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January 27, 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

Thursday January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

Heldena II: one-of a kind Gold Cup Race Boat:
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The mirror finish reflects a smiling Peter Breen filling up Heldena II. Designed in 1915 by George Crouch and built and delivered in 1916, this proved to be one of the longest campaigned Gold Cup boats of the era.
Matt Fairbrass discovered a derelict Heldena in a Scarborough, Ontario back yard. His story is below
by Matt Fairbrass:
“I found Heldena in about 1976 rotting away in a backyard in Scarborough on a side street that was off Brimley Rd. They widened Brimley Road about that time to create Bluffer’s Park Yacht Club. Once the road was done you could see into everyone’s backyard. I was not old enough to drive but spotted this huge boat under an old tarp. I kept an eye on the boat for several years. it belonged to a fellow named Fred Brough. Fred was a junk collector who bought the boat for $250.00. He hauled her home and it sat in his yard until 1984, when I was finally able to purchase her. I knew nothing about the boat other than it’s name and some little bit of history. I found that Helen Miller (ed note: a relative of the first owner) was still alive and met with her several times. She was a wonderful lady with many great stories of the boat. My father Alan and I put in hundreds of hours in her careful reconstruction and research. Sadly my Father passed away in 1992 and the boat was stored for some time until Mike Windsor of Windsor boats helped to finish off the majority of the planking and hull. Unable to continue with the project I decided to sell her and she was purchased by the McGraw family.
That is how Heldena II survived the scrap heap.”
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(Ed. note: Peter Breen was involved in the completion of this beautiful racer.)
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by Rob

Tuesday January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015 in Blog

Our newest listing:
A J.H. Ross cedar-strip runabout: 15.5 ft, 1936
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This versatile runabout has been very well preserved and cared for. (Serial number 88334). In the 1990’s the boat was appraised by Town and Country Appraisals at $6500.
The Ross is rated for a 15 hp. outboard motor. The sale will include a trailer (to be provided). The owner is willing to bring the boat to Muskoka and would also consider a trade for a “four wheeler”.
Price: $4500 (negotiable)
For contact information, please see ad number pb634 on the Classic/Antique Boats page.
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by Rob

January 20, 2015

January 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: A charming, very reasonably priced Disappearing Propeller Boat; 18 ft. 1936
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This graceful Lindsay “Sport Special” 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).
Price $10,500. For contact information and other details, please see ad number pb632 on the Classic/antique Boats page, or click on the link. pb632
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by Rob

January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

Price Reduction on Triple Cockpit Port Carling Boat Works “SeaBird”
Originally priced at $37,000, we have been instructed by the owner to reduced the price on this fully restored Seabird to $27,999.
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pb356-2l, rare, triple cockpit Port Carling Boat Works SeaBird, is a multiple award winner.
Powered by a 4 cylinder Buchanan Junior engine, this vessel turns heads wherever she goes. Awards received include:
-Best in Show and People’s Choice award Hartwell GA Boat Show
-Blue Ridge Boat Show: People’s Choice award
-Atlanta, Georgia: Wooden Boat Show: Best In Show award
Charlotte, N.C.; People’s Choice award
Lake Burton, GA Show 2nd place award
Alabama, Dixieland Chapter Show: First Place Runabout award and People’s Choice award
Mt. Dora, Florida: Sunnyland Chapter Show. (210 boats) Awarded one of 6 awards given for best boats in show.
Comments from the owner…”The Seabird comes with a trailer. “I added a new fuel tank with anti-siphon, bilge blower, lift rods to connect rings to keel attachments, 2nd bilge pump in stern. Petronix solid state ignition. Upholstery is pleated dark green. (New in 1999)” Additional bottom work has recently been completed. Equipment includes boat cover, bumpers, brass/wood boat hook, old brass fire extinguisher (non functional)
For contact information, please see ad number pb356 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb356
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by Rob

Monday January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

PRICED TO SELL: a beautiful 1951 Chris-Craft cabin cruiser!
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We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this completely restored 38 ft. Chris Craft cabin cruiser to $50,000 U.S.D. Well over $200,000 has been invested in the restoration of this boat! The gorgeous, double stateroom cruiser is powered by twin Chris-Craft 283 engines, and comes complete with a Freedom 25 inverter, Cruisair reverse heat/air, vacuflush, Polar fridge, water heater and teak/holly flooring throughout. This boat requires no restoration and is ready for many summers of enjoyment.
For further details, photos and contact information, please visit ad number pb473 on the Classic/Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb473
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by Rob

Saturday, January 10, 2015

January 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

Price Reduction on Custom Gentleman’s Racer
We have been instructed by the owner/builder of this stunning gentleman’s racer, to reduce the price by $25,000. Please see the photos and description below.

After 6 years of working on evenings and weekends,  David Young’s Gentleman Racer is finally complete. David started building boats with his father in the basement of their home, at the age of 14. After working at many boat-building companies, over the years, including Windsor Boat Works in Gravenhurst, and 9 years at Duke Marine in Port Carling, Ont. David decided in 2003 to build a 20’ four seater Gentleman’s Racer of his own. Powered by a 350 cu. in. Mercruiser 350 HP Fuel Injected “Black Scorpion”. This brand new boat is one of a kind, with many personalized upgrades including hardware castings that were first carved from wood by David himself. Additional information is available, regarding the special features and materials used. New price: $210,000. For contact information please see ad number pb418 on the “Reproduction Wooden Boats” page, or click on the link.pb418

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by Rob

Wednesday January 7, 2015

January 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

An Inspiring story of wooden Hovercraft construction, dedication to students and craftsmanship!
This moving account speaks to the efforts of Bob Windt, an elementary school science teacher, her husband,  and a team of students in Iowa who embarked on an astonishing Hovercraft program, in an effort to boost interest in science and academic performance.  Their results have been nothing short of astounding!
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David Moritz, (the husband), tells the story below.
“My wife and I have restored wood boats and love mahogany so I am familiar with the Port Carling website. My wife is also a 5th and 6th grade science teacher in a small Iowa town close to the Mississippi River. When my wife started her 5th and 6th grade after-school science club I wanted to help somehow. A friend of ours, Bob Windt, who is known as the Father of the Hovercraft, is dedicated to helping kids engage their minds and learn with fun science toys. When we approached Bob about building a hovercraft with some kids we picked one of his UH-6F designs and he agreed to help. The build was on. That was 5 years ago. With 5 boys in 5th and 6th grade we built the UH-6F powered by a Honda 6.5hp engine and a 24 inch prop.
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The UH-6F was limited to payload weight so the craft was somewhat limited to what it could do. The reason for the build was to encourage kids to maintain good grades in all subjects and have regular attendance in science club. It worked! The following year science club numbers went up and at the end of the year these kids were able to drive the UH-6F as a reward. Some of the larger kids caught an edge here and there, so we decided to build another hovercraft. We sold the UH-6F to a Grandpa for his younger grand-kids and put the money toward the new hovercraft. After a year passed, we decided to build a pointed UH-13 craft that is 13 feet long and 60 inches wide on the back of the craft. The craft has a 14 hp Briggs and Stratton engine for both the 24 inch lift and 36 inch thrust duct fans with a belt drive and idler pulley system. The UH-13 hovercraft with a 6th grader on board will run 30 to 40 mph as it goes across the Mississippi River backwaters and is perfect for bribing kids to get good grades with the reward at the end of the school year being a pizza party and driving a hovercraft.
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After having 2 sessions of high achieving kids last year for grades, we found that there were some kids that were more comfortable having somebody else drive. So we decided to build a UH-20 design with some more kids. We started in November of 2014. The new craft is 20’ long and 8’ wide at the back of the craft and will be a double engine craft, a 26 hp. lift motor with a 30 inch lift prop and duct and a Subaru EA81 engine driving a 54 inch prop and thrust duct. The bottom of the hovercraft has been completed and the skirt has been installed. Next time we work on it, we will flip it over and start on the cockpit and mounting the lift duct. For videos of the kids driving the hover for their good grades and pictures of progress on the construction, like the Muscatine Boat Show Facebook page or go to www.muscatineboatshow.com.
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The work with kids in so much fun and to watch the lights come on when they get basic science principles is so cool! Hmmm . . . . the change in the pitch of the prop makes the craft go further but loads the engine differently, Hmmmm . . . . .the pulley sizes also make a difference on the RPM of the motor, Hmmmm . . . . . .it does matter where people sit! All things they learn and have fun at the same time is a win-win situation for all. Kids today just need your time, so take the time. Science club numbers have increased and there are more and more kids in a little Iowa town who can say they have floated on air and helped make it happen. That is what it should be about! Get engaged with kids and enjoy the ride, it is the best thing you can do.
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Come to Muscatine, Iowa on the Mississippi River Labor Day weekend 2015 for the “That Was Then, This Is Now” event and bring your boats for a great time. The kids will also be there along with the hovercrafts to answer any questions you may have and also join us on the Mighty Mississippi!”

by Rob

January 2, 2014

January 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Happy New Year to our subscribers and wooden boat enthusiasts!
We have just received some interesting, updated information on the Fairliner Torpedo we featured earlier this week. The comments come from Allen Petrich Jr., whose father actually built these beautiful boats. Many thanks for the corrected information, Allen. (See the text below the photo).
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“This Torpedo is not 1950, it is maybe late 1947 or 1948. The 1950 boats had different hardware for the windscreen, more like traditional runabout windscreens with the “grab” handles on the side, as the original manufacturer of the hardware had gone out of business. The interiors were all painted a light color sea-foam green, though the restorers like to varnish the interiors to show off the mahogany. There was no upholstery on the side of the cockpit and not tuck and roll. It was crème with blue piping and in three “sections”. I believe the steering wheel may be a later addition and the search light may have been added later, they were not installed at the factory. This particular boat was sent to the Newport Beach California dealer who originally sold it.”
Additional information from Allen : Jan 6, 2015
Fairliner was a division of Western Boat Building Co., founded by one of the South Slav immigrants, my grandfather. You may be aware of my third generation compatriot, Tony Kazulin of Kazulin Boats. Our grandfathers were contemporaries. Tony’s grandfather, as John knows, worked with the Skansie brothers, other South Slav immigrants. They were all important in the development of the Puget Sound purse seine fishing boat design, which went on to conquer the world of fishing for pelagic schooling fish, such as the salmon, sardine and tuna, with the Martinac 240′ tuna seiners being one of the ultimate developments. In fact, one such Western Boat built seiner, the Western Explorer, was purchased by Newfoundland Fisheries about 1939. If you can find through your authorities what happened to the boat, I would appreciate it. It was commandeered by the British Admiralty within a year or so of purchase and taken to the UK for coastal patrol duties. It later became prominent as it was used to evacuate troops from Dunkirk in World War II. It was, as I understand, returned to Newfoundland Fisheries after the War.

My father was a racer as a boy and built his own hulls and hulls for the other racers. He determined to begin a pleasure boat company following the war. Many companies attempted to do so but few became as successful, Fairliner became the largest builder of pleasure boats (up to 44′) on the Pacifc Coast of the US following the war until my father had a heart attack as Fairliner was converting to fiberglass. Allen Sr. was elected to the Board of Directors of the NAEBM, National Association of Engine and Boat Manufacturers, along with the Smith family (Chris Craft) Graymarine, GM, Ford, etc.

The most important part of the Fairliners are the bottom of the hull. My father did not feel competent to design a full pleasure boat line and had noticed the bottom of the hull of one of Dair’s air-sea rescue boats and contacted him for the job of designing the line, though, one naval architect told me, he is fairly sure that my father worked with Dair on construction techniques. (I do not believe Canada produced any but Dair is the designer of the famous Miami Class air sea rescue boats that the UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand produced, as well as the US. The versions used by the OSS were the fastest boats of the war and one 63′ was timed by the OSS as averaging over 50 knots for three hours in the open ocean of the South Pacific on a rescue mission.

 

Dair is credited in high speed naval architecture classes as being the first to design the chine so that the lowest point of the chine was at the stern. My father had come to the same conclusion with the design of his first production boat, a 16′ tuna tender runabout. He and Dair were both convinced that was the way to go while all the other designers, Crouch, etc., would bring the chine up.

 

Now I am not sure than any of the Torpedoes has the bottom correct after all these years of sanding and reworking. Just as Adrian Newey’s Formula 1 aero, those bottoms have to be absolutely spot on. On a Chris or a Ditchburn or such, you be “off” with not too much problem. The Torpedo, no. You should be able to run at top speed, your engine should maybe give above 40 knots, and throw the boat at maximum speed as far left or right as fast as possible and the boat will not spin or flip, it should turn right around, we called it “swapping ends”. Any slight radiusing of the chine or concavity of the bottom from sanding or other work will cause a problem. At the maneuver I mentioned at fast turn the bow should come down and plow a bit, the boat will slow a lot and you should quickly be facing 180 degrees in the opposite direction with the boat getting fast on plane. I wonder if the bottoms on any of the restored boats is correct.

by Rob

Tuesday December 30, 2014

December 30, 2014 in Blog

A wonderful Christmas gift for a wooden boat lover: this beautiful 1950, torpedo stern Western Fairliner, beautifully restored by Paul Brackley and his staff at Brackley Boats.
Wooden boating doesn’t any better than this! Powered by a period and wiring correct Chris Craft six cylinder engine, this Fairliner is a real knockout!
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by Rob

Monday December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a very rare, 3 step Beck Boatworks, hydroplane, 10 ft, early 1940’s.
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This very rare Beck Boat Works(Thunder Bay Ontario) three step hydroplane is a real collector’s item. The mahogany ply racer is powered by an equally rare, 1942 Key Hoffer Mercury 25 engine. This four cylinder motor boasts twin carburetors, and a magneto ignition, built by Fairbanks Morris of England. For safety, a “dead man” throttle is incorporated into the controls.
This boat may be the only one of its kind in existence.
Price $15,000 (negotiable). For contact information, please see ad number pb631 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link. pb631
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by Rob

Friday December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Shepherd Utility: 22 ft, 1960.
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This seven passenger, 22 foot Shepherd utility is powered by a 280 hp, Chrysler  inboard V8 engine. A convertible top is included in the sale.  This oat is in good condition. Shepherds are known for their solid ride and ability to handle  “heavy water”. This particular Shepherd is a real “eye catcher”.  Price: $30,000.  For contacty information,  please see ad number pb630 on the “Classic/Antique Boats” page,  or click on the link.pb630
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.