Today we have another “Sons of Varnish Sighting” this time it’s fellow Woody Boater and boating celebrity Tyson “Stovebolt” Konency in his very cool 1961 Chris-Craft 17′ Ski Boat “MUZZY”. Stovebolt and his crew are out soaking up the fall sunshine on Osoyoos Lake, which is located in the southern Okanagan area of British Coumbia, Canada – right on the USA / Canada border. You can actually travel by boat into the USA as the lake extends south.
Another little known fact about this popular wine region of British Columbia, Canada – It is considered to be the only natural desert in Canada. This area is part of the Great Basin Desert, part of the network of deserts that extend southward to the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. In fact, the plants and animals here are the same as those found in the higher elevations of the Mexican portion of this desert. Because it’s located in the desert, Osoyoos Lake is considered to be the warmest lake in Canada…
Enough geography lessons for today, here’s Stovebolt and his crew out in the old Ski Boat ripping around Osoyoos Lake … looks like fun.
Below, Woody Boater – Amy. Tyson’s celebrity status comes in part from being a Board of Director with the Okagangan Chapter of the ACBS in Western Canada. He also manages a custom car website.
We know this lake well, and I bet you can hear the sweet sound of the Chevrolet V-8 in Stovebolt’s Chris-Craft echo off the adjacent mountains on the lake. Have a great weekend on the lake everybody! – Texx
Our mystery boat today was also built on the west coast of British Columbia. Can anyone tell us who built these? This is a Saturday morning Pop-Quiz. Answer later if nobody gets it right. (You can click on the photo to enlarge it, if you think it will help solve the mystery)
Answer to Pop-Quiz:
It’s a 1955-57 Fleetwing 21’ Cabin Cruiser.
In 1955, Les Withey (owner of Withey’s Shipyard in Silva Bay, Gabriola Island, B.C.) built 10 or 12 Fleetwing pleasure craft 21-foot cabin cruisers, powered by outboards.
They were very modern looking with “fins” like the cars of the day and one was on display at Simpsons Sears retail store (now called Sears) in Nanaimo, B.C. (on nearby Vancouver Island).
The biggest outboards then were 50 hp Johnson or Evinrudes and Withey’s shipyard was a Johnson outboard dealer, displaying one in the chandlery, though they didn’t sell that well.
The above photo of the 21’ Fleetwing was taken in the shipyard in May 1957
Historical information and photos (above) courtesy – Jenni Gehlbach / Gabriola Historical and Museum Society.