The Nanaimo Yacht Services @ Stones Boatyard management team comes from more than 30 years of managing boat service related businesses in various locations before settling in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island
Ian, a licensed diesel and gas mechanic, and Shari built and launched an Endurance 40 ketch and then spent ten years cruising, traveling as far as the Caribbean where from 1983 Shari ran a day-charter boat operation and Ian managed Sunsail’s Caribbean operations including 250 yachts spread around 7 islands. In 1993 Sunsail enticed the couple, with their four young daughters, to Greece where they were responsible for 370 yachts, 5 watersports club hotels and hundreds of staff. Ian at this time wrote and developed the maintenance manual for Sunsail’s Mediterranean fleet.
At the turn of the millennium on leaving Europe, Ian and Shari opened Sunsail’s charter base in Vancouver and then in 2007 decided to branch out on their own with the purchase of Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School, bringing with them a new range of sailboats (Beneteau, Dufour, Catalina and Bavaria yachts). They immediately saw an opportunity to utilize Ian’s training, experience and skills in boat maintenance on Vancouver Island and started Nanaimo Yacht Services. Ian, an CRYA Yachtmaster Offshore, Yachtmaster Ocean, and CRYA Instructor Evaluator teaches celestial navigation when he’s allowed a couple of weeks away to circumnavigate Vancouver Island.
Nick Webster has spent his entire career associated with the sea and boats initially as a naval officer in the Royal Navy and the Sultan of Oman’s Navy. In 1986 he became a senior manager and later a director of Sunsail where he managed and developed yacht charter areas and watersports facilities around the world. He also set-up and ran a shipping operation to transport Sunsail yachts between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Between 1999 and 2005 he was Commercial Director of a UK based boat shipping company, Peters & May, a world leader in this niche global market. At this time Nick used various specialist boat cleaning services to renovate boats stained during shipping and in the summer of 2005 he emigrated from southern England to B.C. to operate his own boat cleaning business, Pro Boat Clean in Western Canada. He joined his old colleagues, Ian and Shari, at Nanaimo Yacht Services @ Stones Boatyard in the summer of 2010.
Rob joined us a year ago to assist our technical team in ensuring a top quality product is delivered and our customers are truly satisfied with our service
Robert, a well-known journeyman marine engine mechanic and published author, leads our mechanical, electrical and electronic repair and installation yacht services team. In 2006 he refitted and re-powered his own 38′ cruising sailboat and he and his wife sailed around Vancouver Island during 2007. He has Ontario and BC marine technical licences and is an acknowledged expert in maintenance of small boat engines, particularly the Universal Atomic Four range.
Jared started in the marine industry at an early age. Spending his summers at a remote lodge on Northern Vancouver Island, he maintained a fleet of sport fishing boats. Relocating to the beautiful harbour city of Nanaimo in 2009, Jared enrolled in the Inboard Outboard Pre-Apprenticeship program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Upon completion he joined the Nanaimo Yacht Services team and is now a certified Inboard/Outboard Mechanic. He challenged the Marine Mechanical Technican course to gain certification and as a result of ongoing training at Stones Boatyard, Jared has also received certification in American Boat and Yacht Council Marine Electrical and Marine Systems, and is also a certified Blue Seas Installer.
Coming from the small Caribbean island of Antigua, Devon is no stranger to the mechanical field, with over 10 years of experience in heavy duty mechanics, and advanced training in diesel, gas and HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil) engine systems. He earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Antigua State College and previously worked for Wärtsilä, which manufactures and services power sources and other equipment in the marine and energy markets. His transition into the marine world comes as no surprise as he has always had a huge interest and fascination for boats. Finally now having the opportunity to work on and around boats at Stones Boatyard. Devon, in his words “I can never seem to find a dull moment around the boatyard, and I’m always looking forward to a new challenge, where I’m forced to put my skills to the test while learning new things every day”. Automotive Mechanical Systems, City & Guilds qualification
Richard joined our inflatable repair team shortly after we began offering this additional service at the beginning of 2018. He has 18 years of experience in repairs in this field. There is hardly an inflatable “anything” in the market that he doesnt know how to repair.
A background as a skilled carpenter, and the most detailed of technicians, Walter joined the inflatable repair facility after an intense training period.