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by Rob

Our Newest listing: a reproduction Greavette Dispro

November 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

Greavette Reproduction Disappearing Propeller Boat: 18.5 ft, 1980s

This Greavette reproduction Dispro, built but not completed by the Coldwater Canoe Company in Coldwater, Ontario, awaits completion by a wooden boat enthusiast.  It comes complete with the disappearing propeller mechanism and a number of “extras”,  including rudder, fitted cover,  etc.  The Georgian Bay model features enclosed perimeter decking for heavier water and weather conditions. Power with the engine of your choice.  Even an electric engine would be viable for this project boat. What a wonderful winter project!

To view a brief video of the Greavette Dispro, click on the video below.

Price: $1,800 For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb789
Additional photos below.

by Rob

Solar Race boats in Denmark

November 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

Although there’s nothing more enticing than the deep throb of a classic marine engine  exhaust,, solar power is on the rise – for good reason.  Enjoy the video below of the lightning-speed build  and running of a solar racer.

by Rob

ACBS home Shop Tour: the finale!

November 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

N.H, our secret sleuth, concludes his autumn ACBS Home Shop Tour with a visit to Wayne’s World, a spacious facility overlooking Lake Scugog in Southern Ontario.
Our sleuth tells the story below in his own words and photos. Enjoy.
“I hummed and hawed that it was 2:00 pm. Could I make the drive to Wayne’s World in Port Perry in time? I knew Wayne Robinson had quite the collection of Aristocrafts and antique memorabilia. Then I read that Ken Kirk would also be displaying some of his collection of antique outboard race-boats. Wayne confirmed by phone that he would be open so off I went.
When you roll up to Wayne’s World you see a large barn-like building overlooking Lake Scugog. Out front, as well as a sign for Wayne’s World, rests a number of fibreglass boats, including a red and white hard-top fibreglass Aristocraft with a large, white, 80 hp Mercury “Tower of Power” crowning her transom. This is quite a sight for the entrance into the building.

On the ground floor sits Ken’s extensive collection of outboards, including Allez IV, a lovely mahogany planked step-hull racer with a round sheer-line.
I really liked the 1930/31 N-36; the single step Fred Jacoby 9′ 6″ racer.

CZ-1 is a 1979 12 ft DeSilova K/R runabout utility with a 1930s Evinrude Speedtwin modified engine that runs on an alcohol, Castor Oil fuel mixture. Also on display is a lime-green/orange 1930 Penn Yan Marathoner with a dual step bottom. At fourteen feet, seventy-five pounds and a canvas deck, this is one of only three known to exist. It just made my day to finish the Home Shop tour with this exhibit.

Every small child’s dream boat!

Penn Yan Marathoner.: one of only three know to exist.

Aristocraft collection


1979 DeSilva K/R with a 1930s Evinrude modified engine.

On the second floor of the building is Wayne’s amazing collection of Aristocraft boats


I hope that you enjoyed the tour and the recap.”

by Rob

Our ACBS Home Shop Boat Tour Continues…

November 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Our secret sleuth, N.H, continues his home boat shop tour with a visit to a fabulous vintage boat gallery in Barrie, Ontario

The Peter Moore Collection at Carpe Diem Wood Boat shop in the centre of Barrie.

“This facility is located in an innocuous single storey industrial building with a large overhead door and single entrance door. Apart from the Carpe Diem Wood Boats shop sign, this space could be any plant in any city. However, behind those doors is a wonderful white-walled, polished concrete floor, and a pristine building, so large that a bus could perform “donuts” in it and not contact Peter’s amazing collection of boats. He also has a large pool-like setup with two overhead gantries that allow him to move and soak his boats in water.

Currently in the tank is his award winning 1921 JJ Taylor Heldena III, immersed to swell up prior to usage. This large shunting area for the boats also contained a number of boats and engines. Directly across from the tank was a large dual-engine Shepherd 25 foot+ runabout. and a Glen-L Monaco that was being built by a friend of Peter’s.

Beyond the main room with the “soaking pool,” lies Peter’s extensive collection of boats – nine or ten watercraft, which includes a number of immaculate dual engine Shepherds, a 1935 JJ Taylor Toronto Harbour Police boat,(approximately 30+ feet with a working siren) and Copy Cat, a 1998, 25 foot Hacker Craft. Also included in the colleciton is Rambler a 1918 triple cockpit launch that I recognized from several boat shows. Peter purchased Ramblerat the Clayton Boat Show auction in 2016.

This facility is a spectacularly spacious venue for art-pretending-to-be-boats! It was quite an art gallery. I thank Peter and his family very much for sharing his collection with us.

by Rob

One of our newest listings: a Cliffcraft runabout.

October 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

Cliffcraft Runabout 16′, 1964
This Cliffcraft lapstrake runabout, in excellent condition,  has had a major “make-over”, having been recently refinished and re-upholstered.  The boat is powered by a 4 cylinder, four stroke  Mercury 30 hp. engine in ‘like new” condition.

Included Equipment: boat, motor, trailer and custom storage cover. The trailer and motor are approximately 5 years old.

Price – $4999    For further details, photos and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb784   (Additional photos below)