Mahina Offshore Services was founded in 1976 with my book, Log of the Mahina, that chronicled my sailing adventures through the South Pacific. This book launched offshore cruising seminars, boat selection consultations and starting in the 1990, offshore sail-training expeditions.

If you’re keen to gather knowledge and experience to accomplish your cruising goals safely and successfully, I’m here to help mentor you.

John Neal

An analysis of the boats you are currently considering, discussing design, construction quality, seaworthiness, safety, speed, and comfort.

Mahina Expeditions are exciting offshore sail-training experiences that include mastering seamanship, navigation, and heavy weather tactics. 2023 training expeditions include the Scottish Isles, a two-part circumnavigation of Vancouver Island and in New Zealand.

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Mahina Offshore Services is at Canoe Cove Marina.

4 days 21 hours ago

Master rigger Brent Jacobi demonstrating how swage fittings are formed at Blackline Marine, Canoe Cove, Sidney, BC. Blackline has re-rigged many expedition members and consultation

Mahina Offshore Services is at Victoria Empress Hotel.

4 days 21 hours ago

Obelix enjoying an unplanned visit to Victoria's fabulous inner harbour since Sooke's visitors dock was full.

Mahina Offshore Services is at Strait of Juan De Fuca.

1 week 4 hours ago

Salty Dawg Thomas taking his first latitude shot.