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Welcome to the Port Carling Boats site

December 15, 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

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by Rob

Monday December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

A look back at two historic race boats: Miss Detroit III and Miss America VIII.
Miss Detroit
Gar Wood won the 1918 Gold Cup Race in “Miss Detroit III” powered by a rare 1916 Curtiss V-12 aircraft engine. Michael McBride captured the photos for this story on Woody Boater.
Miss America VIII
1929 Gar Wood Miss America VIII – Winner of the Harmsworth Trophy in 1929 and 1931; fitted with its original twin, one-off Miller V16 engines, which were specially designed for Miss America VIII by Harry Miller to break the World’s Speed Record.
Even in 1929, the steering mechanism on a Miss America was primitive by today’s standards! Photo below.
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by Rob

Thursday December 11, 2014

December 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a unique Peterborough Phantom, 12 ft, 1961
This is a very rare racer; one of the last boats made by Peterborough Boat Co. – possibly the only one of this model made!
A two-seater speedboat with a molded mahogany hull in PRISTINE, ORIGINAL condition. Always stored indoors and only hauled in a closed, single axle boat trailer which is included in the sale. Hasn’t been in the water for over 30 years. Comes with an 18 hp Evinrude Fastwin with remote controls.
All original hull, decking, no restoration work done or needed. There is a vinyl cover on the seat but can be taken off – underneath is the original solid fibreglass seat. Includes running lights, compass, speedometer – all original. Compass and flag are stored off boat.
This boat was sold new in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan by Eaton’s. On delivery, the buyer noticed that there were indentations on the transom that looked like a motor had been mounted on it. We surmise that this is the boat that was used for the photograph of the Phantom in the last Peterborough Boat Company catalog. The photograph showed the boat in the water at high speed. After extensive searching, we have been unable to locate another of this model.pb629-1
This boat is currently located in Saskatchewan.
Price: $35,000 (Owner is willing to negotiate)
For contact information, please see Ad #pb629 or click on the link

by Rob

Wednesday December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Price reduction on Glen-L “Mighty Mite” racer
Originally priced at $14,000, the owner has reduced the price on “Spatz” to $8,500. This 1960’s 12 ft.race boat is powered by a 4 cylinder, 60 hp Chris-Craft engine and will attain speeds of 35+ mph. The hull is composed of hardwood frames epoxied to marine plywood. A single axle trailer is included in the sale
Comments from the vendor below:
“This boat is strong and reliable and a treat to run. It’s ready to go.It comes with a new carb. and tune-up.”
For contact information, please see ad number pb529 on the “Classic/Antique Wooden Boats” page, or click on the link.

by Rob

Monday December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Highlights from the Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance, 2014
Lake Tahoe’s beautiful, clear water offers some of the best wooden boating (and stunning wooden boats) in North America.
Enjoy the video of the 2014 Concours D’Elegance below.

by Rob

Saturday December 6, 2014

December 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a beautiful Greavette Streamliner, 26 ft, 1949pb628-2
This beautiful Streamliner is powered by a 300 hp. Crusader engine in excellent condition (restored in 2004).
The Greavette is boat house stored, meticulously maintained and gently used every summer. The Streamliner was totally restored in 1989. Streamliners are considered “creme de la creme” by wooden boat enthusiasts and collectors. This Greavette is no exception. (Note: Greavette Streamliners were designed by renowned naval architect Douglas Van Patten)
Price: $180,000 For contact information, please see ad number pb628 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link pb628 (More photos below)





by Rob

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Blackbird Boats unveils a stunning new Gentleman’s Racer, 23 ft, 600hp! Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

Thursday November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a rare Minett-Shields, 26 ft, 1929
This extremely rare, beautiful Minett-Shields twin cockpit launch represents the very best of Muskoka boat building. Custom built at the end of the “Roaring 20’s”, and in show room condition, the launch comes re-powered (2000) with a reliable 8 cylinder, 370 hp. Mercruiser engine. The original Scripps engine is also included in the sale. The launch, which offers pristine bright-work, was re-varnished in 2011.  The iconic Fleetwood II  has been boat house kept, has a very interesting history and is in mint condition.
Price $325,000
For contact information, please see ad number pb627 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link. pb627 (More photos below)
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by Rob

Sunday November 16, 2014

November 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Incredible new Gentleman’s Racer debuts at Blackbird Boats.
Congratulations to Paul Hunter and his staff on the completion of this amazing 23 foot Blackbird GR (Gentleman’s Racer). The racer has been water tested and is back in the shop for some fine tuning. The 600 horsepower, 588 ci, 8 cylinder Roush Marine engine pushes the boat to a plane in about two seconds flat.
The cold molded, fifteen layer epoxied hull is coated with an additional layer of fibreglass for abrasion protection. The boat offers enhanced features such as an electrically operated engine hatch lift, a retractable water ski pole, mooring cleats and even bow light among it’s many custom features.
The GR will seat three in the main cockpit and two in the forward “mother-in-law” compartment.
The GR project, which can be ordered directly from Blackbird Boats, took about six months to complete. It’s difficult to imagine a more spectacular Gentleman’s Racer than the Blackbird GR.






by Rob

Friday, November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Can you help to identify this mystery boat?
The owners of this unique hard top sedan (photos below) are seeking assistance in identifying the origin and manufacturer of this twenty foot “mystery boat”. The previous owner, who bought the boat at auction, had the craft stored in a barn for twenty years. He told the current owners it had been built as a mail delivery boat in the Prince Edward County area of Lake Ontario, likely in the 1930’s to 1940’s.
Strangely enough, the boat may never have been launched. There are no bumps or marks on the hull; nor are there any hardware holes in the decks for cleats or running lights!
The owners would be very grateful for any leads or knowledge of the boat’s history. If you can help, please contact Rob at Port Carling Boats through our contact information tab (About Us”) at the top of the home page.

by Rob

Thursday November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a lovely Port Carling Boatworks SeaBird, 20 ft, 1947
This lovely Seabird 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
– fuel filter system upgraded
The SeaBird comes fully loaded, with a fire extinguisher, many spare parts and an electric boat lift system.
Price: $9,500
For contact information, please visit ad number pb625 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb625

by Rob

Monday November 10, 2014

November 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Duke Playmate; 17 ft. 1951

This charming Playmate has been boathouse stored and meticulously maintained. Comfortably upholstered with seating for five or six, it makes a wonderful, gentle, touring boat. The rebuilt (2010) Buchanan Midget 4 cylinder inboard engine promises summers of reliable boating.
Price: $10,000
For contact information, please see ad number pb623 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link.

by Rob

Sunday November 9, 2014

November 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

A quick peek at Tom Adam’s Boat boat shop and Duke Boats in Port Carling…

A brief stop-over at Tom Adam’s Muskoka boat shop last week revealed several interesting boats in for restorative work. The list included a Greynock triple cockpit, A Rayson Gardena from California, a Shepherd and a beautiful big Duke.


Over at Duke Boats, Jeremy Fowler and his staff were busy at work on an absolutely stunning 26 foot Hunter, a Greavette Sunflash (and several other craft).

by Rob

Saturday November 8, 2014

November 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

World Speed Record for wooden rib installation?
Watch Crossley Hunter, (son of Stan Hunter Boat Builder) in an amazing show of speed and dexterity, below. Crossley installs a scalding hot oak rib in a 20 ft Duke in a few seconds flat, bare handed!. Warning: Do not try this at home!

PS: For anyone interested in renting a wooden launch, please see Stan and Crossley’s Muskoka Launch Livery side bar ad on the home page of the Port Carling Boats website.

by Rob

Wednesday November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Remembering that 2015 will be the year of the Disappearing Propeller Boat, we offer these lovely shots of this especially lovely Dippy taken by photographer Michael Walker. To see more of Michael’s beautiful photos, visit
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by Rob

Tuesday November 4, 2014

November 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

“Varnish Off” Competition highlights tips from the professionals.

Thanks to the ACBS Toronto Chapter and Ken Lavalette of Woodwind Yachts, attendees at the recent Fall Workshop were treated to some very valuable information on preparing a wooden boat for varnishing, and the “roll and tip” varnishing technique. What’s more, they had fun doing it. Watch the video below to see how the pros do it!