Originally Posted by sunchaser
I have dealt with the Sidney BC yards for years, primarily Raven and Philbrooks. Once you have the work thought out that you want done, get a quote from each being sure that the same equipment is being used in both cases. They will stand by their quote but more importantly stand behind their work. Have you thought about Port Townsend?
Sidney offers an airport and WA and BC ferry terminals that allow you to get anywhere quickly. We keep our boat at Van Isle Marina and are back and forth regularly. Feel free to PM me for additional information on the various vendors, costs and people to contact.
I have heard good reports about some of those Canadian yards, and if there is a particular reason to use Vancouver Island then you have got good advice above, go for it. Raven also have a relatively small yard in North Vancouver itself, and I found them pretty good too.
But, if there is no specific reason for getting work done in Canada, consider PT as its easily accessible also. The Port Townsend Shipwright's CoOperative do great work at good prices IMO. They have folks, private and commercial, coming up from California or down from Alaska as well as PNW regulars - such is their reputatuon. They are never short of work, and will give you good assessment and probably some options. So they don't need to grow the scope of the job, although once they get started and you experience them first hand you may well do so. You need to book in well ahead of time if you have a firm schedule.