Vancouver Island’s Maple Bay Marina recently announced they’ll be opening a new boat yard on September 15.

Our friends north of the border (and those waiting for the border to open) will be happy to learn that Maple Bay Marina is opening a new full service boat yard under the stewardship of manager Chris Watson, who will oversee the facility, its operations, and employees.

Chris was born and raised on a lake in the Fraser Valley where boating was a part of every day life. His passion for all boats grew quickly and, through his keen desire for sailboat racing, he firmly believes that a well prepared and maintained boat is a fast boat.

Chris has a well rounded skill set in hull and bottom preparation, painting, and general yacht maintenance and care. Over the years, he’s helped with complicated retrofits of wooden boats, in addition to volunteering countless hours at various yacht clubs and sailing clubs in a number of boat maintenance capacities. Watson now brings both his experience and passion to the boatyard, and is very excited for the future of Maple Bay Marina Boat Yard:

“My successes in life are based on a few simple words my father told me, just as yours may have told you. If you are going to do something, do it right, and do it right the first time.”


As well, Maple Bay Marina has purchased a new state of the art 50 Ton Marine Travel Lift to haul and move boats up to 70-feet on the marina site. This will facilitate maintenance and repair work on boats, and owners will be permitted to work on their own vessels (subject to the Fraser River Best Management Practices). A marine supply store will be opening in the yard with full access to parts and supplies. In addition, certified trades will be on site to assist.

The marina will also be introducing a Founders Club whereby the first 200 customers will be given preferential seasonal haul-out times and rates on future lifts. General Manager, David Messier says,

“I am excited to embark on this new endeavor and look forward to welcoming back the boating community to the new Maple Bay Marina Boat Yard starting September 1, 2020.”

Maple Bay Marina is a full service destination marina. They are open year round and offer a broad scope of services supporting boaters in the Canadian Gulf Islands, the East Coast of Vancouver Island in the Salish Sea, and is home to The Shipyard Restaurant & Pub, Mariners Market & Espresso Bar.

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