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Classic Boatyard on the Move

by Norris Comer

Cowichan Shipyard

Cowichan Shipyard, Classic Marine’s new home as of Nov. 1.

Attention boaters, a shipyard is coming back to life! Classic Marine Ltd. is leasing the historic Cowichan Bay Shipyard and moving from the current location at the Marine Supply and Nautical Gift Store in Cowichan Bay, B.C.

The historic Cowichan Bay Shipyard came into existence around 100 years ago and has since been purchased by world-renown artist Arthur Vickers for his art galley and workspace. Classic Marine Ltd’s move to the shipyard will bring the property back to its maritime working roots as one of the few surviving historic shipyards on the coast of Vancouver, B.C.

Owners of Classic Marine Ltd., Rick and Debra Carpentier, are excited for the move to come. Classic Marine Ltd. has been a fixture in Cowichan Bay for many years, and this business expansion will benefit boaters of all kinds. The shipyard will not only accommodate the Marine Supply Chandlery, but will now be able to offer haul-out services, an onsite canvas and upholstery shop (Classic Canvas), boat detailing, repair, and installations. Classic Marine Ltd. also has a unique nautical gift shop offering brass giftware, Cowichan Bay clothing, and other nautically themed gifts, some from local First Nations craftsmen.

It does the salty heart good to see an old shipyard come alive. “Move day” is officially November 1, 2016, but bookings for services are already in effect. More information is available at classicmarine.ca. You can also contact Rick at Classic Marine Ltd. at 250-746-1093, or by email at info@classicmarine.ca.

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