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by Rob

New Price on beautiful W.J. Johnson launch.

January 9, 2019 in Uncategorized


We have been advised by the owner to adjust the price on this stunning Johnson long deck launch.  Original price: $45,000 USD.  New price (Jan, 2019)  $35,000 USD. Please see the full description,, additional photos, a brief video and contact link below.

W.J. Johnson long deck launch: 20 ft, 1930
Billy Johnson , of Disappearing propeller boat fame, started to build boats again in 1929/30 in Port Carling after his Disappearing Propeller Boat Company went bankrupt in 1924.
His  new company , incorporated in 1930 or 1931 , was named Port Carling Boat Works and began building the famous lines of “Seabird” boats until the 1960’s.

This boat offered for sale pre-dates the Seabirds and is one of very few built under the Billy Johnson name. A very rare and historic Canadian boat, completely professionally restored by Clarion Boats in 2009/10.

This long deck launch offers a double cockpit configuration and a semi displacement hull. The weight of the boat is about 2400 pounds.
The hull is cedar plank construction on steam bent white oak frames. The deck is single plank mahogany over sawn mahogany beams.

All electrical systems were completely rewired during an extensive restoration in 2009/2010. The system was upgraded to 12 volts.
During the restoration, all the oak ribs were replaced, and a new aluminum stem, transom and oak keel were installed. The Johnson features all new bottom planking. The boat was completely re-decked, both frames and planking. All the mechanical systems were refurbished The launch is currently in excellent condition. The replacement cost of the Johnson is estimated at $95,000 CAD.
The launch comes complete with a low hours single axle trailer with folding tongue, surge brakes,  guide bars,  fenders and seps. Also included in the sale are four life jackets, bilge pump and anchor.

Original Price: $45,000 USD.    New Price:, $35,000 USD  (Jan. 2019)  For contact information, please click on the link.    Ad number pb798

by Rob

Upcoming ACBS (Toronto Chapter) events and “wooden boating world” links:

September 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Haul Out Party – Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Canadian Canoe Museum – Peterborough, ON
Online registration is now open! Click here for more details.
2018 Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Toronto Botanical Gardens
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and by email.
2019 Winter Workshop – Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Location TBA
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and Classicboat Winter issue. Contact: Jeff Titshall at PArry Automotive in Peterborough, Ontario
2019 Spring Tour – Saturday, April 27, 2019
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and Classicboat Winter issue. Contact: Gerry Lodge lthrough te ACBS (Toronto) Directory)

Check out these websites for information from other organizations
ACBS-International Calendar of Events: http://acbs.org/events/
Wooden Boat Magazine: https://www.woodenboat.com/calendar-field-date/month
Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association: www.trentsevernantiqueboats.com
Manotick Classic Boat Club: http://www.manotickclassicboatclub.ca/
Maple Leaf Antique Outboard Club: www.mlaoc.ca/
Dispro Owners Association www.disproboats.ca
ACBS – Niagara Frontier Chapter: https://oldboatsbuffalo.org/
If you’re aware of other upcoming events of interest to ACBS-Toronto members, please contact Mike Gridley with details.

Share Your Story!

Do you have a short story you’d like to share with ACBS-Toronto members in an upcoming Wood Boat Wednesday message?

If so, please send it to Mike Gridley through the ACBS (Toronto) Directory. It could be about a recent boating adventure, an upcoming event, or just something you think other club members might be interested in. One or two images would also be appreciated.

Back Issues of Classicboat are now available online! Did you know that you can access all back issues of Classicboat electronically? Just click on the Member Login link at acbs.ca, click on Classicboat and then Library of Back Issues, and start reading! We have all issues from October 1983 to the current issue.

by Rob

Beautiful 24 ft. triple cockpit “Cygne” needs a new home!

August 31, 2018 in Uncategorized


This rare Port Carling Boatworks SeaBird was fuully restored in 1996-7 and has had minimal use since.  Original Price:  $65,000 USD.  New price: $25,000 CDN
Please see notes from the owner below..

“Stunningly beautiful 24′ classic mahogany Port Carling triple cockpit Seabird, built in 1936, named CYGNE. CYGNE is largely original and was fully restored in 1996-1997. CYGNE has the original, and rare, rear cockpit windscreen. It is still fitted with the original 6 cylinder Kermanth Sea Queen engine. Comes complete with dual axle trailer and custom made heavy-duty boat cover. CYGNE has had minimal use by owner since restoration”
Original Price: $65,000 USD.    

New Price: August 2018; $25,000 CDN    Ad number pb709. For further details and contact information,  please click on the link below.    Ad #pb709

Additional photos below.

by Rob

Video of the ACBS (Toronto) international boat show in Gravenhurst, Ontario

July 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

The 2018 Antique and Classic Boat Society (Toronto Chapter) boat show in Gravenhurst Ontario on July 7, 2018, featured huge crowds,scores of gleaming, varnished decks, vintage autos and wonderful weather. Enjoy the video below. (Part One).

by Rob

International boat show a smashing success!

July 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

The three docks at the ACBS show were packed with visitors

Scores of vintage wooden and fibre-glassic boats (as well as vintage autos) lined the shores of Muskoka Bay in Gravenhurst, Ontario, this past Saturday July 7, 2018. The balmy weather brought thousands of visitors to the displays. Hosted by the Toronto Chapter, Antique and Classic Boat Society, this event is liable to go down in history as one of the best attended and most interesting shows on record. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the video to follow.

The Dippy” club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year

Believe it or not, it’s a paddle boat!

And now…for something completely different!

Boat show attendees signed up for a free ride on the magnificent woody “Rum Runner”.

Vessels available for sale at the Field of Dreams this year seemed to be of a higher quality.

A true “fibre-glassic”

Balmy weather and a light breeze made it a pleasure to walk the docks.

This looks suspiciously like a Duke Playmate.

A true original!

The perfect boat for “Gold Finger”!

The land displays included several “sea-flea” type watercraft.

A stunning twin engine fibre-glassic: every teenager’s dream in the 1950s-60s.

More “Field of Dreams” boats.

This Shepherd was available for less than $20,000

A beautifully restored Playmate.

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