Vancouver, BC, December 17th, 2019  –  In a time crunched world, boaters in BC are increasingly looking for a convenient single company they can trust to take care of all their marine service needs.   In response to this, Bluewater and Explorer Yacht Services have come together as one company to offer more convenience, greater technician skill specialization, and more breadth of service to their clients.  The company will operate under the name Bluewater.  With the addition of a new service shop in December at Lions Gate Marina in North Vancouver, Bluewater is providing complete boat repair and upgrade services from three well equipped boatyard shops including existing locations at Granville Island Boatyard in Vancouver and Shelter Island Marina and Boatyard in Richmond.  Mobile service to local marinas is provided with Bluewater’s fleet of six service vehicles.

“We brought the bottom painting, boat mechanic, fibreglass experts at Explorer and put them together with the electrical and onboard system gurus at Bluewater so clients can rely on us for almost everything,” said Bluewater CEO Chad Garrod.  “From power boats to luxury yachts and sailboats, our clients want skilled work completed at locations that are convenient for them.”

Bluewater’s new North Vancouver shop location is on the water’s edge near the boat lift at Lions Gate Marina.

The location will provide indoor and outdoor workspace for upgrade, repair and maintenance services.  Client projects start in January 2020 with bottom paint, fibreglass repair, mechanical engine service and electronics upgrade projects booked.  Bluewater will be doing property improvements to the new location during early 2020 which can be followed at the Bluewater Vancouver Facebook page.  A video of the location is posted here.

“Lions Gate marina is a great match for Bluewater’s newest location because of its proximity to Coal Harbour, the Burrard Inlet marinas and Howe Sound,” said Bluewater President and COO Andy MacDonald.  “We will be able to run projects on vessels up to 60’ and accommodate many boats of different sizes in the large boatyard.  For larger yachts up to about 110’, we can lift boats at Bluewater’s Shelter Island location.”

Boat owners interested in winter or spring projects at any of Bluewater’s locations can contact the company for a free estimate.

Since 1999, Bluewater has been working on yachts and pleasure boats of all sizes in the Metro Vancouver area providing marine electrical, mechanical, fibreglass, bottom paint, electronics and much more.  With Interprovincial Red Seal endorsed electricians, ITA certified marine mechanics, and Quadrant Marine Institute marine service technicians, Bluewater is focused on providing the best boat service experience in BC and beyond.  The Bluewater team is a big believer in up front documented work plans and estimates to build a long-term trusted relationship with clients.  Our team of 20 marine professionals is standing by to work with clients and industry partners.  Contact us at or 604.809.7245 or

Bluewater CEO Chad Garrod and Lions Gate Marina GM Donny Mekilok share a smile at Bluewater’s new marine service location at Lions Gate Marina in North Vancouver, BC


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