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October 23, 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

Thursday October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

The restoration of an 18 ft, 1963 Thompson…or “Rob’s Folly!”
This marine ply lapstrake Thompson runabout was purchased in Michigan this past June for $1500, including the trailer. It seemed like an excellent value, as the owner had dropped the price by about 75%. A close inspection was impossible, as the floor boards and sides had been covered with stapled and glued indoor-outdoor carpeting. When the carpeting was removed, a significant number of broken, rotted ribs, several bad planks and a damaged interior keel were discovered. It seemed a shame to scrap the Thompson, so restorative work began.
At first blush, the boat looked great!
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Unfortunately, the engine needed removal to access the affected planks and ribs. The shop ceiling was too low to allow for interior removal so an excavator was employed for the job!
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This view shows the Thompson interior stern end minus the engine! It’s difficult to see the damaged areas without a closer look.
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Finally, the Thompson was hauled to a friend’s shop so work could begin on removing the affected planking. As this Thompson’s lapstrake planking was fastened with nuts and bolts, (countersunk and puttied over, removing the hundreds of fastenings can up to five minutes for each one!(Video below)

by Rob

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

South West ACBS Austin Hill Country Boat Show, Oct 17-19, 2014
Many thanks to Kerry Price for forwarding the video of this year’s Antique and Classic Boat Show (Texas). These folks sure know how to have fun and enjoy their wooden boats! (Video by David Kanally)

by Rob

Friday October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: an eye-catching Jafco Seamaster, 17.8 ft, 1956. (Please see details below the photos.)
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This charming,versatile 17′ 8″ foot Jafco Seamaster is powered by a 100 hp. Gray marine engine, with a new transmission installed in 2013. The body has been refinished and a chine plank has also been replaced. The owner has a total of $22,000 invested in the Seamaster.
“Eleanor” is a beautiful boat and will bring years of pleasure to her new owners.
Asking $17,500 but the price is negotiable. For contact information, please visit ad number pb622 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link. pb622
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by Rob

Thursday October 9, 2014

October 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dippies here, Dippies there, Dippies Dippies everywhere!
The photo below features a “gaggle” of Dippies strutting their stuff at the Muskoka Lakes Assocation boat show in Port Carling, Ontario.
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Not all Dispros have attained show quality. The shots below illustrate a Dippy in need of some significant TLC. Even a stripping and re-varnishing of this boat would do wonders. Probably time to call in the Dippy Doctor, Paul Dodington, to take the engine under is wing, too!
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Tuesday October 7, 2014

October 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Can you help keep the Segwun operational?
HELP SEGWUN CAMPAIGN
OVER 100 DONORS ARE NOW ON BOARD!

WE NEED 100 MORE!
HMS Segwun
We are embarking upon a vital restoration project for RMS Segwun beginning next week. Now in her 127th sailing season, the project will be extensive structural restoration to the deck under the wheelhouse and associated electrical and mechanical work. This work is urgently needed and has been estimated to cost over $150,000. It includes lifting the wheelhouse, rebuilding the deck and putting the wheelhouse back in place along with all of the many mechanical/electrical linkages to the engine room.

Over 100 Segwun enthusiasts have contributed so far and we are looking for 100 more to finish the campaign. The iconic Segwun is award-winning and community owned and she is operated by a registered, not-for-profit organization.

The work on Segwun will begin after Thanksgiving and will be completed in time for the start of the 2015 sailing season. It will be the single biggest restoration initiative in over 30 years.

100% of funds raised will be spent on Segwun!

If you haven’t already contributed, please consider supporting Segwun and this important restoration project.

A DONOR RECOGNITION PROGRAM IS OFFERED

Contributions can be made by contacting the
Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society at 1-866-687-6667.

by Rob

Monday October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Disappearing Propeller Boats video
The charming “Science on the Move” video below, shows a series of ‘Dippies” in all their glory, including insights on the operation of their sometimes cantankerous engines and disappearing prop mechanism. (Please be patient. The video doesn’t really begin until the 33rd second.) Enjoy!

by Rob

Friday October 3, 2014

October 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Sorry, it’s gone. The 1949, 20ft. SeaBirD (ad number pb617 ) has sold within about two weeks of appearing on the Port Carling Boats website. Congratulations to the vendor and the new owners, who drove from east of Quebec city to take possession of their “Bird”. We wish them lots of happy boating.
(See photos below)
A note to all our viewers: if you know the ad number of a boat that interests you, you can now click on the Boat Ad Number tab at the top right of the home page and insert the ad number for quick retrieval.
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by Rob

October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Year of the “Dippy”
2015 will be declared the ‘year of the Dippy”, as the disappearing propeller boat mechanism was invented almost one hundred years ago. The Disappearing Propeller Boat, ( also known as a D.P., Dippy, or Dispro) will be the featured boat of the 2015 ACBS Boat show in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada.
In honour of the Dippy, we’ll feature this iconic vessel periodically over the next few months. Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

Tuesday September 30, 2014

September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Unique Sea-Sled makes appearance at ACBS Boat Show.
This truly unique 1917 Hickman Sea Sled, powered by twin engines and monstrous propellers, will surely fly across the water with it’s catamaran type hull. Note the unique rudder configuration.
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by Rob

Monday September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

New photos of stunning Gar Wood, 25 ft, 1996
We have received several new photos of this outstanding Gar Wood.
“This magnificent boat is a custom triple cockpit Gar Wood Streamliner. It is one of two 25 foot models known to be built by the Gar Wood Custom Boat Co. This is a 1996 version of the antique 22 foot Gar Wood Streamliner built in 1938 through 1941. She is 3 feet longer and one foot wider than the original to maximize passenger comfort and performance.The power is a Mercruiser 7.4 liter V8 with velvet drive. (50 mph) The engine is mounted in the rear of the boat, behind the passenger cockpits to allow full walk-through between cockpits, which is unique for a triple cockpit model. It has hydraulic steering, fold –down windshield, dual 4 inch exhaust, and seating for 9 passengers. Comes with a full water line cover and custom tandem axle trailer with new tires on 4 wheels, all having electric brakes. For the full story on this boat, please click on the link.pb559
(Note to Mr. Eric Pryor: We have been unable to return your email inquiry. Please contact Rob at 705-788-1802 if this boat is still of interest)
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by Rob

Friday September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing…The price is right!
For the budget conscious…a great winter restoration project!
Canadian cedar-strip “Rocket” 14 ft.
The price is right on this very restorable light-weight runabout..a great winter project for the home handy-man or woman. A refinishing, transom knee, plastic wind shield and several rib replacements should bring this boat back to good running condition. The engine included is a 1958 Johnson, electric start engine, which turns over.The owner, John of Webster’s Beacon in Dwight Ontario, indicates that the seat backs and hardware are “all there” as are the windshield brackets.
The Canadian is priced to sell at $695. For contact information, please see ad number pb620 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb620
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by Rob

Thursday September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

ACBS International Boat show in New York State:
Skaneateles, N.Y played host to the annual ACBS Boat show, the weekend of September 13/14, 2014. As usual, an abundance of gleaming mahogany decks and throbbing engines offered lots to admire. Congratulations to “Best of Show” winner Mike Green for his beautiful DreamBoat. (below)
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The Muskoka, Ontario area was also represented by Omega, a stunning gentleman’s racer.
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The torpedo stern “double ender” below reflects a timeless elegance and grace from early in the last century.
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by Rob

Wednesday September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: an exciting Speedliner “Water Cobra”, 12 ft, 1946
This delightful Speedliner was totally rebuilt in 1998 with the original frame kept intact. Both the boat and twin 18 hp. Chris-Craft Commander engines are in pristine condition. The “in-water” photo below demonstrates the fun this boat provides, with a top speed in excess of 40 mph. Included in the sale is a single axle Tee Nee trailer, also in excellent condition.
The price for the complete package is $12,500. FOr contact information, please see ad number pb621 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link. pb621
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by Rob

Monday September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a 1950’s Cadillac Marine runabout, 14 ft.
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This runabout has had $4000 invested in restorative work, including a double layered “no soak” hull. (The interior layer is molded marine ply above the planked epoxied bottom.) The runabout was built in Cadillac, Michigan, under the auspices of Chris-Craft. The 20 inch transom has been reinforced and the he marine battery is housed in a box behind the front cockpit. The Cadillac is trimmed with oak and the seats padded with newer upholstery. Although the boat is being sold without an engine, the vendor, Webster’s Beacon in Dwight, has a number of used (or new) motors that could be installed on site. A single axle trailer is included in the sale.
Price: $3,995 For further details, please see ad #pb619 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link. pb619

by Rob

Saturday September 20, 2014

September 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Greavette Disappearing Propeller Boat, 1947.
This charming, well-cared-for “Dippy” (or Dispro) boasts recently varnished wood in good condition and beautiful custom upholstered seat cushions. “Kathryn” is powered by a factory upgraded Coventry Victor engine which was completely rebuilt by Paul Dodington (the Dippy Doctor) in 1995, at a cost of $5,200.
A new stem, stern post and keel were installed by Mike Windsor. Many original documents and a new custom mooring cover are included in the sale. The trailer is available at a negotiated price.
Price: $11,995 For further information, please see ad number pb618 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb618
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