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.
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.