Fabrication of the Helen June


Helen June docked at the Sayward Fish and Game Club dock, Kelsey Bay


The biggest decision that I had when starting up the marine charter business, is what platform will best serve customers. What are the needs of the client? What can differentiate our business from the competition? What is the budget? These factors lead me to believe that I should have a custom fishing boat that is unique in many ways and safer than most others.  

Having been around boat construction for most of my life and having family members with a high degree of marine building knowledge, there was little outsourcing that was needed to design, weld, and rig the boat. Starting with marine grade aluminium that exceeded Transport Canada requirements and a fully certified welder, construction began in 2014. Two new Mercury 150hp engines were installed in 2023 and are part of the repower and upgrade for the next 10 years of service.



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On Board Safety

All safety gear and first aid essentials are Transport Canada approved and compliant with the SVCP (Small Vessel Compliance Program)

  • On board fire extinguisher
  • Flares
  • Life Preservers
  • Re-boarding device
  • Throw line
  • Anchor and line
  • Diving ladder

Scott Burchett RCM SAR Sooke

As a  RCM SAR trained rescue technician, I have experience with marine emergencies and advanced first aid.  

Helen June Fabrication and Power

Helen June fabrication

Fresh out of the welding shop, the Helen June is ready for windows, doors, electronics, engines, and all the rigging. This picture shows the custom shape and style of the boat.

Helen June fabrication

The final picture before leaving the shop.  The bow has a unique custom aluminum cone welded into it for better wave displacement and anchor storage. 

Helen June mercury engines

Twin Mercury 150hp and a 15hp Pro Kicker for power options.

Helen June water tight hatches

Commercial cast aluminum hatches are welded into the deck for water tight safety and strength. 

Helen June water tight door

The cabin door is a split door for top open air flow and is Transport Canada certified water tight. 

Helen June control consul

The custom dash houses a Mercury hydraulic power steering helm and solid cable throttle controls for dependability and performance.The gauge package includes RPM tach, fuel sensors, navigation lights, spot lights, power windless, bilge controls and wipers.   

Helen June fabrication

This bow section shows the internal stiffeners and the ¼” aluminum plate keel that make the boat extremely strong.

Helen June fabrication

The hull is constructed with ¼” marine grad aluminum and welded with stiffeners and watertight compartments.

Helen June fabrication

The fuel tanks are located midships for best stability and trim options. Only commercial grade cast aluminum hatches were used on the Helen June.

Helen June control consul

Raymarine Color HD Radar and Plotter, AIS system, Furuno Radio, and GPS.

Helen June electrical panel

Commercial electrical and charging systems including an invertor for A/C plugs. 

Helen June toilet

And of course, a sit down flush toilet!

Marine & Communication Systems

  • Raymarine High-Definition Color Radar
  • Raymarine GPS System
  • Raymarine Plotter and Navigation System
  • Raymarine Side scan sonar and depth sounder
  • Raymarine AIS dual send and receive system
  • Furuno Dual channel radio and direct call system