A visit to John’s Little Boat Shop, Omemee, Ontario
John Hendren has been working with boats since he was a teenager. Over the years he has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience in boat restoration. His shop is currently home to a 1937 Morris (undergoing a massive “rebuild”) a Chris Craft in for a new bottom and other work, as well as an earlier 1900s Lakefield canoe. (Additional photos and video below).
This 1937 Morris is being built from the ground up, using a pattern boat.
The Morris’ Kermath Sea King engine, a 520 cubic inch, 6 cylinder “monster” weighing about 1700 pounds, will be reinstalled in the boat
Gull wing hatches were created for the Morris’s single engine to make engine access easier. Note the long deck, favoured with new mahogany planking.
This photo of the Morris was taken some years ago. The rear canopy is still available for re-installation..
John Hendren describes the Morris in the video below. Enjoy!
This hard chine Chris-Craft has been treated to a new, cold molded epoxied double layer 1/4 inch marine ply bottom.
This Lakefield canoe is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 100 years old! A stripping and revarnishing has done wonders for her.
John’s outdoor collection includes a sailboat belonging to the founder of Grew boats, as well as some other rare vessels.
Our newest listing: an eye-catching Shepherd runabout, 22 ft., 1952. This beautiful classic Shepherd has been well maintained over the years. Restorative efforts include: some planking and bottom boards replaced in 2007. The transom and some bottom frames have also been replaced. The boat appears sound and reveals evidence of good workmanship undertaken during the […]
As spring approaches, the visions of woody boaters turn to ACBS events and dreams of plying the lakes in vintage watercraft. The list below highlights a number of upcoming shows: Tavares Florida: March 22-25, 2018 The Sunnyland ANtique Boat Festival at Wooten PArk on Lake Dora. (Sunnyland ACBS Chapter. This is one of the largest […]
Shepherd runabout: 18 ft. 1955 Notes from the owner: “This boat has been in storage for approximately 30 years. She is all original with the exception of a port window glass which is now molded plexi-glass. One stitch in a seat has let go. Fabric is aged. Varnished once in 1990. Always kept indoors. Powered […]
A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High 3C. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 km/h.
Cloudy skies. High 2C. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 km/h.
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