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Welcome to the Port Carling Boats site

July 21, 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

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by Rob

Monday July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a spectacular Kral Classic 700, 23 ft, 2006.
This spectacular vessel, produced in Europe, is in excellent condition. Powered by an 8 cylinder Mercury 4.3 litre engine, the Classic 700 tops out at 60 mph! The fibreglass hull promises dry, low maintenance performance for years to come. The Kral offers the beauty of timeless mahogany on the decks combined with the advantages of modern technology in the hull, engine and instrumentation. The beautiful design of the Kral Classic 700 will turn heads wherever it goes!
Price: $80,000 For further details, please see Ad number pb601 on the Reproduction Wooden Boats page, or click on the link.


by Rob

Friday July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: an absolutely breathtaking Grand Graft Classic triple cockpit long deck launch, 24 ft, 1999
This stunning Grand Craft features a triple planked mahogany hull, with double planked sides and deck. Powered by a 350 Marine Power 350 EFI engine, with only 109 hours on the clock, “Serenity” presents herself as a virtually new vessel. Equipment provided includes a Garmin GPS plotter, bimini top, and cockpit cover. Also included in the sale is a 1999 Integrity tandem axle bunk trailer with surge brakes. “Serenity” is surely being offered at well below her manufacturing cost. Price $59,995. For further information, please see ad number pb597 on the Reproduction Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb597

by Rob

Thursday July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a very functional Claxton rowing/motor skiff: 10 ft, 1955. Its light weight makes this Denis Claxton cedar-strip small craft ideal as a portable fishing or row boat, or a versatile yacht tender. It comes complete with a Neptune Mighty Mite 1.7 hp motor, two pairs of oars and a custom cover. Price $1500. For further details, please see ad number pb596 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb596

by Rob

Wednesday July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

SOS! Help save a J.J. Taylor classic cabin cruiser (35 ft, 1949) from an untimely end.
The owner of this classic twin engine cruiser is not able to complete the”ground up” restoration begun some years ago. The boat’s storage facility has been sold and the boat must go within several weeks. If a new owner cannot be found, the boat will be parted out or sold for scrap…a crime, considering the hundreds of hours of labour that have already been expended on the boat. For $4000, you can help to save a classic cruiser. (See photos below). For further details, please see ad number pb598 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link.pb598

by Rob

Tuesday July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Price Reduction on Shepherd Commuter Convertible.
We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this stunning 27 ft, Shepherd Commuter, (1955) to $79,000. This is a rare boat in very good condition, originally priced at over $100,000.
For further details, please see ad number pb302 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link.
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by Rob

Tuesday July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a “virtually new” Giesler car-top 12 ft. (2011) with 6 hp. Mercury four-stroke engine
This functional cedar-strip row/motor boat can be transported by car top. Fibreglassed to the gunnels at the factory,the boat features a 6 hp. Mercury 4 stroke engine with only 10 hours use, an extended bow deck, lights, a custom cover, oars, bumpers and a custom made fishing seat.Price:$4950
For further details, please see ad number pb595 on the Reproduction Wooden Boats page, or click on the link. pb595

by Rob

Sunday July 13, 2014

July 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Antique and Classic Boat Society Annual Gravenhurst Show
Last weekend’s ACBS Gravenhurst Boat Show was a smashing success. Perfect weather, a plethora of “wooden eye candy”, plus antique cars, a cardboard boat race, an appearance by Miss Canada IV, poster boat Wa-Chi-Wee and an antique boat auction made for a wonderful day. Enjoy photos of the show below.

by Rob

Friday July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest cottage rental listing:
Private Lake Rosseau Family Compound with accommodation for 18!
Region Muskoka
Nearest City Port Carling, Ontario
Description 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
Property Description
1.5 acres with 250′ waterfront, spectacular view, huge dock, equipment shed, sand beach at waterfront, bonfire area. 3,000 sq. ft. turn of the century renovated home. Fully lit for evening activities. Ping pong table, air hockey/pool table in games room. Woodstove set in brick hearth. Pure well water. Also optional bunkie avail. for $200 per week. Bunkie comfortably sleeps 3. Cottage & bunkie combined will comfortably sleep 18 people. 2 bathrooms plus powder room. Modern amenities. Screened carpeted proch with sliding glass windows for all weather, large kitchen. Perfect for 2 or 3 families or many grand children. No poison ivy. (photos and further details below.
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Weeks still available: July 25 – Aug 1, Aug 22 forward
Weekends still available:
August 8 – 11
Waterfront Description & Nearby Activities
Onsite Activities: Campfire Pit, Canoe, Dock, Paddleboat, Swimming.
Activities within walking,driving or boating distance: Boat Rentals, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Provincial Parks, Public Beach, Restaurants, Shopping, Tennis
Summer pricing is $3,300 per week and $2000 per weekend. For the week beginning July 25th to Aug 1st, the price is $2800, a $500 saving. For further details and owner contact information, please visit ad number p040 on the Cottage Rentals page, or click on the link. pO40

by Rob

Wednesday July 9, 2014

July 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: A beautiful Greavette hard top sedan; 20 ft, 1950.
This rare Greavette sedan is located in the Brockville, Ontario, area. “Sirena Rosa” has undergone many upgrades, including a stainless steel fuel tank, electric fuel pump and electronic ignition. The boat was professionally refinished, and has always been stored indoors. Powered by a Buchanan 6 cylinder,135 hp. engine, the Greavette comes complete with a 2008 Shorelander custom bunk trailer.
For further details, please see ad number pb594 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link.

by Rob

Monday July 7, 2014

July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our Newest Listing: Minett runabout, 18 ft, mid 1930′s.
This twin cockpit vessel has been out of the water for some fifteen to twenty years. It is powered by a six cylinder, 120 hp Buchanan engine, (which “turns freely.”) Planked with a mahogany hull, the boat comes with all hardware gauges, two wind-shields and a home made trailer. The interior is in great shape. The boat needs some TLC and refinishing. Price $2000. SORRY, This Boat is SOLD as of July 16, 2014 pb593

by Rob

Wednesday July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Gull Lake Race Boat weekend.
Several weeks ago, Gull Lake Park in Gravenhurst, Ontario, was sponsor to a weekend of “sea-flea” and hydroplane races. For race boat lovers, the photos below may get the adrenalin flowing. (PS: You can build your own wooden “Sea Flea” for a very reasonable price. Visit for more info.)
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by Rob

Saturday June 28, 2014

June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Honey Harbour Wooden Boat Parade and Show:
In what has become an annual tradition, a flotilla of classic and antique wooden boats chugged into the Town’s docks today, heralded by a bagpiper aboard a mini tug. Among the many beautiful watercraft on hand was Kittyhawk, the historic 35 ft. Gidley sedan, once owned by famed aviator Orville Wright. Enjoy the images of the show below.
(Above) Don Poole graciously offers the services of of his beautiful 22 ft Shepherd runabout for a pre-parade rendezvous with other woody boaters.
(Above) SeaBirds, Chris-Crafts (“Pepper” in particular)and Shepherds arrive at the parade kick off site.Shepherds are particularly popular in this part of Georgian Bay. Their brawny beam and generous freeboard allows for heavy water boating.
(Above: Kittyhawk arrives).
(Above) Viola, reputedly the oldest Ditchburn in existence, (circa 1913-16) is ready to party!
(Above: the “Armada” sets off.)
(Above: The parade from Kittyhawk)
(Above:Closing in on the Town docks)
(Above: Woodies at the Honey Harbour docks}
The event ends with this scribe’s invitation to sneak a peak at an eighteen foot gentleman’s racer under construction, and a Grew Jolly Giant nearing complete restoration in the capable hands of Mike and Bill McCullough.

by Rob

Friday June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Gravenhurst Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show Comingand the value of hand lettering on your wooden boat.
If you haven’t yet made arrangements to be in Gravenhurst, Ontario this coming Saturday July 5th, plan now! This show promises to be just as satisfying and exciting as shows past, with oodles of beautiful wooden eye candy, music, food, antique autos, a wooden boat auction, field of dreams and vendor’s market. Many thanks to Antique and Classic Boat Society, Toronto chapter, for organizing this mammoth event.
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Have you considered hand painted lettering for your “woody”?
Whether on the transom or free board of your vessel, it’s surprising the effect hand painted lettering can have on the appearance of your vessel. One of Port Carling Boat’s premier supporters comments on the application of paint to his race boat below.
For the past year I have been struggling with leaving my mahogany planked hull stained and varnished or wondering if I should add some distinctive graphics and lettering on the boat. I love the lettering on Miss Canada III and Miss Canada IV. Many outboards from the 1950′s and 1960′s featured all sorts of lettering. As my boat is a 1955 race boat I thought it was time. Since my boat is a 13 ft. single step outboard I followed the lead of the replica of the Century Cyclone show at Grace and Speed Museum, “Allez IV” and a similar boat to mine called Rustler. Both use a faux Gold Leaf paint look with black shading… Pat Doran, a Muskoka “letterer”, has a great eye for scale, proportion, font selection and colour. I gave him some sample pictures of what I had in mind and he designed and executed the work perfectly on time and on budget.

I was more then impressed with Pat Doran’s work. The master has been doing this kind of work for the past 25 years. If you are even thinking of doing this work, then give Pat a call at 705- 706-5809. He is conveniently located in Milford Bay in Muskoka and he has a wonderful shop to work in.

Thanks Pat for making my boat so much better.

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Rustler full left side

by Rob

Tuesday June 24, 2014

June 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Major Price Reduction on Classic Shepherd
We have been advised by the owner to reduce the price on this classic 1949, 17 ft Shepherd runabout from $4,900 to $3,499. The runabout has been in storage, high and dry, for thirty years. It comes complete with all hardware, a Gray Marine 6 cyl. 112 hp engine, (with manual) and a marine railway system. The Shepherd had been stripped ready for refinishing, but the original owner passed away before the project could be completed. This boat offers a wonderful restoration opportunity for a very reasonable price. For further details, please see ad number pb585 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link.

by Rob

Monday June 13, 2014

June 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s still available: a beautifully restored Chris-Craft Deluxe Runabout…17 ft, 1947.
This boat was completely restored and finished in 2009. All the wood has been replaced except for the stringers! The wood was sealed with nine coats of varnish. The “Chris” comes with new upholstery, shaft, chrome and a motor overhaul.The boat handles really well and looks beautiful. The trailer, (included with the boat) was sandblasted, primed and painted with red epoxy paint. It has a new axle with drums and electric brakes, new springs, tires and rims. (“Survivor” is located in the Windsor Ontario area) Price $29,500
For further information, please see ad number pb408 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link.