ABOUT US

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

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

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.

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 Four range.

Jared Kolich – Marine Mechanical Technician

Jared started in the marine industry at an early age, spending his summers at a remote lodge on Northern Vancouver Island, where he maintained a fleet of sport fishing boats. Relocating to Nanaimo in 2009, Jared enrolled in the Inboard/Outboard program at Vancouver Island University. Upon completion he joined the Nanaimo Yacht Services team and is now an Inboard/Outboard Mechanic and Marine Mechanical Technician. After ongoing training provided by Stones Boatyard, Jared is also certified by American Boat and Yacht Council in Marine Electrical and Marine Systems.

Devon Norris – Marine 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’s 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 also holds a City & Guilds qualification in Automotive Mechanical Systems.

Mitch Hendricks – 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’s quickly progressed to become our senior travelift operator and lead hand in the boatyard and is now apprenticed as a Marine Service Technician. He also owns a boat!

Richard Corona – Master Technician:  Inflatable Boat Repairs

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.

Walter Van Bruggen – Advanced Technician:  Inflatable Boat Repairs

A background as a skilled carpenter, and the most detailed of technicians,Walter was trained by Richard and now leads our inflatable repair facility.  He also owns a sailboat and is an avid sailor and kayak enthusiast.

Ellen Gallant – Marine Store Sales Associate

With a background in visual art and graphic design Ellen worked for several years at the West Marine store in Nanaimo until it closed in 2015 when she joined us to open the Marine Store @ Stones Boatyard. Previously a yacht owner she and her husband now own a ‘land’ yacht RV

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 too joined us to open the Marine Store @ Stones Boatyard in 2016.

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