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2014 was a very promising year at Philbrook’s Boatyard. The number of boats coming through our yard increased dramatically, and the size of the projects also increased.

We currently have some interesting projects on the go. A 47 ft. Grand Banks, purchased in Europe, is undergoing a change of the electrical system to meet North American standards. This includes changing the major appliances requiring extensive cabinetry work.

A very exciting project that is ongoing is the restoration of a 56 ft. wooden Chris Craft. To date we have redone the hull. This included recaulking the bottom and splining all the hull seams above the waterline. We have replaced the whole transom, replaced the sub-deck and installed new teak decks. We have fiberglassed the cabin top, the bulwarks and the forward settee area. There were 24 bronze portlights that had been painted over. We stripped them to bare bronze and had them chrome-plated. They look absolutely spectacular and make quite a statement.

We are just wrapping up a full paint on a 105 ft. and about to start painting on a 111 ft., with a major renovation project on a 120 ft. yacht ramping up.


The value of the Canadian dollar is rapidly declining against the U.S. currency. It is currently at the eight-five cent mark, which is like a fifteen percent discount on work done for the American boat owner. Another big plus for American boaters is all work can be done tax-free. Talk to your project manager about how to have your projects qualify for this tax break.


We have a new project manager at Philbrook’s. Ian Collombin (pictured below) started with us at the beginning of this New Year. We should say Ian has re-started with us as he actually worked at Philbrooks between 1999 and 2002. He started messing around in boats as a young child with his family. As a youth he built kayaks and sailing dinghies. He became a commercial diver, studied yacht design, and designed and built aluminum diving boats. Two of these went to the West Indies. Ian and his wife went with them. They operated a successful dive and tour boat company for nine years. With the birth of their first son they decided to return to Canada and settled in Victoria.

Ian Collombin
Project Manager
Ian Collombin
Ian worked for several boat builders as a project manager. He became competent building in steel, aluminum and composite materials. Ian took the project management course and went into the construction industry where he flourished but his love was still boats. When Charlie Afford retired in 2014 he recommended we consider Ian to replace him. Charlie had worked with Ian on several large boat projects. Ian completed the construction project he was working on and has now joined Philbrook’s and we are glad to have him.

Also in employee news we have employed some new people, both young and experienced. One very heartening note is we now have six people serving apprenticeships in various disciplines. This really bodes well for the future.


Because of lack of use or fuel being stored for long periods of time (e.g. during winter months), water, mould, bacteria and yeast can gather and grow in your fuel tank. This can lead to clogged fuel filters and fuel starvation in the engine that may result in a burnt-up fuel pump or your engine stopping, usually at the worst possible time.

When installing a fuel polishing system it is good practice to ensure the fuel pick up tube in the tank is as close as possible to the bottom as this is where most of the contaminants reside. Also the best time for polishing the fuel is immediately after the tank has been filled. That is when the sediments get agitated and are easiest to run through the polisher. Talk to your project manager as to which size polisher is ideal for your boat.


Philbrook’s will be attending the Seattle Boat Show Jan. 23 to Feb. 1. We are in the East Hall Booth 829. Please drop by and say Hello.

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