Little Show Late Live-ish From The 4th Annual OACBS Sicamous Antique & Classic Boat Show


Is it me? Or does this look like a vintage post card from the 60’s?

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.


Note that the red float ball is floating in the air, dang those Canadians sure know how to use thos things?

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.



20 replies
  1. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    What is wrong with those Canadians? They stop at a bar and I see water, iced tea, and Corona’s on the table?At least the scenery and boats are beautiful.

    So if Paul is in transit with Satin Doll, does that mean we should keep checking in today for the side of the road breakdown story?

  2. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Congratulations Paul and Karen on the Peoples Choice Award.

    I love the idea of the floating bar. Do they let it freeze in during the winter for the snowmobilers?

    • Paul H.
      Paul H. says:

      This lake doesn’t freeze – or at least it very seldom does. It hasn’t frozen in the 14 years we have been here. The flaoting store/pub/bar concept is, unsurprisingly, very popular. The whole rig is towed up there in June and it is anchored in about 180 feet of water. In September is it returned to a sheltered bay and anchored for the winter.

      We head up there regularly for lunch or dinner and it is located at a point on the lake where all arms meet, so it is often very busy. It is a fabulous destination for a cruise on the day after the dock show.

    • Paul H.
      Paul H. says:

      This Arabian has over 1800 hours on it….the fellow uses it and loves it – looks like new and I don’t think it has ever been restored.

    • MikeM
      MikeM says:

      I didn’t ask him what top speed was but I do know that mine is louder! He actually has gone through the boat and has done some upgrades and rebuilding. It is a beautiful boat.

    • Paul H.
      Paul H. says:

      That is a 1966 Grew – built in Canada and equipped with a Volvo/Penta I/O. It is owned by OACBS chapter President Bruce Willson and was purchased new by his father. Very nice little boat, and it sees lots of use.

      • Grant Stanfield
        Grant Stanfield says:

        Don’t quote me but I think there might have been a tie-in between Grew and the Thompson/Cruisers/T&T/Grady-White companies; something like a Canadian licensing agreement to build and sell these lapstrake boats north of the border…If Andreas Jordahl Rhude will chime in… he’ll have the back story in full for us. Andreas, what’s the story on Grew boats?

        Beautiful location, wow!!

  3. Tyson K.
    Tyson K. says:

    Such a great weekend!! I can’t wait for next year!!!

    Thanks to Paul and Karen for the hospitality, and the them, and of course our President, Bruce Wilson, for organizing and managing all the boats coming in on Saturday. It’s like herding cats, I would imagine!

  4. 72hornet
    72hornet says:

    Great shots and it looks like another destination that I need to add to my bucket list. The pictures are WOW! Kudos to Paul and Karen for all of their hard work and efforts to promote ACBS. Nice to see some glass grace the docks as well! Cheers!

  5. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    Shuswap Lake: possibly the most beautiful lake in North America. This lake and the small town of Sicamous have been on my bucket list for 3 or 4 years now. I need to sell the idea to Karen (my Karen, not Paul’s) to spend some of our fading time on this earth to visit this place, take it all in and experience it first hand.

    Hey Paul & Karen, do they have RV Parks near Shuswap?

  6. Michael Boge
    Michael Boge says:

    Congratulations on a great show. Having attended in the past I can speak first hand on the great job Karen and Paul Harrison do on putting on this show! Beautiful part of B.C.!

  7. Bartlomiej
    Bartlomiej says:

    Those “Float Balls” I’m pretty sure are in the air to let float planes know that there are power lines in the way. Lots of floats planes in Canada people!

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