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Q. How do you know where to place the Travelift straps when lifting my boat?

A. You are responsible for showing us where to place the Travelift straps on your boat and informing us of any obstructions such as transducers.

Q. What do I need to do to prepare my boat for lifting?

A. Find out where the lifting points are and the approximate weight of the boat. Bring in all fenders, equipment and lines which might become tangled with the lifting straps: you may also wish to pull up protruding speed logs.

Q. Do I have to be present when you lift or launch my boat?

A. You are normally expected to be present to oversee the lift or launch, however if this is impossible we’ll ask you to sign a form to indemnify us – we make an additional charge for this service.

Q. Can I work on my own boat or must I use Nanaimo Yacht Services?

A. Stones Boatyard is a “do-it-yourself” boatyard – boat owners may work on their own boats, hire Nanaimo Yacht Services or other professional contractors.

Q. Can I bring a contractor into the yard to work on my boat?

A. We welcome outside contractors to the yard. They must show evidence of insurance, WorkSafe BC coverage, sign in and out to record their hours, and pay a contractors fee per man hour they are working in the yard.

Q. Can I move the boat stands under my boat?

A. No, our boatyard crew will block and support your boat, supply a ladder and move boat stands as required.

Q. How do you work out your boatyard charges?

A. Travelift, pressure washing and layday charges are based on the boat’s overall length including dinghies, davits, etc. All charges invoiced must be paid before the boat is launched.

Q. Must I clean up under and around my boat?

A. You must keep your boat’s area clean. Tarps are placed under every boat to catch falling debris, paint scrapings, fibreglass or sanding residues. Please clean your site daily and dispose of any waste materials and fluids properly. Please ask for assistance regarding their disposal.

Q. Can I live aboard my boat whilst it is in the yard?

A. You may stay onboard your boat while in the yard – a nominal daily fee is charged. There is a washroom in the Laundromat behind our office and showers in the marina for your use. No toilets, sinks or petroleum products may be discharged overboard in the yard.

Q. Can I bring my children into the boat yard?

A. All children in or about the yard, including the Boatyard floats, must be accompanied by an adult and must wear life jackets while on the floats.

Q. Can I bring my dog into the boat yard?

A. All dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times. Owners must clean up after their dogs.

Q. At what time are the boatyard gates open?

A. The main gates to the yard are open from 0800 until 2000. You will be given a key to the man gate to access the yard after hours, plus a key to the marina showers and toilets located opposite Muddy Waters pub.

Q. Can I park my car in the boat yard?

A. One vehicle may be parked next to the boat – parked vehicles must not interfere with Travelift operations. One additional parking pass may be obtained at the Boatyard Office for designated parking around the marina.

Q. Is there power available for my boat and tools?

A. Electricity is provided at each boat stand – please inform the boatyard office before plugging in. You will be charged a nominal daily fee for using power.

Q. Can I pressure wash my boat?

A. Washing of your boat’s bottom can only be done by the yard staff in the washdown area serviced by our water treatment plant. We are an environmentally minded yard and comply with Environment Canada’s “Best Management Practices” for boatyards. If you want to pressure wash the deck and superstructure please ask for permission from the Boatyard Manager.

Q. Can I sand my boat?

A. Sand/soda/dry ice blasting of any type is not allowed. Spray painting, sanding and/or hull scraping/peeling are only permitted in the yard providing your boat is fully shrouded/tarped – we rent tarps for this purpose.

Q. Who is responsible for the safety of my boat whilst in the yard?

A. You, as the boat owner, are responsible for the safety, upkeep and maintenance of your boat at all times and in particular before, during or after storms, heavy winds, rain or snow, etc.

Q. Can I smoke in the boat yard?

A. Smoking is prohibited in any building, or within 3 metres of a door, in the Boatyard and we ask you use the coffee cans around the yard to dispose of your cigarette butts.

Q. Can I borrow your tools?

A. We do not loan or supply tools but rent scaffolding and some power tools.

Q. Can I work up my mast whilst my boat is in the yard?

A. Raising sails, climbing the mast or removing standing rigging is not allowed, for safety reasons, while your boat is in the yard.

Inflatable dinghy repairs now available

We are delighted to announce that we are now trained to repair all makes of inflatable dinghies and paddleboards Call us  or visit The Marine Store @ Stones Boatyard to book an appointment