Maple Bay Marina is pleased to announce the opening of the new boatyard under new management. The marina is welcoming Chris Watson to manage the facility, which will be opening September 15, 2020.
Born and raised on a lake in the Fraser Valley where boating was a part of everyday life, Chris’ passion for all boats grew quickly. As his love for boating grew, so began his interest in boat maintenance, which started at the very young age of eight. Through his keen desire for sailboat racing, it quickly became apparent that a well-prepared and maintained boat, was a fast boat! In the years following, 51 to be exact, Chris developed a well-rounded skill set in hull and bottom preparation, painting and general yacht maintenance and care.
Prior to his eventual calling to the marine industry, he enjoyed a successful career implementing health and safety, environmental and quality management systems in the oil and gas sector. Over the years he also participated in complicated retrofits of wooden boats, in addition to volunteering countless hours at various yacht clubs and sailing clubs in a number of boat maintenance capacities. Chris now brings both his experience and passion to the boatyard, and is very excited for what the future holds.
As well, Maple Bay Marina has purchased a new state of the art 50-ton Marine Travel Lift to haul and move boats up to 70 feet on the marina site. This will facilitate maintenance and repair work on boats, and owners will be permitted to work on their own vessels. A marine supply store will be opening in the yard with full access to parts and supplies. In addition, certified trades will be on site to assist.
Maple Bay Marina is a full-service destination marina, open year round and offering a broad scope of services supporting boaters in the Canadian Gulf Islands and the East Coast of Vancouver Island in the Salish Sea, and is home to The Shipyard Restaurant & Pub, Mariners Market & Espresso Bar and the Maple Bay Marina Boat Yard.
The marina will also be introducing a Founders Club whereby the first 200 customers will be given preferential seasonal haul-out times and rates on future lifts. Stay tuned for more information in this program.