On July 2, Ocean Pacific Marine Store & Boatyard commemorated their 3000th boat lift with local fisherman Dan Smith of the Reid Pass.
Ocean Pacific Marine has operated since 1985, is the largest commercial boat repair yard on the North Island and is a fixture of marine life in the Campbell River region. The 3,000th lift was performed by the 110 ton Travelift, which began operating in October 2010. It is capable of lifting boats up to 90 feet long, 110 tons and with beams of up to 24 feet across.
From their origins as a marine store operating on Pier Street, Ocean Pacific has expanded immensely in their 27 years, most significantly when they opened a branch store in the Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre in 1997, and when they moved the boatyard operations and the store to this location in 2007. Ocean Pacific also offers space for vessel owners to work independently. The many boats that have passed through the Ocean Pacific yards represent a living history of marine life on the West Coast.