Welcome to the Port Carling Boats site

April 16, 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

Wednesday April 16, 2013

April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

IT’S COMING! IT’S COMING!
Now is the time to register your boat for ACBS Toronto chapter Gravenhurst Boat Show, the weekend of July 5th, 2014. (see the information below).
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34th Annual Vintage Boat Show – Saturday, July 5, 2014 – Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst, Ontario
Is your boat registered yet? Take a look at some of the boats that are coming – along with a preview of their stories:
• Sweet Caroline, a 28’, 1954 enclosed Chris Craft cruiser completely restored by Victoria Bauer and relocated from North Carolina to Ontario
• Ollag, a 26’, 1923 Matheson long-deck launch returned from Lake Tahoe to its home on Lake Muskoka. Reverse the name and figure out a famous California winery connection!
• Herrs, a 22’, 1949 Chris Craft Sportsman – named ‘Best in Show’ in Wine Country ACBS Boat Show.
• Sea-J, an 18’, 1972 Greavette Sunflash IV recently restored by Sean Conroy. Engine trouble kept her from completing the Big Cruise for a Big Cause in 2012, but she’s ready for action now.
• Neriva, a 22’, 1922 McNeil Norris returned to the Callaghan family after a 50+ year absence.
• Canadian Club, a 24’, 1961 Shepherd purchased at the Sunnyland Boat Show in Tavares and towed home.
• And, of course, our poster boat Wa Chee We, a 35’ 1923 Ditchburn recovered by John Unsworth from 100’ below the surface of Lake Muskoka and restored by Gary Clark.
More boats are registering daily – don’t miss your chance to showcase your boat and share your story!
Vintage boats are the focus, but you don’t have to own one to enjoy the show! What else will you find at this year’s boat show? How about:
• Live boat auction by Antique Boat America
• Paddle to Power – a special display of boats and motors built in the Peterborough area
• Children’s entertainment
• Children and Youth Activities including cardboard boat building/parade and sea flea building
• Field of Dreams, Flea Market, Boats in Motion, Sea Flea Demonstration Course, Vendors – the list goes on!
The fun begins on Friday, July 4 with a Poker Run on Lake Muskoka and a return to the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre for BBQ lunch. Friday evening, enjoy cocktails, hors d’ouevres, a three-course dinner, and dancing at the Muskoka Bay Club. Gather for lunch in the VIP area on Saturday, and join us for Sunday brunch at the Bent Rudder at Duke’s in Port Carling.
To register your boat and purchase event tickets, please visit the ACBS Toronto website, www.acbs.ca, and click on the “Events” page.
Vendors’ Alley
Do you have a product or service you’d like to display in Vendors’ Alley? If so, visit the ACBS website.

by Rob

Friday April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: A Crouch designed replica hydroplane race boat; 19 ft. 2000
This unique hydroplane, “Commander McBragg”, is a reproduction of George Crouch’s famous 1912 hydroplane race boat. The racer was built in 2000 by talented and meticulous craftsman, David Berg of Berg Boats, in Washington State, USA.
Now you can “have your cake and eat it too”. Enjoy the thrill of piloting a “century old” race boat in excellent condition without worrying about a one hundred year old hull!
“Commander McBragg” represents one of the first, if not the first,stepped hydroplane designs. Built in 2000, it features African mahogany decks and transom, red cedar sides and mahogany plywood bottom. The hardware was custom fabricated to be true to the design of the original boat. “Commander McBragg” is powered by a 1936 Ford flathead V8 engine in good condition. The racer has won numerous boat show awards.
For further information, please see ad number pb584 on the Reproduction Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb584
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by Rob

Wednesday April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: an 18 ft, 1929 Port Carling Boat Works “SeaBird” restoration project.
A good deal of “heavy lifting” has already been done on the SeaBird. The engine and complete hardware have been removed and stored, the original bottom removed, and a new transom and white oak frames have been installed.. The “Bird” is ready for new ribs, keel and bottom planking. The Buchanan marine engine requires restoration. This “woody” has great potential and is reasonably priced at $3500. For further details, please see ad number pb583 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb583
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by Rob

Monday April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL CHERISH AN ANTIQUE DAY
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CLAYTON, New York (April 7, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, will celebrate “National Cherish an Antique Day” on Wednesday, April 9.

The ABM urges antique owners, and more specifically antique boat owners, to take a moment on Wednesday to cherish their aged masterpiece and relish in its historic roots.

Antique boat owners are also encouraged to submit a favorite photo of their boat to enews@abm.org prior to 10 a.m. on Wednesday for a chance to be entered in an online photo contest. Beginning at Noon on Wednesday, all submitted photos will be placed on the Museum’s Facebook page (www.facebook/antiqueboatmuseum) for a chance to win an ABM prize package, which includes admission passes, a speedboat ride for two, and a piece of merchandise. The winner will be determined by the number of ‘likes’ the photo receives. Contest will conclude on Friday at 5 p.m.

The ABM is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 50th year this August 1-3, and is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta.

The Museum will open for the 2014 season on May 2.

by Rob

Saturday April 5, 2014

April 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Now is the time to book your Muskoka cottage rental.
Will summer ever arrive? Although it still seems like January in Muskoka, summer holiday season will be upon us sooner than later. To avoid disappointment, now is the time to book your summer cottage getaway. Be sure to check out some of our lovely vacation properties on the Cottage Rental page. Believe it or not, it’s still possible to rent a vacation property on “high end” Lake Muskoka for a reasonable price.
The charming cottage below on Wilson Island, Lake Muskoka, for example, can be yours for $1,900 weekly. Check it out through the link. P0204
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by Rob

Friday April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: A Dodge dual cockpit runabout: 19.5 ft. 1936.
This Classic Dodge runabout, (double planked hull) was restored from 1991 to 1999 and has rarely been used since that time. Powered by a 6 cylinder, 93 hp. Phantom Grey Marine engine, the top speed of the runabout is estimated at 38 mph. The Dodge comes complete with a custom made boat cover, tandem axle trailer and flagpole. The owner has a complete set of records on this runabout from the time of purchase to the present. A comprehensive 16 page marine survey was completed on the boat in 2012. The vessel was listed in sound, above average condition. Asking price for the Dodge and trailer package is $30,000. For further details please see ad number pb581 on the Classic/Antique Boats page or click on the link. pb581
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by Rob

Monday March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our Newest Listing: a Greavette Streamliner, 22 ft, 1949.
This beautiful, hard to find triple cockpit runabout is in excellent condition, having undergone major restorative work in 2000, including a new 5200 bottom and a new GM 350 V8 engine. The Streamliner has been boathouse stored (and comes with a dust cover.). The Greavette provides a smooth, roomy, stable and comfortable ride for cruising with family and friends. This boat is in prime condition and deserves a loving home. Price: $147,000
For further details, please see ad number pb581 on the Antique/Classic Boats page, or click on the link.pb580
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by Rob

Friday March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a charming, Whitehall-design rowing skiff, 16 ft. 2011
This beautiful water-craft offers a light weight, pollution free mode of enjoyment and transport on the water. Built in 2011, the Whitehall designed skiff comes complete with a standard and special spoon bladed set of oars, (meticulously hand crafted), four oar locks and a custom Sunbrella cover. The cedar hull bottom is complimented by a mahogany deck and “wine-glass” transom, with ash gunwales and keel. The boat is sealed inside and out with 6 oz fibreglass cloth and 3 coats of varnish.
The Whitehall offers a wonderfully smooth, elegant and swift alternative to power boating. Price $6,000
For full details please see ad number pb578 on the Non-motorized Boats page, or click on the link.
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by Rob

Wednesday March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dramatic Price Reduction on Chris-Craft Sea Skiff Trunk Cabin Sedan Day Cruiser, 24 ft, 1964
We have been instructed by the owner of this Sea Skiff to reduce the price from $16,000 to $9,999! WOW!
This Sea Skiff is is a practical, functional “big water” boat, beamy (8 ft) and stable in heavy water. The “Chris” has been conscientiously maintained over the years with rebuilds as required. A 2013 marine survey rated the boat in good condition. The Sea Skiff is powered by a Chevy V8 Chris-Craft marine engine, and includes an auxiliary 15 hp. Evinrude motor.
Also included in the sale is a Radio, VHF, fish finder and depth finder. For further details, please see ad number pb334 on the Classic/Antique Boats page or click on the link.
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by Rob

Tuesday March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: “High Tea”, a Ditchburn cabin cruiser, 58 ft, 1929.
1929 was not a good year for investors, but it is now… HIGH TEA, an immaculate displacement hull cruiser, is an absolutely stunning example of a “Gatsby” era yacht from a by-gone time. She has been beautifully maintained without regard to cost by her present owner. Represented in show condition, HIGH TEA will surely not disappoint upon inspection. She is a useable and practical well built classic in turn key condition. With two state rooms, High Tea will sleep four. She is powered by twin Volvo diesel engines, each 250 hp. She has a fuel capacity of 810 gallons, water capacity of 100 gallons, and a 40 gallon holding tank.
Price: $595,000.
For the full story, please see ad number pb579 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link. pb579
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by Rob

Sunday March 23, 2014

March 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Tim Butson’s boat shop in Bracebridge, Ontario, is humming with activity. Lots of new bottoms (pardon the expression) are in the works! Current projects include a 32 foot Minett, an 18 foot Billy Johnson and a Greavette Executive from the 1970′s. Viewers can also oogle a Butson Gentleman’s Racer. Enjoy!

by Rob

Friday March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Rainbow III
With Spring officially here (at least in theory), it’s time to begin fantasizing about wooden boating. We hope that the photos of Rainbow III’s restoration will add to your determination to get on with your own restorative work, or at least go wooden boating!
One of the iconic race boats from the Muskoka Region is Rainbow III is a 25 ft gold cup racer with an external rudder which now resides on Carnelian Bay, CA, United States. Designed by Harry Greening she set a world distance record of 1060 miles in 24 hours on Lake Muskoka. Her hull design has been replicated on numerous boats both old and even today her lines appear on many interpretations of the Gold Cup race boat.
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Even clothing Designer Mogul Tommy Hilfiger has shown off Rainbow III in his 2008 Fall Winter Campaign. Click on the Hilfiger ad photo to see Rainbow III and Ditchburn history
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by Rob

Monday March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

2014 Boat Show Calendar
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We can’t all be Irish, but we can certainly emulate the love of the Irish for travel. With that in mind, we’re listing a few of the many upcoming ACBS International Boat Shows. Think Spring and Wooden Boating!
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2014 BOAT SHOW CALENDAR

Tavares Florida: March 21-23
7th Annual Classic Race Boat Assoc. Spring Thunder Regatta at Wooten Park, with Antique and Classic Car Show on Saturday.
Registrar Gerri at 352-729-6060

Tavares Florida: March 28-30
27th Annual Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival at Wooten Park on Lake Dora. Sunnyland ACBS Contact Terry at boatshow (at) acbs-sunnyland.org

Hartwell, GA April 11-12
Lake Hartwell Boat Festival at Hartwell Marina. Blue Ridge ACBS Chapter. Contact Hart County Chamber ofCommerce 706-376-8590 or Julie julmor48(at)gmail.com

Apalachicola, Florida April 19
16th annual Apalachicola Antique and Classic Boat and Auto Show, Water St., 10:00-4:30 All types of antique boats, motors and cars Contact 850-653-9419 or info(at)apalachicolabay.org

Hot Springs Arkansas April 24-26
12th Arkansas Spring Fling on Lake Hamilton. Thurs: ride on The Chief on Arkansas River, lunch in Little Rock. Sat: show and cruising. Heartland Classics ACBS Chapter.
Contact Mike at mikelanghorne(at)yahoo.com or 501-318-7666
Stay tuned for our May 2014 Boat Show Calendar.

Note: Viewers, to enjoy some of the 72 You Tube videos we have produced on wooden boating, please visit pcboatsandcottages on the You Tube site.

by Rob

Sunday March 16, 2014

March 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Paul Brackley and his staff perform major surgery on a a 1950′s Chris-Craft cruiser and give a face-lift to a knockout Minett-Shields triple cockpit.
Our March 2014 visit to Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst, Ontario, uncovered a beamy Chris-Craft semi-enclosed cabin cruiser undergoing a complete restoration. A special treat was a a glimpse of a 1920′s Minett-Shield in for a revarnishing.

by Rob

Friday March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Mike Windsor works his magic with an early 1900′s Minett Long Deck Launch
The video below features two restorations at Mike Windsor’s Gravenhurst, Ontario boat shop: a 1950′s 18 foot Shepherd, and a 1916-19 26 foot Minett long deck launch. Mike’s craftsmanship with this fire damaged historic vessel is nothing short of breathtaking.