Here are the details...

1. What is Provided

  • The Boat - a comfortable, well-equipped 40 foot Jeanneau sailboat with large cockpit, 2 berths & 2 heads with showers 

  • The Skipper - a professional sailor and "people-person", Tony will help make your adventure enjoyable and memorable 

  • Gorgeous geography - the mountains, sea, islands, inlets, and Destinations on the BC west coast are truly breathtaking 

  • Motorized dinghy - get back and forth to the beach or a restaurant or wherever you'd like when the boat is moored

  • Two-person kayak - get immersed in nature and do some up-close exploring of the surrounding shoreline

  • Fuel / Life jackets and basic safety equipment / Water and non-alcoholic drinks - also provided

2. What to Bring

  • Clothing appropriate for the time of year; multiple layers are recommended for convenient adjustment to changing weather conditions
  • Soft-soled, non-marking shoes for on-board use
  • Swim suit, beach towel, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Snacks and alcohol if desired
  • A smile and a good collaborative perspective (see The Crew page for details)

3. Transportation

  • We will typically cast off and return to our home port in Gibsons BC (see Options below if you prefer a different location)
  • Gibsons is a beautiful 40-minute BC Ferries trip from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver
  • Your party and luggage will be picked up on the Gibsons side (i.e. at the Langdale ferry terminal) and driven to Gibsons Harbour, and back to the Langdale ferry terminal upon our return
  • If you opt to bring your own vehicle across, we will provide free parking for the duration of the charter
  • For detailed transportation directions from Vancouver to Gibsons, see question 02 on our FAQ

4. Options

  • Extra Accommodation: To make the adventure more comfortable for those travelling from afar, you may opt to stay overnight on the boat in the harbour the night before and/or after each charter for an additional $150 per night for the entire group​, pending availability.
  • Shared Sailing: charters are typically arranged for a single group, but if you like to meet people and share costs**, let us know (or enable this option on the Trip Planner page). We will do our best to arrange a shared adventure that will work well for everyone. Note that this sharing option is available only for day charters, and not for overnight charters.
    If an additional party cannot be arranged, the original party has two options: (1) cancel the charter with a full refund, or (2) pay the entire fee and have the boat to themselves.
    **A discount of 40% of the regular charter fee is provided for each of the sharing parties, assuming that a minimum of two parties/four guests participate. For example, if two parties share a four-hour charter which normally costs $450, each would pay $270 (fee of $450 minus the 40% discount of $180). If two parties share an eight-hour charter, each would pay $420 (fee of $700 minus 40% discount). The fee is not distributed evenly among all parties because we retain 10% of the charter fee to cover the additional promotion, scheduling, and service required for multiple parties.
  • Alternate Home Port: charters are planned to begin and end at Gibsons Harbour. However, we can begin and/or end your adventure at an accessible location in downtown Vancouver (e.g. Coal Harbour or Granville Island) or at any other accessible sea side location on the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, or the east side of Vancouver Island. An additional charge will apply, based on the selected location. Alternate Ports and corresponding costs are provided on the Trip Planner page (with accompanying Map).
  • You can select any of the above options on the Trip Planner page, or just let us know!
  • Dockside Moorage: charters will typically be anchored or tied to a mooring buoy for evenings and overnights in destination ports. Optionally, guests may opt to tie-up at the dock of a nearby marina (if available), in which case the guests will be responsible for all dockage fees (typically $30 to $80 per night).

5. Meals

You have four options for meals:
1. Bring your own food to prepare in our well-equipped galley

  • 2-burner gas stove, oven, outdoor BBQ, small refrigerator/freezer, double sink, ample counter space
  • pots, pans, dishes, bowls, cups, glasses, cutlery, dish towels, etc are provided
  • we will also provide provisioning guidelines if you choose this option
2. Eat out in restaurants at various ports along the way
  • applies to Breakfast and/or Dinner only
  • Lunch is typically enjoyed when under way
3. Bring take-out !
  • This works very well for day trips or the first day of overnight trips !
  • We recommend Smoke on the Water, a fabulous BBQ shack, located just a few steps from the boat in Gibsons Harbour...
  • Check out their great menu with tasty food for both meat-lovers and vegetarians !
4. Purchase a meal plan from Adventure Sail
  • the meal plan is intended for multi-day charters when the options above are not feasible; in particular, the meal plan is not available for the four-hour sail, but can be arranged for the other day charters if needed
  • three meals a day are provided for full sailing days; two meals on the first and last days, e.g. passengers are responsible for their own breakfast on first day and dinner on the last day
  • meal plan cost is calculated at $15 for breakfast, $20 for lunch, and $25 for dinner, per meal per person
  • total cost will vary on the length of your adventure and whether you combine this with the options above
  • we provide simple hearty meals for our guests and will accommodate typical dietary restrictions (e.g. gluten-free, diary-free, vegetarian) to the best of our ability; for very restrictive diets, passengers will be responsible to provide their own food (option 1 above)
  • even under a meal plan, guests may opt to take a meal at a nearby restaurant, when available, at their own expense (without a reduction in the meal plan cost, since all food supplies are already purchased and prepared)
​Please Note
  • Water, soft drinks, fruit juice, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are always provided; alcohol is not provided
  • Guests can bring their own beverages (alcoholic or otherwise) and snack food if desired
  • Meals are typically served on the table in the spacious cockpit, but may also be served in the salon if preferable
  • Guests typically participate in meal preparation and/or cleanup

6. Accommodations

  • Accommodation is comfortable for 4 adults in two private cabins, typically 2 people per cabin
  • The forward berth has an en suite head (washroom), and the aft berth is adjacent to the main head
  • The skipper sleeps in the salon or the aft quarter berth
  • Guests may also opt to sleep on deck when conditions permit, or in their own tent on shore where feasible

7. Party Size and Ages

  • Children under 10 years of age are welcome on Day Charters (4-hour, 8-hour, and 12-hour trips) but are typically restricted from participating in Overnight Charters (2-days or longer)
  • Charter pricing is based on a party size of up to four guests
  • Additional guests may be included for a modest fee (10% of the charter fee)
  • The maximum number of guest depends on the length of the charter:
  • Sweet Sound Sail (4-hour): up to four additional guests at $40 each (typically up to 8 guests in total, can be extended to 10 guests if needed)​
  • Day Shift Sail (8-hour): up to four additional guests at $60 each (up to 8 guests in total)​
  • Sunrise to Sunset (12-hour): up to four additional guests at $80 each (up to 8 guests in total)​
  • Weekender (any 2-days): up to two additional guests at $120 each (up to 6 guests in total)​ ​
  • 3 to 10-day Sailing Adventures: typically limited to a maximum of 4 guests (10 years old and over), but exceptions may be made in special circumstances - please contact us to discuss

8. Payment

  • Deposit of 1/3 of total cost is required at time of booking to reserve the dates for your sailing adventure
  • Balance of 2/3 of total cost is due three weeks before casting-off on your adventure
  • Payments can be made by:
  • Online E-transfer from your bank account to (with "skipper" as the password)
  • Cheque payable to Adventure Sail and mailed to 524 Woodland Ave, Gibsons BC, Canada V0N 1V1
  • Credit Card on the Book Now page via PayPal
  • a receipt will be provided when payment is received

9. Cancellation

  • Charters will run whether rain* or shine
  • *Actually, little rain is experienced during the summer months in the Vancouver area (see Weather below).
  • But in serious inclement weather (e.g. gale force winds), a more suitable alternate destination will be selected
  • If not possible, the charter will be rescheduled to a mutually agreeable date
  • If the customer chooses to cancel or reschedule, regardless of the reason, the following policy will take effect if notice of cancellation is received seven or more days before scheduled cast-off:
  • The Balance payment (2/3) will be refundable (the Deposit is non-refundable)... or...
  • The Total payment (Deposit and Balance) may be applied to another charter within a 12-month period

10. Weather

  • Summer weather is warm, but not too hot, with average daily highs averaging 20°C (70°F) to roughly 30°C (86°F)
  • Overnight lows in the summer are pleasantly cool, averaging 13°C (55°F)
  • Summer is the driest season in Vancouver, with August usually being the driest summer month
  • Summer average rainfall is only about 4 cm (1.5 in) each month
  • For graphs of average annual air/sea temperatures, sunshine hours, and rainfall for Vancouver and area, click here

OK, now that all the prerequisite details are out of the way, let's have an adventure !