In this industry, with the wide variety of boats available, knowledge is everything. Not only will you find the right boat when you work with Vela, we will make sure that the boat you have chosen is the cleanest and best example available. As we like to say, we're boaters first and brokers second. We invite you to put our experience to work for you!
Shawn grew up using the limited available water in Alberta, and exploring with all the craft that could ply those waters, canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, runabouts, small sail, and other items that float. Later aquatic interludes include local and long distance sailing/cruising, 3000nm+solo sea miles, crewing on many types of craft including large sail and few catamarans. Shawn’s work and time around the water has brought him to the Caribbean, Panama, along with the US, Canadian, & Mexican Pacific Coast.
Shawn became part of Vela Yacht Sales in 2009 and strives to improve upon the professionalism and ethics bestowed in past business experiences with the joy of helping fellow boaters find and sell their perfect and occasionally imperfect vessels.
Jim grew up in New Zealand and has been sailing and building boats since he was 6 years old. He went through the typical Kiwi sailing program that has seen so many respected sailors come out of that country.
He has a great deal of experience racing and cruising sailboats through the Pacific and locally in Victoria since 1975 and is well known and respected in the local sailing community for his good communication skills and extensive sailing and boat construction knowledge.
The former owner of Vela Yacht Sales, Jim has returned on a part time basis and looks forward to serving his former clients and new ones.
Andrea grew up in the semi arid desert of the BC interior but her fascination with the ocean started very early on. She left the hoodoos behind soon after high school to go and “find her treasure” when she ended up in Mallorca, Spain and her love of sailing began. She has lived and sailed in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and worked as a NAUI Divemaster in Mexico following opportunities to work on and under the water whenever she can. Andrea looks forward to sharing her love of boating and helping find just the right one for you.
Vela Yacht Sales
1327 Beach Drive|
Oak Bay Marina
Victoria, BC V8S 2N4, Canada
Tel (250) 595-BOAT
Fax (250) 595-1929