by Rob

Shepherd runabout: 22 ft, 1957-fully refurbished in 1998

March 16, 2017 in Uncategorized


Shepherd runabout: 22 ft., 1957
The Shepherd was refurbished in 1998 by Dwight Boyd of Clarion Boats. The work undertaken included a full refinishing, with extensive bottom work and some new planking. The engine underwent a complete rebuild.  Over $35,000 was spent in the restoration. The sale includes a custom made tandem axle trailer with hydraulic brakes, a travel cover and safety equipment.
Price: $27,500. (More photos below.)  For contact information,  please click on the link.  Ad number pb728

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by Rob

Bergersen Boats does it again: a magnificent 27 ft. Shepherd Twin Engine Express Cruiser.

March 15, 2017 in Uncategorized


Congratulations to the staff at Bergersen Boats, who recently completed the restoration of this stunning Shepherd Twin Engine Express Cruiser. Please see notes and photos from the restorers below.
“1953 27′ Shepherd ‘Falcon’
This amazing craft was painstakingly restored by Bergersen Boat Co. This hull is #13 in the first series of 27′ Shepherds built with a beam of 9′ 6”. This boat boasts the rare 331 Chrysler Hemis first offered in 1953. The engines were just overhauled including the Chrysler V-drive transmissions that have all reconditioned clutch packs and seals.

Top speed is 42 mph. This boat comes complete with kerosene stove top, head, original stainless cooler and sink. The bottom is original and the hull sides have been refastened with silicon bronze screws. All bungs were made from original old stock Honduras Mahogany from a ‘donor Shepherd’.
This craft has the original throttle and shift control levers that have been custom machined to operate modern control cables. You will never find a smoother shift on a Shepherd. The 200+ HP Chrysler Hemi’s have modern Delco electronic ignition systems that we machined parts and adapters to accept this incredible upgrade.
With this new ignition system the engines run better than they did when brand new. The boat has 15 coats of Epifanes varnish just applied, restored windlass winch for the anchor, a custom built mahogany swim platform which mirrors the intricate Bubinga and teak grating on the floor in the boat. Winner of the 2016 Geneva Lakes Boat Show Captain’s Choice Award.


Price: $210,000  For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb729 Ad number pb729

by Rob

ACBS Toronto Winter Workshop was a “roaring” success.

March 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Some sixty enthusiasts attended the session at Parry Automotive.

Carburetor basics were explored. Most point gaps, for example, are 16 to 18 thousands of an inch!

Hats off to Jeff Titshall and the other staff at Parry Automotive in Orillia, Ontario,  who graciously hosted a well attended workshop on marine engines.
Included in the session was information on distributors (hands on), carburetors, oils, transmissions, pistons, blocks and the effects of ethanol in gasoline.
Rony Haylock, of Ronny’s Marine, was also on hand with a beautifully restored “fibre-glassic”. The morning’s acitivites were much appreciated by attendees, as was the generous gift package handed out to all.  Many thanks to Parry Automotive and Toronto Chapter ACBS for hosting this very successful event.
Enjoy the photos and video below.

Cylinder compression should not vary more than 5 pounds per sqaure inch through all cylinders.

Ronny Haylock uses a high lustre paint topsides on his “fibreglassics” ( rather than a gelcoat, which will fade.)

Removing the top plate allows viewers to see how the forward and reverse gear works in an marine transmission.

by Rob

Further restorative work undertaken on 20′ Greavette sedan

March 13, 2017 in Uncategorized


We have been informed by the owner that the rare Shepherd hardtop offered for sale on our website, has had a new bottom installed in 2016. This will certainly give the Shepherd a “new lease on life” and will no doubt add years of seaworthiness to the vessel. Please see details and photos below.
Notes from the owner:
“Rare 1951 Greavette Sedan Canadian made. Mahogany plank on oak frame. Powered by 6cyl Buchanan inboard. Many upgrades, stainless steel fuel tank, electric fuel pump, electronic ignition. Bilge refinished in 2012, bottom paint 2013. Professionally refinished by Miller Potter’s in Manotick. Always stored indoors. Complete with custom bunk trailer (2008).”
Note: A new bottom was installed on the Greavette at Miller Potters in the fall of 2015 at the end of the boating season.
Price $18,500 For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb594

by Rob

We know they’re not wooden boats, but…..

March 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

1935 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster with Dietrich body

The Toronto Intenational Auto Show,  held within the past several weeks, displayed some of the most beautiful and rare vintage automobiles in the world. These “Concour’s D’Elegance”  vehicles are icons of style, grace and extravangance for their time periods.
Enjoy the photos and video below.

The Roadster is powered by a 473 cubic inch, 175 hp. V 12 engine

1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Dual Cowl Phaeton

The owner has stated that although it cruises best at 60-70 mph, its factory-claimed 90 mph in second gear is not an exxageration!

The Duesenberg was first owned by ‘Roxy” Rothafel of Roxy Theatre and Music Hall fame.

1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe. The chassis was modified by “Dutch” Darrin, a renowned coach builder, known for his “Dutch” dip (in the doors).

1949 Cadillac Coupe De Ville Prototype. This custom hardtop was owned by the president of G.M, who gave it to his secretary when he became Secretary of Defence under Eisenhower.

1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible. The car features a 352 c.i. engine, Ultramatic transmisison, power brakes, steering, windows and seats, and dual heaters!