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Raven Marine be­gan more than 20 years ago as a yacht man­age­ment com­pany, over­see­ing plea­sure craft in the Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia, area. To­day, the full-ser­vice fa­cil­ity han­dles yacht main­te­nance and re­pair, as well as tak­ing on ma­jor projects.

“Very ex­ten­sive refits … that’s what we do,” says John Nas­sichuk, 62, the yard’s gen­eral man­ager. Ar­eas of ex­per­tise in­clude me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal sys­tems, diesel and gas en­gine in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance, plumb­ing and san­i­ta­tion, and an­cil­lary items, from wa­ter­mak­ers to out­board en­gines to dinghy booms.

Refits are pop­u­lar th­ese days, Nas­sichuk says. “We see peo­ple from their 40s on up, peo­ple who have a real heart for a par­tic­u­lar kind of ves­sel and want to out­fit it as their own.”

Price is one rea­son. “A per­son can buy a good used boat and bring it up to the stan­dards they want, a boat that’s close to new for a frac­tion of the money they’d pay for a new one,” Nas­sichuk says. “Some want to en­joy the years as they ap­proach re­tire­ment. By the time they do re­tire, they will have the boat they want.”

Ma­jor projects are not al­ways easy. The Nordhavn 43 re­fit, which took eight months, was “in­tense, de­tailed,” he says. But the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the own­ers, Don and Jill Bernard, and the Raven Marine staff saw the con­cept through to com­ple­tion.

“It be­came very close; you could see it de­velop,” Nas­sichuk says. “The staff shared the Bernards’ vi­sion. The at­ten­tion and care when the staff is con­nected to the own­ers goes far be­yond that where it’s just an­other job. And the Bernards were won­der­ful peo­ple who re­spected the en­ergy we put into the project.” He adds, “I am thrilled with the re­sult.” Raven Marine, North Saanich, Bri­tish Columbia, (250) 655-3934.

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