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by Rob

Our newest listing: a Cracker-Box Gentleman’s Racer.

December 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

     Mid 1930’s Crackerbox Gentleman’s Racer: 14 ft.
This mid 1930s (precise year unknown)  Cracker-Box Gentleman’s Racer offers a strong running 60 hp. V8 Ford flathead engine with period correct speed equipment,  including a  California mag., finned aluminum heads, etc. The boat is in generally good condition and the engine runs well. The sale includes a single axle trailer, which would benefit from new tires.

Price: $9,900                For further details please click on the link.     Ad number pb792    Additional photos below.

by Rob

A 42′ Elco cabin cruiser is reborn.

November 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

The rather tired Elco cruiser awaits surgery at Sirens Boat Works.

The folks at Sirens Boat Works in Manotick, Ontario have kindly forwarded a report on their recently completed restoration of a very substantial Elco cabin cruiser.  This was obviously a mammoth, two year project. Hats off to Sirens for preserving a significant piece of nautical history. Their description is below.

TENANGO is a 1930 42′ ELCO Flat Top.  She has been a major focus of SIRENs Boatworks since August 2015.  “She came to us needing significant below waterline work to make her seaworthy. We were contracted to restore her hull”  states Andrew Lee, owner of SIRENS Boatworks.

An external “exo-skeleton” is installed to support the boat while bottom replacement commences.

“Our work was extensive”. To begin, an external skeleton that supported her weight while under repair was fabricated and installed.  This structure allowed workers unrestricted access to her 42’ hull to replace all her framework and keel. “ It was a major effort….TENANGO is a large boat and is built very strong. Even though much of her keel and framework was in poor condition, it was amazing how much effort was needed to dismantle her” reflects Andrew.

We replaced the entire keel with mahogany; and all the framework with white oak;  and installed new western red cedar planking from her waterline down. She’s fastened with traditional bronze fasteners.

While the boat was in the shop the talented owners completed considerable restoration work to her beautiful mahogany interior and significant brass hardware.

“TENANGO has significant pedigree with a colorful history. We are proud to have had the opportunity to have been a significant part of preserving her legacy” claims Andrew.

“Tenango” approaches the finish line.

Voila! The beautiful results of thousands of hours of labour over a two+ year period.

“Tenango” will no doubt provide many more years of service and enjoyment for her proud owners.

SIRENS Boatworks specializes in wooden boat repair and restoration. Owner Andrew Lee and his team work on all types of wooden boats using traditional woods and fasteners combined with modern adhesives.  The scope of their capabilities is extensive.  “We’ve worked on everything from a varnish job on a 10’ hydroplane to replacing complete transoms on cruisers, and today, we’re into a custom new build of a 32’ launch.” states Andrew.

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

 

 

by Rob

Our newest listing: A Waterford Dispro replica, 16.5 ft, 1980s

November 23, 2017 in Uncategorized


Waterford Disappearing Propeller Boat reproduction: 16.5 ft. 1980s

This replica Waterford “Dispro” was a project undertaken by Hugh Thompson of Orillia, Ontario, who passed away before the boat could be completed. The current second owner is downsizing his boat collection, and is looking for a new home and an enthusiast to complete the project.. The lines for the Waterford were taken from a deteriorated 1913-1914 model.  The planking is cypress.  Included in the sale is the dispro mechanism and materials to complete the boat, including rudder, ribbing supplies, etc. This  Dippy will make a wonderful winter project.  Add an engine of your choice  (even electric!) and go!.

Please click on the video below for a brief view of the Dippy. (Additional photos below)

Price:  $1,500.  For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.  Ad number pb790

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by Rob

Our Newest listing: a reproduction Greavette Dispro

November 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

Greavette Reproduction Disappearing Propeller Boat: 18.5 ft, 1980s

This Greavette reproduction Dispro, built but not completed by the Coldwater Canoe Company in Coldwater, Ontario, awaits completion by a wooden boat enthusiast.  It comes complete with the disappearing propeller mechanism and a number of “extras”,  including rudder, fitted cover,  etc.  The Georgian Bay model features enclosed perimeter decking for heavier water and weather conditions. Power with the engine of your choice.  Even an electric engine would be viable for this project boat. What a wonderful winter project!

To view a brief video of the Greavette Dispro, click on the video below.

Price: $1,800 For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb789
Additional photos below.

by Rob

The ACBS Home Shop Tour offers some stunning vintage boats.

October 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Many thanks to our secret sleuth, N.H. for documenting the ACBS Home Shop Tour, held this past weekend (Oct.21 2017). Gracious private wooden boat restorers kindly opened their shops and garages to members of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Shops in Port Carling, Barrie and Port Perry were visited by our sleuth.  In Part I, below,he describes the Port Carling visit in his own words.

“The 2017 Toronto ACBS Home Shop Tour began on a bright, sunny and warm day. It was magical to drive up Hwy 400 to Port Carling free of traffic.

I rolled into David and Rosalie’s lovely cottage on Peninsula around 8:30 am. Several  people ahead of me were enjoying some freshly brewed java and cookies. As I strolled up the driveway approaching the double bay garage, I was immediately drawn to the shape of the long deck of the Clarion 23ft Gentleman’s racer that just had its inner mahogany plywood skin installed. Sleek lines and a subtle raised cowling ensconced the driver.  I imagined bombing around the lakes in what will be a lovely boat when it is completed.

My eye was then drawn to the narrow beam of an old hull with a lovely bow flare that clearly signalled a Ditchburn boat. As I was walking around taking in the angles and noticing details of the boat,  I overheard David’s son, Chris telling the story of this boat to an old gentleman who is recording all the history of the Muskoka boats for Grace and Speed- Muskoka Hertiage Centre. I knew this was a magical boat but it was a stunning story at that; so we begin.

It was a sunny Friday afternoon that was taking Chris and his fiance at the time, Amy, to the village of Windermere Ontario. They were in the process of planning their wedding and were in the Village to meet with the local minister. Being punctual they arrived early and proceeded to take a walk to kill some time. While walking they came upon an open garage. Inside, an older gentleman stood beside an old boat. Chris introduced himself and his fiance  and  asked him about the boat. It was a 1927 Ditchburn, 23ft long and sister ship to Whip Poor Will and Pimento. The Gentleman said he had had it for approximately 30 years but he had not had the time to get around to restoring the boat. The cedar hull had its paint removed and you could see it was in great shape; it had all its hardware removed and he had the original engine as well as a rebuilt duplicate engine. Chris asked the Gentleman, “How much would you like for the boat?”,  and then proceeded to write the him a cheque. This barn-find boat came with all original hardware; steering wheel, and she is a survivor. The boat will be named The Good Friday, as he meet his wife-to-be on a Friday and he found the boat on a Friday. Very rare boat; Nicely done Chris and Amy.



I then moved over to the 2nd garage and noticed a Corvette being restored and a Wood utility boat in the garage.

I then took the stairs down to the lake boat house and noticed David’s awe inspiring Ditchburn Viking replica Hull that at 27ft is a dead ringer for the real boat. I have always admired Dwight Boyd’s Gentleman’s Racers and his 21ft racer is no exception. This is one exciting boat house that also had a dippy sitting on the cedar plank floor. What a great setup for these wonderful boats. Thank-you to the family for sharing your home with the boat tour visitors.

Since I keep my boat in Port Carling, I dropped by to remove the battery and other items from the boat for winter storage. I also had to take some measurements for relocating my gas tank from the front of the boat to behind the driver’s seat. I left the car key in the ignition and off I went to work for an hour. On returning to the car and turning the key, I could hear the ignition relay working –  but the starter was not activating. “Oh No”. I had left the high beams on and killed the battery. No jumper cables and CAA was an hour away, so I tried push starting the car on gravel.. No luck –  there is also a slight upward grade where I parked. UGH! So off I trudged to the road and after 40 minutes of waving at people, a kind man by the name of Scott driving in a blue pickup truck from Property Care is a Briese pulled over. He decided to help me out. we push-started my car and off I roared down hwy 169 to Barrie. (End of Part One)