50 YEARS FOR SONSHIP & WESTBAY SHIP­YARDS

SONSHIP AND WEST BAY SHIP­YARDS

Suncruiser West Coast - - Contents - STORY BY ASHLEY OKAZAKI

AIn 2017, Sonship and West Bay Ship­yards will cel­e­brate their 50th an­niver­sary from the same lo­ca­tion where Ben and Leidy Ver­meulen founded their Lower Main­land boat build­ing and re­pair com­pany. To mark this spe­cial oc­ca­sion, Sonship has re­leased the all-new 81 Raised Pilot­house – a lux­ury yacht made for open wa­ter ad­ven­ture.

vail­able with a sky­lounge or cock­pit, the 81 Pilot­house features sleek lines, el­e­gant styling and a fully re­designed in­te­rior. It’s just over 26 me­tres long with a fuel ca­pac­ity of 10,410 litres, a 757-litre wa­ter ca­pac­ity, and twin CAT C18 1150 BHP, EPA Tier III en­gines.

From the lower deck to the com­mand bridge, this yacht blends power and per­for­mance with the old-world crafts­man­ship that has built Sonship’s

es­teemed rep­u­ta­tion. The fab­ri­ca­tion is seam­less: vac­uum bonded sand­wich con­struc­tion us­ing Vec­tor­ply fiber­glass, os­mo­sis pro­tec­tion below the wa­ter­line, and fiber­glass stringers with a ure­thane foam core.

Inside, the 81 Pilot­house is grace­ful and wel­com­ing. Own­ers and their guests will feel at home with spa­cious state­rooms, cus­tom wood­work, cedar-lined clos­ets, and a gal­ley to de­light even the most so­phis­ti­cated cook. Ev­ery de­tail

has been con­sid­ered, mak­ing the 81 Pilot­house ideal for ex­plor­ing both lo­cal waters and ex­otic ports of call.

To see this fine crafts­man­ship first­hand, marine en­thu­si­asts can visit West Bay Ship­yards at their Fraser River head­quar­ters, lo­cated about 20 miles south of Van­cou­ver, B.C. This full-ser­vice ship­yard has over 100,000 square feet of cli­mate-con­trolled de­sign and pro­duc­tion space on 6.5 acres of river­front land, with

a 200-ton marine ways. West Bay not only builds the Sonship fam­ily of lux­ury yachts, but also re­pairs and re­fits a wide range of boats, yachts and marine craft.

The on-wa­ter fa­cil­i­ties were re­cently up­graded with a new set of con­crete floats and a boathouse that can ac­com­mo­date ves­sels up to 110 LOA. After half a cen­tury in the busi­ness, West Bay Ship­yards has the skills and ex­pe­ri­ence to pro­vide nearly any marine ser­vice imag­in­able – in­clud­ing boat re­pairs and re­fits, de­sign ser­vices, yacht con­struc­tion and ser­vic­ing, yearly main­te­nance, yacht re­fit­ting, yacht sales and much more.

West Bay and Sonship con­tinue to be fam­ily owned-and-op­er­ated busi­nesses, with the Ver­meulen’s sons, Wes and Bas, and son-in-law Danny, lead­ing this hard-work­ing group into the next 50 years. Get in touch to­day, and ex­pe­ri­ence why Sonship is built on qual­ity with­out com­pro­mise.

To dis­cuss a new build, ser­vice or retro­fit project, please visit www.son­shipy­achts.com

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