The Nanaimo Yacht Services @ Stones Boatyard management team comes from more than 35 years of managing boat service-related businesses in various locations before settling in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Shari & Ian MacPherson – Directors

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 is on the board of BoatingBC as Vice President and is also is a board member of the Canadian Recreational Yachting Association (CRYA) as well as a CRYA Yachtmaster Offshore, Yachtmaster Ocean, and CRYA Instructor Evaluator.

Shari is the General Manager of both Nanaimo Yacht Charters and Stones Boatyard, overseeing the business aspect, finance and development of both companies.

Nick Webster – Director

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. He is a Certified Marine Service manager.

Rob Steele – Customer Service Manager

Rob joined us in 2018 to lead our technical team and ensure we deliver service excellence to our customers. Originally trained in Ontario as an auto mechanic, Rob soon decided that the marine world and somewhere warm was for him. After five years as a sourcing agent for marine equipment Rob worked as an engineer on and around superyachts and cruising yachts for another 12 years, mostly in the Caribbean and the east coast of North America. He holds an MCA Approved Engineering Certificate, and he’s sailed the Atlantic to the Mediterranean as a chief engineer and refitted large yachts in the US, Morocco, England and Spain. Whilst in Antigua he volunteered with Antigua Barbuda Search and Rescue, was a marine salvage diver, and crewed on classic sailing yachts, particularly in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. He becamea Certified Marine Service manager in 2019

Robert Hess – Marine Mechanical Technician

Robert, a well-known journeyman marine engine mechanic and published author, is the senior technician in 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. He has marine and automotive technician licences, is a qualified Marine Mechanical Technician and an acknowledged expert in the maintenance of small boat engines, particularly the Universal Atomic 4 engine.

Devon Norris – Marine Mechanical Technician

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 Heavy Fuel Oil engine systems. A graduate of Antigua State College with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering he previously worked for Wärtsilä; whose power plants supply electricity to the islands. He has always had a fascination for boats, and now having the opportunity to work on and around yachts, Devon, in his words says, “I can never 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”. He is a certified Marine Mechanical Technician and holds a City & Guilds qualification in Automotive Mechanical Systems.

Michael Taylor – Marine Mechanical Technician

On joining us in the Spring of 2019, Michael enrolled in the Marine Mechanical Technician course,  He became fully qualified at the beginning of 2021.  He is an avid fisherman and together with his young family, enjoys spending as much time as possible on the water.

Dusty Hankewich – Technician

Dusty is a certified Avionics Engineer with a background in skin and structures. He also has 20 years of custom building and fabrication experience, which he utilizes to breathes new life into yacht restoration projects with an eye for quality fit and finish.

Bronwyn Whiteley – Marine Technician apprentice

Bronwyn has recently joined our technical team and will be doing her apprenticeship to become a Marine Mechanical Technician.

Mitch Hendricks – Boatyard Supervisor/Travelift operator

From Alberta, Mitch worked as a mechanic fabricator, professional driver, and spray foam installer before moving to Nanaimo and Stones Boatyard in 2018. He is quickly progressed to become our senior travelift operator and Boatyard Supervisor and is training to become a Marine Service Technician. He also owns a boat!

Zach Komst – Travelift operator

Zach joined us in 2019. His interest in marine work came from his father, who was a chief engineer in the navy. Zach specializes in driving the travelift, aesthetic repairs and small mechanical jobs. Zach is enthusiastic about working with boats, and is looking forward to learning more and progressing in his area of work

Richard Corona – Master Technician:  Inflatable Boat Repairs

Richard joined our inflatable repair team shortly after we began offering this 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 does not know how to repair.

Daniel Wyatt – Technician:  Inflatable Boat Repairs

Daniel has been working and learning about inflatable repairs under Richard’s tutelage since 2019 and has taken a Zodiac MILPRO training course. He also owns a sailboat and is a keen sailor and kayak enthusiast.

Catherine Janes – Marine Store Manager

Catherine joined us in February 2020 after several years in retail. She has a marine science background with experience around the Southern Gulf Islands and Northern Vancouver Island. She has always loved working on and around the ocean and excited to be back working in the marine industry.

James Clark – Marine Store Sales Associate

Once a commercial fisherman, James was for several years a boat captain and scuba instructor in Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Nanaimo. He joined us to open the Marine Store @ Stones Boatyard in 2016.

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Stones Boatyard and The Marine Store
104-1840 Stewart Ave Nanaimo, BC, V9S4E6 Canada
Phone: 1-250-716-9065 Email: info@nanaimoboatyard.ca
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To our valued boating community,

As we’re all aware, the COVID-19 virus pandemic is continuing to impact and change our world, however we do look forward to a safe and wonderful 2021 boating season.

The health and well-being of our clients, students, and staff remains of paramount importance to us. We continue to closely monitor the situation and react accordingly

We remain on hand to answer all your questions and concerns.

Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-250-716-9065 or email info@nanaimoboatyard.ca

We look forward to welcoming you to our base and our wonderful cruising ground soon!