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Welcome to the Port Carling Boats site

April 17, 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

(For information on our new boat listings, be sure to subscribe to our website (see right hand column)

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

Peterborugh Falcon

Peterborugh Falcon

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

by Rob

Wednesday April 1, 2015

April 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a stunning 20 ft. Ditchburn restoration.

      It’s difficult to believe that the “before” photo of the Ditchburn is really the same boat that appears in the “after” shot. A complete top-to-bottom restoration was completed on this “creme de la creme” triple cockpit over a three year period. (See details below). For contact information on this boat please see ad number pb636 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link: pb636
      Ditchburn runabout: 20 ft, 1934

          This truly could be the last of it’s kind, a lapstrake built by Ditchburn. The boat has undergone a complete restoration over a period of three years to restore it to its original showroom condition. This triple cockpit runabout has had all of its mahogany hull and deck planking replaced using traditional brass clench nails. However, we have made two modern day additions by treating all bottom planking with CPES (clear penetrating epoxy sealer) and using 5200( a rubber-like bedding compound) on all laps.


          Every single detail truly was addressed and well documented, from re-manufacturing missing parts, re-chroming all original hardware, custom upholstery, electrical, fuel systems.


          This unique Ditchburn is powered by a rebuilt Buchanan Flathead 6 and offered with a custom single axle trailer.


          No pictures or words can do her justice, truly must be seen to appreciated.

      Price $157,000

by Rob

Monday March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

Pigeon Boats: some historical information
Pigeon Boats were unknown to us until until we listed a modified Pigeon on the Port Carling Boats website (ad number pb553 on the Classic/Antique Boats page). We recently received some interesting anecdotes from Ashlyn Ecelberger Brown and his mother on the history of their family’s involvement with the Pigeon Boat Company. (below) If any of our followers have additional information on Pigeon boats, we’d love to hear from you…
From Mrs Brown:
“My dad´s boats were named Blue Pigeon. Some of the newspaper articles I found mentioned Dick Crane as the owner (of Pigeon Boats). Dick and dad were friends. My dad lived at Westover plantation when he was young and my grandfather was captain of the Crane yacht. At that time, Dick Crane’s father owned the plantation but he committed suicide. …
My dad raced before I was born, maybe he was 15 at the time. He raced boats named Blue Pigeon for a man whose last name was Pigeon. He had a lot of championships, international I think. The boats were lapstrake and designed by my grandfather. We used to watch the Hampton (VA) races in the 50’s. We lived at a marina and just had to sit on the lawn to watch.”
From Ashlyn:
I have had a hard time finding much information. This all started because the Maritime Museum in Newport News VA has a runabout from the 1950’s that said it was a hydroplane. (Photo below)
I sent a photo to my mom remembering her stories. She disputes it – saying it is a runabout like she raced as a teen but different from the hydroplanes of the time.. I have always been fascinated by that side of the family. I have not been successful however is locating photos of the smaller Pigeon boats raced in the ’30’s.

by Rob

Thursday March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

Price reduction on Chestnut Northman Canoe
We have been advised by the owners to reduce the price on this lovely canoe to $1300. For contact information, please see ad number pb589 on the “non motorized boats” page.
Chestnut Northman Square Stern freighter canoe, 16 ft, 1990
This very functional canoe (in very good condition) has a carrying capacity of 900 pounds! The transom will accept an engine up to 5 horsepower. Weighing in at 100 pounds, the Northman comes with a mini two-wheeled
canoe “side kick” to make transportation easier.
Construction is fibreglass over cedar-strip.
Length 16 ft, beam 39 ” and depth 13″ with a bow depth of 17″
Price was $1600. New price, March 2015: $1300. Ad number pb589

by Rob

Friday March 20, 2015

March 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

Incredible Walth Boats: manufactured in Holland.
This European designed boat gives new meaning to the word luxury. Speed, elegance and style are combined here to produce the ultimate in contemporary wooden boating.
The company’s description of the Walth 1075 is below.

A Walth boat is built for the most passionate of wooden boat lovers: people who do not only want to buy the best boat money can buy, but who want to have a boat built specifically for them, to their exact specifications.  This is  why every owner of a Walth bot is personally involved in the design & building process of their boat. Walth boats are built to the highest standards in modern laminated construction. The deep v-bottom is double-planked with two layers of Okoume plywood. The third skin is Sipo mahogany, hand selected for both grain pattern and colour. Decks are made out of teak. A custom fabricated windshield defines the front of the cockpit., with the retro looking dashboard gauges. The cockpit has two custom fabricated Dutch leather seats. In the front the seats are placed on a polished stainless steel framing. They are power actuated to adjust for comfort. The floor of the cockpit is covered with natural teak. Directly underneath are stainless steel tanks holding fuel and fresh water. Getting to the engine compartment is easy. A single push of a button will lift the engine hatch. A second push will close it. The Walth 1075 is powered by 2x V10 viper engines 570 PK with sport masters from mercury racing. Sending the torque to the Mercruiser brave 3, to give a enormous feeling of acceleration when touching the throttle. A steady course and feeling of comfort that provides a ride you have never experienced. The Dutch Walth 1075 sets a new level of high performance boating combined with a distinguished appearance.

by Rob

Friday, March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

Italian Boat Restoration Company helps to keep Rivas Alive
The promotional material below outlines work done by this large restoration company in Clusane, Italy. The photos below attest to the quality of the workmanship.
For more than fifty years, Bellini Nautica has characterised excellence, passion and unbeatable professionalism in the boating field. Founded in 1960, Bellini Nautica is based in Clusane, on Lake d’Iseo’s banks; it showcases an advanced dockyard and cutting edge structures. From the restoration of vintage models to luxury yacht retail, Bellini Nautica offers a wide selection of services, thanks to a highly specialised team and strong partnerships with prestigious sailing brands like Cranchi and Riva, emblems of La Dolce Vita.




by Rob

Thursday March 12, 2015

March 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

CLAYTON, New York (March 12, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that the Caravan Stage Company will dock and perform at the Museum this coming August.

The Caravan Stage Company ( will float into the dock at the ABM this coming August 14 & 15 for two nights of high-flying, mesmerizing aerial acrobatics and a world-renowned theatrical performance that is sure to be the talk of the 1000 Islands this summer season.

Since its founding in 1970, the Caravan has provided invaluable opportunities for young people from all sectors of their multi-faceted society and has traveled the globe reaching audiences of all walks of life. The Caravan embodies a long tradition of traveling theatrical productions with their combination of innovative stylistic staging, imaginative music and dance, and colorful entertaining themes. The shows are all original productions expressing the issues and concerns of people inhabiting the environment of the 21st century.

One of the most unique aspects to this theatre is that all of the performances are done aboard a 100-foot long, 90-foot tall ship, which serves as their stage.

“The uniqueness of the Caravan is unmatched in the region and we are privileged to be the host site of these fascinating performances,” said Michael Folsom, ABM Director of Marketing & Communications. “Nowhere else will you find the opportunity to enjoy a summer evening along the water’s edge while being caught up in an exciting performance with music, lights, and aerial acrobatics. By bringing this show to the Museum, we are able to serve a different form of cultural importance in the North Country, while combining it with our everyday cultural role.”

The Clayton shows will be the only scheduled shows in Northern New York and on the United States side of the St. Lawrence River, making these shows more special and unique to the region.

The Caravan performance known as ‘Hacked: the Treasure of the Empire’ integrates text, poetry, video, humor, music, movement, masks, props and special effects into a magical theatrical experience that is both compelling and inspirational.

Tickets for the show are only $20 and can be ordered online at or by calling the ABM at 315-686-4104. In-person ticket purchases can be made when the Museum reopens on May 1. This event is lawn seating only and it is suggested to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

The event is supported in part by Watertown Savings Bank, Bella’s of Clayton, Vintage Doors, and 7News/Fox28.

About ‘Hacked’ by Caravan Stage Company

‘Hacked: the Treasure of the Empire’ plot revolves around the machinations of the Mammon trying to find the stolen treasure, the whereabouts known only to the Hackers. The Mammon must find it or else the Mammon Corp Regime will collapse.

This original Caravan show explores the quest for freedom of expression, in political & social discourse, within the world of the internet & virtual media; examines the ubiquitous presence of surveillance in our lives; and probes the ethics of the dissolution of the public, democratic control over the justice and penal systems.

‘Hacked’ features the entire pallet of Caravan theatrical stereographic treats such as passionate characters, poetic lyrics, exotic and melodic music, multiple video screens with a global array of imagery and visual trickery, unique aerial acrobatics, surreal lighting and sound, and a giant mega puppet that spies, swags, savages, swears, swoons and sings.

About The Antique Boat Museum

Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 112-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat. In 2015, the ABM will host the 51st annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running such show in North America. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at

by Rob

Sunday March 8, 2015

March 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

Video of ACBS Toronto Chapter Winter Workshop:
The recent workshop at Tom Adam’s boat shop in Part Carling treated participants to a glimpse of “Rita”, the 50 foot Minett, and two other beauties. You’ve seen the still photos…but a video is worth 10,000 words. Enjoy.

by Rob

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March 4, 2015 in Uncategorized


Two woodies await their turn in the varnish shop. Bring on Spring!

What’s new at Stan Hunter’s boat shop?

Nestled in Milford Bay, Lake Muskoka, is the boat shop of Stan (and son Crosley) Hunter, experienced and very capable professional boat builders/restorers. Stan recently completed a brand new long deck launch, which is featured in a newly released DVD, Boat Builder.
Current projects for the Hunters include a Duke utility and Seabird runabout. (See photos below.)
Also, if you aren’t inclined to take on ownership of a woody, but would love to get behind the wheel of a classic wooden boat, Stan Hunter has the answer! Check out Stan’s Muskoka Launch Livery side bar ad to the right of this post. Enjoy time on the water with a Duke Playmate “woody” for a summer vacation – without the obligations of ownership!

Below: A SeaBirD is being built up for a final coat of varnish.
Below: This Duke is being fitted out with engine, floors and seats.


by Rob

Friday February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

ACBS (Toronto Chapter) Winter Workshop: (Part III)
Engine Talk:
Matt Faribrass, marine mechanic extraordinaire, kindly brought an operational four cylinder engine to the workshop – and ran it!  Matt spoke about various means of assessing an engine’s condition, including a compression test and a visual piston chamber inspection for rust. Matt emphasized the importance of paying close attention to the engine peripherals,  including the carb(‘s) fuel pump, and electrical system.  An engine “rebuild”  does not necessarily mean that the peripherals have been inspected. A faulty fuel pump diaphragm for example,, can lead to gasoline leakage through the engine and a potential explosion.. As usual, an ounce of prevention….
Propeller Talk
Amanda Holloway, of United Propeller in Orillia, Ontario, commented, when asked, that four blade propellers generally offer smoother acceleration, while three bladed props are generally a little faster. A pitch of 13-13, she explained, is common in older boats. (the two “thirteens” refer to the diameter of the prop and the distance traveled to complete one full rotation). Amanda also noted that while many props are bronze (with manganese) a superior propeller will be composed of Nibral (a combination of nickel, bronze and aluminum).
Adhesive Talk
James Osler, a Muskoka restorer, talked about the value of Dolfinite 2005M a bedding compound, unfortunately only available in the United States. (It can be purchased there and brought across the border to Canada.)
For scarfing planks, James suggests using Sikaflex 291 or 3M Marine. For applications requiring flexibility, James utilizes #M 4200 or 3M5200

by Rob

Wednesday February 25, 2015

February 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

ACBS (Toronto Chapter) Winter workshop, Part II.
As well as “Rita” the 50 foot Minett in the shop for a new bottom and engine rebuild, Tom Adams and his staff have also been working on a Greavette Sunflash and “Bella Vista III”, a 28 foot, 1928 Minett Shields. This beautiful long deck, displacement hull launch will surely turn heads, when completed,  wherever she goes.

Traditional putty (still wet) had been applied to the deck seams of Bella Vista III, just before our visit.



by Rob

Monday February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

ACBS Toronto Chapter Winter Workshop
Tom Adam’s Port Carling boat shop was abuzz this past Saturday as ACBS members gathered to hear words of wisdom from Tom and his staff, as well as superb mechanic Matt Fairbrass, the staff of United Propellers, and James Osler, who discussed marine adhesives.
One of the morning’s highlights was the appearance of RITA a wondrous 50 foot Minett, dating from 1914. (Photos below). This magnificent “picnic boat” is in for a major restoration, including a new bottom, and a complete engine rebuild (by Matt Fairbrass). Rita is so huge, it was impossible to take a stem to stern photo from inside the shop! Tom Adams estimates that Rita’s restoration will take about 20 months. Following restoration, she will return to her original home at a Lake Muskoka Island.

Rita's interior





Stay tuned from more updates from the Winter Workshop, coming shortly.

by Rob

Tuesday February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Your Morning Smile! Just when you’d thought you’d “seen it all,” along comes a unique, if bizarre, wooden boat-motorcycle combination. Who would have thought it possible? The “Rockin Strawberry Motorcycle Gathering proves that some people just have too much time on their hands!

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