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
A visit to Butson Boats; Bracebridge, Ontario
The Butson family has a storied history of boat building and restoration in Muskoka. Tim Butson’s Bracebridge shop currently houses vessels in for restoration, as well as a stunning “new build”. Enjoy the video below.
Tim Butson’s boat shop in Bracebridge, Ontario, is humming with activity. Lots of new bottoms (pardon the expression) are in the works! Current projects include a 32 foot Minett, an 18 foot Billy Johnson and a Greavette Executive from the 1970’s. Viewers can also oogle a Butson Gentleman’s Racer. Enjoy!
One of our subsrcibers, Paul Brady., kindly submitted this fascinating story of his recently purchased Bonnie Boat. This relatively little known company has since faded into history, but “Toasty” among others, remains as a tribute to the company. Paul’s story is below. ” “Actually, last February I bought a boat that might make an interesting […]
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)
The bi-annual Muskoka Lakes Association Classic Boat Show, held this past Saturday August 11, is an “invitation only” event. Consequently, the boats on the water in Port Carling represent the creme de la creme of vintage boating. The weather cooperated and the crowds came out in therir hundereds. Hats off to the MLA! Enjoy the […]
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