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by Rob

A wooden Ferrari boat? Unbelievable!

December 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

No, you have indulged in too much holiday cheer to think clearly!  There really is a wooden Ferrari boat in Venice. This unique water-craft, the creation of a very fertile mind, turns heads wherever “she” goes. If you’re in a snowbound part of the planet, you can also enjoy the visions of the summer to come!

by Rob

A Norse cruiser rises like a Phoenix from the ashes!

December 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Skipper before the fire.

Skipper” is a 32’ hard top launch that came to an untimely end at the end of the 2015 boating season.

Little remains after the fire.

Little remains after the devastating fire.

She was built by the craftsmen at Norse Boatworks of Penetanguishene in 1947 and used as  a family launch in the Georgian Bay area. Her heavy construction and smooth lines made her a safe, dry boat.   The boat has been in the family for years.  Skipper was always kept in immaculate condition, and had recently undergone a substantial restoration. But, after only eight seasons,  a fire and ensuing explosion, attributed to a carburetor leak in one of her twin V8 engines, resulted in a total loss.

The family has commissioned Andrew Lee, owner of SIRENS Boatworks to build a replica of her, exactly as she was.  SIREN’s boatwright Montie Masterson has the project lead.  “Traditional wood boat building is becoming a lost art”  states Montie.  “We’re excited about this opportunity.”

Steve Killing of Steve Killing Yacht Design drew her lines from the burnt out shell, which is at Andrew’s main shop in Merrickville, Ontario. Digital measurements were taken and lines were computer drawn. A smaller 25’ Norse of the same era was acquired to serve as a reference, and possibly for select hardware.

Lines drawn by Steve Killing

A CAD programme helps bring the dimensions to life.

The Skipper build started in  the fall of 2016. Skipper’s framework and keel are white oak and her planking is western red cedar, carvel from the keel to the splash rail, and lapstrake from the splash rail to the sheer.  Like the original, only silicone bronze fasteners are being  used; screws in the carvel and rivets in the lapstrake.

The mold template is prepared

Ribs and a new bottom emerge.

Over she goes!

“The owners have tremendous sentimental attachment to this boat.  They’re very passionate owners who’ve contracted us to deliver an exact replica,” states Andrew Lee. “This build involves all aspects of boat construction – from design and construction; to mechanical and electrical planning and installations, to sea trials and commissioning. We’re very excited about the opportunity to provide our committed and passionate owners exactly what they want,” claims Andrew.

When asked about the build timeline, Andrew responds that “The boat was flipped upright last week, and we’re getting prepared for the next phase of fitting her interior framework. The owners really want to launch her in 2018 and we’re moving in that direction.”

The “major lifting” of the rebuild is completed.

 

SIRENS Boatworks specializes in wooden boat repair and restoration.  The scope of their capabilities is extensive…..they have the facilities and expertise to handle smaller boats right up to 50’ motor yachts.

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

 

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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