Swell Charters

"One of the most romantic west coast dining experiences of my life"

Indian Arm Spring Cruise

March 21, 2019

Owens Empress Flagship
LOA 31'

Our beauty of a boat, was built by Owens Boat Builders in 1966. John B. “Jack” Owens, who had been a principal in the family-owned Owens Yacht Co., the legendary Annapolis boat builder designed and produced boats that rivalled Chris Craft, Canoe Coves and Monk McQueens alike.

Designed and launched in a day and age of elegance and style, the Swell comfortably handles up to six guests and can provide for all of your needs while out on a day trip or custom evening charter.

The Swell

  • Licensed Capacity – 12 Including crew

  • Max. Speed – 16 Knots

  • Cruise Speed – 7 Knots

  • O. A. Length – 31 Feet

  • O. A Width – 11 Feet

  • Draft – 3.5 Feet

  • Engines (2) – V8 Chevy

  • 350 HP Each


About Us

Swell Charters

Two lifelong passions for the water, entertaining and vintage wooden boats. A love affair on sea and land turned into a business.

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Our Team

28 Years of marine experience meets 28 years of creative culinary experience. A perfect partnership.
Capt. John Fraser

Senior Master with BC Ferries, John has been sailing ferries on the BC coast in his professional life for the last 28 years. Handling vessels ranging in size from 60' to 500' from Haida Gwaii to Vancouver, Capt. Fraser has seen all kinds of seas, conditions and everything in between. 

His calm command of the Swell brings all of our guests such peace of mind.


Kate Fraser

A seasoned sailor in her own right, daughter of a ship's Captain who grew up to marry a Captain of her own, Kate has been at the helm of aGirlandHerBoat.com, where she has documented sailing, cruising and cooking all over the west coast's protected waters for the last 20 years.

A talented Personal Chef, visit Kate's food blog at SwellKitchen.com.


When not taking care of her family, sailing or entertaining, Kate is an award winning Realtor® serving the communities of the beautiful North Shore. 





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North Vancouver, BC



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