Rick Champagne, manager of Northshore Yachtworks, erases another completed task off the service department job board and surveys those still remaining. These days—the start of the summer boating season in British Columbia —his staff is kept busy. He’s happy knowing the company is saving clients’ time and money to do what they love—spending time on the water.
“There’s no need for our clients to take their boat from one service provider to another. Whether it’s mechanical work, upholstery cleaning, canvas repairs or electrical problems, Northshore Yachtworks is the one-stop boatshop for everything a boater needs.”
Rick and his team of marine specialists will undertake jobs both large and small. You could say they are the ultimate boat concierge serving the Vancouver area.
“We can build any boat right here in the plant in the 30 ft to 64 ft range to the exact specifications provided by the owner, and then we can make sure their fridges are stocked with food and drinks,” he says with a smile. “Our staff can take care of all service needs whether it’s refueling, detailing, carpet cleaning. Although many of the boats we work on are moored here at Mosquito Creek Marina, we can go anywhere. We have two service vans and one service boat.”
Northshore Yachtworks and its trained specialists enjoy helping a wide range of vessels, whether it’s a family cruiser or a major cruise liner.
“Recently we brought the Il Moro, an 80′ America’s Cup sailboat back to its original red colour. She looks great!”
Rick said Holland America Cruise Ships recently won the tender to redo their lifeboats and hired Yachtworks to do the job.
“We are happy with our staff and we’re always on the lookout for more good, qualified people. This is an exciting business, and there are always opportunities for improvement within the industry with local engine dealers providing advanced training in electrical and corrosion systems. Our technicians meet ABYC Red Seal standards (American Boat and Yacht Council) and are in great demand.”
Summer boating season is underway and Rick anticipates a busy time ahead, but there will always be time and room for the next boat that needs help from Northshore Yachtworks.