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Meet Serenity

Catalina 30'

Serenity is a 1977 Catalina 30 sailboat. Serenity has a Diesel engine, wheel steering and a heater. It has a fridge, pressurized hot and cold water and a two burner stove. A bbq is mounted on the rail. Serenity has a private VBerth for two, the table can drop down to sleep two. A single berth is also available in the cabin plus the cozy quarter berth under the cockpit. Easily sleeps five or six. Serenity isn’t any faster than Adagio but is more stable and has more engine power to manage stronger currents and challenging weather conditions. Like Adagio, Serenity is licensed, insured and meets the Transport Canada Safety requirements.
Serenity and Sailing Routes from Nanaimo, BC
Currently we are offering two different destinations.
These trips are being offered exclusively to previous students and guests of Living Sky Sailing School and their immediate family and friends. All guests must be registered in at least one course.

7 Day Gulf Islands
This trip leaves Nanaimo and goes through Dodd Narrows and into the Gulf Islands. We will do a combination of anchoring in protected bays and booking slips in various marinas along the way. Potential overnights are Salt Spring, Gabriola, Galiano, Wallace, DeCursey and Thetis Island, to name a few. Staying on Newcastle Island and using the dingy to go the Dingy Dock Pub is always a fun evening. The first and last night may be on the dock in Nanaimo as we will always work around sailing conditions and when it is safe to travers Dodd Narrows.

Individual $1250 each. Bring a friend : $1125 each (separate bunks).

10 Day Desolation Sound
This trip leaves Nanaimo and crosses the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland North of Lund. It then travels up into the mountainous valleys. Most nights are at anchor. We book this trip for 14 days as weather can delay our departure and/or return.

Individual $1500
Bring a guest: $1350 each (separate bunks)

Adding a course to a Live a Board Adventure
Competent Crew or Day Skipper: $400
Competent Crew AND Day Skipper $650
Coastal Navigation $250
Day Skipper and Coastal Navigation $550
All three courses above $850
VHF Radio Certification $150

What does Live A Board mean?

You will arrive at the boat on the first day of the adventure and move in! You will be sleeping on the boat each night of your trip. Serenity has four separate sleeping areas. For these trips the capacity will be capped at four which includes the instructor. Each person will have their own sleeping bunk. If you want to add one more person to your bunk, we can discuss this when arranging our trip. Bedding and pillows are provided. Prior to each trip the sheets, pillow cases and duvets are washed. When you have registered for a trip, a menu will be created and shared to accommodate any dietary concerns. The groceries will be on board when we depart. ALL members will share in food prep and cleaning on a daily basis. The cost of groceries is included in the listed prices. The general itinerary will be developed for the trip and will be verified and possibly modified each day to meet the weather and travel conditions present in our area. Our daily goal is to participate in Coastal Cruising and ideally be secured each evening by approximately 4pm. If we are docked at a marina, guests are welcome to go out to dine rather than eat on board. This is completely optional and will be at the guest’s expense. On the final night of the trip we will likely be docked back in the slip in Nanaimo or at New Castle Island. It is important to be close to the marina in case of bad weather or to meet early morning flight departures.

What do you need to bring?

Besides the positive attitude, personal items and minimal photo equipment, all meals on board will be provided in the registration fee. Menus will be shared and modified with you in advance, groceries will be on board when you arrive. Your own towel. Showers are usually available on nights that we are moored in a marina. Serenity does have hot pressurized water onboard. Other than that, you are open to bring personal items of choice. Please try to limit this to one soft duffle bag type. These pack easier in your local bunk, sleeping area. As this is the shoulder season the weather can range from beautiful to cool, rainy days. All trips will be scheduled around proper weather and specific details will be shared close to departure time.

How to get to Serenity

• Drive to Nanaimo and find the Stones Marina at the North end of the city.
• Fly into Nanaimo and take a cab to Stones Marina.
• If you are coming from Vancouver, a fun trip is to walk on to the BC Ferry from Horseshoe Bay – Departure bay and WALK to Serenity from Departure Bay. A short 10 min walk, even with luggage.

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