by PCB Admin


Welcome to the Port Carling Boats site

July 10, 2016 in Blog

 We hope the site will satisfy your love of wooden boats, cottaging and the holiday lifestyle. Check out our links at the bottom of this page, too!

Your source for Cottage life in Muskoka Ontario and Antique and Classic Wooden Boats

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by Rob

Beautiful Shepherd on the market: plus Breen project #3

March 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: an eye-catching Shepherd runabout, 22 ft., 1952.
This beautiful classic Shepherd has been well maintained over the years. Restorative efforts include: some planking and bottom boards replaced in 2007. The transom and some bottom frames have also been replaced. The boat appears sound and reveals evidence of good workmanship undertaken during the restorative process.
The Shepherd is powered by an 8 cylinder Hemi engine, (331 cubic inch) in good running condition. (The engine was rebuilt in 1985 by Pal Engines of Orillia, Ontario).

The runabout comes complete with a full winter cover and a full top and back for summer use. Also included in the sale is a road-worthy tandem axle trailer..
Price: $29,000   For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb806     (Additional photos below.)
Project number three at Breen Boats:
Peter Breen reports that “This is the 20′  Greavette Shearliner with a  new bottom and  a “freshen up” coming along for summer delivery.” No doubt the owner will be delighted with this born-again Greavette.

by Rob

Upcoming boat shows and a look at another Breen Boats project!

March 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

As spring approaches, the visions of woody boaters turn to ACBS events and dreams of plying the lakes in vintage watercraft. The list below highlights a number of upcoming shows:

Tavares Florida: March 22-25, 2018
The Sunnyland ANtique Boat Festival at Wooten PArk on Lake Dora.  (Sunnyland ACBS Chapter.  This is one of the largest shows in the USA. ) Contact Terry at

Hot Springs Arkansas: April 19-21
The 16th Heart Classics. Cruising on Friday. Saturday boat show at Garvin Gardens on Lake Hamilton. Heartland Classics ACBS Chapter. Contact Mike at 501-318-7666

Hartwell, Gergia: April 19-21
Lake Hartwell Boat Festival at 149 Hartwell Marina Rd. Blue Ridge ACBS Chapter. Contact John at 864-231-9614

Vero Beach, Florida: April 21
Wheels and Keels Show at the Moorings Yachtand Country Club. Dinner reception Friday. Visit

Victoriaville, California: April 27,28
Spring Valley Lake Boat Show,. SOuthern California ACBS Chapter. Contact Dave at 760-953-3017.

Houston, Texas:  May 4-6
23rd Annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance at Lakewood Yacht Club in Sea Brook. Dinner events Friday and Saturday nights.  Southwest ACBS Chapter. Now accepting entries. COntact Bob at 713-521-0105 or visit

Breen Boats Project #2:   a Vic Carpenter original.

The racer above is one  of the first boats Vic Carpenter ever built.  It was purchased in the Toronto Chapter ACBS  “Field of Dreams” display many years ago, at the annual show in Gravenhurst, Ontario

The boat is approximately twenty feet in length,  seats four  and features a low slung Ford 8 cylinder engine . The minimal free-board on the racer  enhances  the impression of tremendous speed to those on board.

This race-boat is propelled by the original jet drive, which makes it quite unique; The owner is having the racer freshened up for some summer fun.


by Rob

A recent listing: Shepherd runabout: 18 ft., 1955

March 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Shepherd runabout: 18 ft. 1955

Notes from the owner:
“This boat has been in storage for approximately 30 years. She is all original with the exception of a port window glass which is now molded plexi-glass. One stitch in a seat has let go. Fabric is aged. Varnished once in 1990. Always kept indoors. Powered by a 135 hp, six cylinder Chrysler Special Crown engine. The sale includes a custom tandem axle trailer. You have to see this boat to believe it! Have all original paper work and manuals.”

Price: $14,500.
(Editor’s note: this price seems very reasonable for the Shepherd package)
For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb796
(Additional photos below.)

by Rob

Our newest Chris-Craft listing and a visit to Breen Boats

March 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

Chris-Craft Sedan: 22 ft, 1954

This attractive and very functional Chris-Craft  sedan features a mahogany bottom, sliding side windows and hinged wind-shield.  Powered by a six cylinder Model M Chris-Craft engine, (upgraded to a twelve volt system) the boat is estimated to reach speeds of 35 mph. The sedan is described as being in good condition.  The owner has added a fuel filter, rebuilt the carburetor and recently repaired the bottom. “Athendune” is currently housed in Anola, Manitoba.

Price:  $25,000   For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.     Ad number pb803 More photos below.

Breen Boats
Peter Breen and his staff have been so busy trying to keep up with all the work at the shop over the winter that they have been working weekends;  After all, perfection is time consuming!

A  wide variety of boats occupy  the shop: everything  from a 31 foot Ditchburn launch to a Vic Carpenter jet drive race boat and a 20 foot Greavette.   An additional number of boats will appear in these posts as the story unfolds.  Stay tuned!

First up is the 1936 Ditchburn 30 foot launch  that has received  new oak frames, mahogany bottom planking, transom and some side planks, as well as  a newly refurbished custom cut-water. You can see the brass prop shaft guide near the transom.

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Chris-Craft Constellation; 38 ft, 1970

March 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

Chris-Craft Constellation:  38 ft., 1970
This is a classic 38 ft. Constellation with aft-cabin. The boat is in excellent condition and show quality. The Contsellation is powered by twin Chev. 230 hp. engines. The vessel was surveyed in April 2017 and received a VERY favourable report.
The survey conclusion is below.  For the complete survey, additional details and contact information,  please click on the link.  Ad number pb805

Upon completion of this survey the attending surveyor finds the above vessel
absolutely suitable for her intended use and insurable to her fair market
value. This vessel was initially well constructed has clearly had excellent
ownership over the past few years. I found no structural, mechanical or safety
issues of any concern as I inspected this vessel. The battery box issue is a new
requirement of Transport Canada and easily rectified. The current owner has
obviously done and will continue to do mechanical and cosmetic maintenance.
Also the fact that this vessel is stored under a covered slip that protects the
decks, paint, varnish and camper back, has also helped in its preservation.
The foregoing statements are personal opinions and observations of the
undersigned Surveyor and are for the consideration of the party or person
retaining the Surveyor, with no guarantees implied or given by the surveyor.
This survey represents my honest and unbiased opinion to the best of my
ability, but is not to be considered a guarantee.
Date: April 15 2017
Ron B. Rundle

Editor’s note: with an estimated value of $50,000 the price on this Constellation seems beyond reasonable.
Price: 20,000    Ad number pb805     Additional photos below.