by PCB Admin


Welcome to the Port Carling Boats site

September 1, 2014 in Blog

Welcome to the Port Carling Boats website! 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

(For information on our new boat listings, be sure to subscribe to our website (see right hand column)

by Rob

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Port Carling Boat Works “SeaBirD”, 20 ft, 1949.
This beautiful utility is powered by a 6 cylinder 105 hp. Buchanan Meteor engine. The sale includes a single axle trailer with surge brakes and a mooring cover. Price $6,000! WOW!
For contact information, please see ad number pb617 on the Classic/Antique Boats page or click on the link. pb617

by Rob

Wednesday September 10, 2014

September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Greavette Dispro Sold
The charming “Dippy” in the photos below has gone to a new home. Notes from Kelly, the vendor, reveal the great level of interest in the boat.
“Hi Rob… we actually just sold the dippy this week. We did get a ton of inquiries from your website so thank you very much.”
The Greavette Dispro, 18 ft and built in 1954, (ad number pb602) was listed at $9,999. No doubt the reasonable price was key to the activity this Dippy generated.

by Rob

Tuesday September 9, 2014

September 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a stunning Clarion Gold Cup Gentleman’s Racer: 25 ft, 1991
The lines of a boat do not get much better than this. Detailed wood work is evident throughout, from the curved center console to the deep bucket seats, to seams between deck planks made of contrasting hardwood instead of some marine goop. Even the engine compartment presents itself as nice as the rest of the brightwork. Italian leather upholstery. Automatic Halogen fire extinguisher in engine compartment. 124 gentle hours on a 2010, 330HP Black Scorpion Mercruiser, 50+MPH. Fully functional tandem axle Cradle Ride Trailer with surge brakes. Multiple Awards at ACBS shows in Lake Winnepesaukee, Ottawa, Lake George, Lake Hopatcong, Harvey’s Lake. Willing to assist with delivery.
Price $79,500 For further information, please see ad number ad number pb615 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link: pb615

by Rob

Sunday September 7, 2014

September 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Giesler cedar-strip runabout, 18 ft, 2007.

This beautiful, functional, classic style “Lake Nipissing” model was built in 2007. Lightweight at approximately 350 lbs, (not including the engine), the Giesler is easily trailerable.
The “Lake Nipissing” features solid wood cedar strip construction.
This is a truly beautiful hand made boat by B. Giesler and Sons of Powassan Ontario
Length: 5.49 m or 18′
Powered by a 50 hp outboard “Merc” motor.
A single axle trailer is included in the sale
The boat is stored near Seeley’s Bay in the Kingston, Ontario area and is available for viewing this fall.
Price: $5000 For further information, please see ad number pb614 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb614

by Rob

Friday September 5, 2014

September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you love wooden boats and haven’t yet joined a chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, you’re missing out on valuable information, friendships and some excellent connections to the world of wooden boating.
Check out some upcoming activities of the Toronto Chapter, ACBS
Please join us for these final events of the 2014 season:
Fall Colour Tour – Haul Out Party/Membership Appreciation Event (October 4, 2014)
Hands-on Fall Workshop – October 25, 2014
Annual General Meeting – December 3, 2014
Fall Colour Tour
Saturday, October 4 – No Charge
Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst, Ontario
Spend the afternoon enjoying the fall colours surrounding beautiful Lake Muskoka. Full details will be provided upon registration.

Haul Out Party/Membership Appreciation Event
Saturday, October 4 – $42.50 per person
Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre

Join us for a casual gathering of friends and a delicious roast beef buffet dinner at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre. Share stories from this season and start planning for next.
ACBS Boat ShowKitty Hawk
Hands-on Fall Workshop
Saturday, October 25 – $35 per person (includes lunch)
Woodwind Yachts, Nestleton, Ontario
• Ken Lavalette and his team will have a number of stations available.
• John Gullick will discuss how to register a vintage boat.
• Special After-Lunch Feature: Witness a ‘varnish-off’ between two professional varnishers (Ken Lavalette and Murray Parnell) each using his own technique!
• Afternoon Q & A with repeats of morning information as requested
Please click here for further details and to register for this event.

Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A business meeting will be held prior to our regularly scheduled Board of Directors’ meeting. Details to follow.

We look forward to seeing you at all of these events!


ACBS-Toronto Events Team

by Rob

Wednesday September 3, 2014

September 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dramatic price reductions on several Berg reproduction boats
Of special interest to our viewers on the west coast of Canada and the USA
We have been instructed by David Berg of Berg Boats, in Washington, to reduce the price on several of the boats he has listed with Port Carling Boats: (All of David’s excellent reproductions can be viewed on the Reproduction Wooden Boats page.)
Copernicus, (below) a Crouch designed long deck launch, has been reduced from $80,000 to $50,000 (ad number pb587)
The Atkin Flyer,(below) a double stepped hydroplane, has been reduced from $40,000 to $25,000 Ad number pb577
‘ReTern”, an 18 ft. Monk designed double cockpit runabout,(below) has been reduced from $20,000 to $10,000 WOW. Ad number pb574
a Berg designed Drake Tail Launch, 21, ft.,(below) has been reduced from $30,000 to $15,000 WOW! (ad number pb576
Note: all of David Berg’s boats are equipped with a trailer

by Rob

Tuesday September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Price reduction on antique long deck launch:
We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this rare Croswell Bros. long deck launch (22 ft, 1934) from $45,000 to $39,000.
“Miss Buzz” offers a cedar hull and ribs, professionally rebuilt by Stan Hunter in 2006. The decking is mahogany with oak trim.. The launch comes with a custom fitted canvas cover and all maintenance records since the boat was new! The engine is a four cylinder Chris-Craft Model B (60 hp) purchased in 1980 from G&B Marine Sales, then shipped to Norse Bay Boat Works in Penetang, where it was installed. (It replaced a Buchanan four cylinder engine). For further details, please see ad number pb572 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb572


Notes from the book Island Odyssey
“These three (Croswell Bros. launches) have now passed into history, but a fourth is still running today. The “Miss Buzz”, owned by Elmer Phillips, was built in 1934 and given the nickname of Mr. Phillip’s daughter Debbie. For those who remember the other three boats, “Miss Buzz” is considered the queen of her breed.. Unlike the other three, “The Buzz” has mahogany decks, with oak trim that Mr. Phillips keeps so beautifully polished you can can see your reflection in her gleaming, varnished decks. Typical of the “cheese cutters” of her day, “Miss Buzz” gracefully slices through the waves, instead of pounding over them, as modern hulls do. What she lacks in speed, she more than makes up for in elegance and style, reminiscent of a day when getting there was at least half the fun.”

by Rob

Saturday August 30, 2014

August 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Grew runabout: (Cruiser model) 15 ft. 1961
The Grew was made in Midland in the early sixties. Spent most of its life on Lake Joseph. Cosmetically refreshed by Traditional Boat Finishes including windshield, seats, exterior paint and new decking material. Recent StayFast Black Canvas Bimini top and complete canvas cover. (The cost of this work was more than $6000)
Current power is an Evinrude 40 HP 1960′s vintage. Completely rebuilt including pistons, rings, gaskets, coil packs, ignition, carb and lower unit. The sale also includes a single axle 1972 Durham trailer in good condition.
Price: $3500. For further information, please see ad number pb613 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link. pb613

by Rob

Wednesday August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

A recent listing for wooden boat lovers with a budget!
Peterborough “Lakeside” Cedar Strip Runabout: 15′ 3″, 1952
This functional runabout was refinished in 2013 and has been stored ever since. It was professionally inspected in 2013 and found to be in excellent condition. (One transom board was replaced). The boat features Bryden Boy steering controls and Johnson engine controls. The pressure tank diaphragm and gaskets have been replaced in the fuel tank. The engine received a new impeller in 2013, and the points, condenser and timing were reset. The Peterborough comes with a home made trailer in good condition. (New, wider Trailer Blazer tires were installed in 2013). The boat is in excellent condition. Everything looks great and runs even better. The Peterborough is located in Ottawa, Ontario.
Price: $4300. For further information, please see ad number pb600 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb600

by Rob

Wednesday August 20, 2014

August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

More highlights from the recent MLA Port Carling wooden boat show:
We’re very grateful to our “secret sleuth” for the following description and photos of the recent antique/classic boat show in Port Carling, Muskoka.
The Muskoka Lakes Association bi-annual boat show once again wowed the huge crowds that swarmed Port Carling, thanks to a mention on the National nightly CBC news broadcast. The beautiful weather made for wonderful sight-seeing of boats like Rainbow III, which has returned home to Muskoka after 25+ years on Lake Tahoe. This year’s Theme was the Era of Elegance and there were many outstanding boats. Of particular note were…
Rainbow III, Miss Canada III, Marmilwood, Rainbow, Wa Chee We, Eaglet II, Res Ipsa Loquitor Adjea, Rambler, Wingberry and Blythwood II.
The Muskoka Sea Flea display, the Maple Chapter of the Antique Boat Motor Society and a number of antique cars added much interest to the show.

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by Rob

Friday August 15, 2014

August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing:
Classic Shepherd runabout, 18 ft, 1955
This Shepherd runabout, boat house stored, comes with a glass windshield and a completely rebuilt engine.
Photos and notes from Michael Cooke,the technician, below.
“Since 2007 I have performed the following work on the 1955 18 foot Shepherd.
All the wiring has been replaced with ABYC standards. This included all new switches, all new Stewart Warner “Wing” series gauges. The electrical system was upgraded from 6 to 12 volt and a new starter and generator were installed. AT this time, a new coil and a Petronics electronic ignition system was also installed. A second, larger (1 and 1/8th” diameter.) bilge pump was installed as a back up to the main bilge pump.The fuel tank was removed and cleaned and new fuel gauge sending unit installed. The varnish on the back half of the boat was stripped and redone, due to fading and moisture blistering.. The whole boat has been varnished as well at the same time. I also changed the copper exhaust system. The engine was rebuilt by Patrick Keefe of Antique Marine Engines in Pickering, Ontario, in 2011. This included all new pistons, hardened valve seats, valve guides, valve springs and one valve. I sistered a couple of cracked frames under the engine before the engine was reinstalled in the boat.”
Price: $25,999.
For further information, please see ad number pb609 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb609

by Rob

Thursday August 14, 2014

August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Antique Boat Museum’s 50th anniversary boat show in Clayton, New York
Enjoy the video (Part Three) of this special wooden boat celebration. Highlights include a boat auction, a look at “Pardon Me”, billed as the world’s largest runabout, and a bevy of beautiful wooden boats.

by Rob

Tuesday August 12, 2014

August 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a stunning Greavette Streamliner:, 22 ft, 1953
This beautiful boat (photos below) has been completely restored, and features a West System “‘dry” hull, leather upholstery and a 1992 350/260 Mercruiser 8 cylinder engine. Boat house storage has helped to maintain the varnish finish in pristine condition. This Streamliner will inspire admiration wherever she goes.
Price:$190,000. For further information, please see ad number pb606 on the Classic Antique Boats page, or click on the link. pb606

by Rob

Monday, August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Muskoka Lakes Association Antique Boat Show: Port Carling, August 8, 2014
This year’s show featured perfect weather, a jazz band to set the mood, and oodles of delicious antique and classic wooden boats. Many thanks to the MLA for making the show possible, and to the many “woody” owners who stepped up to the plate by just being there. The show proved again that Muskoka craftsmanship is second to none.
Miss Canada IIISegwun
What a contrast…Segwun, the stately photogenic steamer, and Miss Canada III, race boat extraordinaire!
Ditchburn placardDitchburn twin engine
This incredible, twin engined Ditchburn was one of the highlights of the show.
Rambler bowRambler stern-2
Rambler, a 70 foot Polson Iron Works vessel, has just returned from a two year “make-over” courtesy of Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst. She was too massive to be brought into Paul’s shop, so work was carried out in her island boat house. She literally sparkled at the dock in Port Carling.
…More to come…stay tuned!

by Rob

Sunday August 10, 2014

August 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Sirius “Brown Stripe” sail boat: 21 ft, 1981
This fibreglass sailboat, always boat house stored, features a swing keel, and mast that can be lowered for easy boathouse storage, as well as a pop up top. The sale includes a 9.8 hp Mercury outboard with low hours, all sails, including the genoa, spinnaker and sail cover; head with deck discharge, stove, stern ladder, pulpit and life lines, compass, anchor and line, and four fenders
Price: $5000. For contact information, please see ad number pb607 on the Fibreglass/Aluminum Boats page, or click on the link. pb607