Vintage Boat Auction – Wykes Lapstrake Runabout!

Tuesday, 08 August 2023 10:58

Take this once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase an historic boat built locally in the Rideau Lakes. All proceeds from the sale have been generously donated to the Big Rideau Lake Association (BRLA) by Terry Cowan in memory of his late brother, Keith Cowan. The one constant in Keith's life was his love of the Big Rideau and boating.

This magnificent Wykes Lapstrake Runabout will be sold via online auction from August 28 through September 10, with a minimum bid of $10,000. Visit on the specified dates to place your bid.

You will be bidding on a 17 ft Wykes Lapstrake Runabout designed and built by Wykes Boat Works of Harlem, Ontario in 1967 and powered by a 1996 75 horsepower Mercury outboard motor. The motor is well maintained, and the boat recently underwent a complete Wykes restoration: new bottom, keel, ribs, gunwales, mahogany deck, and upholstery. The boat is in pristine condition and a wonderful example of the long history of wooden boat building in the Rideau Lakes area. A tonneau top is included, but a trailer is not.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the BRLA and will be used for much needed improvements to the Cow Island Community Centre. We thank Terry Cowan for this generous donation which will have a legacy impact on our community.

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Vintage Boat Auction