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by Rob

TenderCraft Boats and Breen Boats rock on!

April 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

TenderCraft Boats:
The elves at Tender Craft Boats in Mississauga, Ontario continue to ply their trade. saving tired woodies from an ignominious fate!
Thank goodness for skilled craftsman who can breathe new life into these vintage treasures.
The boat above, recently in Peter Code’s TenderCraft shop, is a late 1950’s Century Resorter. seen after the replacement of ll bottom frames, keel, engine stringers and transom. The restoration features all-new molded planking and 6 oz fibreglass cloth, set in West System epoxy and bright red two-part poly paint.(This should certainly provide a no-soak bottom.)

Out she goes!

Breen Boats in Rockwood Ontario

Thunder is built on the Rainbow hull 3 hull design; measuring at 27.5 ft.  This boat was built in 2001 and is used regularly on Lake Joseph, where all her 420 hp is deployed. Thunder is an award winning boat that has been brought in for new varnish and touch ups after 17 years on the water. It’s always a great day to see this boat; There are so many design details in this watercraft that it is truly a floating work of art.

by Rob

Dramatic price reductions on four wooden beauties:

April 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on three vintage Muskoka-built wooden boats. The description and new prices are listed below.

Port Carling SeaBirD:, 21 ft, 1941
This beautiful twin cockpit SeaBird was completely restored – wood, motor and chrome – in 2010 by Curtis Hillman, a renowned Muskoka craftsman. The boat is in excellent condition.
Original Price: $37,000
New Price:  (April, 2018)  $25,000    WOW!    For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb612

Duke Playmate: 19 ft., 1930
This charming but very functional Playmate was refinished in 2009 by Stan Hunter. It features side steering, and custom cushions. The Playmate is in excellent condition.
Original Price:
$30,000.
New Price: (April, 2018)   $20,000.    For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb611


Duke Playmate: 17 ft, 1938
This charming Duke has been stored indoors year round. (The photos attest to the excellent condition of the finish). The “Playmate” was restored in the 1990’s. The sale includes custom cushions made a few years ago and custom paddles.
Own a piece of Muskoka history!
Original Price: $30,000
New Price: (April, 2018)  $20,000. For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb610

Shepherd Utility: 22 ft, 1953  (above)
Notes from the owner:
This beautiful 1953 Shepherd 22’ utility runabout African mahogany boat has won many boat show awards. She is powered with original 150 HP Gray Marine engine, Paragon hydrostatic transmission, and new 12 volt Dura test 84 mo. 1000 CCA battery. Boat was restored by Woodwind Yachts, Nestleton, Ontario, Canada, making this Shepherd a special eye-catcher in any boating event. Attention during restoration was made to original details.
Original Price: $120,000. New price. April 2018: $30,000
For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb708

by Rob

Wooden Boating “Down Under”

March 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

The Australians are a sea-faring nation. Their nautical heritage inspires a celebration of wooden boating. Hobart, Tasmania, hosts the annual Mystate Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

Have you ever wanted to visit “OZ” and Tasmania?  Why not book a trip “down-under”?  Next year, the Hobart festival will take place in February,  (2019).  See the description below.

The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival will be back again in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, from Feb. 8-11 2019 (inclusive).
Held across Hobart’s vibrant and bustling waterfront, the four-day festival brings together the largest and most beautiful collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere.
Along with the exhibition of these beautiful boats, the festival delivers a lively combination of incredible local food, live entertainment, music, demonstrations and displays. From the state’s best seafood, to the children’s village, to our very own tavern, the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival has all the elements of a summer celebration by the sea.
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Meanwhile, not far from Hobart, at Franklin, ” the heart of the Huon Trail”, is the Wooden Boat Centre.

Many thanks to Alison Bosse, our Australian connection, for providing photos of the ongoing work at the Centre. Obviously, wooden boating is alive and well in OZ.

by Rob

New price on Crackerbox Racer plus update at Breen Boats

March 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to adjust the price of this Cracker Box Gentleman’s Racer from $9,900 to $8,900

This mid 1930s Cracker Box Gentleman’s Racer offers a strong running 60 hp. V8 Ford flathead engine with period correct speed equipment, including California, mag-finned aluminum heads, etc. Included in the sale is a single axle trailer.  For contact information and further details,,  please click on the link. Ad number pb792
(Additional photos below)

What’s happening at Breen Boats this winter?

Well, for one thing, this rare Gentleman’s Racer Thunder, is in at Breen boat shop for a fresh coat of varnish after 17 years and lots of use;!

Stay tuned for more pictures and info to follow later this week!

 

 

by Rob

Butson Boats goes gangbusters with multiple projects!

February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

THis Greavette Executive was once owned by Ted Turner

Tim Butson and his staff have their hands full this winter, with restoration projects flying out of their steam-box (so to speak)! The shop currently hosts two Greavette Executives, a custom ski/speed boat, a Shepherd prototype, a Grew Overnighter, a two masted ketch and a Duke Playmate.
Enjoy the photos and video below.

Tim estimates that this ski/speed boat will reach 70 mph.

The Grew Overnighter, seen in this photo, is undergoing a top to bottom restoration. (See the photo below.)

The Grew has been strengthened with thicker lap planks, a reinforced transom and beefier ribs. When installed, the superstructure will provide additional support.

This Shepherd prototype design later appeared as a ski boat in Florida

The second Greavette Executive, early 1970s. rests beside a very substantial ketch

This 34 ft. two masted East Coast ketch, also from the 1970s, is in for some major bottom work and other repairs..

Note the massive rudder.

“Pip Pip” a charming 1949 Duke Playmate (an “everyman” boat built by the hundreds) awaits major work before returning to Magnetewan, Ontario.

With their Buchan midget engines (see photo below) these Playmates sip gas so gently that a day long excursion on one tank is taken for granted.

Hundreds of these small, reliable engines were built by Buchanan Marine in Orilla, Ontario