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Welcome to the Port Carling Boats site

May 30, 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

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by Rob

Our newest listing: a sporty 1966 Thompson runabout, 16 ft, 5 in.

May 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

Thompson lapstrake runabout: 16′ 5″, 1966
Notes from the owner below:
“Mahogany boat with dual bilge pumps. Well maintained and ready to go. New tarp. Everything works. A Real eye catcher on the lake.”
(The Thompson is powered by a 2009 Suzuki 70 hp engine in mint condition.Also included in the sale is a single axle trailer, tarp, wake-board, tube, ropes, anchor, paddles, spare prop and 5 life jackets.)
Price: $10,000 (More photos below.) For contact information, please click on the link. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Our newest listing: a sporty 1966 Thompson runabout, 16 ft, 5 in.

by Rob

Price reduction on beautiful Greavette Streamliner:

May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

Greavette Streamliner: 22 ft, 1949

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this beautiful Greavette. Originially priced at $147,000, the boat is now available for $120,000.
This beautiful Streamliner is in excellent condition. A new “5200” bottom was installed professionally by Mike Windsor in 2000. At the same time, a new (2000) Gm 350 V8 engine replaced the existing power plant.
This “hard to find” triple cockpit with right hand drive steering, was refinished in 2013. The Streamliner has always been boat house stored.
The boat is in excellent condition and deserves a new home.
(Note: The Streamliner is currently on display at the Gravebnhurst Grace and Speed Museum, (also known as the Muskoka Boat and heritage Centre).
Original price $147,000. New price: as of May, 2016 $120,000. For contact information, please click on the link. pb580







by Rob

Our newest listing: a modified Ross cedar-strip runabout: 14 ft, 1960

May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

J.H Ross modified forward cockpit runabout

Notes from the owner
“J.H. Ross cedar-strip runabout. Modified to single forward cockpit. Winter 2016 saw her receive a new transom, 38 new ribs, new bottom paint & 2 fresh coats of varnish. The boat features lots of chrome trim and a great running 1966 50HP Mercury outboard.” (More photos below)
Price: $6,500. for contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb690






by Rob

Stan and Crossley Hunter bring back a Duke Playmate from the dead!

May 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

The final clip from the ACBS Toronto Chapter Spring Tour, April, 2016, uncovers a charming centre-steer Duke Playmate from the 1930s, brought back to “better than new”, by Stan and Crossley Hunter of Milford Bay, Lake Muskoka. It’s truly amazing what a highly skilled restoration team can do to a very tired wooden boat

by Rob

Cup winner “Dixie Baby” is restored to her former glory

May 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Dixie Baby, a famous 1920’s 24ft race boat has recently undergone a one and a half year restoration at Breen Boats in Rockwood Ontario. She is likley the finest boat out of any shop in many years, because of her racing history, her originality, her engine and the science behind her hull design.

In 1928 Dixie Baby won the Webb cup; which meant winning three consecutive races. This feat was unheard of at that time because most boats were built very lightly and mechanical problems weere not uncommon. She also won the Richfield Oil Cup.

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Dixie Baby was built in 1921 with mahogany planking and brass screws, giving her deck a very distinctive sparkling effect. Coupled with large direct exhaust pipes off her 220 hp Hispano Suiza engine mounted to a forward V-drive , her engine roars like an aircraft engine from 95 years ago. She will be a pleasure to hear and watch when she embarks on her seven city tour, culminating in September at the ACBS International meeting on Lake Tahoe.

A fascinating feature of Dixie Babe is the Ventnor step hull design in which the last eight ft of the boat bottom is raised approximately 4 inches higher than the rest of the boat bottom. This step, in conjunction with the external rudder and prop setup actually worked very very well as seen in the photos in the video below. This design enabled the boat to literally rise out of the water and run on almost on air…. the boat is actually riding on a cushion of air/water, which results in the boat attaining fantastic speeds.

Dixie Baby’s very rare 220 hp Hispano Suiza engine was totally rebuilt by Robert Mishko of Tennessee. (This rebuild took over a year!) The video below includes shots of the engine totally disassembled, the engine line drawing, and the rebuild installed in the boat.

Keep in mind that all the side and transom wood work is original. The transom almost ends at the water line. The boat bottom and sides are copper riveted, as they were when the boat was originally built. Every detail on this boat was reproduced as it was originally built. The boat engine compartment and the deck undersides are beautifully finished.

Enjoy the pictures from the Rosenfield Collection that are also intermixed with photos of Dixie Baby in various stages of her restoration. (Linl below. Give yourself some time to enjoy this tribute to a fine boat and the great stewardship of a member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame; Lorne Leibel. Thank-you for restoring a great racing boat.

by Rob

First Time Boat Builder Creates a Masterpiece

May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to David Harrison, of Orangeville Ontario, on the completion of his first boat. To see this 16 foot Gentleman’s Racer, you would think that David had been building boats for years…
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Dave has completed this wonderful John Hacker design Gentleman’s racer, complete with 90 hp Chrysler Ace engine with 6 volt power. He fabricated everything for the boat, including the steering
wheel that was incorporated into a Model T wheel frame.
Follow the sequence of photos below to appreciate the patience, skill and determination that went into this build.

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We used oak door skins for templates to install the planks

Gentleman's Racer-3

16 ft. African mahogany planks arrived . We began milling them to the proper size.

Gentleman's Racer-4

…began to steam the transom planks

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Decking complete!

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The Chrysler Ace engine is installed

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Grid flooring will allow for greater air circulaiton

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Voila! Masterpiece completed!

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Peterborough Falcon, 15 ft., 1952

May 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

Peterborough Falcon: 15 ft, 1952
Notes from the owner:
“This classic 1952 Peterborough Cedar Strip boat called the Falcon has been totally restored and upgraded. Restored using the West System Fiberglass Epoxy restoration products; new keel; rubber transom cover; always stored inside before & since restoration. The boat comes complete with a New Easy Hauler Trailer with a spare tire & a Yamaha 9.9 Hp electric start motor. Additional features and inclusions are; custom made waterproof/SPF cushions & seat-backs; official reproduction Peterborough decals; lighting for evening safety; new battery; gas tank; anchor; fitted tarp cover; new bumpers and marine tie up cords. Also $60 can of marine red touch up paint. Someone who appreciates classic wooden boats will truly enjoy this treasure. The lovely Miss Birnie, she won’t last long!”
Price: Asking $9,999 or best offer. For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad #pb688


by Rob

Price reduction on 19 ft. Duke Utility, 1950

May 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner, to reduce the price of this classic Duke utility  from $21,000 to $17,500.
Notes from the owner:
” This Duke is a beautifully restored and maintained example of wooden boat craftsmanship. The Duke is powered by a 75 hp. 4 cylinder Grey Marine “Phantom” engine, which was completely rebuilt (including the transmission) by Parry Automotive in 2013.The boat itself has undergone a total restoration with the exception of the upholstery, which is in good original condition. The sale includes a custom, single axle bunk trailer and a full cover. Owner must sell.”
For further details and contact information,  please click on the link pb680 (More photos below)





by Rob

Three diverse boats for sale in North Bay, Ontario

May 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

The video below highlights three very different  boats for sale in North Bay,Ontario: a fifteen foot Greavette, a 28 ft European hydrofoil restoration project, and “Miss Vernor’s”, a vintage hydroplane race boat with a 2850 h.p. Spitfire engine.