United Yacht Sales, the largest independently owned yacht brokerage in the U.S. has just opened an office in Tacoma. UYS has brokerage representation, through 110 brokers in 16 U.S. states. According to UYS it handled 400 transactions valued at $80 million last year. Contact the Tacoma office toll free at 888-387-1963 or at www.unitedyachttacoma.com.
Maritimo Yachts is developing a new 45-foot open aft saloon vessel designed for a family that takes water toys or fishes seriously. A number of manufacturers are now offering coupe models in that market segment but this new offering also sports a completely enclosed command bridge. Greg Hughes, manager of Blackfish Marine, the local Maritimo dealer, says the new 45s are under construction and he expects to get one of the first available. Contact Blackfish at 604-669-8081 or at www.blackfishmarine.com.
Forbes Cooper is at it again and Crow’s Nest Yachts couldn’t be happier. Cooper, who is now 80, has come out of retirement and is building boats again as Westcoast Custom Yachts. Crow’s Nest, with offices in Seattle, Newport Beach and San Diego, has become the exclusive West Coast Dealer for Cooper’s boats. Contact Crow’s Nest in Seattle at 206-625-1560 or at www.crowsnestyachts.com.
Sidney’s Raven Marine Services has moved from its, 2266 Harbour Road location to a larger space in the Canoe Cove Marina area. The new address is Unit 18, 2300 Canoe Cove Road. Raven, a full service yacht services business, has operations in Sidney and North Vancouver. Raven is the Canadian Warranty and Service Representatives for Nordhavn, Selene Yacht Trawlers and Horizon Yachts. Contact Raven at 250-655-3934 or at www.ravenmarine.ca.
North Vancouver’s Britmar Marine now has the latest in marine battery technology in stock. The lithium ion phosphate batteries, powerful enough to start marine engines and provide house power, are smaller and lighter than traditional marine batteries. A 320 AH lithium weighs in at 59.5 pounds and a standard lead acid of the same capacity weighs about 140 pounds. According to the manufacturer the new batteries can be fully charged in one hour. This new technology allows up to 2,000 cycles per battery and they self discharge at only 10 percent per year. Contact Britmar at 604-983-4303 or at www.britmar.com.
Yacht Sales West, one of B.C.’s premier yacht dealerships specializing in all sail brands is opening their second location in Port Sidney marina on Vancouver Island. “It has always been in our long term planning to have an island office," said Len Baronit, president of Yacht Sales West. “It was important to wait for the right location and we feel that being in Port Sidney Marina is the best location for our business.” Yacht Sales West is a full service dealership representing Bavaria, C&C, Catalina, Dufour, Contest and Tartan Yachts. They also offer full service brokerage sales. Contact Yacht Sales West at 604-488-1202 or www.yachtsaleswest.com.
The Fernwood Road Café on Saltspring Island is located directly across the street from the Fernwood Public Dock at the northern end of the Trincomali Channel. The new café is a great stop for visiting boaters looking for a quick stop to grab a great coffee, a soft serve ice cream or a bite to eat. Whether you’re riding your bike, trotting along on your horse, walking the dog or sailing the Trincomali Channel, we’d love to quench your thirst, satisfy your need for a nibble and hear about your adventures. The café is open seven days a week. Call 250-931-2233 or visit www.fernwoodcafe.com.