Ours are voyages of discovery for those who wish to experience coastal BC ... not just see it from a passing liner.
Ever dream of running away to sea? Pack your bags, your curiosity and sense of humour.
Dolphins and Orcas Feb 3,2014 in Departure Bay, Nanaimo BC
Nourish your body, mind and spirit as we journey back in time aboard a
romantic heritage vessel to peace and solitude, to a bygone era less hurried.
Welcome aboard our historic, coastal classic, the MV Chelsea II.
She complies with Canada Steamship Regulations, her Captain; CSI certified
with over 40 years on the coast.
The skipper, a long-time kayak enthusiast, acquired the ship in 1984. Built
in 1957 for the Columbia Coast Mission by skilled shipwrights at Vancouver's
Star Shipyards, her duties as a year-round coastal patrol vessel ceased with
the closing of the Mission in 1962. Ownership then passed to the Commodore of
the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club for 7 years.
Her third career began in 1986, as the concept of Mothership kayak
adventuring was introduced by the skipper to a burgeoning market of
eco-appreciative vacationers. Today, with over 30 seasons of chartering behind
her, total updating of systems and equipment, she is an ideal blend of
traditional lines, sea-keeping comfort and modern efficiency. Seasonal
itineraries span the coast from the southern Gulf Islands to the northern
reaches of the Great Bear Rainforest. Our days are filled with fishing,
crabbing, exploring, photographing whales, bears, dolphins and eagles.
Shipboard meals, creatively prepared by our skipper, highlight each
Guest safety / comfort and individual paddling abilities guide the planning
of our kayak excursions, should you wish to participate. Whether a novice or
experienced paddler, personal instruction is at your disposal.
The 17ft. rigid inflatable is the workhorse of our fleet. Safe, fast,
comfortable and fully equipped, it's perfect for fishing, prawning, visiting
Native Cultural sites or exploring up river estuaries.its 90 hp Honda
4-stroke, whisper quiet.
The Mothership carries 3 kayaks: two 21ft. Seaward Passat doubles and a
17ft. Seaward Navigator single, the Cadillacs of the sport.
Voyaging along our spectacular Inside Passage on 3 to 10 day custom cruises
with only one or two couples berthed aboard, is unforgettable. You'll
experience pristine and diverse eco-systems.among the most beautiful on
Our guests, like ourselves, want the beaches and forests beneath their feet,
not viewed from the rail of a passing cruise ship.