion.

Clean and Wax the Hull

First clean your boat’s exterior using a marine safe cleaner from a marine supply store. Van Isle Marina is also able to supply or order in almost any product you may need. Then, wax the hull as necessary.

Polish the Metal and Teak

Metal and teak are referred to as ‘brightwork’ and enhance the look of your boat. Also, prolonged neglect of metal and teak can compromise the integrity of the materials. To protect the metal, use a metal polisher. For teak, it is usually recommended that you sand it and then apply stain and varnish.

Test All Electronics

Bring all the electronics back on board and do a thorough test to be sure they are working properly. Test the radio, GPS, compass, depth finder, and any other marine electronics.

Clean the Interior

Whether you have an open deck or cabin with full galley, clean the area thoroughly to remove dirt and debris.

Van Isle Marina’s Yacht Park is available to help you with any springtime preparation you may require.  Our Sea-Lifts and Brownell submersible trailers can haul-out up to 70 feet or 45 tons.  You can book a full or half haul-out depending on your needs.  Half Haul-outs are convenient for inspections, zinc changes or marine surveys.  If you have never been to the marina before, our videos are an excellent introduction to the haul-out process.

Five Hikes in the Gulf Islands

At Van Isle Marina, we are fortunate to be located in the heart of the Gulf Islands, one of the best cruising grounds in the world. There are more than 200 islands in the region, each different than the last. The sheltered waters of the islands are wonderful for fishing, swimming, and sailing, while the isolated forests are perfect for hiking and camping. Below are five of the most popular hikes in the area, and are, of course, only accessible by boat!

Princess Margaret Perimeter Trail (Moderate – 7.2 km)

Located on Portland Island, (nice and close to Van Isle Marina!) the Princess Margaret Perimeter Trail is one of the most highly rated hiking trails in the Gulf Islands. It is a dog friendly loop trail that follows the shoreline around the island, showcasing the pristine white seashell beaches. If 3 hours is a bit too long, there are cross island trails that can shorten the hike to 1 hour. There is a dinghy dock located on the North side of the island at Princess Bay and Royal Cove for the convenience of local boaters.
Estimated time to complete this hike: 3 hours

Tumbo Island (Easy to Moderate – 3.5 km)

Take a step into seclusion on this quiet island to enjoy an easy hike through a few of British Columbia’s various ecosystems; garry oak and douglas fir forests, marshes and coastline. While you are walking, try to spot the remains of the coal mine that inhabited the island in the 1900s! This island’s name comes from “tombolo” which is a sand, shingle and driftwood bar.
Estimated time to complete this hike: 90 mins

Mt. Norman Hike (Difficult – 1.5 km)

On the southwest side of Pender Island is a short but very steep trail, leading to amazing views of the Gulf Islands, Olympic Mountain Range and Mt. Baker. There is a boardwalk and viewing platform, so you can relax and truly enjoy the beauty that you worked plenty hard for! The elevation gain is 199 m, so this trail is not for the faint of heart.
Estimated time to complete this hike: 60 minutes

Russell Island Trail (Easy to moderate – 1 km)

Russell Island is the closest you can get to feeling like you are in Hawaii, without being in Hawaii. In fact, during the mid-19th century it is estimated that at least 1000 Hawaiians came to the Pacific Northwest and some even settled on Russell Island. Take a walk around the island on the well maintained trail to experience a near-tropical environment, and to see the artifacts left over by the Hawaiian residents.
Estimated time to complete this hike: 30 Minutes

Roe Lake Trail (Moderate – 1.2 km)

Located on Pender Island, Roe Lake is a small fresh water lake on the western side of the island. The area is local to many wildlife including deer, beaver and plenty of wild birds. On any given day in the summer, the area is enjoyed by plenty of picnickers and families, as there is an easier 0.5 km trail accessible from Magic Lake Estates. The full 1.2 km trail is accessed through Shingle Bay Rd.
Estimated time to complete this hike: 55 minutes

Have you completed any of these hikes? Share your photos in the comments!

Four Must-Sees at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show

Day One is a wrap, and Day Two is officially underway for this year’s Miami International Boat Show! Tens of thousands of boating enthusiasts are expected to pass through Miami Marine Stadium Park on this President’s Day (USA) weekend and we could not be more excited! The show runs from Thursday, February 15 to Monday, February 19, 10 am to 6 pm daily. Tickets are still available, click here!

Riviera Boats – Slips 650-657
Step aboard and experience luxury, quality and sophistication on one of the nine Riviera models showcased at Pier 6. Prepare to be stunned by the blue-water 57 Enclosed Flybridge and 43 Open Flybridge models which are two of the latest and greatest examples of flybridge engineering. Stop by and say hello to Van Isle Marina’s Yacht Broker, Cameron Williams.

Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat – Booth CC10
This world-class racing boat is a 47’ Victory Catamaran that has won several awards, propelled by two 1650 Mercury race engines with 3300 hp. The catamaran can reach speeds more than 200 mph, so this is not a exhibit you want to miss!

Fred’s Shed – Tent J
This exhibit is an interactive learning experience, dedicated to DIY repairs and maintenance for boat-owners. Seminars are lead by industry experts and it is completely free. Topics include: diagnosing electrical problems, gas outboard troubleshooting, carburetor maintenance and many more topics! You can find these seminars running throughout the day, from 11 am to 5 pm at Sailor’s Cove.

Discover Boating’s Hands-On Skills Training Courses – Header Dock between Piers 1 & 2
Whether you are a sailor or a powerboater, there is always a benefit to sharpening up your skills! There are courses available for novice and advanced boaters. These seminars specialize in monohull and catamaran sailing, or basic powerboat docking. Each course has a maximum number of participants, so reserving your spot in advance is necessary.

What exhibits are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.

Valentine’s Day in the Gulf Islands

Valentine’s Day is looming, and it is time to prepare a romantic experience for your significant other! This year, we recommend shying away from heart shaped pancakes and chocolates, and take a trip to one of these local romantic spots!  Reserve early to ensure your special day is as spectacular as the love of your life!

Galiano Inn

Wine & Dine Special

When you make a reservation to dine at the amazing Atrevida Restaurant at The Galiano Inn, you are eligible to stay for a night for only $99! For more information and bookings, please contact The Galiano Inn.

134 Madrona Drive
Galiano Island, BC

Bridgemans Bistro

Bridgemans is located at Mill Bay Marina in Saanich Inlet. With menu selections to please every palate, an extensive wine list, and tempting variety of beer and cider on tap, Bridgemans has something for everyone. They also have a heated, covered patio for year round waterside dining. It is a perfect setting for a romantic Valentine’s dinner for two. Reservations are strongly recommended for their special 3-course Valentine’s Dinner.

740 Handy Road
Mill Bay, BC

Woodfire Restaurant & Catering

Woodfire Restaurant is situated on Gabriola Island, and is known to be one of the best restaurants in the area. They specialize in Italian-style dining and their pizza is renowned! They offer a wide variety of foods, so no matter what level of comfort you are looking for on Valentine’s Day, Woodfire has you covered.

Unit 1 – 500 North Road
Gabriola Island, BC

Sea Glass Waterfront Grill

Soak in the beautiful views and enjoy a dish that captures the West Coast as a whole. The Sea Glass has quickly become a very popular addition to the marina and is enjoyed by Van Isle Marina guests, our employees and everyone in between. They have daily specials that often showcase fresh local seafood while sticking to an affordable price range. They also have an impressive wine and cocktails list. Whether you desire some delicious sea food or are stopping in for brunch you will not be disappointed.

2320 Harbour Road
Sidney, BC

Hastings House Country House Hotel

Situated on a 22-acre waterfront estate overlooking Ganges Harbour, on Saltspring Island this charming Sussex-style manor hotel has become renowned for its relaxed fine dining and exquisite food. European-trained Chef Marcel Kauer’s daily menus are complemented by an award-winning wine cellar focusing on the best of British Columbia wines and gems from around the world. Hastings House was also voted World’s Best Romantic Hotel by the Five Star Alliance.

160 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC

10 Acres Kitchen

Located in the heart of Victoria’s downtown, 10 Acres Kitchen is a fabulous restaurant that specializes in ‘farm-to-table’ food. Their farm is located in North Saanich, just a few minutes away from the Marina. It supplies the 10 Acres kitchens with organically grown produce and pasture raised pork, duck and turkey. Their seafood is not to be missed either!

614 Humboldt St
Victoria, BC

No matter where you end up, it’s truly the company that will make it special. Where are some of your favourite romantic locales in the Gulf Islands? Let us know in the comments below!

Riviera to stage major eight-model display at the Miami International Boat Show

Riviera will proudly present an inspiring eight-yacht display at the Miami International Boat Show in Florida on the President’s Day weekend from February 15 to 19, 2018.

The on-water display at the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key will showcase models from three Riviera collections, including three from Riviera¹s stylish and sophisticated Sport Yacht collection, two sporty and adventurous SUV models, two blue-water Flybridge models and the timeless classic Belize 54 Daybridge.

Chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said: ³We are delighted and proud to exhibit a range of distinctive and luxurious models at the iconic Miami International Boat Show. This superb range of designs cater to a wide scope of motor yachting pursuits and cruising aspirations.

“We are thrilled to announce that our magnificent new 72 Sports Motor Yacht will have her Americas Premiere during 2018. Our team at the Miami show will be available to provide comprehensive briefings of this exciting new motor yacht.”

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

“Our talented craftspeople pride themselves that the build calibre and fit and finish of each Riviera is second to none,” he said. “We also partner with worldwide leaders in motor yacht design and engineering to offer yachts that are superior on the world stage.”

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

Each motor yacht features silky-smooth and whisper quiet Volvo Penta IPS pod drive propulsion. With Riviera, all Volvo Penta systems are covered by an industry-leading five-year warranty.

Riviera Sport Yacht collection on display at the Miami International Boat Show

Riviera will display the 6000, 5400 and 4800 Sport Yachts in Miami.

The sleek and sophisticated Riviera Sport Yacht collection offers high-performance

blue-water yachts that combine supreme comfort with unique single-level alfresco lifestyle features including a rich salon, aft galley and large awning window that links the saloon and cockpit as one.

Features include a hydraulic boarding platform, tender garage, comfortable cockpit with lounge, dinette and a gourmet barbecue and wet bar unit as well as wide walk-around side decks and a sun pad on the forward deck.

Riviera SUV collection on display at the Miami International Boat Show

The Riviera display includes the sporty and adventurous 575 and 445 SUV models. Details of the new 395 SUV that will have her World Premiere in May 2018 will also be available.

Riviera SUVs combine the respected and proven sea-kindly offshore hull and open cockpit of the Flybridge collection with the single-level living attributes including aft galley and awning window and single-level living so well loved in the Sport Yacht collection.

The Riviera SUV collection is ideal for entertaining and watersports or for extended cruising, with elegant interiors and luxurious stateroom accommodation options.

Riviera Flybridge collection on display at the Miami International Boat Show

The Riviera display will include the 57 Enclosed Flybridge and 43 Open Flybridge models – two supreme examples of contemporary flybridge motor yacht design.

Incorporating great function and style within supremely comfortable offshore proven hulls, the Riviera Flybridge collection features free-flowing alfresco environments. Expansive and functional cockpits are perfect for entertaining, all manner of watersports or fishing while the interiors offer elegant salons and luxurious stateroom accommodation options.

The flybridges offer forward or aft helms with excellent vision to assist the skipper’s view of the sea state forward or aft over the cockpit when sport fishing.

Belize 54 Daybrldge on display at the Miami International Boat Show

The Belize 54 caters for a growing global passion for high-end luxury motor yachts that blend traditional design with the latest in marine technology.

Sophisticated styling, an opulent interior, clever storage concepts and a proven, sea-kindly hull set the Belize 54 apart, which is available in Daybridge and Sedan models.

With a large tender garage and a layout that seamlessly flows from an entertainer cockpit through a welcoming salon with aft galley to the raised pilothouse-style helm to the lower three staterooms, including a full-beam master, and two bathrooms, the Belize 54 is a motor yacht for those who love understated elegance.

Details of the new flagship Belize 66 which will have its Americas Premiere at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will also be available on the display.

Where to find Riviera and Belize in Miami

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

The following Riviera and Belize Yachts are on display at the Miami Marine Stadium:

Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht

The Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht has been described as a being akin to a six-star luxury resort.

Sleek lines, sophistication and power are embodied in the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht.

The ultimate alfresco lifestyle in the large cockpit of the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht is an inspiring evolution of the single-level living designs for which the Sport Yachts are highly acclaimed.

Stylish saloon and gourmet galley of the Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht.

Hull windows bathe the luxurious master stateroom in natural light on the Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

Sleek styling and luxurious single-level living of the Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht.

Alfresco lifestyle is epitomised in the open cockpit of the Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht.

The Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht exhibits superb sea-keeping capabilities.

Riviera 575 SUV

The adventurous Riviera 575 SUV is like having two boats in one.

The 575 SUV features a state-of-the-art helm station to enhance your boating pleasure.

A huge awning window opens out from the 575 SUV¹s salon to seamlessly connect with the alfresco area.

Riviera 445 SUV

The Riviera 445 SUV offers myriad options, from recreational cruising and entertaining to serious fishing.

The cockpit of the Riviera 445 SUV is designed for entertaining and relaxing.

The saloon of the Riviera 445 SUV is both elegant and practical.

Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge

Stylish, sophisticated and technologically advanced ­ the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge.

Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge Flybridge helm with sunroof overhead.

The full beam master stateroom of the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge offers supreme levels of comfort.

Riviera 43 Open Flybridge

Relaxing in a secluded bay aboard the Riviera 43 Open Flybridge.

Her very comfortable interior ensures the 43 Open Flybridge offers all the comforts of home.

Supremely seaworthy Riviera 43 Open Flybridge.

Belize 54 Daybridge

A timeless classic – the Belize 54 Daybridge.

The high-performance hull of the Belize 54 Daybridge offers superior sea-keeping.

The distinctive Daybridge blends timeless design with ultramodern technology.

Tips for Cool Weather Cruising

The lure of the open water, even during cold weather, can be overpowering. In locales (like ours!) where year-round boating is possible, do not let the cold keep you from experiencing a different — and exciting — facet of boating. Extra preparation and precautions should be taken before heading out on the water when the thermometer heads downward.

Layer, layer, layer – You’ve likely heard this from your local weather forecaster several hundred times over the past few years, but layering truly is one of the best ways to stay warm. That’s because each piece of clothing traps a layer of insulating air. And as the temperature or your activity level changes, you can shed a layer at a time until you’re comfy again. Dressing properly is key to enjoyable winter cruising. Start with long underwear and add layers. Though scientists recently debunked the belief that the most heat escapes through the head, it’s still advisable to wear a warm hat and warm, water-resistant gloves. Some winter cruisers invest in exposure or flotation suits. Similar to ski suits, they are insulated and keep boaters warm over just a layer of light clothing.

Ship Shape – Check the boat’s furnace to ensure you will be nice and cozy inside the boat. Carry additional fenders and lines.

Watch out for wind – In the winter, storms tend to roll in fast and leave in a hurry. Don’t forget to check the weather well before you head out. If you’re caught in the wind, make sure you’re ready. Careful and safe boating is very important for the safety of your passengers. Take it slow and watch out for fellow boaters.

Entertain Yourself – The days are short and the nights are long. If you plan to spend the night in a remote bay, bring books, videos and other entertainment.

Ready the Crew – Make sure each crew member has the proper cold weather clothing for comfort inside or outside the boat. Bring an umbrella, they are useful for hustling from the boat to the pub or marine store.

Plan a Staycation – Bring all your favourite foods, beverages, books and games and spend a night or two at your home port.

Though winter cruising may seem unappealing to the unfamiliar, the hardy few who do it know it offers a chance to experience familiar waters in new ways. The landscape takes on a new cloak, the crowds thin out and well-known places feel somehow different. And there are few pleasures better than curling up in a warm salon with a book on a rainy winter day.

Five Exciting Features of the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show

The 56th Annual Vancouver International Boat Show runs from January 17 to 21, 2018 at BC Place and Granville Island. Click here to visit their website for all the information including parking, tickets and directions.

Women’s Day

Sunday, January 21 is Women’s Day at the Vancouver Boat Show. This means a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire. Registration is required and includes a light breakfast, bag lunch and a wine reception. And a ticket to enjoy the boat show on another day since this is a full day event and you won’t have much time to visit the boat show.

And to top it all off, every registrant receives an amazing gift bag and raffle prize!

Click here to register now as space is limited!

Always a crowd favourite, the Flyboards are back this year!

Harnessing the power of a Seadoo, stealing 100% of the jet flow, and redirecting and focusing that energy directly below the Flyboard, thrust is produced, propelling the rider through the water and into the air. The end result…nothing short of extraordinary. This revolutionary new watersport is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have on the water. See the Canadian Jetpack Adventures professionals in action with live shows performed at the Floating Show at Granville Island.

See the demo team ‘in the air’ at the following times:

  • Wednesday 11am, 1pm, 3pm
  • Thursday 11am, 1pm, 3pm
  • Friday 11am, 1pm, 3pm
  • Saturday 11am, 1pm, 3pm
  • Sunday 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Brenda Lowe: Cast Away, Actress, Adventurist

Ever wonder what it’s like to be abandoned on a remote island in the middle of nowhere… with nothing… with people you don’t know… Or filming a movie with two of Hollywood’s biggest names… or even having the opportunity to paddle your way around amazing locations across the globe?Brenda Lowe has done all of the above! So when you’re at the show, take your opportunity to talk with her and learn about her experiences as a paddle sports enthusiast, being part of the Baywatch move, and being a castaway on Survivor… twice!

Meet Brenda Lowe at the Baywatch feature adjacent to the seminar rooms on the main floor of BC Place. Brenda will be onsite meeting fans and sharing stories of her time as a Cast Away on Survivor, hanging out with The Rock and Zac Efron while shooting Baywatch, and what its like living a life filled with paddle sports adventures during the following times:

  • Wednesday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
  • Friday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
  • Saturday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 2pm

FREE Boat Rides by Discover Boating

Visit the Discover Boating tent at the entrance to the Floating Show at Granville Island and sign up for FREE 30-minute power or sailboat rides to get a taste of the boating life.

Experience the joys of boating firsthand, learn a bit about the lifestyle, and find out for yourself why “Life’s Better With a Boat!”

Offered during show hours, these boat rides are a very popular part of the show, so be sure to sign up early!
Note: FREE shuttle buses and FREE water ferries run continuously between Granville Island and BC Place. The Floating Show closes daily at 5 pm.

Visit Van Isle Marina’s brokers

Cameron Williams and Greg Andrew will be down at the Floating Show at Granville Island on G dock offering tours of our Brand New 32 Back Cove, Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht and J 145 “Prima Donna”.

What are your favourite exhibits at the Vancouver International Boat Show? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Seven Cozy Places to Evade the Winter Chill in Sidney, BC

Sea Glass Waterfront Grill: We are a little biased when it comes to our beloved onsite restaurant so don’t take it from us! Here is what Charlene B. from (where Sea Glass is rated as the number one restaurant in Sidney!) had to say:

From soup, salad, flat breads, burgers, steak, seafood and the always awesome chicken and waffles (!) there is something for everyone and the price points are reasonable considering taste delight of each and every bite. And dreaming that one of the yachts moored within sight will whisk you away after dining is worth the price of admission.

Tanner’s Books: A bookstore and more! After 35 years, Tanner’s has grown into a full-service bookstore with new releases, bestsellers, and new books in over 50 fiction and non-fiction categories. Come in and browse the largest newsstand on Vancouver Island – over 2000 magazines and 40 newspapers from Canada, The United States, and Great Britain. And don’t miss the games, puzzles, calendars, souvenirs, greeting cards, and more!

Quince Café & Ice Cream: Quince is a delightfully quaint cafe and ice cream shop specializing in handmade, made-from-scratch baking and lunch items, with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. Stop by for a bite, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Bistro Suisse: A cozy and intimate bistro serving Swiss & other European fare along with beer & wine. The friendly atmosphere is amazing, the decor beautiful, the service is immaculate, and most importantly – the food is superb.  The best schnitzel you will ever eat!

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea: Explore the mysteries of the Salish Sea – one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world! As the only aquarium on Southern Vancouver Island, the Centre displays the natural beauty and ecological diversity of the local Salish Sea through 28 aquarium habitats holding over 160 live marine species and over 3,500 animals including a giant pacific octopus, wolf eels, and pacific salmon. The Centre is also home to a rare, fully-intact killer whale skeleton, a unique collection of Coast Salish Indigenous art, a fun ‘hands-on’ Touch Pool experience, and a Salish Sea Store with one-of-a-kind, locally sourced and environmentally friendly arts, jewelry and crafts.

Star Cinema: The Star is a comfortable, cozy and friendly family run cinema. The movie selections are always current with all ages considered. Their popcorn is second to none – they only use real butter!

Victoria Distillers: Nationally acclaimed maker of fine spirits, known for delectable, small-batch gins, vodkas, whiskies and flavourful bitters. Their tour & tasting experience guides you through the entire distillation process and around two gleaming copper pot stills. From selecting the botanicals, to the blending and bottling, to the hand-numbering of each small batch. Following a tour, visitors are invited to taste all their premium spirits neat (including their award winning Victoria Gin.)

Sidney has many more fantastic restaurants, coffee shops, book stores and boutiques to escape the winter chill. Where are your favourite places to go?


Ring in the New Year with the new Riviera 43 Open Flybridge

Riviera can help you fulfill a New Year’s Resolution you’ve long resolved to keep!


New Year’s Resolutions for Boaters

The New Year is right around the corner and it’s time to start doing more of what you love in 2018, like hitting the water for days filled with sunshine and family fun. In the spirit of the New Year, we at Van Isle Marina believe that 2018 is the year to make the boating resolutions you’ve been putting off. If you’re looking to make some changes this year, consider adding a few of these boating New Year’s resolutions to your list:

  • Share your love of boating with family and friends.
  • Wear more sunscreen, hats and clothes to protect your skin from the sun.
  • Work hard so you can play hard.
  • Cruise to a new-to-you destination
  • Volunteer for a shoreline cleanup
  • Try a new water sport, such as stand up paddle-boarding or wake-boarding
  • Take at least one educational course or on-the-water class to improve your boating skills and knowledge. For the record, “Boating for Dummies” doesn’t count.
  • Try a different kind of boating. Sailors, go power boating. Power boaters, go sailing. Never kayaked? Rent one and give it a try.

Most importantly make plans to have fun during the upcoming boating season. Do a little dreaming and figure out how you’d like to use your boat and where you’d like to cruise. Scheduling fun on the water is just as critical as laying out a maintenance plan. Never lose sight of why we love our boats and being on the water. Happy Holidays!