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by Rob

A blast from the past!

December 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Although it’s only mid December, Ontario’s Muskoka region is buried in some forty centimetres of snow, and winter storms have pounded the Carolinas and even Texas. It’s enough to make woody enthusiasts beg for summer. Althnough we can’t produce warm weather, we hope that this video of an Antique and Classic Boat Society show in Gravenhurst, will provide cheer through these cold, short days. The “footage” in the video was shot by N.H., the former owner of Port Carling Boats. Enjoy.

by Rob

A wintery visit to the stunning “woodies” at the Discovery Centre.

December 2, 2018 in Uncategorized


As winter arrives in Muskoka, Ontario, the beautiful vintage wooden boats at Gravenhurst’s Discovery Centre have been hoisted from the soon-to-be solid ice, and laid on cross beams to hibernate until late spring. This provides the advantage of even better viewing.
Enjoy the photos below.

Enormous resources of funds, energy and exeprtise have been poured into Miss Canada IV to restore her to former glory.

Miss Canada IV won the Harmsworth Trophy in 1949, after attaining speeds of 138,9 mph. Later in Picton, Ontario, she suffered a gear box blow-out at speeds approaching 200 mph!

Miss Canada IV is poweered by a 3000 hp. Rolls Royce Griffon engine.

Chrome rails support the canvas top of this charming classic. Was this technique really all that inferior to current methods of protection from the elements?

A beautiful barrel -back with an external rudder.

Greavtte Streamliners, with their rounded sheer lines, are highly sought after by collectors.

A chunky Shepherd?

“Malolo”, an early gentleman’s racer with a very generous “rub-rail”.

A beautiful long deck launch, likely a Minette Shields or Ditchburn.

Patiently awaiting spring, 2019!

All eight feet of this tiny, 1930s “woody” are powered by a small two cylinder engine. What child wouldn’t delight in this model?

A beautifully restored “John Bull” model Disappearing Propeller Boat

Stay tuned for the upcoming video from the Muskoka Discovery Centre.

by Rob

Our newest listing: an historic Herald Brothers sailing canoe.

November 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

Herald Brothers sailing canoe: 16 ft, 1906

Notes from the owner:
“This is a very rare canoe. Basswood planking.  Restore or leave it original.”
(Editor’s note: This canoe would be a wonderful winter restoration project!)

Price: $3,000     For contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb839   (Additional photos below.)

by Rob

Our newest listing: a classic SeaBird, 18 ft. 1940. Also, a “just sold” Chris-Craft.

October 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Port Carling Boatworks Seabird, 18 ft., 1940

Notes from the owner and additional photos below:
“This SeaBird was completely refurbished in 1997 by Stan Hunter.  Receipts and photos are available, as is a full service history with manuals, a sales flyer and photo binder included.  The hull and keel of the boat are in sound condition. A 50 hp. Buchanan 4 cylinder Junior engine powers the SeaBird.  The engine has been recently serviced and is in good running condition. The SeaBird comes with a new stainless steel gas tank.”

Price: $15,000.   For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb841

 

Congratulations to both buyer and seller of this beautifully restored Chris-Craft (below). The asking price on this boat was $32,000. The owner stated that the boat sold through the Port Carling Boats website and that he received a fair price.

Chris-Craft Deluxe runabout: 17 ft., 1938
Notes from the owner below.

1938 Chris Craft 17 Ft, new stem/gripe, all bottom frames replaced or sistered, new transom framing, all new deck framing, all new mahogany planking, WEST SYSTEM bottom, new Stainless fuel tank, bilge blower, 8A bilge pump, all new chrome, all new upholstery (by Mike Sonny – last boat he did, original Upholsterer at Chris Craft),16 coats Interlux Schooner, fresh 302 Ford V8 with Interceptor conversion, new exhaust manifolds, rebuilt Velvet Drive transmission.

     

by Rob

Orville Wright’s “Kittyhawk” gets a facelift at Brackley Boats

October 9, 2018 in Uncategorized


A recent visit to Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst, Ontario, provided a very pleasant surprise. Nestled into Paul’s restoration bay sat “Kittyhawk”, the early 1930’s Gidley day cruiser purchased by aviator Orville Wright in 1931 for $3,075.00. The boat was used extensively on his island property in Georgian Bay. After Mr. Wright’s death, Kittyhawk was active until the 1960s when a storm event punctured a hole in her hull. She lay on slings, deteriorating for several years, until a massive restoration was undertaken in the 1970s. Kittyhawk was relaunched in 1975 and has been in active use ever since. Paul and his staff have re-varnished her, replaced several planks, had new upholstery installed and the seating configuration adjusted. Her new home will be on Lake Rosseau, in Muskoka, Ontario.
Let’s hope that this iconic boat continues her historic connection for years to come. Enjoy the video below.

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