Canyon Lake Yacht Club’s ‘Get Your Boat Ready’ clinic brings out more than 30 boaters

Photo provided by Ron Wilbur.

Held on Saturday, March 4, at Holiday Harbor Park, the Canyon Lake Yacht Club’s “Get Your Boat Ready for Boating Season/Trick Out Your Boat” clinic brought out 30 to 40 Canyon Lake boaters.

The event featured service techs and boat modifiers advising and guiding participants in the annual process of preparing their boats for the season. Eight Yacht Club boats were also tied up at the docks to provide examples of modifications and customizations.

The Club set out two tables with informational handouts detailing topics such as the most popular accessories, a checklist for springtime service on outboard motors, and the top ten rules of Canyon Lake boating. The Yacht Club also gave out laminated cards with important phone numbers and information for use when boating in Canyon Lake.

Photo provided by Ron Wilbur.

“We designed this to be an interactive event where boat owners could get some one-on-one time with experienced boat modifiers and service techs,” Brian Oltman, event co-chair said. “With the people and boats here this morning, no one left with unanswered questions.”

Vice Commodore and co-chair Rob Mora added, “What a great day to come out and get good information to get our boats ready for the season. It was fun to see the lively discussions among the people who attended.”

The two Yacht Club leaders shared their own insights from personal experience with attendees as both own multiple boats and have made significant modifications to their vessels. Mora and Oltman are consistent winners of the annual holiday Parade of Lights with their boats “Gum Drop Good” (Gingerbread House) and “Canyon Lake Express” (Choo Choo Train). Greg Cassidy, owner of the 2022 grand prize winner “Blue Shark” also attended the event.

Photo provided by Ron Wilbur.

“You never know how the weather is going to treat you, especially after the recent winter blasts that came through,” Commodore Ron Wilbur said. “But this morning was like springtime with full sun and no breeze – just a gorgeous day. It was a great turnout, and fun to get together with boat owners and techs as we all ramp up for boating season.”

The Yacht Club will be hosting two more clinics this year. Its “Learn How to Drive a Boat” clinic for kids ages 12 to 18 will be held on Saturday, June 3, and be taught by experienced boat operators. This event kicks off the club’s Auxiliary Fleet, a free part of the Yacht Club just for kids that teaches and promotes safe and responsible boating.

On Sunday, November 12, the Yacht Club will be putting on a clinic for holiday boat decorating. This clinic is ideal for boaters interested in participating in the annual Parade of Lights. Owners of previous parade winners will be sharing their personal tips and tricks.

Formed in 1990, the Canyon Lake Yacht Club was established as a social and philanthropic club with the purpose to provide fun and recreation centered around activities on the lake. For more information about the club and its events, visit


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