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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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by Rob

A recent visit to Tim Butson Boat Builder, in Bracebridge, Ontario

October 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

We’re following up our photos of recent work at Butson Boats with the video below. Enjoy.

 

by Rob

What’s cooking at Butson’s boat shop?

October 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

After a six month absence,  it was time to get back to Tim Butson’s boat shop in Bracebridge, Ontario. Tim and his staff are nearing  completion of at least three classic watercraft, including two Greavette Executives and a Grew day cruiser.  As usual, the shop was humming.  Enjoy the photos below, and stay tuned for the video.

It’s hard to imagine how a virtually dust free finish could have been applied to the Greavette Executive, circa 1973.

“Brown Bear”, another Greavette Executive, awaits further completion.

This ‘big water’ Grew has been rebuilt from top to bottom.

 

Stern end of the Grew. This boat has been structurally reinforced. She’ll be stronger than when originally built.

Don’t be fooled by the photo. This Grew is a BIG boat.

This Grenell is a new arrival in the shop. She’ll be examined for an evaluation of required work.

It looks like the hull, forward of the dash, might need some work.

This is one of three major work areas at Butson Boats.

No salivating on the deck, please, speed lovers! This racer is a new custom build at Butson’s.

This Chris-Craft ski boat has had a new bottom installed. The owner is searching for a new ski pole.

.Simple lines, but a very functional design. One half transom coming up!

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

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by Rob

Video of the Muskoka Lakes Association Antique Boat Show

August 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

The video below highlights some of the most spectacular vintage boats in the world. This  “by invitation only” event, held in Port Carling Ontario, draws hundreds of visitors to oogle Minetts, Ditchburns, Greavettes and other beautiful classics.
Enjoy the video below.  (Part One)