Members of the Kelowna Yacht Club’s sailing group launch their Santana 525 boats at Water Street boat launch using a crane, Saturday, March 18. - Image Credit: Carli Berry

Sailboat members launch boats in a new way

After the closure of the Queensway launch, sailors are using a crane to launch their boats

Members of the Kelowna Yacht Club are finding a new way to launch their sailboats, out of their own pockets.

In February, the City of Kelowna closed the Queensway boat launch as part of the city’s plan to improve foot traffic and create pedestrian spaces.

The boats have fins on the bottom which prevent them from being launched in shallow water, so previously, the sailors launched their boats at the Queensway launch.

The sailboats require at least seven feet of water to be able to launch, the water level at the Water Street launch is currently at six feet.

The members rented a crane in the morning, Saturday, March 18 to be able to set their boats safely in the water.

“And cranes aren’t cheap,” said boat owner/organizer of the launch, Brad Hallan.

He said he received a notice the city would be closing the launch only a few days before it was closed, and he wished the sailboat owners had time to launch their boats before the closure.

The closest launch would be at Shelter Bay Marina, but Hallan said it would be expensive.

About 10 sailors pitched in to rent a crane for a few hours.

The crane was able to lift the boats so they could be placed deep enough in the water.

Robert Parlane, manager of parks and buildings with the city, said a study was conducted in order to determine the cost of an extended boat launch, which would equate to $360,000 for a study and changing of the launch. A renovated launch would also require a permit from the province.

The city is not currently planning to extend the launch, but “that’s not to say never,” said Parlane.

Last year, a camera was set up from July to November to determine how many boat owners used the Queensway launch. Parelane said it was used only 30 times.

The deep-keel owners usually launch their boats before that timeframe, however.

Parelane said the city notified the Yacht Club back in October, and November, giving them the timeframe for when the launch would be filled in.

Just Posted

Kelowna Gospel Mission creates more meals with new slicer

The slicer was donated by the Morningside Rotary Club

Outbreak affects eight people in Vernon

UPDATE: Gastrointestinal illness reported at Vernon Jubilee Hospital

Central Okanagan residents urged to chip it, not chuck it

Plans already in place to dispose of Christmas trees after the upcoming holiday

Ice fishing returns to Lake Country

The annual Learn to Ice Fish event takes place at Beaver Lake

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Rockets fall in Swift Current for third straight loss

The Broncos score the game’s first five goals in Kelowna’s fourth game of six-game eastern trip

Star gazing: Mars – the Red Planet

Mars is part of our culture, currently of extreme scientific interest, and sufficiently like Earth

More than 20,000 pounds of garbage removed from riverside homeless camps

Two camps taken down last week on the banks of the Fraser and Chilliwack rivers

Suspect in Revelstoke standoff killed himself: RCMP

Mohammadali Darabi, suspect in the Calgary homicide of his roommate, was stopped in Revelstoke

Clinton visits Vancouver, applauds Trudeau, celebrates Democrats’ win in Alabama

Clinton told crowd she cheered when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed the country’s first gender-balanced cabinet.

VIDEO: Salt Spring Islanders ferry piano to their floating home

Everyone enjoys a little music on the water, but not everyone has a piano on their boat

RCMP volunteers step up parking lot patrols for Christmas

Citizen’s On Patrol look to deter criminal opportunists while giving shoppers peace of mind

Bomb detonated in Kamloops neighbourhood

Kamloops RCMP are investigating after an improvised explosive device was detonated Wednesday morning

Most Read