by Rob

The ACBS (Toronto) Spring Tour of Muskoka Boat Shops

May 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

In part II of this series, we visit the boat shops of  Curtis Hillman and Stan Hunter, both located around Milford Bay in Muskoka, Ontario.  Curt has a monster 27 foot Shepherd in his shop, ((It took a crane to flip the boat over), and Stan has been working his magic on a beautiful antique Minett.  Enjoy the photos and video below.

Tjhis mammoth Shepherd is in for a major rebuild

A century old Minett will be born again with a new bottom.

by Rob

New price on fully restored 22′ Shepherd utility.

May 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Shepherd Utility: 22 ft.’ 1948
We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this completely restored  22 ft.Shepherd.
Originally priced at $35,000,  the new price is $29,000.

Notes from the owner:
This brawny, classic Shepherd is in excellent condition, having undergone a complete restoration in 2007; including new planking, rewiring, new chrome, new upholstery and new safety glass windshields. The Shepherd will handle heavy water and is a wonderful family cruise boat. The boat was exhibited in the 2012 ACBS Boat Show and is currently in use as a pleasure boat at a summer cottage.
The sale includes a dual axle trailer and a full custom mooring cover
Original Price $35,000.  New price, (April 2018) $29,000.  For contact information and further details, please click on the link.  Ad number pb573

by Rob

The ACBS (Torotno Chapter) Muskoka Spring Tour continues.

May 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

Part One of our Spring Tour video focuses on the shops of Mike Windsor, Paul Brackley and Tim Butson. Enjoy!

by Rob

The ACBS (Toronto) Spring Tour of Muskoka boat shops.

May 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

This past Saturday April 28, 2018,  some 200 vintage boat enthusiasts were treated to a tour  of  eleven Muskoka boat shops, as well as the Gravenhurst Discovery Centre’s assortment of fine watercraft.
One of the stops on the tour was Tom Adam’s shop in Port Carling,  bustling with work on the go.  This huge Clive Brown launch, below,  from 1939, is in for a new stem and some forward side planks. With bench seating around the perimeter, this vessel will surely seat more than twelve passengers. We suspect she was originally built for a Muskoka resort.  (If only the ACBS could buy her for use by the members!!!)

Miss Canadiana, below, powered by a Ford engine, (currently out of the boat) is estimated to have reached speeds in the 150 mile per hour range. She’s in for some top side enhancements and rebuilt sponsons.


The very attractive Duke launch below has been beautifully restored and seems ready for action.

Meanwhile,  at Stan Hunter’s Milford Bay restored boat shop, Tuxedo, below, is a magnificent Minett resting in Stan’s varnish shop. The Hunters are well  respected for their beautiful varnish work.

The flat stern end bottom on Tuxedo appaears to imply a hybrid displacement/planing hull combination.

Below:
Stan and Crosley have produced several of these beautifully streamlined WJ. Johnson designed, centre-steer replicas. This model will  “fly,” without requiring a monster engine, reducing the boat’s environmental footprint. Currently, one of these boats is for sale on the Port Carling Boats website. (To view the boat, please click on the link.  Ad  number #787)

 

Stay tuned for more photos and videos of the 2018 Spring Tour to follow.

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Mariah bow-rider: 18′, 1991

April 30, 2018 in Uncategorized


Mariah Diablo (bow-rider): 18 ft., 1991
This well maintained “fibre-classic” Mariah bow-rider offers newer upholstery, newer lower unit, newer dash cover, (lower unit replaced since new) 4 speaker cd, Hummingbird 500 series, rain top, new/never used bimini, tonneau cover and a new travel cover. The Diablo is powered by a Mercruiser stern-drive, 4.3 L. 6 cylinder engine in good condition. Just replaced the gas sender, lower shift cable and bellows. The Diablo comes complete with 2 spare props, 2 batteries with controller, bumpers/lines/anchor/fire ext/full lighting/manual—trailer with newer tires/chrome wheels/elect brakes… all in good condition.
Price: $8,500 For additional photos, details and contact information, please click on the link.Ad number pb812
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