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by Rob

Giesler Boats: a family tradition for 90 years!

August 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Giesler Boat Company in Powassan, Ontario, has been building cedar-strip runabouts and canoes for ninety years! Their economical, practical and light-weight boats are favourites with fishermen and lodge owners.The 18 foot Nipissing model is the flagship watercraft of the fleet,  though Giesler will build a boat up to twenty feet in length. As well as new builds, the Company spends considerable time refurbishing and refinishing watercraft of all stripes for their customer base.  Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Peterborough Nomad: 16 ft, 1958

June 30, 2017 in Uncategorized


Peterborough Nomad: 16 ft, 1958
The Nomad is a quintessential “cottager boat” that you can tour, fish and ski from. Original cedar hull, with mahogany decks, seat and transom. The chrome is original. The restoration, including ribbing and an epoxy treatment for the hull, has brought the boat to pristine condition.

The canvas top is in great condition and has all the zip-in windows. The mooring cover is brand new and unused.

The matching motor is a mechanically perfect 35 hp. Johnson Sea Horse outboard. (with approx. 4-6 hours of run time) painted in classic maroon and cream.

The rarely used modern trailer is in top condition.

Included are all those accessories needed to enjoy the boat: anchors, vintage skis and swim ladder, brand new bumpers, trailer guides, interior upholstery for seats, etc.

This is a complete package. Just add water.

Price: $4,995. Sorry,  this boat was sold on July 27, 2017

by Rob

Giesler Boats: A family enterprise since 1927!

November 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

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This year Giesler manufactured 50 cedar-strip boats of varying sizes and styles.

Not many wooden boat builders can boast an 89 year history. Yet Giesler Boats, of Powassan, Ontario, can do just that…having been in the business of manufacturing cedar-strip watercraft for almost nine decades.
Very few builders can claim the numbers that Giesler notches up. Gerry Giesler, current owner/manager of the family enterprise, revealed in a recent visit that 50 cedar-strip vesssels of varying styles and sizes left the shop this year. With some twenty-plus models to choose from, including everything from canoes to big water boats, customers certainly should be able to find a vessel that suits their needs.

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Transoms on Giesler Boats are solid mahogany

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Here a new sistered rib is installed and trimmed.

Spring and summer are generally reserved for new builds, while the fall and winter months cater to repair work. Currently, some thirty boats are in line for refurbishment at the shop.
Gerry notes that wooden canoes,row boats and power boats are particularly popular in northern regions of Ontario, (and other somewhat remote areas) especially for fishing and hunt camps. Why? They can be repaired on the spot, if damaged. A can of epoxy and fibreglass cloth can perform wonders at the bottom of a rapid, whereas an aluminum boat would likely have to be shipped out for repair work. The light weight of a cedar-strip boat is also a great bonus when trailering.

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Each cedar-strip plank is precision cut to abut successive boards tightly, creating a “smooth skin” for the boat

If a customer requests it, an epoxy-fibreglass cloth bottom will be installed on a Giesler.  Prices for a Giesler range from approxiamtely $2500 CDN for a basic canoe to $6,750 for a “bare bones ” 18 foot Georgian Bay model. (2016 price list CDN ) not including a motor. Upgrades to all models are available.

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Customers can request an epoxy bottom on a Giesler, (recommended on the exterior surface only.)

Over the years, Gerry and his staff have amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience that has helped to refine the construction and finishing techniques of Giesler Boats. We offer a hearty “congratulations” to Gerry and his staff, and wish the company every success in the next ninety years of operation.
(For more information on Giesler Boats, stay tuned for the upcoming videos. Many thanks to Ray Richards for the photographs in this post).

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Giesler boats can be ordered in many different configurations. (This model is in for repairs)

 

by Rob

New price on restored classic Peterborough runabout:

June 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the asking price on “Miss Birnie” from $10,000 to $8,000.
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Peterborough Falcon: 15 ft, 1952
Notes from the owner:
“This classic 1952 Peterborough Cedar Strip boat called the Falcon has been totally restored and upgraded. Restored using the West System Fiberglass Epoxy restoration products; new keel; rubber transom cover; always stored inside before & since restoration. The boat comes complete with a New Easy Hauler Trailer with a spare tire & a Yamaha 9.9 Hp electric start motor. Additional features and inclusions are; custom made waterproof/SPF cushions & seat-backs; official reproduction Peterborough decals; lighting for evening safety; new battery; gas tank; anchor; fitted tarp cover; new bumpers and marine tie up cords. Also $60 can of marine red touch up paint. Someone who appreciates classic wooden boats will truly enjoy this treasure. The lovely Miss Birnie, she won’t last long!”
Original Price: Asking $9,999 or best offer. New price, (June 30, 2016) $8,000. For more photos and details, please click on the link. Ad #pb688

by Rob

Tuesday July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Peterborough “Lakeside” Cedar Strip Runabout: 15′ 3″, 1952
This functional runabout was refinished in 2013 and has been stored ever since. It was professionally inspected in 2013 and found to be in excellent condition. (One transom board was replaced). The boat features Brayden Boy steering controls and Johnson engine controls. The pressure tank diaphragm and gaskets have been replaced in the fuel tank. The 10 h.p. Johnson engine received a new impeller in 2013, and the points, condenser and timing were reset. The Peterborough comes with a home made trailer in good condition. (New, wider Trailer Blazer tires were installed in 2013. The boat is in excellent condition. Everything looks great and runs even better. The Peterborough is located in Ottawa, Ontario
Price: $4300. Ad number pb600
For contact information, please visit ad number pb600 on the Classic/Antique Wooden Boats page, or click on the link.
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