Our 32-ft Landing Craft transport boat provides comfortable and safe transport for your group of paddlers, your sea kayaks and all your gear. It is a front loading and unloading vessel that can get in close to most beaches other vessels cannot. Our Landing Craft is equipped with padded sea kayak racks and all loading is done from the bow. Two reliable Honda outboards ensure a comfortable and stable ride. Capacity is eight guests, eight sea kayaks and all gear.
Over the past twenty years we have established a track record for successfully transporting sea kayakers and their contents to reliable destinations in Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound and the Broughton Archipelago. Our knowledge of the area is constantly being updated each year we cruise these waters and beyond. We only run private transports, we do not run a water taxi service. We work with everyone in the local area to keep updated on weather, marine traffic and whale watching opportunities.We offer a variety of drop off and pick up locations in Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago. These locations are heavily used by other member of the paddling public. You might have to share the campsite with other kayakers as you travel from one campsite to another.
Operating Dates: Mid May to early October
Bookings start in January and continue into late June. To guarantee that you get the dates, rentals and times you want to travel you should book as early as possible. We are limited to two trips per day.
Group Transportation Costs:
The size of the group, the amount of gear, amount of water and kayaks all effects the load and hence the cost of transport. Transport costs are based on load and distance. In these challenging times with fuel costs increasing weekly and monthly it is difficult to offer set rates. If you know where you want to go and wether you want a one-way or two-way transport; we can give you a quote via email or over the phone.
Take advantage of our 25 years of sea kayaking in the area. Larry offers a trip consulting service to help you plan a successful and safe excursion. We recommend that you use our transport service and then we will take you to your destination via the kayak route we recommend based on updates in currents, tides, winds and weather front for that area. This is an excellent service if you wish to get your information updated by someone who has guided sea kayaks in the waters of Johnstone Strait, Queen Charlotte Strait, the Broughton Archipelago and Knight Inlet to ensure that you get the best of your time spent in your area of choice. We require a fee to be paid for this service at the time of pre-trip planning meeting.
You provide the chart and Larry will provide a realistic route that includes camping locations. This session is done on route or prior to departure. We follow the route of your departure from Broughton or beyond. Hence you can see where the best routes are and how currents, wind and tides could affect your journey and prepare for a Plan B. Most paddlers agree that it is not a bad idea to check with some local knowledge before departing on their trip.
By contacting us in early Spring it gives you a chance to secure the best dates for transport and rentals. Please keep in mind flexibility when you call for transport dates. This helps us let you know our availability during the summer months. We understand that you may need time to get all your group sorted out and requirements finalized.
Our base of operation is at the Port McNeill Harbour on Vancouver Island. We also do pickups at the water taxi dock at Telegraph Cove Marina. Our summer office is located at Suite #2 - 455 Pioneer Drive, Port McNeill, BC. We are located directly across from KAL tires business location. For a small fee we can provide secure parking and storage for bicycles, surf boards and extra gear at our office.
Our Transport service must be secured by a small contract protecting your safety and time concerns. The process is a thorough one and takes a few emails over a few days communications.
Although inquiries can be done by phone or text message ALL bookings must be done by email. We email out a number of forms and documents to ensure that we have the necessary information on you and your family or groups trip. We require the names and ages of everyone we transport and we ask that you document any medical conditions we should know about.
A deposit of $50 per person is required to hold the booking. This deposit is best given by CC over the telephone. After June 15th any changes to departure dates will be subject to a fee of $20.
Our Landing Craft is specifically designed to deal with the beaches and the waters of Johnstone Strait and the greater Broughton Archipelago. She has proven herself to have the ability and design to operate in northern Vancouver Island waters during times of marginal weather conditions. Generally, paddlers want to be dropped off at locations where they can set up camp. Loading and unloading at beach destinations is quick and effortless.
The 14-foot cabin is appreciated during rainy weather and provides comfort for guests during the short but scenic transports to desired destinations. The cabin is designed with a large degree of space under the seats for your gear. Additional deck space is available after the sea kayaks are loaded. Most often we ask that the gear that goes on the deck be in dry bags, fuel container or water containers.
Our vessel is equipped with a standard package of technology (GPS) to ensure your safety while onboard. We operate two VHF radios and two GPS systems for reliability and durability. The vessel is coast guard certified and equipped with standard safety equipment. Safety gear is inspected and replaced as required.
Our captain (Larry Roy), is certified in small commercial vessel safety and operation. Larry has operated boats and sea kayaks in these local waters for over twenty years.
Warm clothing must be worn during your passage with us. The option of floater suits are available for your usage on days that start with cool mornings or afternoon showers or if we stop for whale viewing.