Where are you based?
How do I get there?
Where do I stay?
Other recommended hotels are listed below and many of them offer special “marina” rates if you mention that you are a client of NWE, subject to availability. Bellingham books up quickly for the summer months so we encourage you to make your reservations as early as possible.
What is a Grand Banks Yacht?
Cruising on a Grand Banks in aesthetic, intelligent, functional, seaworthy style – and in the beauty of the natural marine environment – well, it just doesn’t get much better!
What should I expect for fuel consumption?
Each vessel in our fleet is powered differently and you will find the vessel operating parameters available for your vessel of interest under its boat specifications or in the operating manual on board.
Charter clients are pleasantly surprised at the fuel efficiency of our boats when cruising at displacement speed, and appreciative of the ability to travel faster should they need or want to.
Fuel prices vary in today’s market; we can’t predict what the rate will be for your charter, though we will gladly let you know what the cost per gallon is presently at our local fuel dock.
What qualifications do I need to charter?
Many of our charter clients have varied experience boat handling. They are very capable skippers, yet prefer the comfort of boat maneuvering lessons prior to their departure. Our training skippers charge $100 per hour and generally that’s all it takes. Sometimes, for the learning opportunity and sense of security our clients will take a skipper out with them for a day or more. See “Do you have skippers for hire?”
Boat maneuvering lessons are separate from the onboard check-out process. Prior to your departure, our vessel check-outs are included at no charge and take approximately two hours. Our USCG licensed check-out skippers will review the systems and equipment onboard your vessel and answer any questions you might have about cruising in this area.
What does the check-out involve?
How can I get qualified to charter?
Do you have skippers for hire?
Our recommended skippers have extensive cruising experience in this region and a thorough knowledge of our charter boats. They also hold their USCG Master’s License, or are approved by our insurance company.
Prior to your charter, we recommend you contact a skipper directly to discuss your needs and expectations, and to determine whether your skipper’s qualifications and attributes best match your needs.
Skipper fees are $300 per day plus expenses. Your skipper can give you the opportunity to learn and cruise, or give you the freedom to sit back and enjoy your holiday afloat.
Is there good dining in the cruising area?
Whether dining out or on board, there are many opportunities to dine and peacefully linger with good food, friends and conversation in a beautiful environment.
How do I provision?
There is a local Costco, REI and state liquor stores. Sporting equipment, clothing and pharmaceuticals can be found at Bellis Fair Mall or Lakeway Plaza.
What can I take to Canada?
Certain items are allowed duty free into Canada. Declare all excess. Alcohol has high duties, but is reasonably priced in BC liquor stores; plan to buy it there.
- 40 ounces alcoholic beverages (liquor, wine, or liquors in any combination) or 288 ounces (1 case) of beer or ale per person over 19 years of age.
- 200 cigarettes per person or 50 non-Cuban cigars or 2 pounds of tobacco per person over 16 years of age. (Please remember there is no smoking inside our charter boats.)
- No fresh fruits with pits, corn on the cob, potatoes, apples or pears are allowed. Canada may ban other fruits depending upon conditions.
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What do I bring?
All of the boats are outfitted with pillows, blankets, sheets and towels for the stated number of berths. The weather varies from cool and wet to hot and sunny; be prepared for both! Rain gear, sun hats and sunscreen are essential; fleece is always appropriate because it dries so quickly. Leave the ties and fancy dresses at home, but something casually smart is appropriate in bigger towns. Don’t over-pack and please bring soft-sided luggage only; hard cases are difficult to stow on a boat.
Please remember to bring along appropriate life jackets for all children onboard.