09 Nov 17

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our President, Kim Galavan. It was Kim’s vision that brought us to being the new, more elegant and personalized Pacific Yacht Charters. “Our 5-star events with the highest quality food and service will continue as would be her wish. Our team looks forward to additional growth and continual improvement of all of our services” states Bill Smith, CEO. Kim will be dearly missed....

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19 May 17

Yacht Safety

Yacht Safety Our Number One Priority While you might think that preparing the finest food and providing the best service is our top priority, those are actually number two and three on our list. Safety is number one. When you and your guests arrive, rarely might you think about the layers of preparation, certification or inspections that we, as a passenger carrying vessel, might be required to attain. In our opinion, you should not have to think about it, as it is the top priority for the owners, Captain and crew, of Pacific Yacht Charters. A few 'did-you-know' facts: Every charter is required to have our Captain, First Mate and Engineer on board. All these employees of Pacific Yacht Charters have certifications as required by Transport Canada. In addition to the Bridge Crew, we are required to have 2-MED certified staff members on every charter. Marine Emergency Duties is a 4-day long course offered by the Marine Institute of BCIT. Topics covered include: understanding all  the basic lifestyle equipment on board the yacht; fire safety with real fire fighting exercises; donning and swimming/floating with a life preserver; launching a life raft, and how to climb into it from the water. For those of us who have taken the course, it was a real benefit to understanding the layers of safety on board. There is one life jacket for every passenger on board up to our licensed capacity of 300 passengers, which includes crew, Galley, serving and bar staff. Life jackets for children are in addition to this required number. The Pacific Yacht has 4 life rafts on board. They are located on the transom at the stern of the yacht. Each can hold up to 75 passengers, again totaling the maximum number of passengers permitted on board. The Pacific Yacht is inspected once a year by Lloyd's Registry, part of our certification and licensing from Transport Canada. Inspections review the physical condition of the yacht, the equipment (lifesaving equipment, the navigation system, records keeping, Fire & Safety Plan and more). Maintaining a safe and sound yacht ensures you and your guests can enjoy our charter in the utmost comfort and safety. ...

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16 Mar 17

Say ‘I Do’ at Sea

Calling All Newly Engaged Couples Are you one of the lucky ones among us with a new shiny and glittering ring? We congratulate you and your fiancé on your great fortune. Being married at sea offers romance, privacy and the most spectacular photo vistas and back drops for your memories. Have you ever imagined sharing your first kiss as you sail under the iconic Lion's Gate Bridge? Your wedding on the Pacific Yacht offers all that, and more. Now that the big decision of saying 'Yes' has been made, we know you are faced with a myriad of other choices and important decisions to make your wedding day just- as-you-dreamed. Let us show you how we can make your most special day the most memorable day. Need another reason to check us out? All newly booked wedding events for 2017 booked by March 31, 2017 will receive 5% incentives* based on the estimated cost of your wedding party. Call today to book your personal appointment: 604-689-1227. (*Incentives may include, but are not limited to: sparkling wine for your guests on boarding or for a toast, cake cutting fee waived, red carpet arrival, complimentary premium napkins, discounted additional charter time above date minimums. Incentives will not exceed 5% value of your event estimate.) ...

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10 Mar 17

Honda Celebration of Light 2017

Honda Celebration of Light is returning to Vancouver this summer for the 27th year. Here are some fun facts to celebrate the return: It is Vancouver's largest free and public event and is the longest running offshore fireworks competition in the world Originally known as Benson & Hedges Symphony of Fire This year's participating countries are Japan, represented by AKARIYA Fireworks (July 29), United Kingdom, represented by Jubilee Fireworks (August 2) and Canada, represented by Royal Pyrotechnie (August 5) To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, all three countries must feature an iconic Canadian song in their musical soundtrack. This increases the display from 25 minutes to 28 minutes The public is encouraged to vote here for the Canadian song. Voting is open until April 2nd and the top three songs will be allocated, one to each country The fireworks are launched in the middle of English Bay and start at 10:00 pm Honda Celebration of Light generates approximately $40 million dollars for the local economy annually Estimated annual attendance is 1.2 million people Last year's final display (USA, represented by Walt Disney Company) broke attendance records "The Honda Celebration of Light sparks togetherness and celebrates the spirit of our city as Vancouver's premier event" Paul Tilbury, co-chair of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society. Contact us at 604-689-1227 / info@pacificyachtcharters.com to ask about availability for a private event and the best view of the show. Photo Credit: Life Studios Photo Credit: Tammy Kwan...

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28 Feb 17

Lynda & Pat’s September Vancouver Wedding

We first met Lynda and Pat in January 2016; right away, we clicked. They were very laid back and had a really good energy about them. As we planned for their special day, every meeting was fun and full of laughter. They really wanted their guests to enjoy themselves and feel taken care of. Our venue suited so they could hold both their ceremony and reception and travel was not required around the city. Lynda wanted a simple, yet elegant look for her wedding on board the Pacific Yacht. The Dining Salon consisted of champagne linens to compliment our gold chiavari chairs, and white hydrangeas for centerpieces.  With the ceremony being the most important part of their day, Lynda wanted the Sky Deck to be breathtaking. From exchanging vows with the ocean and mountains as their backdrop, to dancing the night away under a beautifully draped tent with glistening lights,  the yacht was transformed into an even more elegant venue. After a dockside ceremony, guests enjoyed a 6-hour cruise around the Vancouver Harbour, which included a cocktail hour, buffet dinner, speeches and dancing. We even arrived back to dock after 4 hours to drop off the children. Lynda then changed into dress #2 and was ready to party! Congratulations again to Lynda and Pat. Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors: Photography: Matt Kennedy Photography Decor, Flowers and Linens: Bride's friend Maria Tent and Draping: Rental Network Bride's Dress: The Bridal Gallery   ...

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