by PCB Admin


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

Our newest listing: a twin engine Chris-Craft Sportsman, 27 ft, 1962

September 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

Chris-Craft Sportsman: 27 ft, 1962
Notes from the owner:
“I have up for sale my 1962, 27 ft, Twin Engine, plywood lapstrake hull , Chris-Craft Sportsman. This open launch hull is in excellent condition, having been kept in a barn most of the time since 1962. Has prime coat on outer hull. Varnish has been removed for staining and re-coating. Engines are not seized, (twin Gray 283’s.) One was rebuilt only a few hours on it. Needs new upholstery. Nautolex decking is secure. Has cuddy cabin. Only requires cosmetic restoration. One of 240 built. Perfect boat to keep up in the boat house for that special evening or excellent guest conveyance for a 5 star resort. Boat is located north of Toronto, in Barrie Ontario.”
Note: A tandem axle trailer with new tires, rims and bearings is available for purchase. Also, The drive shafts and props come with the boat.
Price: $9,800 For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb718 (More photos below).



by Rob

Free Admission to the Antique Boat Museum…and…restored Duke Playmate returns to Muskoka waters

September 19, 2016 in Blog

Free Admission to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York.
Free admission for visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket on September 24

CLAYTON, New York (September 19, 2016) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum, will once again open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 24, 2016, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s twelfth annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 200,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

“We encourage our North Country neighbors, as well as visitors from afar, to come and see what the Antique Boat Museum has to offer,” explained Margaret Hummel, director of events and marketing. “This nationwide event is a wonderful opportunity to get out and explore your local institutions and further educate yourself on their mission and purpose.”

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 24, 2016. One ticket per household is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2016 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

For more information, please visit

About ABM
Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate NY, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts, including the famous runabout, Pardon Me, and a 113-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat, La Duchesse. In addition, the ABM plays host to the longest running antique boat show in North America and is considered the birthplace of antique raceboat regattas. The Museum will close for the 2016 season on Tuesday, October 11. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at
A Beautifully restored Duke Playmate is reborn on the Muskoka Lakes.
Congratulations to Gary G.on the newly completed restoration of his Duke Playmate, shown in the photo above. This project was a multi-year effort, involving substantial woodwork and engine repair. Playmates in their prime offered boaters a very practical, reasonably priced and efficient vessel for ferrying both cargo and passengers. Their small engines sip gasoline, yet they offer great passenger capacity, as demonstrated by Gary’s extended family in the photo.
PS: It is possible to rent a Duke Playmate in Muskoka, Ontario through Stan Hunter’s “Launch Livery” service. (See the sidebar ad on this page)

by Rob

A Peterborough Handyboy rises from the ashes!

September 16, 2016 in Blog

Congratulations to Ken Robinson of Owen Sound Ontario, who is reaching the final stages of restoration with this 1960s Peterborough Handyboy.


The Peterborough arrives at Ken’s shop

Questions to Ken and his responses are below:


The dismantling proceeds.

Is the Handy Boy a 15 footer? Yes minus a couple of inches for previous and new transom


The new transom is prepared and fitted

Is the interior of the boat coated with epoxy or polyester resin and/or varnish?
Interior has 3 coats of CEPS (Smith’s clear penetrating epoxy sealer) and 4 coats of Epifane clear varnish


The interior is finished with penetrating epoxy sealer and varnish.

How many new planks and ribs were required?
47 new ribs, 22 partial planks (about 13 sq. feet) Total of over 2000 clout nails.


47 new ribs and 22 partial planks

Any idea how many hours you spent on the boat during the process?
So far 680 hours of mostly pleasure. Most people think of it as work, but not so.

Several photos show the upturned hull with fibreglass cloth on the bottom. Did you use a polyester or epoxy resin on the hull?
6 oz. woven cloth with 3 coats of West epoxy resin over 3 coats of CEPS (Smith’s clear penetrating epoxy sealer) Painted with Epifane marine enamel
If you don’t mind me asking, do you have any idea of the funds required to complete a restoration of this nature? (I don’t mean to be “nosy”, but that information is very helpful for other potential restorers.
Initial purchase of boat and 1964 28hp Johnson (now for sale) was $850. So far I have spent $3500 on material, fasteners and suppliies (sandpaper, brushes etc).
Note to potential restorers: This is Ken’s first boat project. For a “beginner”,  it certainly appears that he has done a wonderful job! Ken is willing to share more information on his project if it is of interest or helpful for others embarking on a project. Contact this website for Ken’s contact information.

by Rob

ARGHHH maties! Tall ships and lighthouses!

September 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

All hands on deck for a glimpse of two Toronto tall ships, operated by Toronto Brigantine. Then stay on deck for a tour of the Chantry Island Lighthouse on Lake Huron. Anchors away!

by Rob

‘Dixie Baby’ honoured at Lake Tahoe Show

September 7, 2016 in Uncategorized



Congratulations to Peter Breen and his staff at Breen Boats. The team recently walked away with a very prestigeous award at one of the most distinguished classic boating events in North America.
Dixie Baby is a 1921, 23’ Ventnor, recently exhibited at Lake Tahoe’s Concours D’Elegance. She won the title of “Best Race Boat“. Dixie Baby also won the “Porsche Cup”, a prestigeous trophy, for “The Most Outstanding Performance Boat.”
Peter Breen and his staff are known for their exquisite, meticulous restorations and new builds. Hats off to the gang at Breen Boats!



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