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GREETINGS kelownayachtclub.com/boatshow from exhibitors’ entry fees are returned to the community through the provision and on-going maintenance of the public mooring buoys. Your donations for admission support the Youth Sailing School. Classes are available to the public, so if you’re 7, 17 or somewhere in between, please join us (don’t worry adults, there are lessons available for you too!)

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The 2017 Kelowna Yacht Club Boat Show, presented by Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union is bigger and better than ever! We are excited to have you join us and experience everything this spectacular event has to offer. Kelowna Yacht Club strives to be an active member in our community. That’s why all profits

Our clubhouse is open to the public today, so stop in to take a look around. Our home is your home. Visit our Valley First Kids Zone or sit down to a fantastic meal in our Member Lounge. If you enjoy your Kelowna Yacht Club experience, please approach us and ask about membership, as we have a number of options available. If you like our space and want to let your friends or coworkers in on our little secret, our catering and banquet services are available to both members and the public, so please contact us to book your next event. We’ d love to have you! To learn more about who we are and what we have to offer, please visit our website at kelownayachtclub.com. Thank you for joining us today. Your support is what makes all of this possible! COMMODORE HENRY HARLOS KELOWNA YACHT CLUB

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CONTENTS GREETINGS

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OWNING A BOAT

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EXHIBITOR LIST

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FLOOR PLAN

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TAKE UNDERWATER PHOTOS

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HOUSEBOATING TIPS

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A BOATING ADVENTURE TO THE COAST

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FISHING OKANAGAN STYLE

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OWNING A BOAT

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THERE ARE SOME PLACES ONLY A BOAT CAN TAKE YOU. ONE OF THEM IS CALLED HAPPINESS.

Roads and highways can take you to some amazing places, but the route is the same each time, and you don’t get to set it yourself. A boat lets you travel to some spectacular destinations, but the real joy is in the journey. Every trip on the water is an adventure, and it’s never the same one twice. As you think about purchasing a boat, there is a lot to consider; what journeys do you want to take? The answer will help determine which boat is right for you, where to buy and store it, find out if you need to license or register it and when you’re ready to move on, how to sell or dispose of it.   WHICH BOAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU? There is much to consider in determining the right boat for you and your family. What kind of boating are you interested in? Do you want to use it for day tripping or long-term cruising? How many people does it need to accommodate? How much do you want to invest? Our partners at Discover Boating Canada 6

have an in-depth boat selector tool that can help you make the right choice. www.discoverboating. ca/buying/boatselector.aspx WHERE TO BUY A BOAT  If you are purchasing a new or pre-owned boat, we strongly recommend you use a dealer or certified broker. They will walk you through the process step-by-step, ensure the vessel has been properly maintained and surveyed and can also assist with marine financing, insurance and offer ongoing support once you’re off using your boat on your own. Of course, many pre-owned boats are also available for a private sale, which is another option. Most used boats have some imperfections, and you’ll want to be fully informed before you make your decision. Have the boat pulled out of the water, and a surveyor inspect the hull. If the boat has an engine other than a small outboard, a mechanical survey should also be done.


Photo Searay Photo Yamaha Watercraft Group If you choose to purchase a boat privately, trailer and commute to the closest boat launch, make sure you get a receipt in writing that you can but you have the flexibility to drive to a variety keep as a proof of purchase and ownership for liof locations. censing purposes.   Tips for purchasing a trailer: STORING YOUR BOAT • Ensure your trailer is the correct size and Boat storage is largely dependent on the type and weight capacity for your boat, that it conforms size of your boat, your location and how much you to  Transport Canada’s  marker and light want to spend. Options include storing a boat on requirements, and you meet  MTO’s  licensing a trailer, rack storage or yacht clubs. and brake requirements. • Your trailer must be insured– the fee is generally Storing a boat on a trailer:  Keeping a boat on a trailless than $200 per year. er at your home is the most economical way to store   your boat, but there are some things to consider: Rack Storage:  This is a service offered at some • You need a yard or driveway large enough to marinas around the province. Boats are stored on store your boat and a vehicle large enough to tow enclosed racks and are brought out when you want it. to go boating and stored away upon your return. • Is the area where you’ll store your boat secure? Some things to consider with rack storage: • Who will shrink wrap the boat for you? • Your boat is protected from the weather; the fin• Going for a spur-of-the-moment trip will be ish is preserved, avoiding corrosion and reducing more difficult as you’ll need to hook up your maintenance costs.   7


BOAT LICENSING & REGISTRATION All pleasure craft powered by an engine of 10 horsepower or more are required to have a Pleasure Craft License (PCL) issued by Transport Canada unless they have a vessel registration. The process to attain a new PCL, or to transfer one, is easy, can be done online or through the mail and must be completed within 90 days of purchasing a boat. A PCL is free of charge and is good for ten years. If you move or any of your information changes during that time, you are responsible for updating your license information. You must display your PCL number on both sides of the bow of your boat above the water line and carry a copy of your card while on board. There is a $250 fine if you are found operating a vessel without a license. To apply for or transfer a PCL or for more details visit Transport Canada; http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obspaperwork-paperwork_boat_licence-1898.htm For boat owners who wish to have an approved name and port of registry for your vessel, register a marine mortgage, or show proof of ownership, you will want to register your boat in the Canadian Register of Vessels. There is a fee of $250 to register your vessel and $150 to transfer registration. For more details on registering a pleasure craft visit Transport Canada; http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/oep-vesselreg-registration-menu-2311.htm Story courtesy Boating Ontario Association www.boatingontario.ca

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• Dry-stack operators will launch your boat for you – no need to tow and launch yourself. • Dry-stacks are typically located at a marina, which offers other conveniences such as mechanics, parts, boat dealerships, and of course, other boaters! • You have to make arrangements to launch your boat before arrival - a busy day may result in a wait. • You won’t be plugged into shore power, so batteries are not maintained and the refrigerator is not running while stored. • Your boat is not accessible 24 a day; if you want to work on or tinker with it, you’ll have to make arrangements in advance. Yacht Clubs:  Yacht clubs offer more than a place to moor your boat; they are a place to build a social network that you can enjoy on and off the water. Yacht clubs don’t offer the same service support on site as a regular marina, but they often have dining facilities, host events on and off the water and some have reciprocal arrangements with other clubs and outstations or destination marinas that are included in membership. Moorage fees at yacht clubs are often lower than commercial marinas, but you will also have to pay a club due and, depending on the club, a minimum food, and beverage fee.   BOAT INSURANCE In Canada, insurance for recreational boats is not a requirement  but is highly recommended. The right insurance coverage will offer you peace of mind and protect your investment and the people you invite on board. Policies vary widely – it’s best to contact a marine insurance broker to discuss your specific needs.

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EXHIBITOR LIST Exhibitor Name Phone # Website 1st Class Auto Glass & Upholstery Ltd. 250-462-0169

www.firstglass.ca

Absolute Classics Marine

250-762-0001

www.absoluteclassicsmarine.com

Accent LED Lighting Ltd.

250-309-4298

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Andres Car Audio

250-860-1975

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Aqua Marine Valet 250-878-9998 www.aquamarinevalet.ca Artistic Awning Co Ltd.

250-861-3855

www.artisticawning.com

Atlantis Marine 250-491-2023 www.atlantismarine.ca Banner Recreation and Marine

250-979-2889

www.bannerrec.com

Canadian Power & Sail Squadron

250-868-7269

www.cps-ccp.ca

Copper Island Docks

250-804-8007

www.copperislanddocks.com

Disabled Sailing Association

250-878-4772

www.disabledsailingkelowna.ca

Dockside Marine Kelowna

250-765-3995

www.docksidemarine.com

Downtown Marina Kelowna

250-763-5599

www.kelownadowntownmarina.com

Dyck’s Mobile Shrink Wrap Inc.

250-864-6841

www.dycksmobileshrinkwrap.com

Eco Easy Clean Corp

250-864-2740

www.ecoeasyclean.com

Eco Marine Docks

250-307-0696

www.ecomarinedocks.com

EZ Dock Okanagan

250-470-2235

www.ezdockokanagan.com

Go with the Wind Cruises

250-763-5204

www.gowiththewind.com

Jetsurf Canada 604-363-3198 www.jetsurfcan.com Johnston Meir Insurance

604-944-9577

www.jmins.com

Juice Plus Tower Garden

780-435-7624

www.cunninghamhair.com

Kelowna Life Real Estate Group

250-575-4300

www.kelownalife.ca

Kelowna Infiniti Nissan

250-712-0404

www.kelownainfinitinissan.com

Kelowna Yacht Club

250-762-3310

www.kelownayachtclub.com

Kelowna Yamaha & Marine

250-763-1010

www.kelownayamaha.ca

KP Carpet Binding

250-212-3586

www.kpcarpetmatting.ca

Mabel Lake Holiday Centre Ltd.

250-838-6234

www.MabelLake.com

Malibu Marine Ltd.

250-862-9622

www.malibumarine.com

Martin Motor Sports

780-481-4000

www.martinmotorsports.ca

MobileWorks Electronics

250-878-8470

www.mobileworkselectronics.com

Nesika Insurance 604-448-9196 www.nesikainsurance.ca Ogopogo Mini Donuts

250-260-4911

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Okanagan + Similkameen Invasive Species Society 250-490-7572 www.oasiss.ca

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Exhibitor Name Phone # Website Okanagan Recreational Rentals & Marine Ltd.

250-549-3613

www.okanaganrecrentals.com

Paradise Dock & Lift Inc.

250-503-8630

www.paradisedocklift.com

Rayburns Marine World

250-860-4232

www.rayburns.com

Al Suttie, Royal LePage

250-862-1365

www.suttiesellshomes.com

Scrub Captain

250-215-0608

www.shopscrubcaptain.com

Sea Dog Boat Sales & Service 2

50-836-4576

www.seadogboatsales.com

Seca Marine Inc.

250-469-9462

www.secamarine.com

Select Coatings and Polishing Ltd.

250-317-4483

www.scpolishing.ca

250-769-7694

www.shorelinepiledriving.com

Shoreline Pile Driving & Wharf Construction

Tidal Marine 604-229-4084 www.tidalmarine.ca Twin Anchors Houseboats

250-836-2450

www.twinanchors.com

Valley First 250-860-4148 www.valleyfirst.com West Harbour Resort LLP

250-869-4945

www.westharbourkelowna.com

West Kelowna Marine

250-300-9393

www.westkelownamarine.com

Western Boat Lift - Floe Craft Ifina

780-458-9767

www.westernboatlift.ca

Wizard Lake Marine

778-484-0035

www.wizardlakemarine.com

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HOW TO TAKE AMAZING UNDERWATER PHOTOS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE Story by Loveheyocean.com Taking underwater photos is a fun way to capture a few more special summer moments with your loved ones. From swimming at the neighbourhood pool to snorkeling in the Caribbean, snapping pictures with your phone allows you to capture a unique perspective. There is nothing wrong with taking underwater pictures with a DSLR or diving camera. However, you can also use the camera you have with you at all times – your smartphone – to take underwater pictures for a fraction of the price. Studying up on underwater photography ahead of time will help you turn your decent shots into great photos you’ll enjoy viewing for years.

your phone is outfitted with a waterproof housing, it’s very difficult to see the phone screen. Due to the pressure of the water and the barrier it forms, you also won’t be able to operate the on-screen shutter button. Instead, the volume buttons will serve as a shutter release. If you have an upcoming trip, consider practicing with your waterproof housing at the local pool or beach so you’re familiar with the underwater functionality ahead of time. Embrace the Opportunity to get Really Wet While Taking Pictures Sticking one arm into the edge of the pool or ocean to capture your dog paddling or your son on the kickboard sort of defeats the point of investing in waterproof housing. The housing gives your phone the capacity for full submersion. Take advantage of this capacity. Most likely you’ll create your most vivid water images when you’re completely underwater.

Purchase Waterproof Housing Most major smartphone manufacturers claim their phones are water-resistant or waterproof. Water-resistant means the phone will hold up under a water spill or brief period out in the rain. It should not be fully dunked in water. If you have a phone that isn’t waterproof, you must buy waterproof housing for underwater photography. Experiment With Shooting in Varying There are a number of popular waterproof housing Light Conditions When you’re on vacation, the majority of your options for both iPhone and Android users. image taking will occur in full daylight with ample direct sunlight. You’ll be able to take bright, Learn How to use Your Phone high contrast photos that are well-lit from all Camera Underwater When you’re fully submerged in the water and sides, which is good. However, shooting early or 14


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your images allows you to adjust these tones. Depending on the lighting conditions, you may want to convert some of your images to black and white. Black and white processing can also give photos a dramatic feel, which adds to the story you’re telling.

Take Lots of Photos As it’s difficult to see the phone screen underwater, you won’t be able to assess your images as you take them. While you’re swimming in the lake or snorkelling in the bay, keep taking photos. You may only end up with a handful of shots you like, which is okay. The more photos you take, the more likely it is that you’ll get those few keeper images.

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HOUSEBOATING TIPS SPOKEN FROM EXPERIENCE There are few a tips to keep in mind to enjoy trouble free houseboating. Try these on for size: 1. If you are renting, you will get an orientation session before heading out. If you’ve heard it before, start worrying, because it’s easy to let your mind wander. Try to make at least three people hear the speech, so between the three of you you’ll remember most of the facts. Nothing is quite as humbling as radioing for assistance after someone ‘told you so’. 2. There is nothing fast about houseboating, other than how fast it seems to end. You can’t see all of the Okanagan in one trip, but you can burn a lot of gas trying. Take a note from the Jamaicans and be irie. 3. Yes. A five year old can sit behind the wheel (not legally) as you chug along but this doesn’t constitute an able pilot. Always have a responsible adult keeping a sober eye on the water for obstacles including other boaters. There is no auto-pilot and waves and wind can alter your course very quickly.

were too excited when we beached and should have spent an extra ten minutes to insure we were securely moored. Anchor to wellsecured stakes, and make sure there is enough room between you and other houseboats. 5. If you have a boat or SeaDoo – bring it, if not – rent one. Just because you’re on a houseboat vacation doesn’t mean you can’t be a regular tourist. A short distance from any shore you can enjoy hiking, biking, markets, shopping, arts and entertainment – see it, breathe it, live the Okanagan lifestyle. You might not even have to go to shore to shop – there could be a floating store on Lake Okanagan this year. 6. It never rains on a vacation, right? Wrong. As unlikely as this occurrence is in the Okanagan, like a boy scout – be prepared. A deck of cards and a couple of your favourite board games will go a very long way on a wet day.

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PLANNING A BOATING ADVENTURE TO THE COAST Boaters are a special kind of traveller. The fact that we travel on water sets us apart from the majority of travellers who use cars, motor homes, and buses. Our destinations are limited to coastlines and islands. On the other hand, we can go places rubber tire travellers cannot. Our travel is so highly influenced by weather, we often cannot be certain we will cover our route as planned. We rely on weather reports, good judgement, charts and guidebooks and we know that a sheltered anchorage is all we need.

allows skippers to search for what they need. Select fuel, groceries, pump out station and liquor, for example, and only marinas with those items appear on the map. Travel planning made easy.

AHOY BC is designed as a first level travel planning tool. It presents BC’s coast in three regions and 11 sub-regions, luring you with vivid photography and videos designed to help you visualize and plan your voyage. Boaters can virtually explore the regions of the coast and let them cast their allure.

The AHOY BC goal is to be a one-stop information source for discovering the BC coast and planning a route and destinations. The website is not intended to replace guidebooks and charts and both are recommended once a route is planned.

Information on things to do in every BC coastal community is provided from a boater’s perspective. Major marine centres, like Nanaimo and Powell River, have maps of the waterfront showing everything of interest to boaters. Suggestions for circle tours and connections We share a need with all travellers for helpful to BC Marine Parks and Aboriginal cultural travel information. However, when we visit the experiences help create an unforgettable voyage. websites or read the travel guides for destinations, they are not as helpful as they could be. They are The “For the Skipper” section provides oriented to the land traveller. Often, it appears information on safe boating, fishing regulations, that the boating traveller is invisible. border crossing, environmental stewardship and respectful travel in traditional First Nations A few years ago, Destination BC, the Provincial territories. Aspiring boaters will find information tourism organization, recognized the special on learning to sail and boat charters. needs of boaters and for travel information tailored for them. In 2015, ahoybc.com was AHOY BC is continuing to add content. Soon, launched. Novel, because there is only one the Vancouver Island West, Discovery Islands other place in the world with a destination travel and Broughton Archipelago sub-regions will website designed for boaters. Take three guesses have expanded services directories, 20 best where. (answer at bottom) anchorages, and cultural and culinary tours.

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Bobber fishing on Wood Lake The following article is an excerpt from the 2017 Sport Fishing Guide. Get the whole magazine at www.suncruisermedia.com in the Sport Fishing section. The Okanagan Valley has so much to offer visitors. There are fancy spas, gourmet restaurants, and unique wine cellars. There are mountain bike trails and ATV trails. In addition to fantastic downhill skiing areas, there are trails – crosscountry ski, snowmobile, and backpacking – that allow people to disappear into the wilderness for days. And in summer, don’t forget that people come just to lay on the beach, stock up on the abundant fresh fruit, and do a little swimming or golf. Whatever the personal reasons, combining any tourist activities with the awesome local fishing makes for even more memorable Okanagan vacations.

to catch. Shuswap, Mara and Mabel lakes have healthy populations of rainbow trout, lake char, bull trout (char) and kokanee, with most anglers targeting the rainbow trout, which often weigh up to 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds). Kalamalka is known for huge lake char weighing up to 18 kilograms (40 pounds) and very large kokanee with fish over three kilograms (six to seven pounds) caught each year. While Okanagan Lake also contains many large kokanee, it is the giant rainbow trout – weighing up to 12 kilograms (26 pounds) – which attract truly ardent anglers. The best bet for visiting anglers pursuing their personal best fish on these very large lakes is using a local guide service. Local guides provide Many visitors will include a few days of guided safe, comfortable boats, the proper tackle, and the fishing on the large lowland lakes as an important knowledge where, when, and how to catch trophy part of their Okanagan vacations. Other visitors fish. will drive up to many resorts in the surrounding hills that rent boats, cabins, or even camping sites The higher-altitude lakes found in the foothills individually suited for everything from huge RVs surrounding the Okanagan Valley get the down to simple pup tents. While camping is fun, heaviest fishing pressure; however, thanks to the the combination of camping and great fishing Freshwater Fisheries Society of British Columbia is better. Much better. Fishing destinations in (who stock about 800 lakes and streams with over the Okanagan are distinctly divided between eight million trout every year), these lakes all large, valley-bottom lakes, and smaller higher- offer excellent fishing. Resorts with either cabins, elevation lakes. or campsites suitable for tenting and RVs, service many of the Okanagan’s high lakes. These resorts Big lakes of the Okanagan include Shuswap, also rent boats and motors, and many of them Mara, Mabel, Kalamalka, and Okanagan. Each even rent rods and reels to beginning anglers lake has specific reasons for anglers to choose who wish to give fishing a try for the first time. them. Often, it is the species of fish they’re trying The resort owners are also free with advice about 20

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Mabel Lake Provincial Park, north of Lumby, is a very popular park where campers often include fishing as a major part of their fun. On the north end of Mabel Lake, the Kingfisher community, just east of Enderby, includes an excellent golf course and a landing strip for small planes, along with a large, full-service marina where visiting anglers with larger boats can moor them safely between their fishing forays. Northwest of Vernon, in the foothills surrounding Falkland, anglers can find excellent facilities at Bolean, Pillar, and Pinaus lakes, all of which offer safe wilderness resorts with awesome fishing. Most high-altitude lake resorts offer camping, cabins, and boat rentals, and are thus fun places to introduce your family members to the great, lifetime sport of fishing. There is a very good reason anglers fish the Okanagan all year – it’s great fun!


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