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First Mate / Vessel Maintenance / Marine Canvas Repair & Fabrication

Cape Breton Sailing Charters


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Cape Breton Sailing Charters

Job Description:

First Mate / Vessel Maintenance / Marine Canvas Repair & Fabrication

Cape Breton Sailing Charters has operated day sailing tours with captain during the summer season since 2008. Presently the company operates a Niagara 35 auxilliary sailing sloop with captain, mate and up to 6 passengers.

A new employee is sought to fill the seasonal and ongoing year round positions in these roles:

  • Serve as Mate on sailing tours during the summer season
  • Provide basic maintenance, cleaning and  housekeeping to the charter sailboat.
  • Assist with repairs, maintenance and upgrades to sailboats and shore/dock facilities
  • Repair and build custom marine canvas for the local/regional market

We seek an individual who loves sailing and can demonstrate a sailing resume and is capable of fulfilling First Mate duties. Successful candidate will have, or be willing to obtain, Transport Canada Domestic Vessel Safety certification (4 day course).

The successful candidate will have hands-on experience in maintaining a cruising sailboat including exterior and interior cleaning, routine checks on systems (electric, electronic, plumbing, steering, etc) and carrying out minor repairs to cabinetry, rigging, structure, etc.

The successful candidate will also be accomplished at machine sewing of sailcloth and marine canvas for repairs and new construction; and experienced at creating custom patterns for items such as canopies, equipment covers, baggage, etc. The owner’s goal is to provide year-round services in the marine and industrial sewing niche and the successful candidate will play a key role in developing capacity, training new staff and ultimately managing this aspect of the business.


This job starts between June 1 – 15 with the cruising season through October 16. Following the sailing season work will continue with marine canvas repair and fabrication work for customers; and maintenance of the company’s marine and shore facilities through the winter. This is offered as a contract position to begin, with the goal of creating a full time permanent position as the business for these off season services becomes established. Hourly wages and potential benefits to be discussed.

Gregory Silver, Owner

Quadrant Property Development Inc. /dba Cape Breton Sailing Charters


  • 3 years experience actively sailing keel vessels over 25' LOA
  • 3 years experience maintaining a sailboat
  • 3 years experience working with marine canvas: patterning, new and repair sewing including machine sewing; familiarity with textiles and related hardware for modern marine canvas work
  • Have, or willing to obtain Transport Canada Domestic Vessel Safety certification


How To Apply

Cape Breton Sailing Charters will be accepting applications for this position via the Cape Breton Job Board. Applicants will need to first create a complete account before applying directly through this page.

Intended Audience

This employment opportunity is open for qualified and eligible candidates domestically and internationally.

Applications from Foreign Nationals will be considered.

Location Information
St. Peter's
Richmond County
Nova Scotia
Opportunity Information
Cape Breton Sailing Charters
NOC Code
Experience Required
Available Openings
Pay Type
To be Determined (Negotiable)
Estimated Weekly Hours
Start Date
June 10th 2022
End Date
Language Proficiency Level
Fluent (CLB 10-12)
Posted on
May 2nd 2022
July 2nd 2022