Philbrook's Boatyard Ltd.

No Job Too Complex or Too Small

Our Ways of Work

Welcome to Philbrook's Boatyard, the Pacific Northwest's premier full service boatyard. Our goal is to make your visit a great experience, by ensuring you the highest quality and best value possible. Before we start work on your boat, please take a moment to review our Ways of Work, so we are all on the same wavelength!


Your project mananger is identified on the work order you sign when you arrive, and works with you throughout the project. He/she will manage all aspect of the project. The project manager has excellent technical skills, management abilities, and strong communication skills. The project manager is not hidden, but named on your invoice. He/she saves you money and is your partner is the care of your boat. He/she is your primary contact here. Next in command are the lead hands. They supervise all the technicians who work on your boat.


Our labour rate is very fair by industry standards and we employ some of the most gifted and experienced crasftsman in the industry. The professional pride of our craftsmen allows them to consistently produce the appropriate standard of work suited to the project, and we use only the highest quality of parts available. If you believe, as we do, that doing it right the first time saves in the long run and maintains not only your safety, but also your assets value, then we are philosophically aligned.


At Philbrook's we can take on your project in two ways. We can do the job on a traditional time and materials basis or on a firm quote basis. We will also supply a firm delivery date. We diligently monitor the job and if the scope of work changes you will be immediately advised and a new revised budget will be supplied. You will also be regularly updated on the progress of your project via phone email etc.


When working on your yacht, we always keep our eyes open and flag issues for you along the way. By doing this, we offer you a broader view of how your boat's critical systems are operating. If we notice anything, we notify you immediatly. If you choose to have it worked on, we would then be "fitting you in", or you may choose to book in at a later time.


We welcome visitors and would love to show you around! If you are wishing to tour our facilities, to ensure your safety and to enhance your experience, we would be happy to arrange for one of our yard personnel to accompany you. Your participation in your project is our number one priority, and we desire your involvement throughout. When visiting during our working hours, and if in need of assistance, please ask at our office. We do not allow "do it yourself" work due to WCB and insurance reasons. Also, we do not furnish or rent tools, so please do not ask.


While we are actively working on your boat (minimum 4 hours/day), there are no daily storage charges. At any time that your boat is not actively being worked on, we match the local marina's rates, just to cover our costs. Philbrook's reserves the right to move any vessel in the absence of the owner or their representative, should the need arise. Our most senior staff members, who are very experienced at handling all sizes and types of yachts, are the only ones who will ever perform this task.


We offer the following trades on site: mechanical, electrical, woodworking, composite (fibreglass), painting, metal fabrication, boat building, detailing, and upholstery and canvas. We sub-contract for some items such as refrigeration and carpet cleaning. Our work comes with a one-year warranty, and all parts are guartanteed by the manufacturer.

We also offer complimentary airport and ferry pick-up and drop-off, and arrangement of accommodation and other travel requirements. Boat pick-up and drop-off is available upon request, at the clients cost. Staying aboard your boat is not encouraged while it is being worked on. Accommodation costs are the responsibility of the client.


All work must be commenced with a work order signed by the owner. Invoices for labour and materials to date will be issued twice a month on the 15th and the 31st, or any other time at the request of the client, and on the completion of the job. The invoice includes the billing period, labour charges, material costs, taxes, and summary to date. We ask that all invoices be paid promptly and prior to the departure of the vessel. Payment by credit cards works best. If you need other options, please speak with us. All insurance claims must be paid for in full by the customer, and submitted by you to your insurance company for a refund.


Canadian boats must pay GST and PST.


Non-Canadian boats on a cruising permit pay the GST and PST taxes.. We are required to notify Canada Customs, of any non-Canadian boats here on a cruising permit. In the case of the work exceeding the time frame on the cruising permit, we can arrange an extension of the permit to the completion of the project.


Non-Canadian vessels may qualify for 100% sales tax exemption on work to be done based on the following steps. Work must be pre-arranged and it is imperative that Van Isle Marina be the Canadian port of entry. On arrival, notify Canada Customs that you are here for work only. We then fill out a work order and apply for a work permit for you, giving your documentation number and Canadian entry number to Customs. On completion of your work, your vessel must return directly to the nearest US Customs port of entry, and you must phone Philbrook's with a clearance number. Failure to provide us with a clearance number within an reasonable period of time will result in your being billed for the taxes. During the time that the vessel is at Philbrook's on a work permit, no cruising is allowed.


We are happy to discuss any of these points in greater detail. If you share our philosophy on the Philbrook's "Ways of Work", welcome to our family! We look forward to a long and productive partnership.