Thanks to long time fellow Woody Boater Karen Harrison for today’s amazing header of Satin Doll. Karen and Paul’s stunning 19′ Barrel Back, which is now on its way to Lake Tahoe for the big show next week, and also thanks to Karen for sending us in this wonderful report from Kelvin Williamson who did the report for you the readers of Woody Boater who in turn will email this to others. Take it away Kevin.
Thanks Karen and Woody, The Okanagan Antique and Classic Boat Society had another very successful boat show with its 4th annual event. The weather was delightful and the town of Sicamous, British Columbia was treated to the best display of antique and classic boats the club has put together yet. The show takes place in the passage between Mara Lake and the Salmon Arm of the Shuswap Lake at the public docks off the end of main street Sicamous.
There were numerous quality boats from Alberta and British Columbia. The club was also treated to some guests from south of the border. Tom and Janet Cathcart were in from Redmond, WA with their 1953 Shepard 110-S (Huckledybuck). B.K. Powell from Spokane, WA provided some excellent entertainment and showed his 1955 17 foot CC Sportsman (Bon Bois). Tim and Deb Salt, showing a beautiful 1955 CC 22 foot Continental Sedan (Shady Lady) were up from Whitefish, MT. Mike and Nicole Mayer arrived from Portland, OR. Mike Mayer graciously donated some of his time in helping some of the youngsters with the Hagerty Youth Judging Program. Mike also enjoyed sampling some of Canada’s finer brewed products!
The docks were open to the public Saturday, July 26th. There was a steady stream of curious and appreciative people out to view the boats. The boat owners did a great job of entertaining questions and discussing aspects of their boats. The oldest boat in the show was Ian Devlin’s 1900 25 foot launch with the original 20 HP Kermath 4 cylinder engine. The newest boat in the show was a 2000 14 foot Aristocraft Torpedo 14. Unfortunately, new member Christine Schuh’s 1956 Larson Falls Flyer threw a connecting rod on the way to the docks.
On Saturday evening there was a banquet at the Hyde Mountain Golf Course Club House with beautiful views of the Mara Lake valley. There were some awards presented based on the show activity at the dock. The Peoples’ Choice Award went to the 1940 19 foot CC Custom Barrelback owned by Paul and Karen Harrison. Todd Beasley from Calgary, AB took the Best Non-Wood Award with a 1983 Century Arabian with a 440 Chrysler engine and Velvet Drive. The Skippers’ Choice award went to Jim Cooper’s newly restored 1924 22 foot Dodge Watercar 422. B.K. Powell and Danny Hinds then entertained us all with some gag awards. B.K. also attempted to teach some of the American visitors a few hockey skills.
On Sunday we gathered at Paul and Karen Harrison’s lake front home and headed out for the OACBS’s annual Parade of Show Boats up the lake. Many of the show participants came out to drive their boat the 15 mile trip up the Salmon Arm of the Shuswap Lake to the floating restaurant called the Shark Shack. After lunch at the Shark Shack, some went on to cruise another 15 miles up the Seymour Arm of the Shuswap Lake to Steamboat Bay. From Steamboat Bay there is scenic hike, beginning at a white sand beach up to Albas Falls.
The OACBS’s 4th annual show event was a great success. There were some new participants. We were able to attract a few new members. It appeared everyone had a super time. The feedback on the boat cruising events was really good. There was an obvious growing comradery amongst the club members. We look forward to a better time yet next year at the 5th annual event.