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A Bit About the Strength of Grand Yachts

Water proves its strength when it steadily and persistently hits the stone target consistently, year after year. You will find in the folks at Grand Yachts a similar sort of persistence and gentle determination that has earned them a justifiable reputation in the West Coast yachting world. They hit the mark day in and day out simply because doing things well is always the right thing to do. Their niche has been carved not by brute force nor by making a big splash, but by the simple strength that inevitably attends those who do the right things well, without regard for how others may view them; without concern for the amount of work required to get the job done, without the need for external reassurance. The folks at Grand Yachts have one simple job and they do it exceptionally well: they help people buy and sell great boats, over and over again. That they love their work is evident from the minute you walk in the door or set foot on one of their docks.

With locations at Coal Harbour Vancouver and Sidney, they don’t quite walk on water but they certainly do work on it. Avid yachtsmen all, each broker has a passion for boating and years of experience operating and selling boats. They keenly and competently discuss yacht options based on real life know-how and guide their clients not from a spec sheet but from expert opinion that is backed up by actual on the water experience. With both offices conveniently located in major marinas they are pleased that their locations work out so well for their clients; if truth be known though, they work on the water so that making a beeline to their own boats is as easy as possible. Now that’s passion for boating. Any questions you have about yachting can easily be answered by this well seasoned crew and their competent support staff.

As dealers for Grand Banks, Fleming, Fathom, Scout and Corvette, Grand Yachts attracts many of Vancouver’s most notable yachting clients. Their new and brokerage inventory is always assured to be of the finest quality. Their commitment to service sees the buyer through every step of the purchasing process, including helping clients find moorage and boathouse accommodation in some of BC’s most coveted marinas. Whether you are moving into the next boat or onto the next phase in life sellers will benefit from Grand Yachts’ established client base and commitment to integrity.

The value of patience, the power of time and the conviction that doing the right things well every time is the only option has allowed Grand Yachts to carve its niche in the West Coast Yachting industry and a place in local history. Call it being old-fashioned, well seasoned or traditional, these folks did not set out to make a big splash, but rather steadily and persistently did the right stuff, day after day, after day. Days turned into years and years into decades. Great people, good habits, fine boats and strong vision; this is why Grand Yachts got to be the industry leader. Repeat business from countless satisfied clients is why they will continue to be the leader tomorrow and in years to come.

Transition Therapy

If you’re dreaming about a new boat you have two options: talk to your therapist about the dreams, or talk to your broker about the boat. Through their years of experience the brokers at Grand Yachts have become experts at what they call “Transition Therapy” which is the art of wisely guiding clients from one boat into another or helping them enter the world of boating the first time around.

Whether the transition is from sail to power; from starter boat to your first big yacht or from your present boat to something that will cure your two-foot-itis, these transitions are not without their perils. There is a lot to consider; a lot to know; a lot to understand and some big decisions to make along the way. Getting stuck at any one of these points can cost you a great deal of money and many sleepless nights, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Having the right broker to help guide you through these transitions will give you peace of mind and get you boating in the vessel that’s ideal for you and your situation.

If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many different types of boats its because there are so many different types of boaters; often the two most disparate types live under the same roof. Left unguided arguments between these disparate boaters can lead to desperate marriages. Many spouses have unresolved issues about boating, and really need to talk it out. If talking to each other doesn’t get you anywhere, talking to a broker may well resolve those long standing issues in a matter of minutes. Different people have different needs which lead to very distinct looking wish lists and descriptions of their ideal boat. At times these conflicts may seem like they never could be resolved. Thankfully Transition Therapy has helped many couples in this situation; they are the ones out on the water looking so happy in their yachts. The secret is clearly hearing each party’s need and finding a solution to fill it; there are a lot of different boats available; a Grand Yachts’ broker knows which one will work well for all parties involved in the purchase.

The broker’s job is not limited to resolving purchasing issues. To be a boat owner one needs to consider not only the boat, but also the many peripheral details like moorage, insurance, safety equipment, legalities like registration and occasionally financing; issues of estate may also come into play in the sale of some vessels. Transition Therapy will take all of these issues into account and help you navigate the course. In addition to their full team of in-house experts, Grand Yachts’ longstanding and untarnished reputation in the Vancouver Yachting industry ensures that their clients have access to the best connections and experts regardless of the need. The brokers will not only help transition you into your next boat, they will see that you are well supported and prepared to be a responsible boat owner.

That Transition Therapy works so well for so many people is evidenced by the many repeat clients and referrals which come to Grand Yachts year in and year out. They are trusted friends and allies in the lives of many happy boaters. If the thought of buying your next boat is driving you crazy, there is help available. Maybe it’s time to make that call. Take two minutes to look at Grand Yachts’ current inventory and call them in the morning. The answer to your boating issues is simple: fire your therapist; hire a broker and go boating; you’d be insane not to.

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"Dockside Dining" presents our favorite eating and drinking places in the Pacific Northwest! Of course, all locations are reachable by boat.

If you have been to one of these restaurants or know of another great dockside restaurant and would like to offer your opinion, be sure to send an email to Brian at We’d love to add your comments, and you may even win of our draws for a dinner for two!


Casa Dolce
This unique Italian café sits just right across the Coal Harbour sea walk in the Marina, and our office! You will find real Italian gelato at this location. The all-time favourite flavour has been the Mango gelato.... But if you might like a sweeter alternative, the Hedgehog is creeping its way up to the top!

This restaurant always has activity. Carderos is well known for its fresh seafood, and its magnificent view of the whole Coal Harbour area including Grand Yachts' sales dock! Some of the local favourites include the Wok Squid, the Salmon, and the Ahi Tuna. Visitors' moorage is available at Coal Harbour Marina.

The Lift
Located at one of the best cityscapes in Coal Harbour, it presents an eclectic ambience of a New York eatery, with “West Coast hospitality.” Said to be the “place to be seen.”

The Mill Bistro, Harbour Green Park
There is moorage right out front and you can tie-up for up to 3 hours free of charge. They can accommodate boats up to 50’ in length. The Mill Marine Bistro in Coal Harbour has huge appeal for boaters and landlubbers alike. It is just steps from the bustle of Vancouver's Robson Street, and offers a very good upscale tavern-type food. The Mill has heated outdoor seating, large screen TVs for sports aficionados and a water park for kids out front. The views are sublime, and is indescribable to visitors who have not experienced beautiful Stanley Park, the breath-taking North Shore peaks or the gleaming Coal Harbour glass towers.

The Sea Walk, Westin Bayshore Hotel
The restaurant is located in a quieter spot in Coal Harbour, however the bar in the restaurant can be noisy at times. The food is consistently enjoyable and the service is impeccable.


Bridges, Granville Island
This restaurant serves “the freshest seafood Vancouver has to offer.” Located next to the Public Market in Granville Island, this restaurant has been in operation for over 25 years, and is one of the most popular destinations in the city. They are also home to the largest deck in Vancouver with seating of up to 300 and panoramic waterfront and mountain views.

Chili Club
This restaurant is newly reopened and offers very good Thai dining with a view of False Creek.

C’s is a high end, contemporary seafood restaurant. The restaurant has a very classy ambience and has won numerous culinary awards. Located just across from Granville Island, they have a close up view of False Creek. They have a huge garden patio with lots of seating.

Dockside Restaurant and Brewery, Granville Island
This establishment is in the Granville Island hotel. The samosas are a favourite among guests. But dpon’t stop there, the entire menu is sure to please!

Fiddlehead Joe’s
This eatery is located just east of the Burrard Street Bridge on the Vancouver seawall. They are a causal café by day and an upscale bistro by night.

Monk McQueen’s
At the foot of Cambie Street Bridge, “Monk’s” is known for its oysters and has a extensive lunch, dinner, appetizer menu and wine list. They also have a fabulous deck that over looks Yaletown and the coastal mountains.


Garden Bay Restaurant, Pub and Marina
This pub/restaurant is located in Garden Bay on Pender Island and has ample guest moorage. There is live entertainment during the weekends.
“This little hot spot has it all – burgers, beer, salads - even an artsy boutique on the dock.”

The Upper Deck Café, Secret Cove
Boaters heading up to Desolation Sound from Vancouver should schedule a sublime dinner stop at the Upper Deck Café, at the not so secret anymore, Secret Cove Marina. The only floating restaurant on the Sunshine Coast, the Café has operated for about two years under the capable helm of chef Eric Bentz and host Daniel Rigoletti, formerly of Chez Daniel in Victoria. A daily Fresh Sheet proffers up delicacies that seem to have just leaped from the local waters. City dwellers are continually impressed with the wine list that presents some off the beaten track California Cabs, Aussie Shiraz' and some of BC's best whites. Prices hover below those in the city. Most desserts are made on the premises by Bentz, the most requested is Chocolate Explosion Cheesecake that can send the nautical back to their berths with very sweet dreams...The restaurant is open from May 24 to September 30.



Hastings House Dining Room
Located inside of the upscale country house, dining at Hastings House is an experience in itself. The menu ranges from day to day, and it is pricey, but past guests have said that it has been an outstanding gourmet experience, and worth every cent.

House Piccolo
House Piccolo is an intimate gourmet restaurant located in a heritage building. Seating is limited, as it seats up to 32 in the dining room and up to 16 on the patio but the service is impeccable. The menu presents a European flavour with west coast twist.


La Berengerie
This French restaurant inside of an old farmhouse is warm and inviting with a simple decor. La Berengerie has a reasonable priced 4-set course meal.

Fresh bread and pies are available from this 1928 coastal ferry that anchors in Montague Bay on weekends. Lee and Judy Grffin happily welcome you onboard and will give you the tour.



Silva Bay Resort
This bar and grill is a favorite destination for residents and visitors alike. The menu is kept fresh with the chef’s latest innovations using the freshest available ingredients. The patio on top of the marina gives a breathtaking view of Silva Bay and the Flattop Islands.



3rd Street Cafe
We knew to go early as the 3rd Street Cafe is very popular with both leisurely locals and business folk. " Eggs Benedict" come in no fewer than 6 varieties! The portions are generous- I suggest you work up an appetite....because you certainly won't leave hungry!


Serious Coffee
Serious Coffee offers “air roasted” beans and is truly one of a kind coffee shop. It is about a 15 Minute walk from the public moorage at Mill Bay marina, and just right off the Trans-Canada Highway. Some guests say it has “the best coffee in BC.”


Westerly Cafe
They offer a 3-course dinner and have been acclaimed as a 4 star restaurant with reasonable pricing.



Herb’s Tavern
A friendly, local bar that has been in operation since 1938. The burgers are arguably the biggest and best around. They also carry a good a selection of beers on tap. One of our Grand Yachts partners has declared this pub to be the “best pub on San Juan Island.”


Town Tavern

This pub is a local favourite, and serves your usual pub-type cuisine. It is a casual pub that has live entertainment on the weekends and a Grand Yachts partner (the same one as mentioned above) claims this to be “the best pub in the region".

Grand Yachts Inc.

Grand Yachts Inc.
Vancouver Office : Coal Harbour Marina
1535 Coal Harbour Quay
Vancouver, BC V6G 3E7, Canada
Toll-free 877-822-0358
Tel Canada (toll-free) 877-822-0358 or 604-687-8943
Fax 604-687-8948
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Grand Yachts Inc.
Sidney Office:Port of Sidney Marina
PO Box 2482, 9835 Seaport Place
Sidney, BC V8L 3Z4, Canada
Toll-free 866-373-5772
Tel Canada (toll-free) 866-373-5772 or 250-656-8909
Fax 604-687-8948
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