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Alcan Adjusters Inc.

Located in Whitehorse, Yukon, Alcan

Adjusters is staffed by 4 adjusters with combined 60 years of insurance claims experience. Servicing an extensive territory: the entire Yukon, southeast Alaska, Northern B.C., and the western Northwest Territories. They handle all types of property and casualty losses as well as provide appraisal services.

BC - Interior BC: Dease lake YT, NT - Yukon, N.W.T: Inuvik,


All Claims General

Insurance Adjusters Inc.

The Regina-based firm, incorporated in

2000, serves Saskatchewan with the philosophy of investigating, negotiating and concluding settlements in a fair, prompt manner. All Claims specializes in commercial and residential property and casualty, inland marine, agricul-ture, heavy equipment, automobile and RV appraisals and environmental liability. Member CIAA, CCAIF and the Saskatchewan Association of Insur-ance Adjusters. Visit

SK - Saskatchewan: Regina

Allmark Claims Service

With over 30 years of insurance

adjusting experience, Barry G. Allmark, BA CIP, specializes in all levels and all

types of claims. Allmark services the Thompson Okanagan area — Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Enderby, Merritt, Kamloops — and north to Valemount, from its Kelowna location.

BC - Interior BC: Kelowna

Ashcroft Insurance Adjusters

Leona Ashcroft CIP has managed ICBC

offices throughout B.C. for 13 years. She has a strong current knowledge base in all lines of insurance claims. An experienced BI, auto and property claims adjuster servicing towns and cities in the West Kootenay — Nelson, Trail, Castlegar, Nakusp, Creston, Grand Forks — Leona is an active community-minded citizen. She is a board member of both the City of Nelson youth committee and the seniors’ committee, a Nelson Rotary Club director and sits on the board of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C.

BC - Interior BC: Castlegar, Cranbrook,

Nelson, Trail

Associated Island Adjusters

is a regional chain of four independent,

full-service adjusting offices from Victoria to Campbell River serving Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Powell River. The firm specializes in property, liability and marine losses, with an emphasis on high quality, personalized “service with integrity”. Senior adjusters have many years experience investigating and settling losses of all sizes and complexity.

BC - Vancouver Island: Campbell

River, Courtenay, Comox, Parksville, Victoria

Baker, Bertrand, Chasse &

Goguen Claim Services Limited

BBCG, established in 1997, is a

national firm of insurance adjusters serving all provinces from offices located in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Experienced adjusters focus only on fidelity, surety, errors and omissions claims, with ingenuity, co-operation, results and the highest quality service at competitive rates. They act efficiently, proactively and quickly in handling large, complicated surety and fidelity losses. Adjusters


Alcan Adjusters *

17-1114 1st Ave Whitehorse YT Y1A 1A3 Contact: Rick Reaume Tel: 867-668-4888 Fax: 867-668-4889


Alcan Adjusters 17-1114 1st Ave Whitehorse YT Y1A 1A3 Contact: Rick Reaume Tel: 867-668-4888 Fax: 867-668-4889

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Brouwer Claims * 308-9900 100th Ave Fort St John BC V1J 5S7 Contact: Sid Belziuk Tel: 250-785-8544 Fax: 250-785-8123


Shumka Craig & Moore

101-5016 52nd St Yellowknife NT X1A 1T4 Contact: Darrell Portz Tel: 867-920-2123 Toll-free: 800-661-0876 Fax: 867-669-9747




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Steve Holotuk and Jamie O’Connor work out of the Vancouver office and service both BC and Alberta.

BC - Lower BC & Mainland: Vancouver

Barnes Craig & Associates

Based in Vancouver, provides high

quality adjusting, claims and litigation management services for liability claims, specializing exclusively in these fields since the mid-1990s. On-staff lawyers and insurance professionals have experience handling complicated claims, delivering innovative, economi-cal solutions to insurers, self-insurers, reciprocals and insurance managers.

BC - Vancouver Island: Victoria BC - Lower BC & Mainland: Vancouver

Barrett and Associates

Adjusters Ltd.

Established in 1994 and comprised of a

team of seven experienced adjusters. They handle bodily injury, property and liability claims with the assistance of five professional support staff. They provide a top quality product along with prompt, courteous service at a reasonable and competitive cost.

AB - Northern Alberta: Edmonton

Gary Best & Company Adjusters

Gary Best, a well-known senior claims

adjuster, handles all types of claims. However, he is particularly experienced in major property losses and complex automobile BI cases. Best has been an independent adjuster in Alberta since 1957 and is a past regional president of CIAA, currently a member of AAIA and of Blue Goose. He deals well with senior levels of government and professional and technical specialists such as engineers and lawyers. He and claims associate Joan Talbott service the Edmonton and Sherwood Park areas.

AB - Northern Alberta: Edmonton,

Sherwood Park

Brouwer Claims Canada & Co. Ltd.

Brouwer Interspect & Associates

BC - Vancouver Island: Nanaimo,


BC - Lower BC & Mainland:

Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Sechelt, Surrey, Vancouver, Whistler

BC - Interior BC: Cranbrook, Creston,

Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St.John, Golden, Radium, Grand Forks, Houston, Invermere, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nelson, Penticton, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Salmon Arm, Smithers, Terrace, Vanderhoof, Vernon, Williams Lake

AB - Northern Alberta: Edmonton, Fort

McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lloydminster

AB - Southern Alberta: Calgary,

Medicine Hat, Red Deer

SK - Saskatchewan: Estevan,

Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Yorkton

MB - Manitoba: Winnipeg

YT, NT - Yukon, N.W.T: Whitehorse

Charles Taylor Consulting

CTC Services (formerly Rush Johnson

Associates) is the oldest established energy loss adjusting firm worldwide. A broad range of losses are handled: physical damage and machinery breakdown; business interruption; operators extra expenses/control of well; liability, marine and pollution losses. They employ engineers with oil and gas, aviation, construction and marine experience. Based in Calgary, Halifax, Houston, London, Aberdeen, Hong Kong. Visit

AB - Southern Alberta: Calgary

Coast Claims Service Ltd.

B.C.-based Coast Claims was

incorpo-rated in 1970, with offices in all the main communities on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and in Vancouver, providing services around the clock seven days a week. Services include general claims, including property and casualty; marine losses, hull and cargo; special investigations. Visit

BC - Vancouver Island: Campbell

River, Chemainus, Courtenay, Comox, Denman, Hornby Islands, Duncan, Gabriola Island, Galiano, Mayne, Saturna Is, Gold River, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Port Renfrew, Quadra, Cortes Islands, Qualicum, Salt Spring, Pender Islands, Sidney, Sooke, Thetis Island, Victoria

BC - Lower BC & Mainland: Powell

River, Vancouver

Crawford Adjusters Canada

is a wholly owned subsidiary of

Crawford & Company, the world’s largest independent provider of diversified services to insurance companies, self-insured corporations, and government entities. A few of the many services provided are claims and risk management, loss adjustment, healthcare management, class action administration, and risk information services. Over 85 offices throughout Canada including 24 in Western Canada. Visit their website

BC - Vancouver Island: Nanaimo,


BC - Lower BC & Mainland: Vancouver BC - Interior BC: Cranbrook, Kamloops,


AB - Northern Alberta: Edmonton,


AB - Southern Alberta: Calgary,

Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer

SK - Saskatchewan: Regina, Saskatoon MB - Manitoba: Brandon, Winnipeg

B.J. Eaton Insurance

Adjusters & Co. (Nelson) Ltd.

Serving the west Kootenay area of B.C.,

Brian Eaton, owner/manager, has 38 years experience in all lines of loss adjustment. Monica Spencer BA CIP recently joined the firm and has 13 years experience in Victoria adjusting property losses.

BC - Interior BC: Castlegar, Nakusp,


Ergezinger Favero Adjusters Inc.

Principals Marcus Ergezinger and

Rennie Favero collectively have over 35 years adjusting experience. Along with their staff they are capable of adjusting any aspect of any claim. An adjusting service that is second to none providing cost-effective claims-handling without compromising quality. Keeping quantum control in mind at all times is their philosophy.

AB - Northern Alberta: Edmonton

Excel Adjustco Inc.

Since 1988 Excel provides quality

adjusting services to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands - liability, surety, auto and property fields. Steve Cruise and George Kemshaw together have half a century of adjusting experience. Dennis Summerhayes, Clifford Chiu, and Dave Yarnell have backgrounds in construction, law, and multi-line claims. Visit

BC - Vancouver Island: Duncan, Salt

Spring, Pender Islands, Sidney, Victoria

Gateway Adjusting Services Ltd.

This Prince Albert-based firm was

established in 1982 and provides claims adjusting service to all points in northern and central Saskatchewan. Adjusters on staff are: Merv Rocheleau CIP, who has 37 years claims experi-ence, and Dennis Hegedus FCIP, with 29 years. The firm handles all lines; as well they are skilled at auto and farm machinery appraisals.


H.D. Adjusters Ltd./

H.D. Appraisers Ltd.

BC - Lower BC & Mainland: Vancouver

Harvey L. Herman

& Associates Ltd.

Herman & Associates of Kamloops,

Kelowna, Penticton and Nelson are adjusters with company and independ-ent backgrounds specializing in investigating injury claims. Also certified in fire, smoke and water damage property losses, they have a strong following from the province’s largest insurer, and handle losses for nine Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba insurers. Visit their website

BC - Interior BC: Cranbrook, Kamloops,

Kelowna, Nelson, Penticton

Hawrysh Adjusting Services

handles all homeowner, commercial,

liability, automobile and heavy equip-ment claims, with priority given to claims in northern Manitoba from Swan River to Churchill. The firm, started in 1987, specializes in collision appraisal and estimating. Member CIAA.

MB - Manitoba: The Pas

Horizon Claims

provides all-line adjustment and

appraisal services from Houston to the Pacific Ocean, and more distant locales on special request. With 7 years company experience and 30 plus years as an independent adjuster, owner-operator Dave Watson has extensive experience in automobile, bodily injury, property, commercial, liability, and transportation losses.

BC - Interior BC: Houston, Prince

Rupert, Smithers, Terrace

Kendal Adjusters Inc.

Providing a high quality investigation

on all lines of claims for a diverse number of insurers and corporations, Kendal Adjusters has a team of ten adjusters with a combined expertise of over 150 years. Extensive knowledge of the handling of all nature of losses in Alberta, the company has diverse experience handling losses throughout Canada, U.S.A., and the Gulf of Mexico. Full claims support service including bordereaux, claims registers, trust account facilities. Visit them at

AB - Southern Alberta: Calgary

Kernaghan Adjusters Limited

Celebrating 50 years in business as

Canada’s first privately owned, inde-pendent adjusting company, Kernaghan Adjusters have maintained their vision of customer service excellence through continuous improvement of their adjusting service. President Patti M. Kernaghan FCIP CRM, and staff live by the philosophy that knowledge and integrity produce excellence. Serving Canada coast to coast with a high presence in the western region, Kerna-ghan is a company clients depend on. Please visit

BC - Vancouver Island: Duncan,

Nanaimo, Victoria

BC - Lower BC & Mainland:

Abbotsford, Surrey, Vancouver, Whistler

AB - Northern Alberta: Edmonton AB - Southern Alberta: Calgary,

Lethbridge, Red Deer

MB - Manitoba: Churchill, Flin Flon,

The Pas, Thompson, Winnipeg

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backbone of this adjusting operation which has offices in Trail and Nelson. The firm has been servicing the West Kootenay region for 20 years and has the expertise and background for the most complicated claims assignments.

BC - Interior BC: Trail

Mercury Adjusters Inc.

are independent adjusters servicing

Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Founded in 1996, the firm specializes in auto, heavy equipment and injury claims for major Canadian and U.S. insurers. Focuses on provid-ing a full range of adjustprovid-ing services in a timely and cost-effective manner.

BC - Lower BC & Mainland: Vancouver

Millman Adjusting Services Ltd.

Firm specializes in motor vehicle and

casualty BI investigations and claims — from task assignments to full investiga-tions and litigation management. Principal Bill Millman BA, CIP has been an independent adjuster for seven years, following 14 years with State Farm Insurance in Calgary. The firm’s other partner, Gwen Millman, a registered nurse, provides health and liability claims support. Independent claims investigation and settlement with personalized service, honesty and integrity. Member IISA, CIP Society.

BC - Lower BC & Mainland: Vancouver BC - Interior BC: Kelowna

AB - Northern Alberta: Edmonton AB - Southern Alberta: Calgary SK - Saskatchewan: Regina

Payson Adjusters Limited

provides a personalized service for all

lines covering Alberta. They specialize in litigation management, BI and liability investigations. George Payson CIP is regional vice chair, western Canada, of the Insurance Institute of Canada. He is a senior experienced claims professional and retired RCMP officer with an extensive background interviewing witnesses and claimants particularly where sensitivity and discretion are required.

AB - Southern Alberta: Calgary

Plains Adjusters Ltd.

is a Medicine Hat-based firm that has

served the area for more than 50 years. Service includes general claims special-izing in property, liability, and bodily injury losses. The firm endeavors to provide a top-quality product with prompt courteous service. Now servicing southwestern Saskatchewan as

well as all of the southern portion of Alberta.

AB - Southern Alberta: Lethbridge,

Medicine Hat

SK - Saskatchewan: Swift Current

M.J. Porter & Company

Servicing the insurance industry for

more than 35 years, Mirlin Porter specializes in commerical and personal property, commercial and personal liability, auto and commercial vehicles, transit and cargo losses, casualty/BI claims, and forestry and heavy equip-ment. Covering Victoria, southern Vancouver Island, and Gulf Islands 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Electronic reporting provided on request.

BC - Vancouver Island: Victoria

Larrie Riddell Adjusting Services

Larrie Riddell opened her firm seven

years ago, and has fourteen years experience handling property and liability losses. She has a Level II certificate from the Justice Institute in Vancouver for traffic accident investi-gations. Adjustments of all claims are concluded in an expedient and profes-sional manner.

BC - Interior BC: Kamloops

Rubix Claims & Mediation

Serving British Columbia’s Peace

region, from Mackenzie to Fort Nelson, Rubix Claims and Mediation provides general insurance claims adjusting. Established in 2001, this northeastern B.C. firm also provides negotiation and mediation services to the insurance industry and to general public.

BC - Interior BC: Dawson Creek, Fort

Nelson, Fort St.John

Shumka Craig & Moore

Shumka Craig & Moore Adjusters

Canada Ltd., established in 1986, is the largest Canadian-owned independent adjusting firm across Canada. Head-quartered in Edmonton, SCM Canada has 34 branches nationwide. Trained claims personnel utilize state-of-the-art technology to deliver professional claims management. I-Adjust, their award-winning Web-based system provides full file management and auditing control online. A 24-hour national emergency claims service is also provided. Visit

BC - Vancouver Island: Victoria BC - Lower BC & Mainland: Surrey,


BC - Interior BC: Kelowna, Penticton,

Prince George

AB - Northern Alberta: Edmonton,

Edson, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Peace River

AB - Southern Alberta: Calgary,

Canmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer

SK - Saskatchewan: Regina, Saskatoon MB - Manitoba: Winnipeg

YT, NT - Yukon, N.W.T: Yellowknife

Signature Claims Service

Specializes in auto, BI and liability

claims. J.W. (Jim) Denton AIIC, a past-president of the BCIAA has more than 23 years experience as an independent adjuster. The firm services the entire Thompson/Okanagan region: The Coquihalla and Merritt; the Trans-Canada highway — Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke and Golden; Koote-nays — Nelson, Trail and Cranbrook; and south to the border — Penticton, Osoyoos.

BC - Interior BC: Kelowna

Southern Interior

Claims Service Inc.

In Penticton since 1978. Handles all

types of general insurance claims in the Okanagan, Princeton and Grand Forks, and larger losses in the West Koote-nays. Owner/operator Kerry G. Reid CIP has 35 years in the claims business and expertise in all property and liability losses.

BC - Interior BC: Oliver, Osoyoos,

Penticton, Princeton

Sterling Pacific

Insurance Adjusters

Commercial property losses with

emphasis on strata claims are the specialty of this five-office firm operating from Hope to Vancouver, north to Squamish/Whistler/Pemberton. Sterling Pacific is an amalgamation of Coast Pacific Insurance Adjusters, started 14 years ago in New Westmin-ster and Sterling AdjuWestmin-sters which has serviced the Fraser Valley since 1995. The twelve experienced adjusters and appraisers also include senior property and casualty specialists with expertise in auto claims and large property and farm losses.

BC - Lower BC & Mainland:

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AB - Northern Alberta: Barrhead,


AB - Southern Alberta: Banff, Calgary

R. Zacharias Adjusting

Established in 1999, the offices handle

all types of losses. Robert Zacharias, a licensed Level III adjuster, has 13 years experience as a general insurance adjuster and specializes in property and liability. Adjuster Bryan Gale special-izes in heavy equipment and appraisals. Services B.C.’s central Cariboo country. 24-hour service; mediation available. Member CIAA.

BC - Interior BC: 100 Mile House,

Kelowna, Williams Lake

ers. The two earlier acquisitions carry on business under the Mainline name. But no decision has been made yet about whether the Kipling brokerage will do business under the Mainline banner.

The other brokerages in the group have maintained their own identities and con-tinue to operate as separate, independ-ently-owned enterprises. “ The nice thing about Mainline,” ac-cording to Hilde-brand, “ is that the partners don’t work together on a day-to-day basis. And that’s why it works.”

When Mainline was formed there were three main is-sues the shareholders addressed - econo-mies of scale, markets and succession. The shareholders work together when-ever the opportunity arises, sharing re-sources and information, and they run


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the brokerages they’ve acquired. Profits from there are ploughed back into Mainline, building up equity for future expansion.

“ The nice part of our organization is that when we bring someone into our fold, we have first right of refusal on their brokerage. When you want to retire, we have the right to purchase

you. That’s basically the whole theme of it. It gives you solidarity and succes-sion,” Hildebrand says.

Dave Schwebius, 56, one of Mainline’s original share-holders, recently became the first among the group to sell his own business to the net-work. Married and the fa-ther of four adult children,

he’d been operating Moose Mountain Agencies Ltd. in Kipling since 1990. Schwebius wanted to semi-retire, but no one in his family was interested in getting into the insurance business, so the sale to Mainline was a logical step. As part of the arrangement, his shares in Mainline were purchased by another broker, Bill Martin

of Estevan, and Schwebius will stay on for a while as an employee.

Mainline, he says, was a very good experience. “ I was happy I was part of it. From the point of view that you dealt with people in your own industry, it was good. We didn’t have a serious squabble in 10 years. And I got help from the other fellows when I needed it,” he says. “ That was the big-gest thing.”

Two other original share-holders have passed on their interests to family members. In both cases, just as it was with the Schwebius arrange-ment, approval was re-quired by the other direc-tors, each of whom holds a 20% interest in Mainline. “ We’ve actually made it fairly difficult to get in,” Bruce Hildebrand says. “ There’s only going to be a maximum of five directors unless things change quite a bit. And, at this point, say if one of my kids wants to get in, I have to drop out. It’s as simple as that.”

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ainline Insurance Brokers Inc. is the brainchild of Bruce Hildebrand, an in-surance broker and former marketing executive with Saskatchewan Government Insurance, who runs a gen-eral agency in Grenfell, Saskatchewan.

Mainline is a tight-knit group, operat-ing a little differently than other broker networks. Acquisitions are self-financed and member brokerages continue to be independently owned. Only purchased agencies are run through Mainline.

The company was formally established in 1992 by Hildebrand and four other brokers in southeastern Saskatchewan but did not make its first acquisition until 1996.

One of the original shareholders dropped out a number of years ago, sell-ing his interest to another broker. The company recently exercised first right of refusal and purchased one of its share-holder’s brokerages and brought in a new director as a result of the acquisition.

Mainline ownership, which meets

monthly, is evenly split among five mem-ber brokers, each of whom has a 20% share: Bruce Hildebrand of Grenfell Agen-cies of Grenfell; Darryl McKay of R&J McKay Agencies of Moosomin; Darren Horsman of Indian Head Agencies of Indian Head; Don Beattie of Broadview Insurance of Broadview; and Bill Martin of Cathedral Insurance Brokers of Estevan, who is the newest member of the group.

Hildebrand estimates that the total com-bined annual premium volume of all the member agencies, including those acquired in the past six years, is about $9 million. Net worth of all the brokerages associated with Mainline is about $2 million.

In addition to the brokerages purchased by Mainline – in Montmartre, Fort Qu’Appelle and Kipling – the company also owns a condominium in Kimberley, British Columbia. It’s used as a vacation retreat for the shareholders who also make it available to staff members. There are about 30 staffers who work for Mainline and the broker-owners. IW

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shares in Mainline to his son Darryl, 35. Ron established R&J McKay (the J is for his wife Judy) when he bought an existing brokerage, located in an old bank building on

Moosomin’s main street, for “ $50,000 lock, stock and barrel.” Still actively in-volved in the family operation, he helps out whenever he’s needed.

One of the real advantages of being part of Mainline, according to Darryl McKay, is the ability to do business through some of the bigger insurance companies. “ We’re able to band together as a group and use our collective volume to work with the larger insurers where we might not be able to on our own. This allows us to expand our markets,” Darryl explains.

Up the highway a bit – in Indian Head

years ago and became one of the directors of Mainline. Wayne, like Ron McKay in Moosomin, continues to work in the fam-ily business. “ I’m an employee but I’m not,” he jokes. “ I stay in the back room.” He also has a little more time these days to pursue his passion, which is music. He plays in a jazz band and a steel drum band. Darren Horsman sees a very bright future for Mainline. “ I’m hoping to see

Darren Horsman bought out his father’s brokerage in Indian Head three years ago.

investments or Mainline real estate.” Some of Mainline’s intended expan-sion will come from within as retiring shareholders sell their brokerages. But, according to Bruce Hildebrand, the com-pany will look also for opportunities else-where, maybe in Alberta and British Co-lumbia. “ We’ll do things, but with a lot of thought and planning, just as we have in the past,” Hildebrand says. IW

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ichael Van Dorpe, at 34, con-siders himself to be part of the new generation of independ-ent insurance brokers in Sas-katchewan - ready to carry on where others are leaving off and ready to embrace the future.

Van Dorpe manages Fiddler Agencies Ltd., a general agency in Nipawin, a town of about 5,000 in northeastern Saskatchewan. It was a family-owned business until May 2001 when it was sold to the Western Financial Group (WFG).

“Being part of a network will make it easier for us to compete with the banks if they ever get into the insurance business, and will give my dad an easier way of settling into retire-ment,” Van Dorpe explains.

WFG may own it, but Fiddler Agencies, which has a branch office nearby in the little community of Aylsham and does about $2 million in premium volume annually, is still very much an operation run by the Van Dorpe family.

With Michael as manager, he’s supported by his father Ray, his mother Charlene, his wife Tammy and his uncle Jim, who have all re-mained with the business in various capacities. Van Dorpe grew up with insurance. His father Ray bought Fiddler Agencies in 1981

when Michael was just a youngster. Even so, he didn’t begin working full-time as a broker until 1993, after a stint in the residential construction industry in British Columbia.

“It was time to use my brain instead of my body to make a living. Besides, we already had two kids and Nipawin is a great place to raise a family,” Van Dorpe says.

Looking back on it, he says he’s surprised he didn’t get into the insurance business sooner. “I enjoy it so much. I enjoy being able to help people. I enjoy the challenge of being able to place business and the thanks you get from people through a smile and a hand-shake.”

A self-proclaimed joiner, Van Dorpe is very active in the community and with the Insur-ance Brokers’ Association of Saskatchewan (IBAS).

Over the past few years, he has been presi-dent of the local Chamber of Commerce and the local Kinsmen Club, treasurer of the Nipawin Rodeo Association, has served as chairman of the Nipawin Parks and Recrea-tion Board and has been on the board of the local Evergreen Community Centre.

“I don’t want to be the guy who says we should do this and do that and not get involved. I hate that guy. Basically I want to help the

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The knife passed through the seam with no resistance. Whatever caulking this seam must at one time have had apparently had abandoned ship. Work-ing my way along the seam, I somehow got myself into a position where I could see the seam and the back of the ex-owner’s house at the same time. I was sure I saw the curtains move.

I tested the hood ends where the hull planking meets the stem, which is a great place for rot, as rainwater may easily be drawn into the end grain if it is not properly caulked. The knife went right in and may, I suspect, have gone right through had its progress not been im-peded by the handle. The rust blossom on the keel looked like the product of an underwater chemistry set and in several

was filling with water from the continu-ing rain. Both cockpit scuppers were blocked with rotting apples, obviously part of last year’s crop. After clearing the scuppers, the cockpit slowly drained and I was able to step into it, and from there open the main hatch without getting too wet. The smell that greeted me was one of rot, and lots of it.

In describing a smell, you always have to compare it to something, and my de-scription is overripe mushrooms. The knife really earned its keep that day. Rot was found in the clamps, the stem, the hood ends, the heads of many frames, the transom, the deck and the sheer planks. The anchor line was only long enough to moor a boat in 10 feet of water, and that’s all. The rud-der gland was leak-ing. The battery was free to move around and would shift when heeled. The compass had no fluid in it. The fire extinguisher was exhausted. The head was inoperative. There was no manual bilge pump. The elec-tric bilge pump dis-charge line was broken and pumped wa-ter back into the boat. Control handles on valves on through-hull fittings were eroded, apparently due to electrolysis while sitting submerged in high bilge water. The valves were also eaten out by electrolysis. The rigging looked like Grandma’s knitting, and I fully expected the sailmaker’s label to read ‘Noah’.

The new owners were hot on my heels during this inspection and becoming quite alarmed. The wife was on the point of tears, and the curtains in the house were seen to be in motion every time we glanced in that direction.

“When did you buy this boat?” I asked. “Yesterday,” the husband replied. “How much did you pay?”

“Six thousand dollars,” announced the wife quickly, at the same time throwing one of those scornful looks at her hus-band.

“You’ve paid for it, I assume?” “Oh yes, the owner insisted on a certi-fied cheque.”

By this time it was close to four o’clock and some rapid thinking had to be done. One could not help but feel sorry for Cub sailboat, similar to the Burnaby

orchard one he surveyed, when rotten apples plugged both cockpit scuppers.


such a voyage in so small a boat, had insisted on a survey before they would place cover.

“I think it will cost at least $2,000 to put this boat in condition to sail across English Bay, never mind Queen Char-lotte Strait,” I said, “and when you’ve spent that money, the boat will still only be worth $6,000,” I added.

“What can we do?” they asked. We tried everything. We tried to stop the cheque but the bank wouldn’t do it. We tried Ships’ Registry but that checked out showing the title as belonging to the vendor and no liens against it. We tried my lawyer as they didn’t have one, all to no avail. Nothing could prevent their becoming owners of the boat.

To cut a long story short, they took

their licks and had the boat removed from the garden. We took it to a reputable boat yard and it was rebuilt for a figure I believe closer to $3,000 than the $2,000 I had guessed. I went into the yard from time to time to see progress, supervise repairs as necessary and to report to the young couple who had returned to the Queen Charlottes.

I hope they are now enjoying their boat. They paid enough for it. And in case anyone is planning on writing letters to the editor regarding the high cost of surveys, yes, we stood by our quoted fee despite the additional work we became involved in.

Ian Hopkinson is a master mariner and has been a marine surveyor in Vancouver for 35 years. IW

Cub’s rigging looked like Grandma’s knitting, says Hopkinson


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