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.
Mid 1930’s Crackerbox Gentleman’s Racer: 14 ft. This mid 1930s (precise year unknown) Cracker-Box Gentleman’s Racer offers a strong running 60 hp. V8 Ford flathead engine with period correct speed equipment, including a California mag., finned aluminum heads, etc. The boat is in generally good condition and the engine runs well. The sale […]
The folks at Sirens Boat Works in Manotick, Ontario have kindly forwarded a report on their recently completed restoration of a very substantial Elco cabin cruiser. This was obviously a mammoth, two year project. Hats off to Sirens for preserving a significant piece of nautical history. Their description is below. TENANGO is a 1930 42′ […]
Historic Gidley inboard dory: 16 ft., 1915! This VERY rare (likely the only one in existence) Gidley dory, built in Penetanguishene, Ontario in 1915, has spent most of its life on Sparrow Lake. The current, second owner is downsizing his collection of wooden boats and would like to see the Gidley refurbished by a new […]
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