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

Dramatic price reduction on 22 ft Duke Special

January 18, 2017 in Uncategorized


We have been instructed by the owner of this 22 foot Duke Special to reduce the price from $40,000 to $29,995.  WOW

One of a Kind, 1950 22 ft. Duke Special custom built for a Muskoka Lakes client.
Notes from the owner:
“This mahogany runabout was custom built in Port Carling in 1950 and is unlike other Duke runabouts, there is a pass through from the rear seat to the front, no crawling over decks. The boat is 95% original wood, with all new white oak engine stringers and pressure treated plywood floor replacing the original spruce dead wood . The engine, a 6 cylinder Gray marine of approximately 105 HP, rebuilt by PAL engines in 1987, comes with manuals.”

Price: Original price was $40,000 New Price: $29,995   WOW! For contact information, please click on the link.  Ad #pb684




by Rob

Significant price reduction on restored Greavette Sunflash

January 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

Greavette Sunflash: 17 ft, 1966
Notes from the owner:
The Sunflash has been in the same family since it was new. A fully documented restoration was undertaken in 2011 with new varnish being applied after the 2015 boating season. A new fuel tank was installed in 2013. The original interior is in excellent condition. A new Bimini top was installed in 2015.
The Sunflash is powered by a 110 hp, Mercruiser four cylinder engine that is reliable and runs well.

Original price : $11,500.  New price, as of Jan, 2017 –  $9,500.

For contact information,  please click on the link. Ad number pb707  (Additional photos below)




by Rob

A Peterborough Handiboy is resurrected by a very competent “amateur’ restorer.

January 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

Our hearty congratulations to Ken Robinson of Owen Sound, who recently completed a total restoration of the Peterborough Handiboy shown in the photos below.  Ken really worked miracles with the boat,  which was featured partially completed on our website this past year. Ken is now on the hunt for period-correct hardware to complete the Peterborough. This boat was his first restoration. We hope that  Ken’s success will inspire other wooden boat devotees to take the plunge and get their hands covered with sawdust and varnish!

Ken took a very tired “Handiboy” from this….Handiboy-1
to this…
Handiboy 2

by Rob

A winter visit to three Muskoka boat shops: photos and a video

January 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

There’s lots of activity in Muskoka boat shops this winter…everything from a Dodge Water Car to a Stancraft “Beaver Tail”. The photos and video below tell the story
dscn0486Mike is working on a 26 foot Chris-Craft Special: 27 ft. late 1920s  (above
Also in Mike’s shop is a 22 ft Greavette, 1958…awaiting a new bottom.
Meanwhile,  the historic Segwun and her much younger sister WInonah II, wait out the winter in Lake Muskoka ice


“Barracuda” above. is a 26 ft, 1929 Dodge Water Car


The Water Car’s engine is the original DOdge-Curtis 8 cylinder engine



Tim Butson’s shop includes a Duke runabout, (above) designed to Chris-Craft specs.


An elegant Butson long deck launch, begun late 2014,  awaits some finishing touches.


(A bow-on view of the beautiful Butson long deck launch.)

Check out the progress being made on the above boats  in this video visit to the shops of Mike Windsor, Paul Brackley and Tim Butson.

by Rob

It’s still available: a charming, completely restored Duke utility: 19 ft., 1950

January 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

Notes from the owner
“This Duke is a beautifully restored and maintained example of wooden boat craftsmanship. The Duke is powered by a 75 hp. 4 cylinder Grey Marine “Phantom” engine, which was completely rebuilt (including the transmission) by Parry Automotive in 2013. The boat itself has undergone a total restoration with the exception of the upholstery, which is in good original condition. The sale includes a custom, single axle bunk trailer and a full cover. Owner must sell.”
Original Price $21,500  New price: $12,500 WOW! Ad #pb680
For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb680
(Editor’s note: We have not seen this boat, but at first blush, based on the photos and description. this vessel appears to offer very good value, considering the inclusion of a trailer and the restorative work undertaken. (Additional photos below)