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Welcome to the Port Carling Boats site

February 5, 2016 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

Classic Boat Show calendar for 2016

February 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

Many thanks to the folks at Classic Boating magazine, who have very kindly granted permission for us to publish a list of this year’s vintage boating events in Canada, the United States and beyond. You’ll be surprised at the number of these boating offerings.
1957 Shepherd 22' Siren of the Rhine (Photo courtesy of Classic Boating)

Classic Boating magazine  is a premier publication with unrivaled photography and fascinating articles about all things “vintage boat”. You can subscribe by visiting their website.  (Click on the link to access it)

Boating Events Calendar: (Part one… to the end of June 2016)  Stay tuned for July and August…coming soon.  Also,  do check with the contact at each event before heading off for an event in case of postponement or cancellation. 

DANA POINT, CA              March 5-6
Festival of the Whales, Dana Point Harbor. Southern California ACBS Chapter. Contact: Bob Newcomer at

    18th Antique & Classic Boat Show on Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park. Classic boating of all kinds. Contact: Pete Rainey  at 021 747 383. Visit

TAVARES, FL       March 17-20
30th Annual Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival at Wooten Park on Lake Dora. Feature boats: Chris-Craft race boats. Sunnyland ACBS Chapter. Contact: Terry Fiest at

HOT SPRINGS, AR            April 7-9
14th  Arkansas Spring Fling at Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita. Heartland Classics ACBS Chapter. Contact: Mike Langhorne at (501) 318-7666 or

HARTWELL, GA  April 14-17
Lake Hartwell Boat Festival at 149 Hartwell Marina Road. Blue Ridge ACBS Chapter. Contact: John Heiderich at (864) 231-9614 or just2more@

APALACHICOLA, FL          April 16
18th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show  on Water Street. All types of antique boat, motors, and cars. Contact: (850) 653-9419 or

VERO BEACH, FL               April 16
Wheels & Keels car and boat show at the Moorings Yacht and Country Club on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Participant dinner on Friday evening, April 15. Contact: Gavin Ruotolo, (772) 234-0806.

HOUSTON, TX    April 23-24
21st Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook. Open to public 10-5 Sat; 9-4 Sun. Honoring Chris-Craft Racing Runabouts. Exhibitor dinners both nights. Southwest ACBS Chapter. Contact: Bob Fuller at (713) 521-0105 or or visit

BASS LAKE, CA   May 13-15
26th Annual Bass Lake Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show. Saturday show from 9-4. N. Cal./Lake Tahoe and S. Cal. ACBS Chapters. Contact: Robert Gaestel at (209) 769-0310 or

BROOKLINE, NH                                May 14-15
8th Annual Southern New Hampshire Boat Auction at Brookline Event Center. Antique boats and autos; auction Sunday 1pm. Consignments welcome. Contact: Gary Michael at (603) 345-3765 or or visit

NEW BERN, NC  May 21
11th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show at the Galley Store Marina. RDC Triangle ACBS Chapter. Contact: Kevin Leiner at (919) 368-3412, or Alan Hills at

Manitowish Waters, WI         May 28-29
The Manitowish Waters Antique & Classic Boat Show will be hosted at Little Bohemia Restaurant located on Little Star Lake,  part of the Manitowish Waters Chain. Many boats, displays, and booths along with the “Woodie” cars on dry land. Contact: 715-543-8488

LAKEPORT, CA   June 2-5
17th Wood & Glory on Clear Lake at the Konocti Vista Casino marina docks. Lake County area winery tours; awards dinner at the Boatique Winery and Classic Boat collection. 50 boats participated last year. Northern CA/Lake Tahoe ACBS Chapter. Contact: Wayne Mooers at (925) 788-5628 or

BRANSON, MO June 3-5
Classics Cruisin’ on Table Rock Lake at Rock Lane Resort. Heartland Classics ACBS Chapter. Contact: Don Parker at  (402) 770-5400  or or visit

SPRING LAKE, MI             June 4
12th Annual Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show at Mill Point Park. Contact: Mark Miller, (616) 402-3489 or

WOLFEBORO, NH             June 4
17th Annual New England Lyman Group Lyman Show at the public docks on Lake Winnipesaukee. All Lymans and other lapstrakes invited. Join us for rides and picnics Thurs. and Fri. before the show. Contact: Rick Filiau at or (603) 485-7355 or visit http://newenglandlymangroup.orgl

HIAWASSEE, GA               June  10-11
Lake Chatuge Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous at Ridges Resort and Marine, 3379 Hwy 76. Blue Ridge ACBS Chapter. Contact: Jerri Nowlen or Terry Harbin at (706) 273-0138 or (706) 273-6495 or

33rd Annual Lake Arrowhead Boat Show at the Arrowhead Village. Southern California ACBS Chapter. Contact: Dave Anderson at

PRESQUE ISLE, MI            June 17-18
24th Annual Presque Isle Wooden Boat Show at Presque Isle Harbor on Lake Huron. Fri. picnic lunch and cruise for entrants; Sat. show, 10-4. Climb two Port Huron lighthouses. Contact: John Vogelheim at (989) 733-0444 or visit presque

st. michaels, md          June 17-19
29th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Friday evening cocktail reception and Sunday afternoon awards dinner.. Miles River cruise and picnic on Monday for participants. Chesapeake Bay ACBS Chapter. Contact: Ray Glenn at 410-867-7853 or ray.glenn@

MT ARLINGTON, NJ        June 17-19
42nd Annual Lake Hopatcong Antique & Classic Boat Show at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club. Judged show. Contact: BoatShow or Pat Hoferkamp at (201) 264-6504 or visit

Crosslake, MN               June 18
29th Annual Whitefish Chain Antique & Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous at Moonlite Bay on the north end of Cross Lake. 50 boat slips.  Contact: Bill Terry at terryworld@ or (763) 257-5757

SOUTH HAVEN, MI          June 18
35th Annual Classic Boat Show and Small Craft Festival at the Michigan Maritime Museum in conjunction with HarborFest. 260 Dyckman Avenue. Row, paddle, sail and motor. Contact: Sandy Bryson at

Peterborough, ON     June 18
Paddle to Power with all makes from wood to classic glass, at Millennium Park, Water Street. Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association Boat Show. Contact: Jeff Souch at

SEATTLE, WA             June 18-19
20th Annual Bell Street Pier Classic Rendezvous at the heart of the waterfront in downtown Seattle.  Member vessels of the Classic Yacht Association, Pacific Northwest Fleet, many open for boarding.  Contact: visit

BAY HARBOR, MI              June 23-25
18th Annual Vintage Car & Boat Festival in the Village at Bay Harbor. Contact: or visit www.

MYSTIC, CT         June 24-26
25th Annual Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport. Contact: (207) 359-4651 or visit

algonac, mi   June 24-26
31st Annual “Where It All Began” Boat Show at the Algonac Harbour Club (original Chris-Craft plant). Public show on Saturday. Registration forms available in Springs at Michigan ACBS Chapter. Contact: Alan Brenner at

WHITEFISH, MT                 June 24-26
Whitefish Woody Weekend V at the Lodge on Whitefish Lake. Friday night cruise, public viewing on Saturday, Poker Run on Sunday. Big Sky ACBS Chapter. Contact: Tim Salt at (406) 862-5085 or

Aurora, CO          June 25
Cherry Creek Classic Boat Show at The Marina at Cherry Creek State Park. Boats on display at the docks from 9-12:30. Rocky Mountain Classics ACBS Chapter. Contact:  Jeff Dwight at or (303) 651-0925.

11th Annual Classic & Vintage Boat Show, Lake Avenue at the White Bear Shopping Center. Featuring power and sail that plied White Bear Lake over the last century. Outboard displays, swap meet, art show. Contact: Pat Oven, or (651) 308-1792 or visit

AKRON, OH        June 25
41st Annual Portage Lakes Antique Boat Show at “On Tap at the Harbor” Restaurant, 9am-3pm, then cruise to awards banquet at  Turkeyfoot Island Club. Launch, retrieval, and trailer parking provided. North Coast Ohio Chapter ACBS and Portage Lakes Historical Society. Contact: Gil Maringer,, (216) 310-7475



by Rob

Wooden Boats do Sell!

February 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

The boats below are a few of those previously advertised on the Port Carling Boats website that have now found new homes. Congratulations to both buyers and sellers. These sales provide evidence for the fact that classic boating is alive and well.
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by Rob

Modifications to “Slightly Altered”, a 2012 Gentleman’s Racer

February 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

This past summer, the owner of “Slightly Altered”, a 22 foot custom Gentleman’s Racer, made some significant modifications to “spice up” this beautiful vessel.
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Notes from the owner:
“We stripped the boat of all hardware and refinished her.
Decks and hull were all water sanded. The deck was sprayed with 2k Urethane for better UV protection and hull was sprayed with two part urethane Plum Crazy Purple pearl with Sassy Grass Green waterline with ghost skulls on aft sides and 2 coats of clear Urethane. It showed well in Gravenhurst last summer. I also built a windshield with green glass. The motor has had a Holley 600 CFM performance carb and a Wiend 8016 Stealth Aluminum High rise Intake installed as well.”
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(Editor’s note: before these engine modifications, the racer would reach 47 mp with its 350 engine. Although I have not seen this boat, judging from the photos and text, it seems to me like a heck of a buy at $45,000, particularly as a tandem axle trailer is included in the sale). For contact info, please click on the link.
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by Rob

New Price on triple cockpit Gar Wood

February 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this 22 ft, 1935 Gar Wood. Originally priced at $129,000, the new price is $100,000

The Garwood below was delivered in 1935 to the Fitzgerald and Lee dealership. It came with a Chrysler Crown, but the owner modified it by installing a Scripps 152 engine and a rear wind screen. The Gar Wood was used in the Thousand Islands area for four years, then put into covered storage in 1939, where it sat for 35 or more years!
Following a period of outdoor storage, the boat restoration began in 1990 and continued for the better part of the decade. All fastenings were replaced with bronze. A new 5200 bottom was installed and the outer skin sealed with epoxy. Copper nails were installed New decks and transom were epoxies to a plywood base layer to reduce shrinkage.
The engine was fully restored. All hardware was re-chromed and the boat was rewired with period wiring. The sale of the Gar Wood includes a new galvanized trailer, Sunbrella tan cover, original engine manual and brochure. Original price $129,000.
New Price: $100,000, as of Feb. 2016
For contact information, please click on the link. pb571pb571-2

by Rob

More Shepherd runabout “eye candy” from Bergerson Boats

February 1, 2016 in Uncategorized



(Photo above) Olivia Bergerson commented, “This 27′ Shepherd we did for a customer with some upgrades he wanted- custom seating, helm, swim platform, and new engines.”
The restorative work undertaken on the 27 ft. Shepherd is pictured below.
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The video below captures the initial launch of the restored 27 ft Shepherd… a proud and exciting moment!

by Rob

“Shepherd World” at Bergerson Boats.

January 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Bergerson Boat Company of Springfield, Wisconsin (three miles north of Lake Geneva) offers full service amenities for maintaining, restoring and building wooden boats. Currently in the shop are a number of beautiful, beefy Shepherds. Shepherds have not been traditionally represented on the Lake until recently. The story of the Shepherds’ “migration” to Lake Geneva is a fascinating one. Enjoy the photos of the restorations-in-progress and the story of their arrival at Lake Geneva below.
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Notes from Olivia Bergerson:
“Lars Bergersen (owner of Bergersen Boat Co.) always admired the style of the Shepherd boats with their high sides and stance which resembles a sitting bulldog. He had restored many Chris Crafts, Centurys, Lymans and Streblow boats, but we would rarely see any Shepherds on Geneva Lake.
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About eight years ago we had a customer who expressed interest in owning a Shepherd. We were able to find one that fit the bill, a 1954 27’ Express Cruiser that was out in Buffalo, NY. So we went out and got it for him. The boat had been completely gutted and it’s parts were scattered amongst multiple buildings. Sorting through the parts and getting it put back together was much like doing a jigsaw puzzle. It took us about a year to get it all back together and make the upgrades the owner wanted. That fall we took the Shepherd to the annual ACBS boat show in Fontana, WI. The Shepherd drew a lot of attention and ultimately we brought home a trophy for it.
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Since then we’ve seen Shepherds become very popular on Geneva Lake. We now have twelve Shepherds that we maintain or have restored for various customers. The majority of these boats were purchased out east or in Canada and brought here.
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There are a lot of wooden boats on Lake Geneva and people have gotten used to seeing them but Shepherds have a styling that just seems to command attention. We’ve noticed it being out on our Shepherd and had several customers remark that they get a lot of “thumbs up” and people taking pictures of their boat. A lot of our Lake Geneva clientele tend to want practical family boats. So we have modernized many of the Shepherds with swim platforms and customized seating.
We currently have five Shepherds being worked on in our shop. We have a 30’ that will be a full restoration with new engines; a 27’ getting a new bottom; another 27’ getting a full restoration and having the transmissions rebuilt in house; a third 27’ that’s a full strip and refinish and a 24’ getting a new dashboard, helm with hydraulic steering and all new custom interior with hidden storage.
Lars has a passion for working on wood boats of all shapes and sizes, but the Shepherd might just be his favourite.
1957 Shepherd 22' Siren of the Rhine
The photo of 22′ Shepherd ‘The Siren’ (above) was taken by Jim Wangard of Classic Boating and we have his permission to use it. We purchased this boat in Canada and restored it (as our personal boat).”

by Rob

Own a piece of history: Orville Wright’s sedan launch

January 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owners to list “Kittyhawk“, (originally priced at $495,000) at $295,000
This wonderful 32 foot, 1929 “hard top” Gidley sedan launch really is one of a kind, used by Orville Wright of Wright brother’s fame, to commute to his Georgian Bay Island. The boat has had a top to bottom restoration, and is in Bristol condition.
For contact information, please click on the link. pb582
More photos and text below.
Kittyhawk History
Kittyhawk was built in 1929 by the Gidley Boat Company in Penetanguishene, Ontario. She was a 32.5 ft open runabout with a “navy” top for water taxi service in Parry Sound. In 1931 she was returned to the Company almost “new”, due to the Depression.
Orville Wright, the world’s famous first aviator, purchased the boat in 1931, had the navy top removed and replaced with a standard “gull” hard top. Orville used her regularly on his Georgian Bay Lambert Island property until 1941. At that point, a new Kermath 8 cylinder, 100 h.p. engine was installed. The Gidley was then put into storage as a result of World War Two.



When Orville died in 1948, the boat and Island was passed to the children of his brother Lorin.
The heirs sold the Island in 1953. Kittyhawk was sold to Wilfred France who used her as a work and water taxi until the mid 1960’s due to hull damage. She was put in slings for years until her owner passed away.


In 1972 Kittyhawk was purchased by Guy and Kathy Johnstone, (Kathy being the daughter of Wilfred). The Gidley was completely restored by the Greavette Boat Company and re-launched in 1975. The Johnstones have owned her ever since, and have been wonderful stewards of this beautiful, historic vessel.
Kittyhawk’s current condition:
Kittyhwawk has undergone three significant restorations since the 1970’s (as follows).
1974: A “mammoth” restoration by Greavette Boat Works in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
1988: Restorative work by Butson Boats in Port Carling
2006: Major restorative work by Woodwind Yachts in Nestleton, Ontario, including:
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-replacement of five bottom planks
-topside plank repairs
-bottom sanded, resealed, re-caulked and painted
-some hardware re-chromed as required
-new stainless steel rudder and carpeting





pb582-9in 2011, Kittyhawk was certified to be in “excellent condition” by Woodwind Yachts.
Kittyhawk comes complete with a newer, custom dual axle trailer.
Regular engine maintenance and winter storage has been by Purser Marine Honey Harbour.
For further details, visit the Kittyhawk information website
Price: $295,000 Ad number pb582

by Rob

New Price on Incredible Gentleman’s Racer

January 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

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If a wooden boat can ever be described as a work of art, this custom 20 foot, 2010 Gentleman’s Racer built by David Young certainly qualifies for the title. Originally priced at $235,000, the racer is now for sale at $199,900. See photos and description below. For contact information please click on the link. pb418 (A reminder to our American friends that the current Canadian exchange rate makes it very favourable to consider a Canadian boat.)
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After 6 years of working on evenings and weekends,  David Young’s Gentleman Racer is finally complete. David, now 52, started building boats with his father in the basement of their home, at the age of 14. After working at many boat-building companies, over the years, including Windsor Boat Works in Gravenhurst, and the last 9 years at Duke Marine in Port Carling, Ont. David decided in 2003 to build a 20’ Gentleman’s Racer of his own. Powered by a 350 cu. in. Mercruiser 350 HP Fuel Injected “Black Scorpion”. This brand new boat is one a kind, with many personalized upgrades & hardware castings that were first carved from wood by David himself. Additional information is available, regarding the special features and materials used. For more info please contact David Young.
Note: The price on this racer has just been reduced from $235,000 to $199,900. (as of Jan 25, 2016)
Ad number pb418 on the Contemporary Wooden Boats page

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by Rob

Is there such a thing as a “free boat”?

January 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

“Bone Yard Boats” is a company whose website advertises “free boats”…in general, boats requiring a great deal of tender loving care to bring them back to their former glory.
Are these boats really free? Perhaps initially, but a number of them cannot be released until storage,yard or mooring fees are paid. The required cost and time required to restore a free “bone yard” boat must also be taken into consideration. Surely the adage, “you get what you pay for” holds some merit here.
Nevertheless, it is interesting to consider the possibilities…
Enjoy the photos of some previous bone yard boats below. Keep in mind that the photos may not represent the current condition of the boats represented.
Warning: Recipient Beware!

by Rob

Our newest listing: a classic 1948 Century Resorter

January 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

This classic Century Resorter, a 1948 twenty footer, shows beautifully in the photos forwarded to us. She’s in very original condition, with newly refinished stain and varnish, including the original hardware. Her bottom is sound. The Century is powered by a 6 cylinder flat head engine, (6 volt system), new fuel lines and filter.
The boat offers a clean interior and comes complete with a single axle trailer in excellent condition. This Century is a rare and nice find. Price:$9,990. For contact information, please click on the link pb675
Editor’s note to our American friends: With the Canadian dollar exchange rate currently at about 68 cents American (as of Jan. 20th, 2016) this is an ideal time to purchase a “Canadian” boat.



by Rob

“Batboat” auctioned by Bonhams in the U.K.

January 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

This iconic racer was recently auctioned off by Bonhams auction house in the UK. Bidding was expected to reach $120-$150,000 CDN,
The boat was a 1914 British International Trophy Motorboat Racing Championship Contender
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Batboat III – Hispano-Suiza Engined Racing Hydroplane
Coachwork by J Samuel White & Co, Cowes, Isle of Wight and Maynards of Chiswick
Length: 25ft (7.6 metres)
Beam: 6ft (1.83 metres)
Draught 2ft (0.62 metres)
The ‘Batboat’ series of racing motorboats was designed between 1912 and 1914 by John Montague Batting, a keen sporting automobilist and sailor. ‘Batboat III’ was built specifically to contest the Harmsworth-sponsored British International Trophy race of 1914 and was of lighter construction than the heavyweight opposition, representing a new direction in racing hydroplane development. The original powerplant was an in-line six-cylinder aero engine built by the Green Company, rated at 100 horsepower. A detailed description of this craft’s pioneering method of construction is recorded in the Motor Ship and Motor Boat dated 6th August 1914, copies of which are available for inspection.

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In the same edition of this magazine a detailed account is given of the first round of trials for the British International races held under the auspices of the Royal Motor Yacht Club at Netley, off Southampton water. ‘Batboat III’ finished 2nd in the first trial behind the much more powerful (300 horsepower) ‘Crusader’, the average speeds for the two fastest boats being 36.6 and 35.0 knots respectively, and the maximum speed attained nearly 50 knots. In the event, the commencement of hostilities in Europe meant that the actual races were never run.

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Although racing for ‘Batboat III’ would be postponed indefinitely, the advent of war saw it deployed in a new role: as mobile test-bed for nautical engineering and development. Subsequently, during the 1920s, ‘Batboat III’ was used for research into torpedo design, being fitted with two Vauxhall 30/98-type engines and twin-screw propulsion. The latter form of drive, when applied to torpedoes, prevented them from turning off course, thus enabling much more accurate targeting.

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The Motor Boat of August 31st 1934, some ten years later, gives a brief insight into that purpose within an article relating to exploits of the second known owner of ‘Batboat III’ – a Commander Belleville, RN – who had acquired it in the early 1930s. A photograph reproduced in the article shows modifications to the engine covers and cockpit layout, which was extended aft to accommodate two persons in comfort with a small bench seat behind them. Exhaust stubs can be seen protruding from the port-side hull, while an examination of the hull today reveals later repairs covering these exhaust modifications.
Commander Belleville and, subsequently, members of his family retained ownership of ‘Batboat III’ well into the 1980s, when it next changed hands. By this time further changes had been made in the interests of maintaining the craft for pleasure pursuits. Some time prior or just after WW2, the twin engines were removed and replaced by a single Gray Marine ‘Fireball’ motor giving a top speed of approximately 40 knots – no mean feat for a boat now 60 years old and still going strong! Because ‘Batboat III’ was now principally used in salt waters, the original lightweight aluminium deck fittings had been replaced by more durable bronze, and the aluminium engine covers substituted for heavier and more stable ones of cedar and mahogany. Still sporting racing numbers from the late 1930s, ‘Batboat III’ was offered for sale in this form in the mid-1980s, and a comprehensive survey was commissioned by the new owner from Derek Haswell, naval architect and yachting consultant of Broadstone, Dorset. His extensive report (dated 17th July 1986, copies available) is of great interest, detailing once again the boat’s original construction methods and remarking on its fine build quality and excellent state of preservation.

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In this form the boat was purchased by the current owners a year or two later, and it has since undergone further restoration over an extended period in order to re-equip it using components more suited to its original conception. The hull was stripped and completely checked throughout, all but some decking being found perfectly sound, particularly the double-thickness hull with its oiled canvas sandwich construction, which remained perfectly intact. Some deck planks have been replaced to match the originals, while all the deck fittings remain as fitted in the 1930s.
Motive power is now supplied by a marinised Hispano-Suiza V8 aero engine of the type fitted to such WWI aircraft as the SE5-A and SPAD. This particular 10.5-litre example with Capitol Marine conversion dates from the early 1920s and is rated at 220hp; it has been refurbished and is a snug fit in the hull, which has recently been re-varnished and repainted below the waterline. Capitol Marine’s conversion provides a 12-volt electric self-starter, together with a dynamo for charging and lighting. Ignition is by twin distributors. A new phosphor-bronze propeller has been specially computed to match the power output and is geared to give approximately 50 knots at around 2,000 revs. Still to the original layout, the steering is by wire cable externally to starboard by pulleys and quadrant atop the rudder.
The cockpit is equipped with new wickerwork seats with leather cushions to an aviation pattern of 1914, while the dashboard is a new aluminium casting incorprating a complement of instruments including an early chronometric rev-counter, oil-pressure gauge, clock, etc, all of which are approximately contemporaneous with the original build date.
Currently the engine is running in after refitting, and a further period of commissioning may be needed on the water. Batboat III comes with a tailor-made, dual-purpose wheeled cradle, for either slipway launching or permanent storage when off the water, which can easily be accommodated on a flat-bed transport trailer or truck.
A folio of useful documentation and photos relating to its history, together with two large-format original photographs, taken by Beken of Cowes in the 1950s, accompanies this important and extremely rare survivor of the Golden Age of motorboat racing.

by Rob

The Joys of Wooden Boat Building

January 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

From Timber to Tide:
Ben Harris is a traditional wooden boat builder based in Cornwall, UK.
This video documents Ben’s love of wood work and boat building, how he acquired his skills and how incredible it is to be able to take something that you’ve built with your own hands out into the water and sail it across the sea.

From Timber To Tide from Pixillion on Vimeo.

by Rob

What’s new in European boating?

January 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Seven Seas Yachts, manufacturing in Greece, has just introduced a new “Sport Boat” design. Its simple, clean lines would likely win the approval of Steve Jobs. The boat pictured below is constructed with a sandwich composite. It weighs about a tonne, is 6.8 metres in length, with a beam of 2.5 metres. With room for eight persons, it will accelerate level to a plane up to 41 knots with a 150 h.p. outboard. The price is in the ballpark of 26,000 Euros, without the engine.

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by Rob

Sirens Boat Works continued

January 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

As well as a huge Elco cabin cruiser squeezed into the shop, the staff at Sirens Boat Works have several other projects on the go: a 1930’s Chris-Craft cabin cruiser sporting a new transom, a 1960’s skiff beautifully restored and two Shepherds, an 18 footer undergoing a strip and re-varnish, as well as a 22 footer with more major work undertaken.
1930's Chris-Craft Cruiser - before the new transom
(Chris-Craft minus the transom)

Chris-Craft transom magic!
Vive la difference! What a difference a new transom makes!

18 ft. Shepherd ready for refinishing
(18 ft Shepherd gets a face-lift!)

Shepherd planking work

Shepherd - wood work almost done

multiple craft undergoing surgery!
1960's skiff refurbished

by Rob

Newer Kid on the block…Sirens Boat Works

January 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to owner Andrew Lee and his staff at Sirens Boat Works in Merrickville, Ontario. This company was off our radar until a recent tip alerted us to yet another quality boat restorer. The great variety of boats in the shop speaks to Sirens’ capabilities; everything from a huge Elco cruiser to a Peterborough sponson canoe.
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Elco on supports
Elco bottom work
Notes from Andrew:
We dropped the keel on the Elco, then we started scarfing in our new sections of frames. We are using a cold molded method for the frames from white oak. Engine room aft are all new full length frames and floor timbers.
We chose to do a mahogany lamination for our new keel.

Peterborough canoe with sponsons
Andrew explains Sirens’ history below:
Intro to Sirens
We are a team of builders and finishers who all share a passion for the craft of wooden boat restoration.
I (Andrew Lee) started Sirens Boatworks 10 years ago in Montreal Quebec. I was a one man shop in a 600 sq. ft garage. I was being fed work by a Chris Craft collector out of New Hampshire for several years.
The time came when I needed a bigger shop when my client was restoring a 1928 28’ Chris Craft triple cockpit – which was reputed to be owned by Al Capone. I moved my shop to Brighton, Ontario to a 1200 sq. ft shop on my father’s property
In 2013 I was contacted by Steve Flewitt of Aylings Marina in Merrickville. They were looking to have a restoration expert on site to service and repair the many wooden boats he stores at his boatyard. I fell in love with Merrickville, quickly made the move and rented out a 2400 sq. ft. shop just down the road from Aylings.
I have since brought on qualified team members who all share the passion for wooden boat restoration.
We are privileged to have the following team members
James Lee: My father has been working with me off and on for the past 10 years. He has Boatbuilding in his heritage and is a natural when it comes to quality craftsmanship and truly understanding wooden boats.
Shawn Neeson: Shawn has been working with me for the past three years, He has a strong background in refinishing and is my right hand man, He also takes care of all accounting duties.
Alexis Nimis: Alexis has been working with me for the past 3 years, She has a strong background in finishing. She is extremely detail oriented, understands wood, and is able to create flawless finishes.
Brendan Lewis: Brendan is the newest member of the team, He has over 20 years experience as a cabinet maker and has recently turned his focus to the craft of wooden boat restoration
Myself (Andrew Lee) : I am a trained cabinet maker who has dedicated the past 10 years to all aspects of wooden boat restoration.
At our newest location in Merrickville we are able to work on boats up to 60ft in length. With a U lift on site its easy to lift boats right out of the Rideau Canal and put them in the shop for work.
(Editor’s note: Stay tuned…more photos to follow…)