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by Rob

International vintage boat show tomorrow in Gravenhurst, Ontario

July 6, 2018 in Uncategorized


…A last minute reminder that The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Toronto Chapter, is hosting one of the largest antique and classic boat shows in North America tomorrow, July 7th, 2018. The show takes place in Gravenhurst Bay in downtown Gravenhurst and is free of charge. There will be lots to see with the in-water boat display, Vendors’ Row, Field of Dreams, vintage autos, activities for children and more. The weather promises to be very favourable, too!
Why not make the drive to Gravenhurst…

by Rob

Twenty volunteers bring a badly damaged “Dippy” back to life.

June 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Most Wednesday mornings in Gravenhurst, Ontario, volunteers gather at the Muskoka Boat Works to hone their craftsmanship and restore wooden boats! One of the group’s current projects, a 1929 Lindsay built Disappearing Propeller Boat, has been under restoration for a three year period. Close to completion now, its launch will no doubt generate considerable excitement and satisfaction.
Many thanks to our roving reporter, Ray Richards (with one “s”), for covering this story. Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

The ACBS (Toronto) Spring Tour of Muskoka boat shops.

May 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

This past Saturday April 28, 2018,  some 200 vintage boat enthusiasts were treated to a tour  of  eleven Muskoka boat shops, as well as the Gravenhurst Discovery Centre’s assortment of fine watercraft.
One of the stops on the tour was Tom Adam’s shop in Port Carling,  bustling with work on the go.  This huge Clive Brown launch, below,  from 1939, is in for a new stem and some forward side planks. With bench seating around the perimeter, this vessel will surely seat more than twelve passengers. We suspect she was originally built for a Muskoka resort.  (If only the ACBS could buy her for use by the members!!!)

Miss Canadiana, below, powered by a Ford engine, (currently out of the boat) is estimated to have reached speeds in the 150 mile per hour range. She’s in for some top side enhancements and rebuilt sponsons.


The very attractive Duke launch below has been beautifully restored and seems ready for action.

Meanwhile,  at Stan Hunter’s Milford Bay restored boat shop, Tuxedo, below, is a magnificent Minett resting in Stan’s varnish shop. The Hunters are well  respected for their beautiful varnish work.

The flat stern end bottom on Tuxedo appaears to imply a hybrid displacement/planing hull combination.

Below:
Stan and Crosley have produced several of these beautifully streamlined WJ. Johnson designed, centre-steer replicas. This model will  “fly,” without requiring a monster engine, reducing the boat’s environmental footprint. Currently, one of these boats is for sale on the Port Carling Boats website. (To view the boat, please click on the link.  Ad  number #787)

 

Stay tuned for more photos and videos of the 2018 Spring Tour to follow.

by Rob

A senior craftsman’s love of Hackers, plus Breen Boats project 4:

March 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to seventy-nine year old John Campbell of Texas, a fine craftsman who has been building boats for sixty years! John is a real Hacker enthusiast. He describes his latest project, ‘Rosita”, below.
“I must confess that I am hopelessly in love with this little boat and have lusted after ALL Hacker boats for at least 40 years. I have built radio controlled models of many of them….
I wanted to build Rosita full size (21′ X 5’2″all these years and life kept getting in the way and now I’ve found Slippery (John’s latest obsession, not pictured in this post) and MUST have her. I’m 79 years old and have been building wooden boat models and a few full size craft since I was 19…….I cannot imagine life without building a wooden boat and Mr. Hacker’s designs are simply the finest……I’ll keep you up to date with pics and progress on “Slippery”……..don’t be too surprised if you find that I’ll be powering her with a 31 hp liquid cooled V-twin Kawasaki or Kohler engine…….I build light and have it on good authority that 31 hp in this little boat will get me to 28 – 30 mph which is fast enough for an old man, no?…”
John Campbell

“PS: My Rosita is powered with 15,000 watt brushless water cooled electric motor running on 37 VDC…..she has not been wet yet….very recently finished….will be transported in a large spring-loaded wooden box mounted on my Castlecraft aluminum canoe trailer…..more pics to come when all is ready…”

Meanwhile, back in Ontario,
Peter Breen’s boat shop, located near Rockwood, Ontario. has been very active over the winter.
The water-craft below is a personal project for Peter, who has a fantastic collection of vintage canoes.  This is his latest acquisition. Built around 1900, this eighteen foot, “double-end” sailing canoe has all original wood. One section of planking has had a crack repaired and the entire boat is being hand-sanded –  to be followed by a few coats of varnish.

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