KingFisher Welded Sportfishing Boats Supports Water Safety

Southern Interior Safe Boating Society receives updates and new paint for their boat.

Vernon, BC — For the Southern Interior Safe Boating Society, visibility is important. As a group of volunteers committed to awareness about safe boating practices, the last thing they want is to blend in. With a little help from KingFisher Boats, that won’t be a problem for the 2018 season.

“We are passionate about creating positive and safe boating experiences” said Ciy Young, Society President, “The generosity of KingFisher Boats makes us more visible on the water and provides a new chapter to our longstanding legacy of Boating Safety on Okanagan Lake.”

It all began last year, when the Society began looking for a vessel of their own to operate in 2018. Society and Vernon Yacht Club member Murray Robertson then offered his 22.5′ Harbercraft for their use under a multi-year lease agreement.

KingFisher Boats was quick to jump in and take on the task of updating the legacy Harbercraft Boat. Assembly technicians installed new batteries, capable of powering the new lighting system; added additional bow rails, upgraded the radio and ensured all systems would be a go for the upcoming season. The final piece, was taking the paint from a deep green to a more visible colour. Wholesale Grafix provided a new candy red wrap and decals for the boat, quickly transforming it into a bright red safety beacon.

“Building boats is what we do,” said Mike Clements, Operations Manager. “But more importantly, we support safe boating practices. We are happy to help local groups like the Southern Interior Safe Boating Society who spend their days on the water, improving safety awareness”

The Southern Interior Safe Boating Society are the friendly faces out on the water. They offer information, and assistance when possible to boaters on Okanagan lake. They act as a resource for people who may be unfamiliar with best practices and protocols.

If you want to learn more about KingFisher Boats or the Southern Interior Boating Society, join us at the Vernon Yacht Club Boat Show May 5 & 6. See you there!

About KingFisher Boats

KingFisher Boats is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of heavy-gauge aluminum recreational fishing, sport and commercial boats. We build and distribute 33 models in 5 series: Offshore, Coastal, Sport, Multi-Species and River Jet through an extensive global dealer network from California to Alaska. The KingFisher Center of Excellence is a comprehensive manufacturing facility with 150 employees who build each KingFisher Boat, one at a time, by hand. Experience our facility and learn more at

About the Southern Interior Safe Boating Society

The Southern Interior Safe Boating Society S-0047973 was established in 1996 in Penticton under the
BC Societies Act to support a Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Pacific (CCGA-P) Safe Boating unit. The unit moved to Vernon in 2010 and with the CCGA-P rebranding in 2012 became a Society supporting Unit 101 of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR). In 2017, the Society left RCMSAR and reemerged as the Southern Interior Marine Safety. The mandate of the Southern Interior Marine Safety is to promote and encourage boating safety training across the Okanagan. They provide alongside vessel checks, and offer vessel assistance, including towing, when require. The society also aids regional emergency management services when requested.


For further information please contact:

Kaitlyn Van de Cappelle
KingFisher Boats Media Relations
250 545 9171 ext. 138

Bob Montguire
Southern Interior Water Safety
250 545 8851