An Overview of Pursuit Offshore Boats

Meet the Models that Make Up Pursuit’s Purpose-Built Offshore Collection


Van Isle Marina is proud to be the exclusive western Canada dealer for Pursuit Boats. Currently at our sales dock, we have two Pursuit models, the OS325 and the OS355, ready for viewing.

Pursuit Boats - OS355 interiorConsidering a Pursuit Boat for your next adventure? You can’t go wrong with any selection from the company’s award-winning Offshore Collection. Pursuit offers three great offshore models to choose from, whether you’re looking for deep water cruising or fishing, a week-long getaway on the water, or day trips with the family.

Choose from the impressive, stylish, and reliable OS325OS355, or OS385 – any one of which will feel like a luxury yacht with its high-end finishes, creative layouts, numerous amenities, and gorgeous design. Keep reading to learn more about each of the models in Pursuit’s award-winning Offshore Collection.

Key Features of Every Offshore Model


Like every Pursuit boat, each Offshore model features a hand-laminated hull and moulded hull side frameless tempered glass windows, with your choice of hull, helm, boot stripe, and interior colour packages. The boarding ladder is moulded into the hull for a seamless look. Each boat comes with an anchoring system, bow thruster, and dedicated transducer location.


Helm Station

With every Offshore model you’ll also enjoy the year-round climate-controlled comfort of your enclosed, hardtop helm station and custom windshield system with optically clear laminated windshield glass, tempered side glass, and electrically actuated center vent window.


Fishing Features

Each Offshore model is also perfectly suitable for fishing, with several rod holders, fish boxes, live wells, tackle box storage space, and cabin rod storage space. Exact fishing features are specific to each model.


UpholsteryPursuit Boats - OS325 interior

The upholstered seating of every Pursuit model comes with Dri-Fast foam and mesh backing that allows seating and cushions to drain completely.



Enjoy your cabin’s JL Audio System, LED TV, LED lighting throughout, and stainless-steel hardware. Each Pursuit Offshore boat also features the amazing space-saving, electrically actuated, custom-designed V-berth seating area with fixed cushions and a pop-up dinette that converts into a double or queen size berth.



Pursuit Boats - OS385 interior

Each impressively sized galley in the Offshore collection comes with Corian countertops, a moulded sink, smart storage space, maple cabinets, a stainless-steel refrigerator and microwave, and a glass cooktop. The OS385 comes with a freezer, larger fridge, and additional, L-shaped counter space.



The head on board each Offshore model is equally as luxurious with its glass bowl sink with Corian countertop, vanity mirror, and pullout shower wand. The OS355 and OS385 both have a full-length mirror, and the OS385 has the addition of a moulded fibreglass shower seat, acrylic shower door, and more storage.


Entertainment CentrePursuit Boats - OS385 cockpit

In the cockpit of each model there is a perfectly placed entertainment centre that allows you to keep the party going outside with an additional sink, cutting board/prep space, dedicated storage, 120V outlet, and an optional grill top for more cooking options. The OS355 and OS385 have a bonus fridge added to this area.



The designers and developers of Pursuit Boats have added plenty of key safety features onboard as well, including fire extinguishers, CO monitors, grab rails, and anti-slip cockpit flooring, just to name a few. The OS385 also has a fire suppression system for added peace of mind.


Pursuit OS325Pursuit Boats - OS325

At 34 feet in length with a beam of 10 ft 10 in, the Pursuit OS325 may be the smallest model of the Offshore Collection, sleeping two overnight guests, but she is every bit as stylish and comes with many of the finely engineered features of her bigger sisters, including rich hardwood and stainless steel finishing touches. Comes with a 19” LED TV and 24-gallon recirculating livewell for your daily catch.

The OS325 is powered via twin Yamaha F300 engines that allow for comfortable cruising speeds of around 30 mph. The fuel tank capacity of 370 gallons, while the water tank capacity is 30 gallons.

This model is available now at our sales dock. Come take a look!

Pursuit OS355Pursuit Boats - OS355

The Pursuit OS355 is the mid-size model in the Offshore Collection, at 38 feet in length with a 12 ft beam, and is powered via standard triple Yamaha F300s to give you an extra boost in cruising speeds. Or, like the model available now at our sales dock, you can swap those engines out for twin Yamaha XTO Offshore 425 hp 5.6 L V8 four stroke engines. The fuel tank capacity is 388 gallons, while the water tank capacity is 50 gallons.

The Pursuit OS355 has slightly more seating and storage than the OS325, and a more sizeable galley. The LED TV and live well are also larger, at 24” and 28-gallon respectively. The OS355 sleeps up to 4 guests.

Learn more about the OS355, available now at our sales dock.


Pursuit OS 385 OffshorePursuit Boats - OS385

The Pursuit OS385 is the largest of the three models in the Pursuit Offshore fleet. Just shy of 40 feet in length with four single berths, this boat is powered via high-performance, dependable, triple Yamaha F350s – complete with a joystick control bow thruster – for top cruising speeds of 54 mph. It has a fuel tank capacity of 370 gallons, while the water tank capacity is 65 gallons.

Enjoy all the comforts of home, luxury interior appointments, 360-degree water views, and an abundance of storage space. You’ll love your air-conditioned cabin with thicker berth mattress and a 32” LED TV. This model also comes with an impressive 50-gallon recirculating live well for the serious fisherman on board. The more expansive cockpit and roomier interior below with mid-berth settee, are thanks to her 13-foot beam. Choose from two available floor plans for below the deck.


The Pursuit Protection Plan

All Pursuit Boats come with the Pursuit Protection Plan, which give owners peace of mind with a:

  • 5-year hull/deck structural warranty
  • 5-year blister-free warranty
  • 2-year limited warranty

Pursuit Boats are purpose built, and that’s exactly what you get when you’re considering a model from the company’s Offshore Collection. Every Pursuit Boat is designed and manufactured in the United States. Along with the abovementioned Offshore models, Pursuit also has impressive Dual Console, Centre Console, and Sport collections, which are all available in the Pacific Northwest through Van Isle Marina. We have the OS325 and OS355 at our sales dock right now, so come visit us to see them for yourself to try each one on for size.


We are proud to be the region’s exclusive dealer of Pursuit Boats and look forward to introducing you to them in person soon. Contact us at 250-656-1138 or to learn more.

Introducing the 2020 Pursuit DC 295

Check out the new Pursuit Dual Console 295,
now Available at the Van Isle Marina Sales Dock

The 2020 Pursuit DC 295 is the latest Pursuit power boat model to arrive at the Van Isle Marina sales dock, and we are already so Pursuit DC 295 - full front viewimpressed with how much interest she has received! Our sales team got the chance to show this award-winning vessel at the 2020 Vancouver International Boat Show in Vancouver to large crowds of boating enthusiasts. It was clear from everyone’s reaction that the Pursuit DC 295 is the perfect vessel for anyone who is:

  • looking to make their first power boat purchase;
  • looking to add a small day tripper to their existing fleet; or
  • looking to downsize from a yacht to something smaller

The DC 295 is a mid-size model in Pursuit’s Dual Console Collection, joining the DC 365,  DC 326, DC 325, DC 266, and DC 235. Pursuit’s dual consoles have won multiple awards in their category for their style, superior design, performance, and amenities. Each dual console from Pursuit features an open layout and convertible features, allowing for enough space for swimming, fishing, diving, and entertaining.

The Pursuit DC 295 has an overall length of 31’ 9” and is powered via twin Yamaha F300 engines. Let’s check out everything else the DC 295 has to offer. Here is a summary of all the key features of the Pursuit Dual Console 295 that we have for sale at our dock.

Take a look and then come and see for yourself!

Integrated Hardtop & Windshield

This vessel’s integrated hard top and impeccable windshield system are part of what helped Pursuit win design awards. The moulded fibreglass hardtop shelters each of the consoles and comes with an integrated visor, powder-coated art structural supports, 4 rod holders, 4 tri-colour LED lights, fore and aft spreader lights, stainless steel underside grab rails, and integrated stereo speakers. This vessel also comes with Stamoid w Makrolon upgraded standard side curtains and a drop curtain with 60 mil white strataglass.

Also enjoy your stainless steel ratcheting anchor/stern light and your hardtop’s dedicated radar, antenna and outrigger locations. Everything is integrated flawlessly with a custom windshield system featuring crystal clear tempered glass, an articulating centre vent, and a windshield wiper and washer.


The Pursuit DC 295 features a hand-laminated hull with vinyl ester resin, foam-filled structural grid, patented transom reinforcement grid, infused fibreglass structural grid system, and a Fresh White gelcoat. Additional features of the hull include the bronze Garboard drain, auto-retract trim tabs, stainless steel bow eye and stern eyes, integrated transom platform extensions and a 4-step telescopic boarding ladder. The feature set continues with an electric horn, dedicated transducer location, forward hull compartmentation with a 1,100-gph bilge pump and automatic float switch as well as three all-colour Sea Blaze Quattro Spectrum underwater lights.


The open cockpit of our Pursuit DC 295 offers up plenty of seating, including a folding transom seat with patented adjusting backrest, a captain’s chair with foldable armrests, a port-side aft facing seat and armrest, a port-side companion seat, forwardPursuit DC 295 - cockpit bow seating as well as a bow table and filler. All of the upholstered seating comes with Dri-Fast foam and mesh backing.

The moulded entertainment centre in the cockpit comes with a sink, faucet, trash can, drink holder, 12V, 2.3ft3 FRP insulated cockpit refrigerator with temperature control and a fibreglass cockpit table with dedicated storage. Additional features of the cockpit include a freshwater wash with hot/cold mixing valve and pull-out sprayer, optional hardtop port and starboard Bomar® hatches, port and starboard forward coaming boxes, a JL Audio entertainment system, and strategically placed storage and accent lighting.

At the end of the day, you want protection for your vessel and you’ve got it with a white bow tonneau cover.


At the moulded fibreglass aft-tilting helm of the DC 295 you’ll find:Pursuit DC295 helm

  • your instrumentation visor
  • electronics mounting surface
  • fold-out fibreglass foot rest and platform
  • stainless steel steering wheel with grip cover
  • factory-installed Garmin marine electronics
  • main switches
  • 12V panel with illuminated Carling rocker switches
  • trim tab control panel and indicator
  • compass
  • waterproof stereo remote
  • 12V outlet and dual USB charger
  • fire extinguisher
  • glove box
  • Yamaha Command Link Plus Display

Added to the helm, you’ll find that this DC 295 has the complete Garmin package. This includes a GPSMAP 8612XSV, Airmar B175M 20 Degree 1kW Chirp Transducer, NMEA 2000 starter kit, Pursuit custom dash panel, VHF 315, VHF antenna and a Garmin Radar GMR 18 xHD (dome).

Port-side Console

The features of the port-side console of the DC 295 include gunwale seating to your 2-piece fibreglass door, cabin entry step, moulded hull liner with drainage, moulded console deck liner, configurable storage, overhead lighting, the main distributionPursuit DC295 - half throttle panel with voltage display, electrical outlets, fire extinguisher, CO monitor, and removable cushions.


The starboard head aboard the DC 295 has a patented single-motion, dual-action console access door, cabin entry step, moulded fibreglass interior, moulded sink with Corian countertop, vanity mirror, under sink storage, and toilet tissue holder. The electric marine head has a 10-gallon holding tank.

Fishing Features

Rounding out our roundup of key features on board the Pursuit DC 295 is all of its fishing features, including it numerous stainless steel rod holders, 22-gallon recirculating insulated livewell, port and starboard under gunwale rod storage options, insulated fish boxes, and port and starboard diaphragm pumps with overboard discharge.

Pursuit Protection Plan

Every brand new Pursuit power boat, including the DC 295, comes with a variety of transferable warranties as part of the Pursuit Promise. Enjoy prolonged peace of mind with your:

  • Five-year hull and deck structural warranty
  • Five-year blister-free warranty
  • Two-year limited warranty

The Pursuit DC 295 is now available in the Pacific Northwest through Van Isle Marina. Come and see this beauty of a boat (decked out with all her options!) on display at the BC Boat Show in Sidney from April 30 to May 3, 2020. Contact one of our yacht brokers for more information, or come see us anytime so we can show you this special boat in person. You can also read more about the Pursuit DC 295’s electrical, mechanical, fuel, and water systems, as well as find more photos on our dedicated DC 295 webpage.

All Pursuit Boats are designed, developed, and manufactured in the United States. In addition to Pursuit’s Dual Console models, the company also has an impressive line of offshore models we would love to introduce you to.

As Western Canada’s exclusive dealer for Pursuit Boats, the team here at Van Isle Marina loves matching boaters with the best Pursuit model for their needs. Come see us anytime at 2320 Harbour Road in Sidney, BC to learn more. We are also Western Canada’s exclusive dealer for Riviera yachts and have plenty of pre-owned boats for you to tour as well.

Find out how to get here.

Pursuit OS355 Offshore at Van Isle Marina

Introducing the 2020 Pursuit OS 355

The 2020 Pursuit Offshore 355 Has Arrived at the Van Isle Marina Sales Dock

As Western Canada’s exclusive dealer for Pursuit Boats, the sales team here at Van Isle Marina is pleased to welcome the latest Pursuit power boat model to our sales dock – the 2020 Pursuit Offshore OS 355.  We will be showcasing this stunning vessel at the upcoming Vancouver International Boat Show from February 5-9, 2020 in Vancouver. To tide you over until then, we hope you enjoy a sneak peek inside this exciting addition to our sales dock.

Key Features of the 2020 Pursuit Offshore 355Pursuit Boats - Offshore 355 (OS 355) - Back side

The Pursuit OS 355 is the mid-size model in Pursuit’s Offshore Collection, with the additional models being the OS 325 and the OS 385. This model’s styling is timeless and classic while introducing a few modern features that are designed as much for offshore cruising as they are for fishing and other water sports.

We know you’ll enjoy all the cleverly disguised storage features and convertible seating and amenities on board, including the electrically actuated convertible berth/dinette in the cabin. And for safety’s sake, the fire suppression system on board adds peace of mind. Let’s check out everything the OS 355 has to offer:

Pursuit power boats are known for their hand-laminated hulls, infused fibreglass and foam-filled structural grids, and moulded hull side frameless tempered glass windows. The OS 355 also comes with Pursuit Fresh White gelcoat and a 5-ply resin-infused composite transom system with a patented transom reinforcement grid.

Designed right into the hull are transom platform extensions and a boarding ladder.  There is a dedicated transducer location, bow thruster, and 1,100-gph bilge pump with an automatic float switch.


Pursuit Boats - Offshore 355 (OS 355) - motors

The newly arrived OS 355 is equipped with twin Yamaha XTO Offshore 425 hp 5.6 L V8 four stroke outboard engines and direct fuel injection. You’ll also get custom built fuel lines with mechanically crimped fittings and a Yamaha water-separating fuel filter with primer bulbs for each engine.


The wide-open, self-draining cockpit of the Pursuit OS 355 offers up a lot of space for fishing, as well as fold-away transom seating for entertaining. Here you’ll also find moulded port bridge lounge seating with aft and forward facing options and foldable armrests. (All the cockpit seating is upholstered with Dri-Fast foam and mesh backing.)

Within the cockpit there is also a JL Audio entertainment system and a mini galley with a sink, cutting board, electric grill, storage, and refrigerator/freezer with fibreglass lid. On the floor you’ll find the cockpit machinery access hatch and nearby there is a freshwater wash with hot/cold mixing valve and pull-out sprayer at the transom door.


With our new OS 355 you get a truly appointed enclosed helm station where you will find the centre-mounted stainless steel steering wheel, main switches, bow thruster joystick, 12V panel with illuminated Carling rocker switches, compass, waterproof stereo remote, and Yamaha Command Link Plus Display. Factory options selected on this build are the factory-installed Garmin Package (Dual GPSMAP 8612 [1XSV], Airmar B175M 20 Degree 1KW Chirp Transducer, NMEA 2000 Starter kit, Pursuit Custom Dash Panel, Yamaha Gateway w/cable, VHF 315, and VHF Antenna), and Garmin Radar Open Array GM 424xHD2, You’ll have comfortable access to everything from your swivelling captain’s chair with its drink holders and fold-away armrests and footrest.


Pursuit Boats - Offshore 355 (OS 355) - front

Another great feature of the OS 355 is its fully integrated moulded fibreglass hardtop that covers the helm station and comes with an integrated visor; dedicated radar, antenna and outrigger locations; and an optional, electronically actuated, one-touch sunshade that offers everyone on board additional comfort and protection from the sun.


One of the stand-out features of the OS 355 is its custom windshield system with optically clear laminated glass, tempered side glass with infused fibreglass frame, and an electrically actuated centre vent window. The windshield system comes complete with pantographic windshield wipers, a freshwater washer system, and a three-piece drop curtain.

Within the windshield area there is also integrated life jacket storage, integrated overhead glove boxes, screened ventilation hatches, a horn, and a trumpet.


Pursuit Boats - Offshore 355 (OS 355) - Galley

The beauty and comfort of the OS 355 continues down below in the cabin. A moulded acrylic access door with a secondary framed screen door leads to your cabin entry steps with your custom handrail and wood treads. Down in the cabin you will find custom solid wood tongue and groove floor accents, drainage and sound-damping insulation, and interior air-conditioning with a reverse cycle heat and sound shield.

The stand-out feature in the cabin is the electrically actuated V-berth seating section with its fixed cushions that converts to a queen berth. This area also triples as the dining area, with the solid wood table with power adjustable pedestal. Here you can take time to eat, socialize, sleep, or just relax and enjoy your 28-inch LED TV with JL Audio stereo speakers.

All around you in the cabin there will be storage, including the forward gunwale storage shelves, forward outboard storage compartments, in-floor storage, mid-berth hanging locker, mid-berth horizontal storage, and cedar-lined hanging locker. The cabin area is rounded out nicely with the forward hardwood framed accent mirror and the forward curtained hull side windows to port and starboard.


The starboard designer bathroom is enclosed in fibreglass and features a Corian countertop, glass bowl designer sink, wood-framed entrance door, full length mirror, full height linen closet, towel rack, vanity storage, toilet, and shower. The door to the linen closet pulls double duty – just slide it over and it acts as the privacy door to the shower.


The port galley is gorgeous and fully equipped with modern appliances and touches. You’ll have access to everything you need to prepare gourmet meals anywhere you go in your OS 355, including a Corian countertop and backsplash, stainless steel sink with cutting board cover, upper and lower cabinets, stainless steel fridge and microwave, and dual burner glass cooktop.

Fishing Features

Rounding out our roundup of key features on board the Pursuit OS 355 is all of its fishing features, including multiple stainless steel rod holders, a 28-gallon recirculating livewell, under gunwale rod storage, additional horizonal rod storage in the cabin, insulated fish boxes, and a cockpit tackle centre. All these features and more make this model perfect for fishing trips.

The OS 355 is now available in the Pacific Northwest through the team here at Van Isle Marina. Contact one of our friendly, knowledgeable yacht brokers for more information.

The Pursuit Promise

Pursuit Boats - Offshore 355 (OS 355) - Front side

Pursuit Boats are designed, developed, and manufactured in the United States. Each model comes with yacht-quality amenities and transferable warranties. In addition to Pursuit’s Offshore models, the company also has an impressive line of award-winning dual console models, including the DC 295, which will also be showcased at the Vancouver Boat Show, alongside the OS 355 and OS 325.

See more Pursuit Boats available through Van Isle Marina.

At Van Isle Marina in Sidney, BC, we look forward to matching more boaters with the best Pursuit Boat for their boating needs. We’d love to chat more at an upcoming boat show, or you can come see us anytime and we will help you build your perfect Pursuit. We are located at 2320 Harbour Road. Find out how to get here.

Miami International Boat Show 2020

Miami International Boat Show 2020

Riviera to Debut the 505 SUV at the Miami Yacht Show in February

2020 Miami International Boat ShowPremier yacht builder, Riviera Australia, has an impressive lineup of yachts heading to the Miami International Boat Show next month. The company’s highly anticipated yacht lineup is always a gorgeous display, especially this year with the long-awaited world premiere of the all-new 505 SUV playing a starring role.

“Whether it’s fishing, diving, paddle-boarding, or simply relaxing with family and friends in the total luxury of the mezzanine, the new 505 SUV offers the best of all worlds and will be widely welcomed when she is unveiled at the Miami Yacht Show from February 13-17, 2020,” said Riviera Australia owner, Rodney Longhurst.

Joining the 505 SUV out on the water in Miami will be an additional six models from Riviera. Here is a closer look at the boats Riviera will be displaying at the show. All of these boats will become available in the Pacific Northwest this spring via Van Isle Marina.

Riviera 505 SUV – World PremiereRiviera yachts 505 SUV

Van Isle Marina first introduced you to the Riviera 505 SUV in October 2019, back when Riviera first announced it was nearing completion. The 505 SUV is a multi-functional cruising yacht with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large cockpit, and a fully covered mezzanine for comfort and privacy.

You’ll also love this model’s exceptionally redesigned hull and bowspirit. Excellent power-to-weight ratios, impressive fuel efficiency, and exhilarating bluewater performance and handling capabilities make this one a truly impressive model. Standard power comes from twin six-cylinder Volvo Penta D8 IPS 800 turbo diesels developing 600hp (441kw) apiece, mated to joystick controls (helm and cockpit) and twin 16-inch Volvo Penta Glass Bridge screens.

Additional Riviera Yachts Headed to Miami

Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition

Riviera 6000SY (Sport Yacht) Series II Platinum Edition: For the driver who appreciates performance, this flagship of the Sport Yacht Collection combines a sleek, distinctive design with an exhilarating sporty performance and sports-inspired helm. With a hull length of 57 feet, the 6000SY features three beautiful staterooms and three designer bathrooms in the Presidential layout, or four staterooms and three bathrooms in the Classic design.

Riviera 4800SY (Sport Yacht) Series II Platinum Edition: The Riviera Sports Yacht 4800 has a hull length of 45 feet and features two beautiful staterooms and two designer bathrooms, putting her right in the sweet spot for cruising couples and young families. The large, flowing indoor and outdoor spaces of the 4800 result in a highly impressive sports yacht. Everything about the Series II is new, including a new cockpit wet bar, new galley benches, new saloon and cockpit lounges, new headlining, new fabrics, and much more.

Belize 66 Daybridge: The Belize 66 Daybridge offers a choice of three or four stateroom designs with three luxury bathrooms and the option of an additional crew quarters or utility room. The interior layout options and remarkable internal volume, superior level of appointment and craftsmanship, along with her exceptional planning and offshore performance, really set Belize apart.

Riviera 575 SUV: With a hull length of 56 feet, the Riviera 575 is the largest in the Riviera SUV line, featuring a grand-scale saloon, a substantially sized cockpit, and seating for up to four people at the helm with additional starboard side helm seats. Like the 525 SUV, the smartly designed one-level living layout of the 575 includes three luxurious staterooms and two designer bathrooms.

Riviera yachts 395 SUV

Riviera 395 SUV : The Riviera 395 SUV is 39 feet in length and has two staterooms, one bathroom, and plenty of convertible, custom features. This model feels so spacious with its smartly designed, one-level living layout. It’s the perfect option for new boaters, or those who are downsizing.

Riviera Open Flybridge 39: Joining the 43 and 45 Open Flybridges, this new style of flybridge combines class-leading sports looks and performance, with a sporty open flybridge and sports-influenced open cockpit. She’s compact and incredibly nimble, finely powered and superbly crafted. Enjoy two superbly appointed staterooms and a designer bathroom – all finely done up in true Riviera style.

Riviera Celebrates 40 Years of Boat-Building Excellence

In addition to the world-wide debut of the 505 SUV, Riviera Australia is also celebrating 40 years of boat-building excellence this year. “I am very much looking forward to 2020,” said Rodney. “We have three world premieres scheduled for the year as part of our 40th year celebrations, which all start in February in Miami Florida.”

Boat owners all over the world enthusiastically welcome every new model Riviera puts out, which Rodney says further inspires his team to continue to innovate and create quality yachts of distinction. Such constant innovations from Riviera are just one of the countless reasons why we here at Van Isle Marina are proud to be exclusive dealers of their luxury motor yachts.

Riviera’s Passion and Promise

This generation of motor yachts is being hailed as the finest the boatbuilder has created. “I am proud to say that our current model range of 20 individual yachts is the most refined that Riviera has ever created,” said Rodney. “This truly is a testament to our team’s in-depth research and development processes and the relentless pursuit of quality and excellence. Our passion is to deliver the boaters boat. The most seaworthy, comfortable, and opulent boating experience, both at anchor and at sea.

“Boat owners the world over have enthusiastically welcomed our new models which further inspires us to continue to innovate and create quality yachts of distinction,” added Rodney. “We look forward to showcasing our latest yachts at the Miami Yacht Show, which will allow boaters to experience for themselves our superior new models that are among the very finest in the world.”

About the Miami Boat Show

The Miami International Boat Show, happening February 13-17, 2020 at the Miami Marine Stadium, will feature more than 1,400 boats, making it the one of the world’s biggest destinations for boating enthusiasts looking to discover what’s new in boating and experience the newest makes and models. The show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the world’s leading association representing the recreational boating industry.

Discover Riviera in Western Canada

Can’t make it down to Miami? Van Isle Marina, located in Sidney, BC near Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, is Western Canada’s exclusive authorized dealer of Riviera motor yachts. Riviera Yachts, including those making their first appearances at the Miami Boat Show, are one of our many areas of expertise, and we would be happy to share more information with you about experiencing a Riviera for yourself. Learn more about our yacht sales process.

You can also check out the Vancouver Boat Show, happening February 5-9, 2020, which will also have Riviera Motor Yachts in the water.

2020 Vancouver Boatshow

2020 Vancouver International Boat Show

Van Isle Marina will be Showcasing Riviera and Pursuit Models at this Year’s Show

The highly anticipated 56th annual Vancouver International Boat Show, happening February 5-9, 2020 at BC Place and Granville Island in Vancouver, is fast approaching – and we here at Van Isle Marina are excited to be returning for another year to display our 2019 Riviera and Pursuit boats this year.

Brought to recreational boaters in part by show owners, the Boating BC Association, and producer, Canadian Boat Shows, the Vancouver International Boat Show is a world-class show that draws large crowds of boating enthusiasts from all over the Pacific Northwest.

The show is the province’s largest showcase for the recreational boating industry and brand new products coming up in 2020! It is suited for experienced and beginner boaters alike – with entire sections and exhibits dedicated to new boaters, and even to those who have never stepped foot on a boat before!

Throughout this 5-day show, hundreds of boats will be on display at two locations: inside at BC Place, and outside on the water at Granville Island. You’ll find Van Isle Marina staff at Granville Island (G-Dock) where our brokers will be happy to tour you around our boats on display.

We will be proudly showcasing these amazing boats at this year’s Vancouver International Boat Show:

Learn more about each of the boats we are bringing to the show:

2020 Pursuit OS 355Pursuit Yachts - Offshore 355

The 2020 Pursuit OS 355 arrived at our sales dock in December 2019, making it eligible for our New Dealer Discount. This 35-foot model has been expertly designed and has so many unique and special layout and design touches, including a single-piece optically clear windshield, large and stylish hull-side windows, electrically actuated convertible berth/teak dinette, hidden storage space seemingly everywhere, and a wide variety of seating arrangements including a starboard-side folding gunwale seat.

As for power, the OS 355 comes with twin Yamaha XTO Offshore 425 hp 5.6 L V8 four stroke motors with direct fuel injection. Owners will also appreciate this model’s complete and robust Garmin navigation package, joystick control, and heaps of features for fishing, including rod holders, tackle storage, and a cleverly disguised livewell.

2020 Pursuit OS 32532' Pursuit OS325 Offshore 2020

The 2020 Pursuit OS 325, now available at our sales dock and eligible for our New Dealer Discount and Dealer Financing, is a perfectly sized package of innovation and excellence. Like all Pursuit Offshores, the 325 delivers finely engineered features combined with an elegant, yacht-caliber exterior.

At the Boat Show in Vancouver, enjoy this 32-foot model’s interior hardwoods, solid stock trim, modern fabrics, teak bridgedeck table, cockpit chill plate, cockpit grill, canvas upgrade, underwater lighting, 3-piece drop enclosure, fishing features, and port-side folding under gunwale seat. This model also comes with a high-end navigational equipment package from Garmin and twin F300 600 hp (447 kw) engines.

2020 Pursuit DC 29529' Dual Console Pursuit

The 2020 Pursuit DC 295 arriving in January 2020, making it one of our newest models on offer. It is also eligible for our New Dealer Discount. But more than just a discount, this model comes with tons of other notable features and perks. First off, the Pursuit DC 295 has won awards in the dual console category, catching the eyes of judges for its unparalleled style, superior design, performance, and amenities.

Features of note aboard the 29-foot 2020 Pursuit DC 295 include her integrated hardtop, crystal clear tempered windshield, convertible seating (including bow seating and port-side gunwale seat), Garmin navigation system, fishing features, and seemingly endless storage space. The DC 295 runs on twin F300 600 hp (447 kw) engines. The wide-open layout allows plenty of space for water sports, fishing, diving, and entertaining.

The model we are bringing to the show also comes several factory options, including an insulated cockpit refrigerator and grill, fiberglass cockpit table, bow table with bow filler, underwater lights, upgraded side curtains, drop curtain, and a bow tonneau cover.

43 Riviera Open Flybridge 201943' Riviera Flybridge 2019

The 43 Open Flybridge from Riviera – Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder – is perfect for cruising, fishing, and entertaining. It features plenty of space for guests with three levels of living space, large cockpit, mezzanine lounge, two designer staterooms, two bathrooms, a full galley and breakfast bar, saloon, wide side decks, and optional BBQ and laundry areas. Upstairs on the open flybridge you’ll find a hardtop, regular and L-shaped lounges, wet bar, and spacious helm.

The 43 Open Flybridge, like other Rivieras in its class, comes with a highly regarded Volvo Penta IPS, and standard power via twin Volvo Penta D6-IPS600s delivering 435 hp (320kw) each. This allows for a top speed of around 31 knots and a range of 340 nautical miles from its 476-gallon tank. Owners will also appreciate this model’s easy joystick control and complete navigational system from Garmin.

Van Isle Marina is the exclusive dealer of Riviera and Pursuit Power Boats in Western Canada and we are excited to show off everything that drew us to these beautiful boats at the upcoming Vancouver Boat Show! Don’t miss your chance to do a walkthrough of these impressive boats and experience these stunning vessels in person – everyone who tours a Riviera yacht or Pursuit boat ends up falling in love, and we can’t wait to show you why.

More Things To Do at the Vancouver Boat Show

If you’ve been to the Vancouver Boat Show before, you know it’s more than just a chance to see some beautiful boats. For us, it’s not just the hundreds of boats we look forward to seeing at the Vancouver Boat Show – it’s all the seminars, demonstrations, new product displays, prizes packages, and networking with other boating enthusiasts that we enjoy, and know you will too!

In addition to the boats – both on display at BC Place and on the water at Granville Island, don’t miss the more than 125 presentations to choose from throughout the week, including seminars, workshops, and cooking demonstrations. The Boat show is a family friendly event, with additional exhibits like Twiggy the Squirrel, Women’s Day, and the UBC Sailbot (autonomous sailboat) Engineering Team. There will also be free boat rides taking place, emergency spill response educational opportunities, and tours of the RCM-SAR’s New Falkins Class Type II Vessel.

2020 Vancouver International Boat Show Hours

From February 5-9, 2020 the Vancouver Boat Show runs:

  • Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm
  • Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Note that the Granville Island Floating Show closes at 5:30 each day.


Tickets to the 2020 Vancouver Boat Show are available online or at the door. Day passes are $15. Two-day passes for $20 or five-day passes for $25 are also available. Special rates apply for children and seniors. Rates include free rides via shuttle buses and water ferries from BC Place to Granville Island and back again throughout the show.

We look forward to meeting you at Granville Island, G-Dock for the Vancouver Boat Show!

Learn more about the Vancouver International Boat Show.

Learn more about Van Isle Marina – we are one of the largest full-service marinas in British Columbia.

How to choose the right yacht

Choosing the Right Yacht For Your Needs

On the Market for Your First Yacht? Here are 10 Things to Ask Yourself

There are a lot of different types of yachts out there. Here’s how to narrow down the selection and find the right yacht for you.

While it’s tempting to go off things like looks and speed alone, there’s plenty more that goes into deciding on your first yacht. Check out our quick guide for first-time yacht buyers, designed to help you choose the best yacht for your needs.

Deciding on what type of yacht to buy starts with the answers to a few quick questions, such as:sailing yachts vs motor yachts

1. Would you prefer a sailing yacht or a motor yacht?

Yachts are divided into two main categories: sailing yachts and motor yachts. A sailing yacht offers a quieter ride and a more economical method of powering your vessel (the wind!) while a motor yacht is faster, more intuitive to operate for many, and typically has more accommodation and entertaining space on board.

Determining if you want to buy a sailing yacht or a motor yacht helps you eliminate half the yachts on the market!

2. How will you be spending the majority of your time on your yacht?

Today’s yachts are built for many different purposes, such as fishing, watersports, cruising, entertaining, year-round living, or a combination of all of the above. If you’ll mainly be using your yacht for fishing, for example, look for a boat with a large self-draining cockpit, several storage bins for your tackle, and even rod holders.

Sporting yachts will have large swim platforms and lots of storage for equipment, while yachts built for long-range cruising and entertaining might have crew quarters or an extra bedroom. Yachts intended for year-round living will have extras like laundry machines, a dishwasher, and a larger power supply and water-holding capacity.

3. How far and how fast would you like to go?selecting a yacht - van isle marina

The answer to this question dictates things like how much fuel and water-holding capacity you’ll need on board, as well as how powerful your motors ought to be. There are yachts intended specifically for long-range cruising that are quieter and have better fuel consumption, for example.

If you’ll be at sea for long durations of time, consider a model that provides plenty of protection from the elements beyond that just offered on the accommodation level, so you can still entertain and enjoy the views.

4. What is your budget?

When budgeting for a yacht, you must account for things like moorage fees, fuel fees, insurance fees, repair and maintenance fees, and add-ons like safety equipment, tenders, and anchors – these costs might factor into how much you should realistically be spending on your boat.

In general, the bigger the budget, the bigger and newer the yacht, but a larger budget doesn’t always equal a larger boat. For example, you might opt for something newer with more luxury features but sacrifice a bit in the size of the yacht. So, determine your budget first, then your priorities. If funds are limited, decide:

  1. new and luxurious, but smaller; or
  2. older and simpler, but larger?

5. Are you comfortable with an older model, or prefer brand-new?

The answer to this question goes hand in hand with the question regarding your budget. The pros and cons of buying a new vs. used yacht are the same as buying any used vehicle. If you decide to buy used, be sure to read our guide to Buying a Pre-Owned Yacht to understand what’s involved in the process.

6. How experienced are you operating a boat?

If you are a new boater and ease of operation is high on your list of wants and needs, look for a yacht model that touts features such as single-interface touchscreen technology and EJS joystick manoeuvrability that make navigation and docking a breeze. Likewise, you may want to skip some of the added features like side thrusters until you get a handle on the basics.

If you’ll be giving up the captain’s chair to other people from time to time, it becomes more important to look for a yacht that is simple and intuitive to operate.

7. Who will be spending the most time on your yacht?choosing the right yacht - family activities

Think about who you will be bringing on board your yacht. If you’ll be entertaining guests frequently, room for everyone to spread out and enjoy themselves should be high on the priority list. Find this level of luxury on yachts with more than one entertainment zone. Open and enclosed flybridge models provide added entertaining space, as do the mezzanine areas of several luxury yacht models on the market right now.

If seniors and children will be on board, you’ll want enhanced safety features all around – things like lots of lighting, plenty of handrails, and wide side decks can help guests feel safe. Wheelchair accessibility is another thing to keep in mind.

8. Will you be spending a lot of overnights on your yacht?

Most yachts have at minimum a queen-sized berth that sleeps 2 comfortably. If you plan on yachting with friends and family overnight, you’ll want something with enough sleeping quarters for everyone – but this doesn’t always equate to a guest room. Sometimes a convertible day bed can meet everyone’s needs.

Yachts in the 45 to 65 foot range have up to four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with enough convertible lounges and daybeds to comfortably sleep 8-16 people.

9. How big of a boat do you realistically need?

Remember that the bigger the boat, the bigger the fuel consumption in many cases. Also in some cases, bigger boats are tougher to navigate, especially if you’ll be moored at a busy marina. And if you’ll be storing on dry land, you’ll need to consider storage options large enough for your yacht. If you’re new to boating, you might consider a small yacht first, then upgrade to a larger yacht.

10. Will you be wanting to re-sell your yacht down the road?Sporting Yacht with swim platform

Ask your yacht broker for advice on the re-sale value of the models that have caught your eye. Some makes and models are in high demand but short supply due to limited numbers in production – meaning they will hold their value well into the future. If you plan on selling in a few years, consider re-sale value before buying.

Additional Tips for Choosing the Right Yacht

In some ways, buying a yacht is just like buying anything else – you’re going to feel better making such a large investment if you know you are making an informed, educated decision – so do your homework:

Read Boating Magazines and Blogs – These resources are gold mines of tips and tricks for yacht enthusiasts looking to make their first purchase.

Go to Boat Shows – Boat shows are your best chance to see hundreds of boats up close and personal. There is bound to be a few boats calling your name at each boat show you attend.

Ask Around – If you’re touring a marina and happen upon a boat owner tending to their vessel at the dock, strike up a conversation and learn more about their yacht and what they like about it. Most boaters will be happy to share.

Read Reviews – Whether they’re online or in those yachting magazines, read what other people are saying about their yachts.

Consult a Broker   Consult a yacht broker through your local marina who can connect you with owners of pre-owned yachts, review current stock with you, or present you with options that are not even on the market yet!

Take a look at Van Isle Marina’s boat and yachts for sale to start your search today! To learn more about any listed vessel, please contact us at 250.656.1138 or Our experienced yacht brokers can help you choose the right yacht to fit your yachting lifestyle.

Riviera 505 SUV at Van Isle Marina

2020 Riviera 505 SUV

The Riviera 505 SUV is set to Premiere in February 2020

Within the yachting community, Riviera is having quite a moment these days. Earlier this year, the luxury yacht builder announced dates for its upcoming 64 Sport Motor Yacht debut as well as launched its new Platinum Edition Sport Yacht line. They are also gearing up for the launch of their next luxury motor yacht – the Riviera 505 SUV, which will be making its debut at the Miami Yacht Show in February 2020.

Riviera 505 SUV - Port

The Riviera 505 SUV will be available to boaters in the Pacific Northwest starting in spring 2020 through the team here at Van Isle Marina – Western Canada’s exclusive authorized dealers of Riviera motor yachts. Our yacht brokers are ready to welcome all interested yacht enthusiasts to send us their inquiries regarding this new model. For now, we hope you enjoy a sneak peak inside this exciting addition to Riviera’s SUV Collection:

The New Riviera 505 SUV

The new Riviera 505 SUV is a three bedroom/two bathroom luxury yacht that has the same pedigree of a single-level alfresco entertainer, but with the addition of the mezzanine area that offers a relaxing space with protection from the elements when needed.

Riviera 505 SUV - master bedroom

The 505 comes in just shy of 56 feet in total length. In addition to the massive mezzanine level, the 505 comes with a generously sized cockpit, impressive saloon and galley, accessible foredeck, luxurious accommodation deck, and technologically advanced helm station. All these features are wrapped up in a package that comes complete with a brand-new hull design and luxurious, handcrafted finishing touches throughout.

Like all four Riviera SUV models that preceded her, the 505 promises exceptional power-to-weight ratios, impressive fuel efficiency, and exhilarating bluewater performance and handling capabilities.

This mid-sized sports yacht is as perfect for fishing and blue-water cruising as it is for entertaining and all the different water sports you can think of! Let’s take a closer look at her impressive layout:


The total cockpit surface area of the 505 is about 10 square metres, making it perfect for fishing, various water sports, and entertaining. It’s also low to the water, making it easy to launch and retrieve all of your favourite water toys. The cockpit features a large BBQ and wet bar centre, a 130-L fridge/freezer compartment, a hydraulic swimming platform, and tons of storage solutions, including a large pump-out fish bin locker in the floor.


Riviera 505 SUV Mezzanine

A few steps up from the cockpit is the 505’s massive mezzanine with teak decking, an LED TV, and two fixed lounges, one of which converts to a day bed. A hardtop fully extends over the mezzanine, while twin sliding sun hatches let in filtered sunlight and a slight breeze from above. Th mezzanine on the 505 provides a covered entertainment area that is a great place to read, relax, and enjoy your morning coffee. It allows you to enjoy the yachting lifestyle on even the rainiest of days!

Galley & Saloon

The galley and saloon are connected to the mezzanine via a tinted, tempered glass door and awning window. In this area you’ll find a U-shaped galley that is fully equipped with an electric cooktop, microwave convection oven, dual drawer fridge/freezer, stainless steel sink, and optional dishwasher.

Riviera 505 SUV Saloon


Across from the galley on the starboard side is an L-shaped lounge and polished timber table. Just ahead is a helm station with twin pedestal seats and sliding sunroof, and a second lounge area that serves as the saloon’s main media centre is nearby.

Accommodation Deck

Take the steps down to the accommodation deck and the first things you’ll notice are the timber finishes, impressive amount of headroom, and elegant lighting throughout. You’ll be able to escape to your full-beam master suite where you will find large hull windows, a queen-sized island berth, walk-in robe, plush carpeting, 42-inch LED TV, chaise lounge, en-suite access, and a full-length mirror. Also down on the accommodation deck is a twin bunk cabin to starboard, and a plush VIP stateroom forward with en-suite access to the luxury day head. An optional laundry closet is also available.

Foredeck & Side Decks

The foredeck entertainment zone aboard the 505 is nice and large, with a walkway that runs laterally so occupants can avoid having to step over the double sun pad cushions when moving from port to starboard, cleaning the windscreen, or attaching window covers. Access to the foredeck is easy with generously wide side decks with raised bulwarks that connect all the way to the cockpit and incorporate several safety features.

Hull & Bowsprit Design

The hull of the Riviera 505 has been newly designed, with a gently sweeping sheerline, more prominent topside windows, and generous flare forward. These features balance nicely with generous glass surrounds.

The bowsprit is seamlessly incorporated into the hull design, making for a cleaner, more contemporary look. More specifically, the bowsprit has been replaced by a modern “through-the-bow” design. The effect is the anchoring station is more prominent. Ultimately, your 35kg highly polished stainless steel Ultra Anchor becomes a jewel adorning your bow.


The Riviera 505 SUV comes standard with twin 6-cylinder Volvo Penta D8-IPS 800 turbo diesels at 600hp (441kw) each. You can also choose to upgrade to 725hp (533kW) via twin D11-IPS 950s, depending on your needs. With either option, the 505 comes with joystick controls at the helm and cockpit, as well as two 16-in. Volvo Penta Glass Bridge screens.

The Riviera SUV Collection

With the addition of the 505 SUV premiering in 2020, the Riviera SUV Collection is now up to five models. The new 505 SUV fits nicely in-between the SUV 575, SUV 545, SUV 445,  and SUV 395 models. But it does so much more than provide boaters a mid-sized option in this collection – the 505 is a model all on its own, from the keel up – inspired by the existing models in the Collection but so clearly defined as its own distinct model at the same time.

You can learn more about the development and design of the Riviera 505 SUV in Edition 5 of the 2019 Riviera Experience.

Additional Riviera Collections

In addition to the SUV Collection, Riviera designs and manufactures models in their Open Flybridge Collection, Enclosed Flybridge Collection, Sports Yacht Collection, and Sports Motor Yacht Collection.

No matter what Riviera Collection has caught your eye and checks your boxes, every Riviera model out there is built to last and retains its value because Riviera is so consistent with their design, quality, and customer experience.

Our yacht brokers would be pleased to match you with the best Riviera yacht to suit your needs. Learn more about Riviera yachts through our website, or contact one of our Yacht Sales Brokers, at 250.656.1138. Or come see us in person in Sidney, BC on Vancouver Island. We would love to show you our boats!

Riviera Sport Yachts Platinum Edition

Riviera Platinum Edition Sport Yachts Now Available

Riviera’s 6000, 5400, and 4800 Sport Yacht models have all been elevated to Platinum Edition status.

Earlier this year, Riviera – Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder – unveiled its stunningly gorgeous Platinum Edition Sport Yachts. The range includes the newly upgraded 6000, 5400, and 4800 Sport Yacht models. Each yacht is a shining example of world-class style, sophistication, and elegance.

News of the Platinum Edition models was made in May 2019 when the owner of Riviera, Rodney Longhurst, along with Riviera’s International Sales Director, Chris McCafferty, and Dealer Relationship Manager, Peter Welch, all waterskied behind a 6000 Sport Yacht bearing the new, distinct Platinum Edition colours – silver grey, black, and white, in Sydney Australia.

The 6000, 5400, and 4800 Sport Yachts, which were already breathtakingly luxurious, are now even more so with the Platinum Edition upgrades that include a new silver grey, black and white colour scheme, more creative uses of floor and storage space, and more state-of-the-art finishing touches and upholstery.

Riviera Platinum Edition Sport Yachts – What’s New?

So much has changed with the debut of the Platinum Edition Sport Yachts from Riviera. As the company’s owner explains in a recent press release: “With the Platinum Edition Sport Yachts, you will see the unmistakable addition of hardtops and targa arches presented in Riviera Platinum Silver, along with a silver/grey upholstered sunbed on the foredeck. Electronic arrays, air vents and boot tops are rendered in a stealth-like black finish.”

Additional Platinum Edition upgrades include high-gloss walnut timber cabinetry and trim, pure wool carpet in the staterooms, more lounges upholstered in soft-touch fabrics, Recaro sports helm seats with Alcantara inserts and contrasting diamond hand-stitching, Sunbrella fabric headliners and wall linings, and new Corian-finished bathroom flooring.

In addition to the above mentioned upgrades, each Riviera Sport yacht model received its own set of upgrades.

Let’s take a closer look at each model’s upgrades:

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht Series II Platinum Edition at Van Isle Marina

Perhaps the sport yacht model with the most upgrades is the Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht – with so many upgrades the model has now been renamed to the ‘Series II’ Platinum Edition. The Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht is perfect for cruising couples and young families with its two beautiful staterooms, two designer bathrooms, and hull length of 45 feet. In addition to the features mentioned above, upgrades made to the platinum edition of the 4800 Sport Yacht include:

  • Improved, more functional layouts
  • New look and feel for the helm (styled in silver grey and black)
  • New cockpit wet bar including benchtop, refrigerator, ice maker, sink, and two-plate electric BBQ
  • New solid-surface bench tops in the galley
  • New saloon and cockpit loungers
  • Extended swim platform
  • New saloon cocktail cabinet with bottle storage drawer and drawers for glass
  • More accommodation deck floor space
  • Larger starboard hanging locker in the master stateroom

Learn more about the Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition, available in Western Canada through Van Isle Marina.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht Platinum EditionRiviera 5400 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition available at Van Isle Marina

The Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht can host larger groups for days or weeks at a time with three beautiful staterooms, two designer bathrooms, and a hull length of 52 feet.

In addition to the upgrades each Sport Yacht received, including a newly styled helm with more instrumentation, the new platinum edition 5400 features a new Riviera Platinum Silver wet bar including benchtop, refrigerator, icemaker, sink and two-plate electric BBQ – meaning less trips back into the main galley.

Learn more about the Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition, available in Western Canada through Van Isle Marina.

Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition

Considered the flagship of the Sport Yacht collection, the 6000 has a hull length of 57 feet and features three beautiful staterooms and three designer bathrooms in the Presidential layout, or four staterooms and three bathrooms in the Classic design.

Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition at Van Isle Marina

In addition to the upgrades each of the Sport Yachts received, the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition now comes with:

  • Three joystick control points, with two at the cockpit and one in the helm.
  • Waterfall benchtops and stainless steel sinks and mixer tap in the galley.
  • Extended seating area in the saloon, with the starboard-side lounge now seeing a centre seat base slide out to become an ottoman
  • New-style Pompanette helm seats with Alcantara inserts and feature stitching for the helm station.
  • Black caulking in the teak decks has been replaced with platinum grey.

Learn more about the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition, available in Western Canada through Van Isle Marina.

Riviera Platinum Edition Sport Yachts – Where to Buy in Western Canada

The new Riviera 6000, 5400 and 4800 Platinum Edition Sport Yachts are exclusively available in Western Canada through Van Isle Marina. (Please note that the Riviera Sport Yacht line is now only available as the Platinum Edition series.)

Over the past 14 years, Riviera has launched over 560 Sport Yachts. With the unveiling of the Platinum Edition Sport Yachts in spring 2019, the team at Van Isle Marina predicts there will be hundreds more launched in the future – many of which will go to boating enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest – as Riviera continues to refine and define the luxury sport yacht category around the world.

To learn more about owning a Riviera Motor Yacht, please contact one of our yacht sales brokers and we will be happy to help you build the perfect Riviera Sport Yacht. If you’re looking for something other than a sport yacht, there are five distinct Riviera Collections, including the Enclosed Flybridge Collection, Open Flybridge Collection, the Sport Yacht Collection, the Sport Motor Yacht Collection, and the SUV Collection.

Pursuit Boats Dealer for Western Canada

Van Isle Marina is now the Western Canada Exclusive Dealer for Pursuit Boats.

At Van Isle Marina, we are constantly adding to our inventory of highly desirable, dependable, luxury yachts and quality boats. In addition to our wide selection of pre-owned boats and Riviera yachts for sale, we are extremely excited to announce we are the new, exclusive Western Canada dealer for Pursuit Boats.

Pursuit Boats builds outboard-powered boats that are innovative and of high quality. This established brand is also leading sales in North America within its category. These exhilarating boats are purpose-built for recreational activities such as water sports, diving, fishing, adventure and entertaining.

Established in 1977 by Leon Slikkers, Pursuit Boats designs and manufactures a wide range of fishing and cruising boats in four distinct categories, including the Centre Console, Dual Console, Offshore, and Sport categories. In 2018, Pursuit Boats officially joined the Malibu Boats family, giving them even more prestige and distinction in the industry.

With Van Isle Marina’s new partnership with Pursuit, we are now offering boaters in Western Canada many more boat models to choose from, ranging from 23 to 40 feet.

The Pursuit Promise

Pursuit Boats are designed, developed, and manufactured in the United States and are known for their proven hulls, refined lamination techniques, and vacuum-infused stringer grids.

In addition, each Pursuit model comes with attractive warranties, such as:

  • an ultra-premium gelcoat backed by a five-year hull blister warranty;
  • a transferable five-year hull and deck structural warranty; and
  • a transferable two-year component warranty.

Pursuit Boats has something for every level of boater, from new boaters looking to make their first purchase, to fishermen looking to take their comfort and style to the next level, to boat owners looking to diversify or add to their fleets. Every Pursuit Boat model offers yacht-quality amenities suitable for long-range, offshore cruising as well as in-shore activities.

The Pursuit OS325 has arrived at our sales dock this month (September 2019), with the OS355 arriving in December 2019.

Meet the Pursuit OS325

The OS325 is perfectly sized and comes with twin Yamaha F300 engines for comfortable cruising speeds of 30 mph or you can always push it up to 48 mph. The beauty of each Pursuit Boat starts with the hand-laminated hull with moulded hull side frameless tempered glass windows that add a beautiful touch. A boarding ladder is moulded into the hull for a seamless look. Choose from a variety of hull, helm, boot stripe, and interior colour packages.

With the OS325 you also get a truly appointment enclosed helm station that is topped with a moulded fibreglass hardtop and features year-round climate control. You’ll also enjoy this model’s comfortable cabin, JL audio equipment, LED lighting throughout, stainless steel finishing touches, anchoring system, and port galley equipped with a fridge, microwave, sink, cooktop, and smart storage space.

In the cockpit, an entertainment centre comes with a sink, cutting board, dedicated storage, 120V outlet, and a grill top to give yourself more cooking options.

The interior cabin is accented with hardwood and is smartly laid out with seating that converts into a berth with storage space below. A solid wood table with power adjustable pedestal also adds more ways to enjoy the interior space. Nearby, the head feels luxurious with its glass bowl sink with Corian countertop, vanity mirror, and pullout shower wand.

Like all Pursuit Boats, the OS325 features upholstery and canvas components that are fabricated in-house and installed by Pursuit’s highly skilled technicians. Dri-Fast foam and mesh backing allows the cockpit seating and cushions to drain completely.

The OS325 is also made for fishing, with rod holders, a 24-gallon recirculating live well, under gunwale rod storage, fish boxes, and cockpit tackle centre. Overall, the Pursuit OS325 – now available in Western Canada through Van Isle Marina in Sidney, BC –  is plenty of boat in an impressive package.

Showcasing the Pursuit Brand

To showcase all the exceptional design and engineering qualities Pursuit is known for, the Van Isle Marina sales team will have the Pursuit OS325 on display at the Nanaimo Boat Show on September 19-22, 2019. This boat show, now in its fifth year, is a family- and pet-friendly, event with food and beverage service, live music, and a kid’s zone. Enjoy 4 days of boats at the Waterfront Suites and Marina in Nanaimo. Attendees can walk through the fully tented exhibit as well as tour boats on the water.

The showcasing of the Pursuit OS325 in September signifies the start of a new partnership between Van Isle Marina and Pursuit.

Pursuit OS355

The Pursuit OS355 is another model in Pursuit’s Offshore collection that we are excited to welcome to our marina. The OS355 is slightly longer than the OS325, with all of the quality features and gorgeous stylings Pursuit is known for. It has slightly more power, with Twin Yamaha XTO Offshore 425 hp 5.6 L V8 four stroke engines and direct fuel injection.

You can learn more about Pursuit Boats through our website. Watch the available videos and scroll through the photo galleries to preview the thrilling model range and everything Pursuit has to offer.

The Pursuit Boat brand is aligned with Riviera Yachts and we here at Van Isle Marina are excited to be part of the dealer network. We look forward to taking you on an exhilarating sea trial on these performance boats!

At Van Isle Marina in Sidney, BC, we look forward to matching you with the best Pursuit Boat for your boating needs. We’d love to chat more at an upcoming boat show, or you can come see us anytime and we will help you build your perfect Pursuit. We are located at 2320 Harbour Road. Find out how to get here.

Steps to buying a Pre-Owned Yacht

Buying a Pre-Owned Yacht

A Step-by-Step Guide to Buying a Used Boat

Learn the steps involved when purchasing a pre-owned yacht or boat through a yacht broker.

If you’re in the market for a new boat and are looking to keep the costs down, the best place to start is pre-owned boats. From the yacht brokers at Van Isle Marina, here is our step-by-step guide to buying a pre-owned boat.

Step 1: Decide on the Right Type of Boat for Your boating needsRiviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht Running 01 (Medium)

There are many different types of yachts available, including sailing yachts, motor yachts, sports yachts, cruising yachts, fishing yachts, and more. To narrow down what’s right for you, consider the following questions a yacht broker will likely ask you:

  • Are you looking for a sailing yacht or a motor yacht?
  • Will you be using the yacht for fishing, watersports, cruising, entertaining, or a combination?
  • Will you be using the boat for short day trips, long-range cruising, or both?
  • How important are things like speed and power?
  • Do you plan on frequently sleeping or living on your boat?
  • Will you be on your boat for days, weeks, or months at a time?
  • Do you plan on having a lot of guests spending nights on board?
  • What is your level of boating experience?
  • Will you be comfortable navigating a larger vessel, or an older vessel that might require more maintenance?

Step 2: Storage Considerations for your New Boat

In addition to the above questions, another thing to consider is where you plan on keeping your boat. Will it be in your driveway, at your own dock, or in a marina, for example?

If you’ll be docking or mooring your boat, you will need to consider the bridge height limitations, depth and draft considerations, and slip length and width maximums of where you plan on storing your boat when it’s not in use.

With answers to the above questions in mind, it’s time to read up on what boats and yachts are available or visit marinas in person to walk the docks and truly get a feel of the many sensational options out there. Another option is to skip ahead to contacting a yacht broker directly, who can help you start your search from the get-go.

Step 3: Budgeting for your New Boat

As is the case with all big purchases, it’s best to have an idea of what you can realistically afford before starting your search for your perfect vessel. If it’s your first time buying a yacht, our team of brokers will advise you on the costs associated with yacht ownership, including insurance fees, fuel consumption rates, moorage fees, extended warranties, and general maintenance. All of these factors will have a bearing on your overall boating budget.

Generally, when it comes to staying within budget, it’s often a trade-off between the boat’s size and the boat’s age – and not necessarily all of its luxury options. For example, for the same amount of money, you can get more luxury features in a smaller boat of the same age than you would in a larger boat of the same age.

Oftentimes, for newer boaters, the smaller and more updated the model, the better, as it instills confidence in navigating the vessel. The bigger the boat, the bigger the budget must become, plain and simple. At Van Isle Marina, we offer multiple financing options with full transparency and zero early payout or pre-payment restrictions. Know that the terms for boating financing are typically longer than those that are arranged for cars, aligning more with mortgage timelines – they typically range from 12 to 20 years.

Step 4: Looking at Pre-Owned Boats

Once you have a better idea of what you’re looking for, the next step is locating some boats to tour. A yacht broker can help you find the best deals, and many times can locate boats from far and wide that meet all your wish list, even if that boat isn’t officially on the market yet, or at their home marina yet.

At Van Isle Marina, if we don’t currently have what you’re looking for moored at our docks, we will search high and low to find you exactly the make and model you’re after. Our yacht brokers achieve this through their extensive connections with dealers, wholesalers and clients throughout the boating industry.

Like buying a house, yacht brokers will set up showings on your behalf. They can advise on a boat’s condition and flag anything that looks problematic. As with everything you purchase, you might find the right boat right away, or have to look at many options before deciding to make an offer.

Step 5: Making an Offer on a Yacht for Sale

When you find something that ticks all your boxes, making an offer on a yacht for sale is the next step. It might feel hasty at first, but it’s the best way to get ahead of others who are interested. Making an offer on a pre-owned yacht is just like putting down an offer on a house. You need to:

  • state your offer amount,
  • state your contingencies or subjects, and
  • state your timelines.

Your yacht broker will assist with all formal contracts. At this point it is recommended to have put a 10% deposit down, which your yacht broker holds in escrow, to demonstrate to the seller that your offer is serious.

Step 6: Getting a Yacht SurveyedGetting a Yacht Surveyed

One of the contingencies of a used boat sale is having the boat undergo a marine survey. This step is not mandatory but is highly encouraged. Think of this step as a home inspection, where the condition of the vessel is surveyed from bow to stern. Typically, your broker will supply you with a list of approved surveyors – ones that are reputable and known to do a thorough and complete job. There are varying degrees of boat surveys available, for example, more thorough surveys are recommended for older boats, for example, while basic surveys are fine for boats still under warranty.

During a thorough survey, all hands are on deck looking at all of the vessel’s systems in addition to having a certified engine mechanic or surveyor look at the main engines, transmissions and generators with oil samples.

If the yacht you’re looking at has gyros, stabilizer fins, a high-tech integrated entertainment center, and more, choose to have a technician who specializes in that equipment inspecting the vessel as well.

This survey is at your expense (approximately $17 – $20 per linear foot) and could take up to three days to complete. However, it is money well spent.

Step 7: To Buy or Not to Buy the Boat

With the boat surveyor’s report in front of you, it’s time to decide if you will be buying the boat or not. You can either accept the vessel, accept the vessel under certain conditions, or reject the vessel.

  • Acceptance of Vessel – If you are happy with the boat surveyor’s report, you and your yacht broker will submit the necessary form saying as much. You are accepting the boat as-is and are ready to close the deal and take possession of the boat. Congratulations!
  • Conditional Acceptance of Vessel – If some red flags came out of the marine surveyor’s report, you have a chance to bring these to the seller’s attention and negotiate the selling price some more. Your broker will prepare updated contracts stating that you would like to move forward and purchase the boat if the price is adjusted to address marine survey deficiencies. If this new price is accepted, your deposit will become non-refundable.
  • Rejection of Vessel – If the marine survey revealed some major flaws with the vessel and something just isn’t feeling right, you can (and should!) back out of the deal altogether by rejecting the vessel. To do so, you will be required to submit paperwork stating as much, and your deposit will be returned to you.

Step 8: Closing the Dealbuying a pre-owned yacht - closing the deal

Once everything is settled and the deal is moving forward, your broker will guide you through the paperwork to ensure the rest of the transaction goes smoothly. Your boat will soon be all yours! Be sure you’re prepared for its arrival by having the following in place:

  • Storage Solutions – Plan where your boat will be stored when not in use. Will it be at home in your driveway, high and dry? Or at a marina, yacht club, or your own private dock? Some boaters choose convenience and proximity to home, while others go for the amenities of a marina or yacht club, even if it’s further away.
  • Boat Insurance – If you are financing your boat, insurance coverage is a requirement. It needs to be planned for before you close the deal and take possession of the boat.
  • Transfer of Ownership – Remember to register or licence your boat. A previously owned yacht is are already registered, so you must transfer its licence number within 90 days. A yacht broker can also assist with this.

Read more about Boating Insurance, Licence, and Registration Requirements

Buying a boat is almost always an exciting process, especially if you have an experienced yacht broker on your side. That’s where Van Isle Marina can help! To further discuss what type of yacht would best fit your needs, and learn more about our yacht buying process, please feel free to contact one of our yacht brokers.  Our brokers at Van Isle Marina can give you firsthand information and advice to help you make the best decision when buying a pre-owned yacht or boat.