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CAPTAIN'S WELCOME ABOARD


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.

Map of British Columbia coast She complies with Canada Steamship Regulations, her Captain; CSI certified with over 30 years on the coast, her cook / crew; creative and competent. Her ship's cat; well travelled and loveable.

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 24 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 day.

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 earth.

Our guests, like ourselves, want the beaches and forests beneath their feet, not viewed from the rail of a passing cruise ship.

 
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