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Welcome to the Port Carling Boats site

May 12, 2015 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

Monday May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Dramatic price reduction on 20 ft. SeaBird

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this lovely Seabird from $9,500 to $6,500. WOW! The boat must go – to make room for a different vessel in the boathouse.
Notes from the owner.
“This 1947 Seabird utility is a truly beautiful boat, always stored in a protected boathouse. The “Bird” is powered by a Buchanan 6 cylinder, 105 hp engine, which received major attention in the winter of 2013, including:
-Remove and replace engine and steam clean inside hull
-Replace flywheel ring gear and rebuild starter and generator and convert them to 12 volt
-Complete new wiring harness and fuse panel to modern specs
-All bulbs and spotlight bulb replaced with 12 volt units
-New 12 volt gauges
-Carb rebuild, tune up, water pump rebuild
-Remove and replace and steam clean gas tank
-New 12 volt bilge pump and blower
-All hoses, clamps, belts, as needed
– I think we upgraded the fuel filter system as well.
The SeaBird comes fully loaded, with a fire extinguisher, many spare parts and an electric boat lift system.
For contact information, please see ad number pb625 on the Antique/Classic boats page, or click on the link. pb625

by Rob

Monday May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a stunning restoration of a 20 ft, 1947 Grew.
This Semi enclosed utility inboard features a vented front windshield, fixed cabin side windows, removable canvas cabin cover and generous seating for eight.
The Grew is a perfect evening cruise boat, having received a professional bottom up restoration, starting with all new oak bottom ribs sealed with epoxy. New marine plywood inner bottom installed with original planking installed over using 3M 5200 caulking for a tight leak-proof bottom. Hull sides are the original 5/8″ solid mahogany lapstrake planking with 10 coats white Interlux Brightside urethane.The decks and coverboards are new 1/2\”solid mahogany, while the new cabin sides are 3/4\” mahogany. All original mahogany interior woodwork was stripped, repaired and reassembled. All brightwork is finished with 10 coats of Interlux varnish.The interior has new fitted cushions in blue vinyl and a new blue linoleum floor. All hardware has been rechromed and all stainless polished. Grey Marine motor completely reconditioned with original 6v electrical system . Runs beautifully. 6v bilge pump.Professionally sewn custom fitted cover, Older EZ Loader trailer custom fit to boat. Selling at half the restoration costs. Must sell. Open to offers or will trade for ??(NO BOATS)
Price: $22,500 Ad # pb641
(Editor’s note. This is the most beautiful Grew restoration I have ever seen. It’s worth the drive to Winnipeg!”)
For contact information, please click on the link: pb641

by Rob

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

May 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

ACBS Wooden Boat shop tour, Muskoka, Ontario (Part II).
Enjoy the cascade of classic/antique wooden boats under restoration (as well as new builds) at this April 25th, 2015 event. You can almost smell the drying varnish! Minetts, Greavettes, Dukes and even Sea Fleas strut their stuff.

by Rob

Friday May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

Dramatic Price Reduction on Long Deck Launch
We have been instructed by the owners of this 27 ft. 1920 Gidley long deck launch to reduce the price from $80,000 to $50,000! WOW!

This beautiful, historic launch went through a total restoration about ten years ago, costing $150,000.  The hull is cedar on oak.  (Length, 27 ft, beam 6 ft.)
The owner passed away a year later and the Gidley has been in storage ever since. The six cylinder Chrysler Crown engine was started up this fall,  (2012).  The boat’s name is “Black Cat”.  (Note the cat’s head on top of the gear shift lever.)  “Black Cat” comes with a storage trailer.

Price: Was $80.000. New price as of May, 2015: $50,000!
For contact information, please see ad number pb521 on the Antique/Classic Boats page, or click on the link. pb521

by Rob

Tuesday May 12, 2015

May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

Video Tour of the Spring Boat Shop Tour, Muskoka, Ontario
Enjoy Part One of this annual tour of wooden boat shops in Muskoka Ontario, sponsored by the Toronto Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. WARNING! There’s lots of wooden eye candy to covet!

by Rob

Monday May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

Price Reduction on Seabird restoration project:
We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this 18 ft, 1929 Seabird from $3,500 to $2,000. Already partly rebuilt, the Seabird offers a very feasible restoration project. Photos and description below)
The Seabird before restoration)
This boat has been in storage for 9 years
The complete boat is under restoration and needs a new home to be completed
This Seabird is currently turned over and ready for a new bottom. Currently has a new transom installed white oak frames installed, ready for new ribs, keel and plank bottom. Very good wood condition otherwise and requires complete refinishing. Complete engine and all hardware is stored ready to be reconditioned and installed. Buchanan Jr engine requires restoration. I have all industry contacts to complete. Owner has lost interest and has other priorities. Must remove Seabird from Muskoka cottage basement to finish basement renovation. Best offer takes the boat. Sorry no trailer. For contact information, please see ad number pb 583 on the Antique/Classic Boats page, or click on the link.pb583

by Rob

Wednesday May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: an exciting restoration project.
This 1939, 22 ft. Port Carling Boat Works SeaBird features a mahogany lapstrake bottom. Power comes from a 100 h.p. 6 cylinder Buchanan Rocket engine, last run in the late 1980s. Most of the hardware is complete, except for the windshield brackets and front docking cleats. The SeaBird is a barn find. The boat has been in storage for an extended period of time. Price $4000
For further information, please see ad number pb640 on the Antique/Classic Boats page, or click on the link, pb640
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by Rob

Sunday May 3, 2015

May 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

ACBS Toronto Chapter Spring Tour of Muskoka boat shops

The weather cooperated wonderfully last weekend (April 25th)  for the annual ACBS Spring tour.
Some ten shops opened their doors to the approximately 250 wooden boat enthusiasts who crowded around a bevy of wooden eye candy of all shapes and descriptions. The photos below more or less speak for themselves.
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The boat below, in Paul Brackley’s Gravenhurst shop, was built in Florida for Ransom Olds of Oldsmobile fame. At one point it belonged to the gangster Al Capone, before it was seized by the US. Internal Revenue Service.

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Paul also had a beautiful 30+ foot Chris=Craft hard-top on display

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MIke Windsor’s Gravenhurst shop boasted a beautiful long deck launch.

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Mike has been working on this beauty below for several years, as time permits. the launch had been badly burned in a fire decades ago. Careful research enabled Mike to accurately determine the configuration of the burned out hull.

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A new highlight of the Tour this year was a visit to the Muskoka Sea-Flea display in Gravenhurst Bay.

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Tim Butson’s Bracebridge shop was humming with a number of glistening beauties.

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(Below) Stan Hunter’s shed sports a Greavette sSunflash waiting a chance to escape!

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A Duke Playmate? and a knock-out Greavetter Streamliner await some finishing touches.

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Jeremy Fowler’s Duke Boats in Port Carling Ontario includes a launch almost ready for immersion.  (The ice is finally out of the Muskoka Lakes)

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A lovely Duke Playmate (above) also seems ready for action!
Stay tuned for the upcoming video of the ACBS Spring Tour.

by Rob

Friday May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

Price reduction on custom fishing/motor boat: also… Herreshoff Dinghy plans and molds available!
We have been advised by the owner of this 22 ft, 1988 custom speed/utility boat to reduce the price from $5,000 to $4000. The boat is powered by a 55 hp Mariner -manual motor.
pb430-3The sale includes a well maintained 1993 EzHauler trailer and a Ray Jefferson sounder. The boat is currently located in Northern Ontario. The owner is wiling to transport the boat to North Bay for a purchaser. For further information, please see ad number pb430 on the Antique/Classic Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb430
Herreshoff skiff plans and molds available.
Bring out the boat builder in you! Visit our Boat Parts For Sale page to inquire about this opportunity to build your very own Herreshoff skiff. Designed in 1905 by the famous builder of wooden boats, the skiff is 11.5 ft in length, with a four foot beam. A completed copy of the boat is featured below.
The builder/plan vendor estimates the cost of completing the skiff at about $2,000Dinghy Plans
3. Dinghy frame molds
4. Completed dinghy - Not for Sale

by Rob

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: A Giesler/Blackbird runabout: 15.5 ft. 2014
This runabout is a Giesler hull, attractively finished by Blackbird Boatworks of Port Sydney, Ontario in 2014 in the classic Muskoka style.
Its running length is 15\’ 6 with a beam of 65″; and the trim of a gentleman’s racer.
The engine is a brand-new 40 hp 4-stroke Yamaha with less than 10 hours run time. Top speed is 32 mph plus (The engine has not yet been run at full throttle as it is still “breaking in”. It features a remote start, tilt and a speedometer. It will really get this boat up to speed. The runabout will seat four adults and two children.
The boat has never been trailered and is boat-house stored on Lake of Bays. The sale includes life jackets and paddle. Storage compartment in the stern end. Red pin striping between deck planks. Custom mahogany steering wheel.Owner is moving to Alberta.
Price: $25,000. For contact information, please see ad number pb639 on the Reproduction Wooden Boats page.

by Rob

Thursday April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

Price reduction on Peterborough cedar-strip package:
We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this
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 Brayden 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. Orginally priced at $4,300, the new price is $3200. For contact information, please visit ad number pb600 on the Classic/Antique Boats page.



by Rob

Tuesday April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our newest Listing: A rare 22 ft Richardson Picnic Launch: 22 ft, 1939
This rare Richardson launch underwent extensive refurbishing in 2010 by Barron’s Custom Boats in Midland, Ontario. More than $23,000 in restorative work was carried out (including a new hard top). According to an available marine survey by Barrie Marine Surveyors and appraisers in 2010, reported that the boat is in “exceptionally good condition, considering her vintage.” The Richardson is powered by a 4 cylinder 1981 Volvo Penta engine, (135 b.p.h.) The marine survey estimated the fair market value of “Babe” at $33,000 to $35,000
The history of the launch can be found in the text among the photos.
The Richardson is turn-key and ready for inspection.
Price:$20,000 or best offer. Owner will consider a trade for a vintage auto. Ad number pb638 For contact information, please see ad number pb638 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link: pb638








by Rob

Friday April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

A visit to the Buffalo Maritime Centre
The Centre is a hidden gem in downtown Buffalo, New York, for those who love wooden boats. Check out the opportunities below. Expertise, abundant space and resources are all here for the “do-it yourselfer.” The Centre is also home to the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the ACBS.

by Rob

Tuesday April 14, 2015

April 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s still available: 22 ft. Custom Gentleman’s Racer
Built in 2012 by Done-Rite Restorations in Lambton, Ontario, this racer features an epoxy coated double layer plywood “no soak” hull. Book matched deck planking and many customized features add to this beautiful boat’s lustre, as does vintage re-done chrome. Her 350 over-bored engine will push the boat to 47 mph. With a beam of 7 ft, she seats three in the main cockpit. “Slightly Altered” has been designed so that a forward cockpit (mother-in-law seat) can be added. Originally listed at $65,000, the new price is $45,000. In our view, this figure must be well below the production costs of this racer.
For contact information and additional photos please visit ad number pb526 on the Reproduction Wooden Boats page, or click on the link pb526





by Rob

Wednesday April 8, 2015

April 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: A Peterborough Falcon cedar-strip: 16 ft, 1948

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Notes from the owner:
“This 1948 Peterborough Falcon 185, double wide canoe is an exact copy of the 1947 Peterborough Falcon 185, double wide canoe, with one modification…. A 3″ slab of mahogany on the back end, to accommodate the heavy weight of the prototype first ever built outboard engines that were being designed in 1948…

This is Canada’s first powered boat. It cost 75 dollars Canadian (plus the engine), most commonly used for traveling the St.Lawrence river from home to market, made of soft cedar, they most commonly ended up at the bottom of the river from saturation.
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The outer shell was covered in fiberglass in 1995 to protect the wood from damage and avoid saturation…

This one made its way out west 45 years ago, and was stored indoors for most of its life. Other than a couple of fishing expeditions per year in Sylvan Lake, Alberta (between 1995 and 2005) this boat has been indoors protected from the elements….
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The history of the Peterborough canoe company can be viewed here at and it is believed that this is the very same boat make and model of canoe that was given to Queen Elizabeth, by the Peterborough Canoe Company, in 1948, when she was still a princess.
The sale of the Falcon also includes a single axle, 1990 trailer in great shape.
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I am interested in selling this boat, I am willing to restore it, or sell it as is, depending on your preference…
Price: $3500 For contact informaiton, please see ad numbher pb637 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb637