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by Rob

A massive Chris-Craft and Greavette launch “get the works” at Brackley Boats.

February 7, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorized

This 28 ft Chris-Craft from 1929 is one of only four remaining world-wide. The side planking is largely original.

Paul, Jeremy and staff ar currently hard at work restoring two massive launches: a 28 ft. Chris-Craft hard-top sedan (1929) and the largest-ever-built 34 ft. Greavette Streamliner (1947). The Chris-Craft is one of only four remaining of the 15 of these boats ever built. Poweredd by a Chris-Craft A 120 engine, it will return to Qeuebec afte a year long restoration.

The Chris-Craft will be powered with a C.C. A 120 engine.. (Note the beautiful work done on the deck joinery.)

This 34 ft Streamliner, (1947) is the largest ever built by Greavette Boat Works.

The Streamliner will be repowered with a 502 cubic inch, 400 hp. engine. With its planing hull, this power-plant should push it along at a very respectable speed. Enjoy the video of both boats below.

by Rob

Get set for the huge vintage boat/auto show in Gravenhurst, July 8.

July 3, 2017 in Blog

The Toronto Chapter,  ACBS,  is once again hosting one of the largest international antique and classic boat shows in North America.  Over 100 vintage vessels will on display at the wharves in Gravenhurst Ontario (about a 2.5 hour drive north of Toronto).  And that is only the beginning.  The show will include Concours D’Elegance vintage autos, children’s activities, a flea market,  “field of dreams” and over fifty vendors.  (Port Carling Boats will be one of them.  Be sure to stop by and say “hello”. )
There are also a number of pre and post show day activities, beginning on July 4th and ending the day after the show.
Best of all, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday bash,  admission to the show is FREE.  

For further details, visit

by Rob

Classic Boating in the Thousand Islands

April 19, 2017 in Blog

The St. Lawrence River’s Thousand Islands area, marking the Canada US border, is a wonderful place for classic boating. “Exit World,” the company that produced the video below, has done a first rate job of highlighting the beauty of this region, not to mention the joys of ripping through the water in a Classic woody.  Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

Free Admission to the Antique Boat Museum…and…restored Duke Playmate returns to Muskoka waters

September 19, 2016 in Blog

Free Admission to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York.
Free admission for visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket on September 24

CLAYTON, New York (September 19, 2016) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum, will once again open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 24, 2016, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s twelfth annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 200,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

“We encourage our North Country neighbors, as well as visitors from afar, to come and see what the Antique Boat Museum has to offer,” explained Margaret Hummel, director of events and marketing. “This nationwide event is a wonderful opportunity to get out and explore your local institutions and further educate yourself on their mission and purpose.”

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 24, 2016. One ticket per household is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2016 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

For more information, please visit

About ABM
Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate NY, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts, including the famous runabout, Pardon Me, and a 113-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat, La Duchesse. In addition, the ABM plays host to the longest running antique boat show in North America and is considered the birthplace of antique raceboat regattas. The Museum will close for the 2016 season on Tuesday, October 11. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at
A Beautifully restored Duke Playmate is reborn on the Muskoka Lakes.
Congratulations to Gary G.on the newly completed restoration of his Duke Playmate, shown in the photo above. This project was a multi-year effort, involving substantial woodwork and engine repair. Playmates in their prime offered boaters a very practical, reasonably priced and efficient vessel for ferrying both cargo and passengers. Their small engines sip gasoline, yet they offer great passenger capacity, as demonstrated by Gary’s extended family in the photo.
PS: It is possible to rent a Duke Playmate in Muskoka, Ontario through Stan Hunter’s “Launch Livery” service. (See the sidebar ad on this page)

by Rob

A Peterborough Handyboy rises from the ashes!

September 16, 2016 in Blog

Congratulations to Ken Robinson of Owen Sound Ontario, who is reaching the final stages of restoration with this 1960s Peterborough Handyboy.


The Peterborough arrives at Ken’s shop

Questions to Ken and his responses are below:


The dismantling proceeds.

Is the Handy Boy a 15 footer? Yes minus a couple of inches for previous and new transom


The new transom is prepared and fitted

Is the interior of the boat coated with epoxy or polyester resin and/or varnish?
Interior has 3 coats of CEPS (Smith’s clear penetrating epoxy sealer) and 4 coats of Epifane clear varnish


The interior is finished with penetrating epoxy sealer and varnish.

How many new planks and ribs were required?
47 new ribs, 22 partial planks (about 13 sq. feet) Total of over 2000 clout nails.


47 new ribs and 22 partial planks

Any idea how many hours you spent on the boat during the process?
So far 680 hours of mostly pleasure. Most people think of it as work, but not so.

Several photos show the upturned hull with fibreglass cloth on the bottom. Did you use a polyester or epoxy resin on the hull?
6 oz. woven cloth with 3 coats of West epoxy resin over 3 coats of CEPS (Smith’s clear penetrating epoxy sealer) Painted with Epifane marine enamel
If you don’t mind me asking, do you have any idea of the funds required to complete a restoration of this nature? (I don’t mean to be “nosy”, but that information is very helpful for other potential restorers.
Initial purchase of boat and 1964 28hp Johnson (now for sale) was $850. So far I have spent $3500 on material, fasteners and suppliies (sandpaper, brushes etc).
Note to potential restorers: This is Ken’s first boat project. For a “beginner”,  it certainly appears that he has done a wonderful job! Ken is willing to share more information on his project if it is of interest or helpful for others embarking on a project. Contact this website for Ken’s contact information.