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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

Solar Race boats in Denmark

November 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

Although there’s nothing more enticing than the deep throb of a classic marine engine  exhaust,, solar power is on the rise – for good reason.  Enjoy the video below of the lightning-speed build  and running of a solar racer.
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by Rob

ACBS home Shop Tour: the finale!

November 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

N.H, our secret sleuth, concludes his autumn ACBS Home Shop Tour with a visit to Wayne’s World, a spacious facility overlooking Lake Scugog in Southern Ontario.
Our sleuth tells the story below in his own words and photos. Enjoy.
“I hummed and hawed that it was 2:00 pm. Could I make the drive to Wayne’s World in Port Perry in time? I knew Wayne Robinson had quite the collection of Aristocrafts and antique memorabilia. Then I read that Ken Kirk would also be displaying some of his collection of antique outboard race-boats. Wayne confirmed by phone that he would be open so off I went.
When you roll up to Wayne’s World you see a large barn-like building overlooking Lake Scugog. Out front, as well as a sign for Wayne’s World, rests a number of fibreglass boats, including a red and white hard-top fibreglass Aristocraft with a large, white, 80 hp Mercury “Tower of Power” crowning her transom. This is quite a sight for the entrance into the building.

On the ground floor sits Ken’s extensive collection of outboards, including Allez IV, a lovely mahogany planked step-hull racer with a round sheer-line.
I really liked the 1930/31 N-36; the single step Fred Jacoby 9′ 6″ racer.



CZ-1 is a 1979 12 ft DeSilova K/R runabout utility with a 1930s Evinrude Speedtwin modified engine that runs on an alcohol, Castor Oil fuel mixture. Also on display is a lime-green/orange 1930 Penn Yan Marathoner with a dual step bottom. At fourteen feet, seventy-five pounds and a canvas deck, this is one of only three known to exist. It just made my day to finish the Home Shop tour with this exhibit.

Every small child’s dream boat!

Penn Yan Marathoner.: one of only three know to exist.

Aristocraft collection

 

1979 DeSilva K/R with a 1930s Evinrude modified engine.

On the second floor of the building is Wayne’s amazing collection of Aristocraft boats

 

I hope that you enjoyed the tour and the recap.”

by Rob

Our ACBS Home Shop Boat Tour Continues…

November 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Our secret sleuth, N.H, continues his home boat shop tour with a visit to a fabulous vintage boat gallery in Barrie, Ontario

The Peter Moore Collection at Carpe Diem Wood Boat shop in the centre of Barrie.

“This facility is located in an innocuous single storey industrial building with a large overhead door and single entrance door. Apart from the Carpe Diem Wood Boats shop sign, this space could be any plant in any city. However, behind those doors is a wonderful white-walled, polished concrete floor, and a pristine building, so large that a bus could perform “donuts” in it and not contact Peter’s amazing collection of boats. He also has a large pool-like setup with two overhead gantries that allow him to move and soak his boats in water.

Currently in the tank is his award winning 1921 JJ Taylor Heldena III, immersed to swell up prior to usage. This large shunting area for the boats also contained a number of boats and engines. Directly across from the tank was a large dual-engine Shepherd 25 foot+ runabout. and a Glen-L Monaco that was being built by a friend of Peter’s.

Beyond the main room with the “soaking pool,” lies Peter’s extensive collection of boats – nine or ten watercraft, which includes a number of immaculate dual engine Shepherds, a 1935 JJ Taylor Toronto Harbour Police boat,(approximately 30+ feet with a working siren) and Copy Cat, a 1998, 25 foot Hacker Craft. Also included in the colleciton is Rambler a 1918 triple cockpit launch that I recognized from several boat shows. Peter purchased Ramblerat the Clayton Boat Show auction in 2016.




This facility is a spectacularly spacious venue for art-pretending-to-be-boats! It was quite an art gallery. I thank Peter and his family very much for sharing his collection with us.

by Rob

One of our newest listings: a Cliffcraft runabout.

October 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

Cliffcraft Runabout 16′, 1964
This Cliffcraft lapstrake runabout, in excellent condition,  has had a major “make-over”, having been recently refinished and re-upholstered.  The boat is powered by a 4 cylinder, four stroke  Mercury 30 hp. engine in ‘like new” condition.

Included Equipment: boat, motor, trailer and custom storage cover. The trailer and motor are approximately 5 years old.

Price – $4999    For further details, photos and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb784   (Additional photos below)

 

by Rob

The ACBS Home Shop Tour offers some stunning vintage boats.

October 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Many thanks to our secret sleuth, N.H. for documenting the ACBS Home Shop Tour, held this past weekend (Oct.21 2017). Gracious private wooden boat restorers kindly opened their shops and garages to members of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Shops in Port Carling, Barrie and Port Perry were visited by our sleuth.  In Part I, below,he describes the Port Carling visit in his own words.

“The 2017 Toronto ACBS Home Shop Tour began on a bright, sunny and warm day. It was magical to drive up Hwy 400 to Port Carling free of traffic.

I rolled into David and Rosalie’s lovely cottage on Peninsula around 8:30 am. Several  people ahead of me were enjoying some freshly brewed java and cookies. As I strolled up the driveway approaching the double bay garage, I was immediately drawn to the shape of the long deck of the Clarion 23ft Gentleman’s racer that just had its inner mahogany plywood skin installed. Sleek lines and a subtle raised cowling ensconced the driver.  I imagined bombing around the lakes in what will be a lovely boat when it is completed.

My eye was then drawn to the narrow beam of an old hull with a lovely bow flare that clearly signalled a Ditchburn boat. As I was walking around taking in the angles and noticing details of the boat,  I overheard David’s son, Chris telling the story of this boat to an old gentleman who is recording all the history of the Muskoka boats for Grace and Speed- Muskoka Hertiage Centre. I knew this was a magical boat but it was a stunning story at that; so we begin.

It was a sunny Friday afternoon that was taking Chris and his fiance at the time, Amy, to the village of Windermere Ontario. They were in the process of planning their wedding and were in the Village to meet with the local minister. Being punctual they arrived early and proceeded to take a walk to kill some time. While walking they came upon an open garage. Inside, an older gentleman stood beside an old boat. Chris introduced himself and his fiance  and  asked him about the boat. It was a 1927 Ditchburn, 23ft long and sister ship to Whip Poor Will and Pimento. The Gentleman said he had had it for approximately 30 years but he had not had the time to get around to restoring the boat. The cedar hull had its paint removed and you could see it was in great shape; it had all its hardware removed and he had the original engine as well as a rebuilt duplicate engine. Chris asked the Gentleman, “How much would you like for the boat?”,  and then proceeded to write the him a cheque. This barn-find boat came with all original hardware; steering wheel, and she is a survivor. The boat will be named The Good Friday, as he meet his wife-to-be on a Friday and he found the boat on a Friday. Very rare boat; Nicely done Chris and Amy.



I then moved over to the 2nd garage and noticed a Corvette being restored and a Wood utility boat in the garage.

I then took the stairs down to the lake boat house and noticed David’s awe inspiring Ditchburn Viking replica Hull that at 27ft is a dead ringer for the real boat. I have always admired Dwight Boyd’s Gentleman’s Racers and his 21ft racer is no exception. This is one exciting boat house that also had a dippy sitting on the cedar plank floor. What a great setup for these wonderful boats. Thank-you to the family for sharing your home with the boat tour visitors.

Since I keep my boat in Port Carling, I dropped by to remove the battery and other items from the boat for winter storage. I also had to take some measurements for relocating my gas tank from the front of the boat to behind the driver’s seat. I left the car key in the ignition and off I went to work for an hour. On returning to the car and turning the key, I could hear the ignition relay working –  but the starter was not activating. “Oh No”. I had left the high beams on and killed the battery. No jumper cables and CAA was an hour away, so I tried push starting the car on gravel.. No luck –  there is also a slight upward grade where I parked. UGH! So off I trudged to the road and after 40 minutes of waving at people, a kind man by the name of Scott driving in a blue pickup truck from Property Care is a Briese pulled over. He decided to help me out. we push-started my car and off I roared down hwy 169 to Barrie. (End of Part One)