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Welcome to the Port Carling Boats site

August 20, 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 August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

How about a 3300 horsepower engine for your wooden boat!!!!
For our viewers who enjoyed Part One of the SS. Keewatin tour
(Keewatin is an historic Great Lakes steam ship that appeared in an earlier blog), we offer a glimpse of the 3300 horsepower, coal fired steam engine that powered the boat at up to 18 knots per hour. (Not recommended for installation in your Disappearing propeller boat!)

by Rob

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Baysville Vintage Boat and Auto Show, (held on Sunday August 16th, 2015
Dormant for several years, the Baysville, Muskoka Ontario show has happily been resurrected and reinstated this year, much to the delight of the classic enthusiasts. This year’s weather cooperated beautifully, and there was plenty of eye candy to enjoy.
Stay tuned for the video. In the meantime, enjoy the photos below of some wonderful old classics.
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Heather Belle: an historic electric powered touring boat.

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Heathe rBelle from the bow back

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Skipjack: a 1909 Minett: 19 ft. ..with a 3 hp. engine!

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Greavette Streamliner,

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Restored passenger cruiser Bigwin.

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Century Raven


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1920’s Ford: complete with rumble seat after a ten year restoration

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For those who love “chopped” classics.


by Rob

Thursday August 20, 2015

August 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

Rare Matthews cabin cruiser comes to Canada
Congratulations to David Hughes for bringing a very rare, 42 ft. Matthews “Martinque” cabin cruiser to Canada…(only one of two left world-wide). This sleek beauty is a joy to behold. Enjoy the photos, and video of the journey from the USA to Canada, below.
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by Rob

Monday August 17, 2015

August 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a stunningly restored Mays Craft Family Cruiser: 34 ft. 1960.
Built by famed Mayea Boat Works, Fair Haven, Michigan, “Soft Touch” exemplifies fine original workmanship, ongoing updates, and two dedicated owners that have always maintained this boat with the original builders care. Current owner of almost 20 years is ready for something new. The vintage appearance is deceptive as she feels like a much newer vessel as she has had continuous upgrades to the electrical system, appliances, air conditioning, and over all upkeep has been topnotch. To view a video of “Soft Touch”, see the You Tube presentation below. (For more photos and contact information, see ad number pb656 on the “Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link. pb656

Price: $179,000 Ad #pb656

by Rob

Thursday August 13,2015

August 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

Disappearing Propeller Boats: the 100th Anniversary Celebration
Imagine some 80 “Dispros” gathered together in Port Carling, Muskoka to celebrate 100 years of existence. Consider, too, that some of these boats date back almost to the time of their first inauguration. That’s amazing longevity for a wooden boat.
Enjoy the video of the celebration below.

by Rob

Tuesday August 11, 2015

August 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

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More than 80 Dispros arrived in Port Carling last Saturday

For those enthusiasts devoted to the Disappearing propeller Boat, last Saturday’s 100th anniversary Dispro celebration in Port Carling, Ontario was a feast for the senses. It is likely the only time…past, present or future, that some eighty Dippies will be gathered at the same location. With owners dressed in period costumes, the docks seemed to step back in time. (Stay tuned for the Dippy video). In the meantime, enjoy the photos below. ALL HAIL THE DIPPY!
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This Dippy was one of only two for sale at the celebratrion

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Almost all of Port Carling’s docking space was taken up by the Dippy invasion!

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Dippy owners are renowned for their imaginative boat names!

Dippy Lover’s Nirvanah.

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by Rob

Saturday August 8, 2015

August 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Peterborough deluxe triple cockpit runabout; 20 ft, 1939
Well known for its cedar-strip boats, the Peterborough Boat Company also made a number of beautiful “upscale” runabouts. “Canada Goose” is no exception. This triple cockpit boat, powered by a Chevy 350 V8 engine, is in very good condition (no rot) and comes complete with a heavy duty tandem axle trailer with surge brakes. Also included in the sale is an additional 6 cylinder Buchanan engine, also in good running condition. Price $42,000 For contact information please see ad number pb651 on the Antique/Classic Boats page, or click on the link pb651


by Rob

Wednesday August 5, 2015

August 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

A tour of the Historic Passenger Steamer Keewatin
Keewatin was completed in Scotland in 1907, then “”cut in two” after reaching North America, to allow her 300+ foot length to traverse the inland waterways to the Great Lakes. With many design features similar to the Titanic, she ploughed the waves for more than sixty years. Keewatin is currently a floating museum in Port McNicoll, Ontario, on Georgian Bay. Enjoy Part One of the tour below.

by Rob

Monday August 3, 2015

August 3, 2015 in Blog

Dramatic price reduction on Disappearing Propeller Boat We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this charming “Dippy” from $10,500 to $7,500 WOW!
This boat may be of special interest to our American friends as the Dispro is located in Tennessee, (although at this price, it would be worth the drive south from Canada!)
For contact information, please see ad number pb632 on the Antique/Classic Boats page, or click on the link. pb632 More photos and info below.
This charming dispro was restored in 2011. It has been carefully maintained, is complete and runs well, with an engine “in perfect running condition”. There is a spare St. Lawrence, (similar to the St. Lawrence
engine in the boat) available for $500. The sale includes a single axle trailer, canvas cover, spoon blade oars, electronic ignition, fitted cushions and a glass aquascope (to examine the disappearing propeller mechanism).
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by Rob

Friday July 31, 2015

July 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing A Greavette Sunflash: 20 ft, 1963
This open cockpit Greavette is powered by a newly refreshed 327 ci Chevrolet engine with Alpha outdrive. The hull is very sound. It has been used often this year (2015). The Sunflash features a reinforced two inch thick mahogany transom, (installed about 7 years ago). The boat will easily pull skiers. The blue and white upholstery is perfect.
Six or seven years ago, the Sunflash underwent a complete “ground up” restoration by Classic boats in Orillia, Ontario. $45,000 was invested in the boat at that time. An appraisal afterwards valued the Sunflash at $35,000. Currently, the deck varnish needs cosmetic work to bring the Greavette back to Muskoka Show Quality. A trailer in good operating condition is included with the sale.
Price: $9,999. For further information, please see ad number pb655 on the Antique/Classic Wood” boats age, or click on the link. pb655
Also below the photos, please see the additional information about the Greavette Sunflash models, graciously provided by Sean Conroy.

• The first Sunflash model was made in 1960.
• Tom Faul designed the Sunflash as a plywood boat and was not in favour of planking it. (Greavette sold many planked versions of all “marks” as an option at the customer’s request.)
• The Sunflash II was introduced in 1963.
• There were 4 versions or, “marks” (Sunflash, Sunflash II, III, and IV) the last Sunflash named model was made in 1973.
• Production of different versions overlapped (i.e. Mk. IIIs were made into the 70’s)
• Mk. IV hull was introduced in 1968.
• The SS165 was a shortened Mk. IV hull with “lounge” seating. (Similar to a Donzi 16’ Ski Sporter)
• In 1974 the Sunflash mk. IV hull was renamed “Montique” and became a luxury model (second in the lineup to the Executive II).
• In 1978 six fiberglass hull boats (with mahogany decks) were made from the mk. IV hull and simply called “Runabout”.
• It is believed the last Montique was made in 1978. (I have not found her yet)
• There were several variants of the Sunflash hull through the marks including an outboard version, a utility version and a shortened (16’) ski/sport version.
• There is was a vinyl deck version.
• Over the years the Sunflash came in lengths from 16’(SS165) to 19’(custom order) but, most were 17’, 17.5’ or 18’. (Greavette would build what you wanted … and paid for)
• Drives included inboard v-drive, Eaton stern drive, Mercruiser Sterndrive, and outboard.
• Engines include I-4 cyl GM (120 & 140 HP), I-6 cyl GM (160 &165 HP), I-6cyl Ford (100HP), Mercury 1000 (100 HP I-6 “tower of power” outboard).
• No V6… ever.

There are a myriad of differences in specification and appointment in all areas. Some even follow running changes during a production model year. There are also custom orders that are unique. I have documented many of these but, it would take a book to compare and contrast them all.

by Rob

Thursday July 30, 2015

July 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

Do you love vintage automobiles and “cruising” numerous wooden boats for sale? If you responded with a “yes” you’ll likely enjoy Part !V of the ACBS Toronto Chapter’s annual international vintage boat (and car) show. (Video below).

by Rob

Tuesday July 28, 2015

July 27, 2015 in Blog

Vintage boat show, Gravenhurst Ontario, sponsored by the Toronto Chapter, Antique and Classic Boat Society. (Part III)

The joy continues with highlights from this international celebration of antique and classic boats. Stock up on wooden boat memories to tide you through next January!

by Rob

Monday July 27, 2015

July 27, 2015 in Blog

Our newest listing: a cedar-strip Peterborough Sportsman, 14 ft.
Notes from the owner…“This cedar-strip beauty was completely restored in 2008 and has been stored indoors since. The boat is in very nice condition. The sale does not include a trailer or motor.” Asking price $3,400. For contact information, please see ad number pb653 on the class/antique boats page, or click on the link. pb653

by Rob

Sunday July 26, 2015

July 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

Vintage Wooden Boat Show, Gravenhurst, Ontario, July, 2015 (Part II); sponsored by the Toronto Chapter, Antique and Classic Boat Society.
Enjoy additional “footage” of the recent international boat show, one of the largest in North America.

by Rob

Friday July 24, 2015

July 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Century Resorter 16 ft, 1955
The Century was purchased in 1991 by the current owner and sat in storage for a number of years, awaiting restoration. The owner has restored to the boat to its original sales flyer specs and colours. The Century is powered by a 4 cyl. 140 hp (estimated) . OMC Cobra engine (2010) and comes complete with a galvanized trailer in good sound condition, as well as a generic water resistant cover.
Additional notes from the owner below:
Restoration took place during summer months of 2004-2008.
Replaced a couple partial bottom planks, and Port and Starboard Gunwalls.
Stripped completely and refinished in TWO-TONE colours as per original.
(Former owner had stained uniformly dark walnut)
Reinforced (sistered) all side wall struts and epoxied to bottom frames.
Epoxy coated bottom. (No glass) Still some minor leaking, controlled by auto-sump.
OMC engine is a 3.0L but I am unsure about actual HP.”

Price: $9,900. For contact information, please see ad number pb654 on the Antique/Classic Boats page, or click on the link pb654 (See additional photos below).