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by Rob

Our newest listing: a Century Arabian: 19.1 ft, 1985

January 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

Century Arabian: 19.1 ft., 1985

This very attractive Arabian comes complete with the original owner’s manual and brochure, a sun roof, full rain cover and a new tonneau cover for trailering.
An extensive fibreglass “face-lift” on the sides and deck was undertaken in 2015. The wiring and gauges were also replaced in 2015. The out-drive was replaced in 2016.  The Arabian is powered by a Mercruiser 260/I/0 eight cylinder engine in good running condition.
Included in the sale is a new Cradle-Ride tandem axle galvanized trailer with a swing tongue and custom boat guide posts .Bumpers, dock lines and an anchor  are included in the package.
Both the boat and engine are in good running condition.

Original Price: $19,500.  New price:  $15,000           For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.       Ad number pb794

(Additional photos below)

by Rob

Upcoming North American Boat Shows

January 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

Despite recent arctic-like conditions across much of North America, boat show fever springs eternal!
The brief list below highlights the boat shows scheduled over the next few weeks. Why not escape winter for awhile by attending one of the shows!

Jan 10-14, 2018: the 58th Annual Portland Boat show at the Portland Exposition Centre. This is Port land’s biggest boat show, featuring new and pre-owned boats.

Jan 12-14, 2018: The Denver Boat Show, located at the Colorado Convention Centre at 700 14th Street. This show is sponsored by the Colorado Marine Dealer’s Association.

Jan. 12-21, 2018: The Toronto International Boat Show, located at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. This is North America’s largest indoor boat show, and will house several antique/classic boats from the Toronto Chapter ACBS.

Jan.18-21, 2018: The Mid America Boat Show, held at the International Exposition Centre, Cleveland Ohio.
Sponsored by the North Cast Ohio Chapter, ACBS.

Jan 25-28, 2018: Blue Ridge Chapter Boat Show Greenville South Carolina

Feb 8-11, 2018: The 46th Annual Mid-Atlantic Boat Show, at the harlotte COnvention Centre, North Carolina. This show features thrity dealers. (501 South College St. N.C.)

by Rob

A stunning Riva makes waves on the Mediterranean.

January 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

Riva boats are considered  by many to be the finest watercraft of their kind in the world, In the video below, a  contemporary Riva, revealing incredible attention to design and detail, struts its stuff. Enjoy!

by Rob

A wooden Ferrari boat? Unbelievable!

December 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

No, you have indulged in too much holiday cheer to think clearly!  There really is a wooden Ferrari boat in Venice. This unique water-craft, the creation of a very fertile mind, turns heads wherever “she” goes. If you’re in a snowbound part of the planet, you can also enjoy the visions of the summer to come!

by Rob

A Norse cruiser rises like a Phoenix from the ashes!

December 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Skipper before the fire.

Skipper” is a 32’ hard top launch that came to an untimely end at the end of the 2015 boating season.

Little remains after the fire.

Little remains after the devastating fire.

She was built by the craftsmen at Norse Boatworks of Penetanguishene in 1947 and used as  a family launch in the Georgian Bay area. Her heavy construction and smooth lines made her a safe, dry boat.   The boat has been in the family for years.  Skipper was always kept in immaculate condition, and had recently undergone a substantial restoration. But, after only eight seasons,  a fire and ensuing explosion, attributed to a carburetor leak in one of her twin V8 engines, resulted in a total loss.

The family has commissioned Andrew Lee, owner of SIRENS Boatworks to build a replica of her, exactly as she was.  SIREN’s boatwright Montie Masterson has the project lead.  “Traditional wood boat building is becoming a lost art”  states Montie.  “We’re excited about this opportunity.”

Steve Killing of Steve Killing Yacht Design drew her lines from the burnt out shell, which is at Andrew’s main shop in Merrickville, Ontario. Digital measurements were taken and lines were computer drawn. A smaller 25’ Norse of the same era was acquired to serve as a reference, and possibly for select hardware.

Lines drawn by Steve Killing

A CAD programme helps bring the dimensions to life.

The Skipper build started in  the fall of 2016. Skipper’s framework and keel are white oak and her planking is western red cedar, carvel from the keel to the splash rail, and lapstrake from the splash rail to the sheer.  Like the original, only silicone bronze fasteners are being  used; screws in the carvel and rivets in the lapstrake.

The mold template is prepared

Ribs and a new bottom emerge.

Over she goes!

“The owners have tremendous sentimental attachment to this boat.  They’re very passionate owners who’ve contracted us to deliver an exact replica,” states Andrew Lee. “This build involves all aspects of boat construction – from design and construction; to mechanical and electrical planning and installations, to sea trials and commissioning. We’re very excited about the opportunity to provide our committed and passionate owners exactly what they want,” claims Andrew.

When asked about the build timeline, Andrew responds that “The boat was flipped upright last week, and we’re getting prepared for the next phase of fitting her interior framework. The owners really want to launch her in 2018 and we’re moving in that direction.”

The “major lifting” of the rebuild is completed.


SIRENS Boatworks specializes in wooden boat repair and restoration.  The scope of their capabilities is extensive…..they have the facilities and expertise to handle smaller boats right up to 50’ motor yachts.

SIRENS Boatworks is located in historic Merrickville on the Rideau, about 45 minutes south west from Ottawa.