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I''m considering a vacation in British Columbia this year. Can anyone suggest the best time of year to go for sailing, and good places to rent or charter sailboats?
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Best weather in July and August. Likely more wind and lower charter fees in Sept. Desolation Sound Yacht Charters in Comox, B.C. is a class organization. I''ve chartered from them three times.
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Cooper Boating is out of Vancouver and has a very large fleet. Island Cruising is out of Port of sidney with the advantage that you begin your cruise in the Gulf/SanJuan islands, without crossing the Strait of Georgia on day one. Cooper is on Granville Island in the centre of Vancouver which is a wonderful place to begin and end, but congested and driving in may result in a parking problem. Island Cruising has no parking problems in Sidney, and provides bedding. They''re both pretty good.
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I''ve chartered with both Island Cruising (Sidney) as well as sailed with Sunsail Vancouver.

I''ve been very happy with both. Island Cruising has a larger selection of different boats, whereas Sunsail''s are all ex Caribbean charter Beneteaus, except for on Dufour 36 classic.

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Where do you want to cruise in British Columbia? It makes a BIG difference in your selection of charter companies.
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Thanks for all the comments on charter companies. We aren''t sure yet of our plans. We''ll only have one week, and it will be with my wife and stepdaughter who aren''t as crazy about sailing as I am, so I''m not sure a charter for several days will work. May just want to be able to take a boat out for day sails here and there. Although if a 25-30 foot charter with two staterooms was available, that might change their minds.
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You really only have one option, given your situation. I''d say that is to stay well within the Gulf Islands.

I''d suggest you start from Sidney. Check out the fleet of Island Cruising
www.islandcruising.com

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Bruce,

With that short of time frame mmurphy is correct in steering you to the Gulf Is. The time needed to get to the port of departure is a factor. Some may involve float planes or ferry trips that can easily soak up 6 to 8 hours each way from the Vancouver or Seatac airports. And the JetBlue flight will be at least 5 hours!! <g>

I second Sydney, but also look stateside at Anacortes or Bellingham. Take a look at the online editions of 48 North (www.48north.com) for a listing of charter operations on both sides of the border.

I am a commuter sailor with my favorite months being September to November.
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Bruce,

Just saw your article on SAILNET on the first cruise on "Patience". Enjoyed it!! You won''t have to worry about those conditions in BC.

I always go looking for such adventures, and, like you, suck friends into the fray, and, say I will put another chapter in the book...but you actually write the book!!

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The latest National Geographic has a story on the rainforest on the west coast of Vancouver. Reminds me why I want to visit--a trip through the Olympic Peninsula a couple years ago. Just spectacular. Maybe kayaking and canoeing is really the way to go there. Anyone ever taken the inland passage ferry? The charter boats look great, but with just one week, I have to think of other ways my family will agree to spend time on the water!
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