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For the past 24 years, <strong>Kelowna</strong> Yacht<br />

Club has looked forward to opening our<br />

Clubhouse and moorage basin to the<br />

community and host the annual <strong>Kelowna</strong><br />

<strong>Boat</strong> <strong>Show</strong>. Each year it provides us<br />

the opportunity to engage <strong>Kelowna</strong> and<br />

gather all kinds of boating and water<br />

enthusiasts.<br />

Embracing our local boating community<br />

has always been at the forefront<br />

of our goals. We are excited to bring<br />

you a wide range of exhibitors in one<br />

convenient location, showing you the<br />

latest in the boating world with many<br />

opportunities to get on the water for<br />

the upcoming season.<br />

We are proud of the continued support<br />

of the Youth Sailing School with all<br />

show entry donations going to support<br />

their programs. These sailing programs<br />

are available for all ages and open<br />

to the public and members alike. To<br />

further our commitment of supporting<br />

the community, exhibitor fees from<br />

the <strong>Kelowna</strong> <strong>Boat</strong> <strong>Show</strong> go towards the<br />

installation and maintenance of over 30<br />

public access mooring buoys on Okanagan<br />

Lake.<br />

Be sure to stop into our clubhouse,<br />

which is open to all during show hours.<br />

Join us for a delicious lunch in the<br />

Member Lounge, a refreshing drink<br />

on the patio, or to tour the facility and<br />

learn of the rich history here at the<br />

<strong>Kelowna</strong> Yacht Club. If you should have<br />

any questions during the show or about<br />

membership opportunities while you<br />

are here, <strong>Kelowna</strong> <strong>Boat</strong> <strong>Show</strong> volunteers<br />

and staff members are available<br />

and happy to assist you.<br />

We are pleased to host this event for<br />

its 24th year and welcome you and our<br />

local community to the <strong>Kelowna</strong> <strong>Boat</strong><br />

<strong>Show</strong>!<br />

Kent Hardisty<br />

Commodore, <strong>Kelowna</strong> Yacht Club<br />


By Steve Fennell<br />

10 BEACHES<br />

to Discover in<br />

the Okanagan<br />

Sun, sand and water. There are many<br />

shoreside attractions in the Okanagan<br />

region and the beaches certainly account<br />

for many of them. Here are 10 to<br />

discover and enjoy.<br />

Tanning. Swimming. Watersports.<br />

There’s not much you can’t enjoy<br />

when visiting the beaches throughout<br />

the Okanagan. Although the<br />

region may not be the first destination<br />

that pops into your mind when<br />

it comes to excellent sand beaches,<br />

it’s one of the most popular attractions<br />

when it comes to enjoying<br />

long, sandy stretches and sparkling<br />

clear water.<br />

From Penticton, <strong>Kelowna</strong> and<br />

Vernon in the north, it’s common<br />

to see these shoreside paradises<br />

come alive with activities all<br />

summer. Many have food concessions,<br />

vendors, watersport rentals,<br />

boat launches, playgrounds<br />

(in and out of the water) and<br />

other services to make your day<br />

that much more enjoyable. With<br />

several to discover on Okanagan<br />

Lake and in the surrounding area,<br />

we highlight a handful of visitworthy<br />

destinations to make your<br />

trip more enjoyable.<br />

Skaha Lake Park, Penticton (1)<br />

The beach at Skaha Lake Park is one of<br />

the most popular in the Okanagan – if<br />

not BC – with its gorgeous waterfront,<br />

expansive grounds and several amenities.<br />

Situated at the north end of Skaha<br />

Lake (south-end of Penticton), the beach<br />

in the 21-acre park is big on activity.<br />

A visit here means enjoying sandvolleyball,<br />

tennis, basketball courts, and<br />

it’s common to see windsurfers ripping<br />

up the water or enthusiasts kite sailing<br />

overhead. If you come with a boat in<br />

tow, there’s a launch for easy access and<br />

once you’re on the water, perhaps pull<br />

up right on (or anchor near) the beach.<br />

Although relaxing under an umbrella,<br />

catching some rays, and water sports are<br />

popular, you’ll also appreciate the paved<br />

walking trails, shaded picnic areas, rest<br />

rafts, beach slides, plus the promenade,<br />

and rental concessions. There’s even a<br />

water park, playgrounds, and duck pond<br />

for kids to enjoy.<br />


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Sudbury Beach, Penticton (2)<br />

Not to be over shadowed by popular<br />

Skaha Lake Park just a few minutes<br />

away, Sudbury Beach is a favourable<br />

place to spend an afternoon in Penticton.<br />

Being land locked (and not accessible<br />

from Lake Okanagan), it’s worth<br />

the 60-minute drive from <strong>Kelowna</strong> with<br />

a boat in tow. A boat launch is available<br />

at Skaha Marina but if you’re staying on<br />

land, the beach is ideal to get a sun tan<br />

or take a refreshing swim. The kids will love the rest rafts and slides. If you didn’t<br />

bring along your paddle board – or other watersports gear –rentals are available on<br />

site. Washrooms, a concession, and a fire pit are also featured.<br />

Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park,<br />

Summerland (3)<br />

Just ten minutes from Summerland<br />

(bordering Trout Creek) between Penticton<br />

and Peachland, Sun-Oka Beach<br />

Provincial Park is another popular<br />

destination and is easily accessible by<br />

car just off Hwy 97 or by boat as it’s<br />

located on the west side of Okanagan<br />

Lake. A great place to land your vessel<br />

(with a designated area for boats) and<br />

to water ski from, the beach spans .5 km (.3 mi) and its all-sand bottom makes for<br />

great swimming and activities. Picnic areas for families or group gatherings (with<br />

fire rings and BBQ attachments) are notable features while fire pits (on the beach),<br />

a playground, and designated change areas are other features. Non-motorized<br />

beach/boat rentals are also available to rent.<br />

Boyce-Gyro Park Beach, <strong>Kelowna</strong> (4)<br />

With a series of updates completed in<br />

2018, one of <strong>Kelowna</strong>’s most popular<br />

beaches will provide more enjoyment<br />

for visitors this season. Some new<br />

changes include landscaping, volley<br />

ball courts and table tennis, which is in<br />

addition to the many existing amenities<br />

such as a playground, concession,<br />

and paddleboard rentals – plus a great<br />

stretch of sand and water. Being in<br />

South <strong>Kelowna</strong>, Boyce-Gyro Park Beach is nearby to Mission Park, Pandosy shopping<br />

district and many accommodations.<br />


Tugboat Bay Beach &<br />

Waterfront Park, <strong>Kelowna</strong> (5 & 6)<br />

Situated in the heart of <strong>Kelowna</strong>,<br />

there’s a lot action and excitement that<br />

takes place on Tugboat Bay Beach and<br />

Waterfront Park. In addition to great<br />

views of Okanagan Lake and easy access<br />

to the water, you’ll find watersport<br />

rentals, a snack shack, plus a boardwalk<br />

along Waterfront Park’s beautiful<br />

grounds, leading to many of <strong>Kelowna</strong>’s<br />

restaurants dining, and shopping opportunities. Live music can often be enjoyed<br />

throughout the summer on adjacent Island Stage with the park creating a natural<br />

amphitheatre, and a wildlife sanctuary borders Tugboat Bay Beach to the north.<br />

Canada Day fireworks is watched by hundreds of boaters off Tugboat Bay Beach.<br />

Keep in mind, pets are allowed on the boardwalk with a leash, yet are not permitted<br />

on the beach.<br />

Beaches on Wood Lake, Lake Country<br />

(7, 8 & 9)<br />

With easy access from Highway 97,<br />

Oyama Beach, located at the north end<br />

of Wood Lake adjacent to Oyama Road<br />

and Pelmewash Parkway, combines a nice<br />

stretch of sand beach, shallow waters, access<br />

to the Okanagan Rail Trail, and a boat<br />

launch that makes it popular for anglers,<br />

boaters and beach goers. Wood Lake is<br />

historically known to offer excellent fishing<br />

for rainbow trout and Kokanee fishing,<br />

ideal spots for swimming, waterskiing or other water sports, and a relaxing getaway.<br />

Another beach worth visiting is at the south end of Wood Lake at Beasley Park/<br />

Reiswig Regional Park –22 km (13 mi) from downtown <strong>Kelowna</strong>. In addition to its<br />

sandy beach, visitors and locals alike enjoy the waterfront trail, volleyball, children’s<br />

playground, shaded areas, picnic gazebo, not to mention soccer fields and a baseball<br />

diamond. Free live music concerts are offered in the Lake Country parks during<br />

July and August.<br />

Kal Beach, Coldstream (10)<br />

Minutes from Vernon in Coldstream, Kal<br />

Beach at the head of Kalamalka Lake<br />

is another gem of the Okanagan. This<br />

day destination has a large designated<br />

swimming area, a wharf, and even a<br />

nearby boat launch, making fishing and<br />

watersports popular. Set amongst protected<br />

nature, Kal Beach also features<br />

shaded picnic areas, beach volleyball,<br />

change rooms, a concession stand plus<br />

paddleboard,kayak and boat rentals.<br />



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Absolute Classics Marine 250-762-0001 absoluteclassicsmarine.com<br />

Andres Car Audio 250-860-1975 andreselectronicexperts.com<br />

Antique <strong>Boat</strong> Club<br />

oacbs.ca<br />

Aqua Marine Valet 250-764-0808 missiongroup.ca/boating<br />

Artistic Awning & Screens 250-861-3855 artisticawning.com<br />

Atlantis Marine 250-491-2023 atlantismarine.ca<br />

Banner Recreation + Marine 250-979-2889 bannerrec.com<br />

<strong>Boat</strong>ing BC<br />

(Abandoned <strong>Boat</strong> Program) 604-238-7500 boatingbc.ca<br />

BRNKL by Barnacle Systems 877-552-7655 brnkl.io<br />

Burton Marine Pile Driving Inc. 778-755-6600 burtonpiledriving.com<br />

Canadian Power + Sail Squadron 250-317-3219 N/A<br />

Cherry Hill Coffee 250-861-4733 cherryhillcoffee.com<br />

Copper Island Docks 250-675-3007 cooperislanddocks.com<br />

Disabled Sailing Association BC 778-214-6750 disabledsailingkelowna.ca<br />

Dockside Marine Centre Ltd. 250-765-3995 docksidemarine.com<br />

Downtown Marina 250-763-5599 downtownmarina.ca<br />

Dyck’s Mobile Shrink Wrap 888-382-9727 dycksmobileshrinkwrap.com<br />

EZ- Dock Okanagan 250-470-2235 ezdockokanagan.com<br />

Free Spirit Marine 780-430-7830 freespiritmarine.com<br />

Go With The Wind Cruises 250-763-5204 gowiththewind.com<br />

Holy Doodle Sailing Charters 250-300-0009 holydoodlesailingcharters.com<br />

Insta Dock / Oyama Yacht Club 250-300-5602 oyamayachtclub.ca<br />

Johnston Meier Insurance 250-762-2132 jmins.com<br />

Karralea Marine and Accessories 604-330-3142 karraleamarine.com<br />

Kelland Watercraft -<br />

Sealegs Canada 250-585-2505 kellandwatercraft.com<br />

<strong>Kelowna</strong> Yacht Club 250-762-3310 kelownayachtclub.com<br />

<strong>Kelowna</strong> Yamaha & Marine 250-763-1010 kelownayamaha.ca<br />

KP Carpet Binding 250-764-4195 kpcarpetmatting.ca<br />

Malibu Marine 250-862-9422 malibumarine.com<br />

Martin Motor Sports 250-860-4232 martinmotorsports-marine.ca<br />

McLellan F1 250-200-6453 mclellanf1.com<br />

MobileWorks Electronics 250-878-8470 mobileworkselectronics.com<br />

Momentum Charters 780-978-5699 momentumcharters.com<br />

OASISS 250-404-0115 oasiss.ca<br />

Okanagan Lake <strong>Boat</strong> Rentals 250-506-2628 okanaganlakeboatrentals.com<br />


Okanagan Yacht Tours 250-353-3010 yachtlife.ca<br />

Paradise Dock and Lift 888-411-3625 paradisedocklift.ca<br />

Portside Marine Insurance Corp 844-491-0963 portsideinsurance.ca<br />

Scrub Captain 250-215-0608 scrubcaptain.com<br />

Sea-Dog <strong>Boat</strong> Sales & Service Ltd. 250-836-4567 seadogboatsales.com<br />

Seca Surf + Marine 250-469-9462 secamarine.com<br />

Shaw 888-472-2222 shaw.ca<br />

Shoreline Pile Driving & <strong>Boat</strong> Lifts 250-765-3995 shorelinepiledriving.com<br />

Specialty Marine Canvas 778-363-3006 specialtymarinecanvas.com<br />

Sunrise Docks 778-828-1521 sunrisedocks.ca<br />

Sunsail 888-350-3568 sunsail.com<br />

The Paddle Lifestyle 888-606-2737 thepaddlelifestyle.com<br />

The Vaults Development Group 250-862-8767 thevaults.ca<br />

Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations 250-836-2450 twinanchors.com<br />

WBL Marine 780-458-9767 wblmarine.com<br />

Wizard Lake Marine 778-484-0035 wizardlakemarine.com<br />


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By Steve Fennell<br />

YOUR BOAT &<br />

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Understanding the benefits of a specialized<br />

marine insurance broker will save in the long<br />

run with proper coverage for your boat and<br />

boating lifestyle.<br />

<strong>Boat</strong> insurance, and having the right<br />

policy that matches your activity on<br />

the water, is perhaps one of the most<br />

important aspects of recreational boating.<br />

Whether you have a new cruiser or<br />

a 1999 runabout, your policy is a gamut<br />

of protection in the event of unforeseen<br />

damage, liability, or total loss, and provides<br />

the best peace of mind every time<br />

you head out.<br />

Although boating is considered high<br />

risk among underwriters, insurance<br />

for your boat is not all that difficult to<br />

obtain as many policies and coverages<br />

are available and vary from broker to<br />

broker and underwriter to underwriter.<br />

Nonetheless, having boat insurance<br />

and understanding your policy are often<br />

two different things. It’s only after<br />

an accident or a major breakdown that<br />

you realize your boat insurance policy<br />

doesn’t cover your needs.<br />

“It’s all about the information that’s<br />

provided by the client in the first few<br />

phases of getting a policy,” says Sean<br />

Thompson, president of Dolphin Insurance<br />

Services, a marine brokerage specialist<br />

based in Burnaby, BC. “We are a<br />

broker, so we get all of the boat owner’s<br />

information to make it presentable to<br />

an underwriter for the best coverage.<br />

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certain coverage such as liability, we<br />

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with the basic policy, which means<br />

they get what they require. That’s the<br />

benefit of being a specialized marine<br />

broker. We<br />

are very<br />

specific in<br />

obtaining all<br />

the important<br />

information<br />

from our<br />

clients for the<br />

underwriter.”<br />

Representing<br />

approximately<br />

6,000<br />

recreational<br />

and commercial boats throughout<br />

North America, Europe, even the<br />

Caribbean and South Pacific, Dolphin<br />

Insurance Services offers basic coverage<br />

to include comprehensive, bodily<br />

injury, property damage and collision<br />

liabilities for most recreational<br />

boaters, yet they specialize in what is<br />

called a Stated Amount Policy that<br />

covers the replacement value of your<br />

boat as stipulated in your policy (if a<br />

total loss occurs in case of theft, fire<br />

or other accidents) - as well as partial<br />

loss in the event you damage your boat<br />

from rocks or other debris or if there<br />

is related damage due to worn parts or<br />

deterioration, either on the boat or in<br />

the engine.<br />

“One of the biggest claims or concerns<br />

that we see is wear and tear or gradual<br />

deterioration,” says Thompson. “As<br />

an example, engines or related engine<br />

damage can be very expensive to<br />

repair. While most policies exclude<br />

this, we offer a policy/coverage that<br />

goes beyond that if the boat or engine<br />

has been regularly maintained and the<br />

damage could not have been foreseen.<br />

It won’t cover the failed part, but it will<br />

cover the resulting damage.”<br />

Currently, Thompson explained, one of<br />

the biggest concerns among underwriters<br />

is determining a boater’s skill level<br />

and level of competence of operation<br />

concerning navigation, man-overboard<br />

procedures, understanding weather<br />

patterns, and handling and docking,<br />

especially for<br />

first time owners<br />

of larger<br />

vessels or if<br />

you’re stepping<br />

up from<br />

a mid-sized<br />

runabout to a<br />

model of 40-<br />

plus feet.<br />

“To alleviate<br />

this, we<br />

often suggest<br />

getting accredited onboard boat training,”<br />

says Thompson. “We ask the client<br />

to get into contact with companies<br />

or the captains that offer this and they<br />

will sign off after they feel comfortable<br />

operating the boat after so many<br />

hours. As a result, the underwriter<br />

knows you have the proper training<br />

and you’re aware of all operations and<br />

procedures, which makes it a lot easier<br />

for the underwriters when we submit<br />

an application.”<br />

While there are many details in obtaining<br />

a boat insurance policy, it’s<br />

best to resort to a specialized broker<br />

and underwriter to ensure you have<br />

best policy and coverage for your<br />

needs, especially if you plan on doing a<br />

lot of boating throughout the season.<br />

“We won’t sell a policy based solely on<br />

a price, we sell on value and service,”<br />

says Thompson. “Once we educate<br />

boaters about what they require and<br />

even though the premiums may be a<br />

little higher, nine times out of ten,<br />

they come with us as they don’t want<br />

any problems down the road. We are<br />

basically a specialist. We understand<br />

boats and know how to provide the<br />

right policy for a client’s boat. As a result,<br />

they can relax as they know they<br />

have the proper coverage.”<br />


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NIGHT<br />

Here’s What You<br />

Need to Know<br />

New to the Okanagan? Looking to expand you boating experiences?<br />

<strong>Boat</strong>ing after daylight hours is a great experience but<br />

knowing proper navigation and safety is pertinent to ensure<br />

safe trips back to shore.<br />

It’s not uncommon for a day on<br />

Okanagan Lake to extend into<br />

the evening well after night falls.<br />

Accidents on the water can potentially<br />

happen anytime but when it comes to<br />

boating at night, be extra cautious by<br />

using proper navigation, adhering to<br />

the boating regulations, and practising<br />

the utmost safety.<br />

First and foremost, you must always<br />

ensure your boat is equipped with the<br />

required safety gear as regulated by<br />

Transport Canada. This includes the<br />

necessary navigation lights and a<br />

sound-emitting device. You not only<br />

need to be seen, you also need to be<br />

heard. In fact, Transport Canada states<br />

that all boats under 12m (39.4 ft) without<br />

a sound emitting devoice must be<br />

equipped with a pealess whistle, compressed<br />

gas horn, or electric horn.<br />

Most recreational boats come equipped<br />

with these two items, but for smaller<br />

craft such as aluminum fishing boats, be<br />

sure to install aftermarket lighting and<br />

an airhorn especially if you fish in the<br />

evenings or during early morning hours.<br />

Also, ensure everyone on board wears<br />

proper fitting PFDs. Young children,<br />

especially, should always have one on.<br />


Unless you experience thick fog, wideopen<br />

views on the water are not usually<br />

an issue during daylight hours. Of course,<br />

it’s much different at night.<br />

Wakes of other boats, rough water conditions,<br />

and under water obstructions such<br />

as rocks can be hit at less than a moment’s<br />

notice. Maintaining safe speeds<br />

for the appropriate conditions and even<br />

having another person onboard to act as<br />

a lookout is ideal. It’s best to be slow and<br />

cautious to ensure you make it back to<br />

port with no accidents or injuries.<br />

More importantly, you and your lookout<br />

should be scanning the water ahead<br />

for other powerboats, sailboats, even<br />

canoes, kayaks, and paddle boarders.<br />

Believe it or not, people enjoy these<br />

watersports at night with no lighting<br />

whatsoever and paddle boarders, in<br />

fact, are becoming an increasing safety<br />

issue during this time. Sooner or later<br />

one of the many boats that roar up and<br />

down Lake Okanagan at 100-plus km/h<br />

in the middle of the night is going to hit<br />

something. So, whether you’re cruising,<br />

fishing, or enjoying watersports at night<br />

make sure you’re visible to oncoming<br />

boat traffic, both near and afar.<br />





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Beacons on Okanagan Lake. Photo Perry Mack.<br />


Although many boaters may not realize<br />

this, but cockpit and instrument lights<br />

on your own boat can be a distraction.<br />

If your instrument lights are red, which<br />

don’t hinder vision at night, you’re fine,<br />

but if they are any other colour when<br />

illuminated turn them down if possible.<br />

All cockpit lights should also be turned<br />

off while underway.<br />

If you’re new to the area or new to boating,<br />

become familiar with the lakes of<br />

the Okanagan. <strong>Boat</strong>ing at night in an<br />

unfamiliar region can present a whole<br />

series of potential problems. For example,<br />

the bowl area in front of downtown<br />

<strong>Kelowna</strong> in the summer is considered<br />

a high-risk area even at night. <strong>Boat</strong><br />

traffic is commonly heavy, and many<br />

boats are being skippered by individuals<br />

with little or no boating experience.<br />

Add in the party factor and you need<br />

to be ready to react to the unexpected.<br />

The best advice is to transit this area<br />

at a speed of a little more than idle (or<br />

in a timely fashion) to avoid any type of<br />

collisions.<br />


<strong>Boat</strong>ing at night also requires seamanship<br />

and navigation skills. If you’re<br />

using a chart plotter be prudent with<br />

its usage to avoid impairment of your<br />

night vision. While a chart plotter is a<br />

great tool for night navigation, it must<br />

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be used properly. Like many electronic<br />

devices, one of the greatest weaknesses<br />

of a GPS is looking at the screen too<br />

often. So, it’s imperative to have a dedicated<br />

lookout as well.<br />

If you’re planning on doing a lot of<br />

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Okanagan Lake has about 30<br />

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Remember, the lake flows north<br />

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port side shoreline and the red<br />

lights mark the starboard shoreline.<br />

One caution is the starboard<br />

light on Grant Island, which is<br />

located approximately half way<br />

between Vernon and <strong>Kelowna</strong> on<br />

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you do, don’t attempt passage between<br />

Grant Island and the east shore<br />

as there’s a very shallow reef running<br />

to the island.<br />

<strong>Boat</strong>ing at night offers unique, serene<br />

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