Specifically, we provide our kayak transport service to a variety of destination in the North and South Broughton Archipelago and Johnstone Strait during the four months of summer. We have provided this service for the past twenty-some years in one form or another. Our 32-ft Landing Craft transport boat has surprised us all with how well it functions. Overall, the boat is stable, comfortable and reliable. It is a perfect boat for wildlife viewing. It is equipped with updated safety and navigation gear. We have everything in duplicate. We do our training in rough water every year to ensure we avoid those conditions when marine weather folk indicate the weather is extreme. The boat is a front loading/unloading vessel that can get in close to beaches at low tide. Our Landing Craft is equipped with padded sea kayak racks and all loading is done from the bow. Two reliable Suzuki Outboards ensure a comfortable and stable ride.
Over the last twenty years we have established a track record for successfully transporting sea kayakers and their contents to reliable destinations in Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound, Broughton Archipeligo. We have serviced destination up the inlet beyond Broughton and Knight Inlet as custom charters. Our knowledge of the area is constantly being updated each year by our excellent relationship with whale watch companies, researchers and local marine scientists. We chart and document the changing weather patterns each summer and work with other water taxis in the area. All this to ensure your safety. We only run private transports, we do not run a water taxi service. 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 members of paddling public.
Our months of operation start on the long weekend in May and extend to the first week in October. For 2023 bookings will have to be made well in advance of the summer and on select dates. All booking wtll be done over the phone. We service all the commercial sea kayaking companies, research agencies and help out with BC Parks. So our summers are busy. When you book ahead you help us out!.
Our Landing Craft is specifically designed to deal with the loading and off-loading of kayaks-gear-folks. We can access beaches easily with a front off loading option. Our consultant service is becoming a popular option for most groups and folks who have travelled with captain Larry in the past. To know where the best camping area are is one thing, but to know how best to run the weather is the key to a successful trip. We stand ready to provide this service.
We maintain a vessel that can deal with anything the North Island weather patterns can generate but keep safety front and center on each transport. We service the best beaches and the waters of Johnstone Strait and the greater Broughton Archipelago. Our boats design is proven out over the last eight years of operation. Johnstone Strait often provides only marginal weather conditions for kayakers. Our service provides that best introduction and backup for anyone wishing to kayak the waters of the North Island. 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 , is certified in small commercial vessel safety and operation. Larry has operated boats and sea kayaks in these local waters for over twenty-five years. He is a inspiration to any of our trips you decide to take with us.
Warm clothing and hats should be worn during your passage with us. Most folks want to see wildlife during transport and are in/out of the cabin numerous times, coming with the correct clothing makes are the different to the success of your experience 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.