Sound Marine - Nautical Equipment and Marine Services on Vancouver Island
Ken and Julie Thomson are a father and daughter team that share a love of life on the sea. They bring this passion to their Comox, BC marine chandlery business. If you assistance need outfitting or fine tuning your boat take advantage of their years of experience and knowledge.
With over forty years in the marine industry Ken has worked in a variety of sectors across the globe but his roots and his home are the coastal waters of BC. His business ventures include tug boats, sailing charters and most recently 20 years operating a successful whale watching business in Tofino. Ken has restored a classic schooner with traditional detailing, sailed across the Atlantic, cruised in the Caribbean, and worked extensively on the west coast. He is a ticketed skipper and he has extensive knowledge of both power and sail boats big and small.
Ken brings his expertise to Sound Marine to assist those who have the same passion cruising British Columbia's waterways.
Julie spent her early years with her family aboard their tug boat the Neptune. Rustic coastal living at its best. Eventually she moved ashore to attend school but still spent summers with her Dad on the boat. Throughout her school years she continued her love of the sea and was fortunate to join Ken on many adventures. In that time, they moved from BC Coastal trips too sailing in Spain and Venezuela: a crazy trip towing a Boston Whaler from Texas to Belize and the subsequent exploration of San Pedro and working on and sailing the Pacific Spellbinder to and around Mexico.
In her twenties, Julie continued to travel and work as a camp cook, she settled down in Smithers and started a family. For the next ten years, visits to Ken in Tofino always included prawning, crabbing and exploring. Eventually Ken moved to the east side of the Island and decided to buy a marine business and asked Julie to be a part of it. At the time, Julie was working at Service Canada but was also looking for a change. Together they decided to start Sound Marine.