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by Rob

Dramatic price reductions on four vintage boats.

May 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owners to adjust the price on the four vintage boats pictured below. All of the boats have been been refurbished and appear to offer excellent value.

Seabird runabout: 21 ft., 1941
This beautiful Seabird was completely restored by Curtis Hillman in 2010…wood, motor and chrome.  Original price: $37,000.
New price, May, 2019:  $15,000  WOW. For further details and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb612


Duke Playmate: 19 ft., 1930 ( photo above)
Excellent condition. Rebuilt by Stan Hunter in 2009. Side steering wheel. Custom cushions. Kermath engine. Original price: $30,000. New price: $15,000 For full details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb611

Duke Playmate: 17 ft., 1938 (photo above)
The Playmate is in excellent condition. (Restored in the 1990s) Buchanan Midget engine. Complete with custom cushions and paddles. Original price: $30,000. New price: $15,000 For full details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb610

Chris-Craft Constellation: 28 ft., 1962 (Photo above)
Beautifully refurbished.. Excellent condition. No rot. Twin GM 185 hp engines in excellent condition. (25 knots). Original price: $23,500. New price: (May 2019) $12,900
For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb782

by Rob

ACBS Toronto Spring Boat Shop Tour, 2019. Part I

May 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Last week we we began our Spring Tour with a visit to Peter Breen’s boat shop in southern Ontario. We continue the tour today with a stop at James Osler’s shop near Port Carling Ontario, then on to Duke Boats, Curtis Hillman’s facilit and Stan Hunter’s shop in Milford Bay. Despite extreme flooding, on the Muskoka Lakes, the “show went on!”

This Chris-Craft Riviera has had some major work undertaken

It was really wonderful to catch a glimpse of this one-hundred-plus year old steam launch, currently operated from Lake Rosseau. What a beautiful piece of living marine history! James reports that the owner regularly uses the boat and takes it “all over the place!” The steamer is in for some new caulking and other refurbishments.  (Photos below)


I wonder if engineering papers are required to operate this steamboat!

Historic beauty and grace.

This SeaBird has had major woodwork and engine work undertaken. It is currently on the market. The owner will consider reasonable offers.


As you can see, flooding in Muskoka this spring has been extreme. Luckily, Duke’s workshop is on the upper level!

This SeaBird is certainly one of the company’s more “upscale” models.

The Greavette Streamliner seen here has had “major surgery, including a new bottom.

The Greavette has been re-powered with a beefier, new and (dare we say it?) reliable power plant!

Curtis Hillman’s recent projects include several smaller watercraft, soon to shine again under his care and skill. Photos below.

Stay tuned for more photos and videos of the 2019 ACBS Toronto Chapter Spring Tour!

by Rob

Our newest listing; a SeaBird Swan:, 22 ft., 1955

May 6, 2019 in Uncategorized


Port Carling Boat Works SeaBird Swan : 22 ft., 1955

Notes form the owner below:
“Beautiful 1955 Seabird Swan. Bottom redone in 2011 with pictures and fully rebuilt Buchanan engine in 2016.Excellent working order and very reliable.

Price  $28,000  CDN. For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb858 

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Rees custom hydroplane, 11.5 ft., 2006

May 1, 2019 in Uncategorized

Dick Rees custom Gentleman’s Racer C-Stock hydroplane

Please see notes from the owner below:
“”This APBA Super C Yale replica has been gently and respectfully converted to a gentleman’s racer for use by any and all racing wanna-be’s. 4 s/s bolts attaches the new aluminum secondary transom to the original. If the new 2018 Tohatsu 20 HP EFI electric start is purchased it comes complete with its conventional steering and throttle controls. BUT, all of the original racing rigging is available (see photo). I brought this home from NH is 2016 and sent it into a local boat shop who added 10 coats of varnish and some colour. The motor and/or trailer are extra. Email me for a 5-page pdf file describing the boat and its history in detail,”

Price:$3,900    For further details and contact information, please click on the link.    Ad number pb857
Additional photos below.

by Rob

A visit to Breen Boats near Rockwood, Ontario.

April 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

Many thanks to our secret sleuth, N.H., and to Peter Breen and his son Jeff for providing photos and infromation on several of the extraordinary projects underway at Breen Boats. Peter’s shop is the first on the agenda for the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) spring tour of Ontario boat shops.

“I had the special opportunity to see probably one of the most significant boats built for use in Muskoka in the past 30 years;
The signature project being delivered this spring is a 31’ Bob Tail Torpedo Hull Gentleman’s Racer, based from a 1920s design, style, and hardware.
This is an extremely complex hull to construct because of the Torpedo hull;

 Margaret Shirley  (above) features exposed copper screw heads, custom sand-casted hardware, cable and pulley steering, vernier aircraft throttle, dual long-range gas tanks,  and a high performance Ilmor engineering power plant  producing 570 hp

Jeffrey Breen has just finished a 29ft Breen Gentlemans Racer in the Ditchburn style that is just spectacular in its. lines. The Ilmor engine will really get this boat up to some significant speeds. Features include dovetail hatches, elaborate inlay work in the cockpit, self-standing bucket seating, and period sand-casted hardware. 

I also saw a really interesting Century Arabian (above) that has been restored complete with wifi, built in cooler, a superb sound system and the finest blue upholstery you’re ever going to find.

In fact the boat is so luxurious  it has a living room feel;

It is actually a very elaborate bar that comes with a complete cover to protect the boat against the elements for use on an island on Georgian Bay.

The Grand Duke is owned by boat collecting pioneer Jim Grand, whose family has owned it since new. it is a rare mahogany planked boat with a lots of seating and a curved glass windshield…a spectacular boat in its time.

There was also a lesson in keeping your boat insurance up to date (above) as there was a 30ft Ditchburn boat that was restored last year; it was returned to Peter Breen three weeks ago after the wet snow on the storage building  roof buckled under the weight and crumpled the forward ten feet, as well as other areas of the boat;  I am sure Peter and his staff will have this looking perfect in due course.

Also in the shop is Hope II,  a 24 foot WJ Johnson triple cockpit with a 5.7 litre Mercruiser engine for power. This is a really spectacular boat.

The Ditchburn Viking 27 foot model was the first production built step hull in the world. Ponder is one of these boats; it features a 4 inch step, and is a wonderful boat recently refreshed. Also on site, is Lady Eaton’s Viking, Mint Julep.

There was also a Matheson lapstrake 16ft row boat (above) that was beautifully varnished and ready for the water.

Also in was a 28 foot Breen Gentleman’s racer  and a 28 foot Ditchburn triple cockpit for a refresh of the varnish finish.”

Enjoy the photos below.

Port Carling Boats – Antique & Classic Wooden Boats for Sale