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by Rob

International boat show a smashing success!

July 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

The three docks at the ACBS show were packed with visitors

Scores of vintage wooden and fibre-glassic boats (as well as vintage autos) lined the shores of Muskoka Bay in Gravenhurst, Ontario, this past Saturday July 7, 2018. The balmy weather brought thousands of visitors to the displays. Hosted by the Toronto Chapter, Antique and Classic Boat Society, this event is liable to go down in history as one of the best attended and most interesting shows on record. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the video to follow.

The Dippy” club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year

Believe it or not, it’s a paddle boat!

And now…for something completely different!

Boat show attendees signed up for a free ride on the magnificent woody “Rum Runner”.

Vessels available for sale at the Field of Dreams this year seemed to be of a higher quality.

A true “fibre-glassic”

Balmy weather and a light breeze made it a pleasure to walk the docks.

This looks suspiciously like a Duke Playmate.

A true original!

The perfect boat for “Gold Finger”!

The land displays included several “sea-flea” type watercraft.

A stunning twin engine fibre-glassic: every teenager’s dream in the 1950s-60s.

More “Field of Dreams” boats.

This Shepherd was available for less than $20,000

A beautifully restored Playmate.

by Rob

The ACBS (Toronto Chapter) International vintage Boat and Auto Show: July, 2017.

July 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

This year’s annual Antique and Classic Boat Society’s International Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario, was blessed with a beautiful, breezy sunny day.  Ironically, a thunderstorm the night before knocked out the power to some boat house doors, a repeat of last year’s performance! Nevertheless, there was a multitude of beautiful vintage water-craft and Cours d’Elegance automobiles to delight the attendees. The event was free for visitors this year, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

The in-water boat displays were enhanced by opportunities for visitors to ride in a “woody”,  experience the field of dreams, observe the children’s paddle making, and visit onshore displays and a vendors’ row. Port Carling Boats was there to highlight our clients’ boats for sale.
Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

Get set for the huge vintage boat/auto show in Gravenhurst, July 8.

July 3, 2017 in Blog

The Toronto Chapter,  ACBS,  is once again hosting one of the largest international antique and classic boat shows in North America.  Over 100 vintage vessels will on display at the wharves in Gravenhurst Ontario (about a 2.5 hour drive north of Toronto).  And that is only the beginning.  The show will include Concours D’Elegance vintage autos, children’s activities, a flea market,  “field of dreams” and over fifty vendors.  (Port Carling Boats will be one of them.  Be sure to stop by and say “hello”. )
There are also a number of pre and post show day activities, beginning on July 4th and ending the day after the show.
Best of all, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday bash,  admission to the show is FREE.  

For further details, visit https://www.acbs.ca/index.php

by Rob

Hot off the Press! Wonderful woodies on a wet weekend!

August 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

Despite some intermittent “heavy dew”, the Muskoka Lakes Association Antique Boat Show proceeded with elegance and spirit. The photos below capture some of the most beautiful andtique and classic boats in North America.
(Stay tuned for additional photos and the upcoming video of the show.)

(Below): It’s rare to see a Riva at the MLA show. Rivas are possiblly the finest wooden boats in the world.

Riva
My Cup of Tea, originally owned by the Gooderham family of distillery fame, was found rotting in a field and brought back to life. Here she is two refurbishments later!
My Cup of Tea 1

My up of Tea 2

ALthough Duke Boats can’t quite boast the pedigree of a Ditchburn or a Minett Shields, nevertheless the company produced some exceptionally pracitcal, durable and attractive water-craft.
Duke Utility

Duke Utility-2

A rare Greaveete hard top sedan looks for docking space.
Greavette sedan

Hard top sedan

A long deck launch at rest
Long deck launch

The Muskoka SeaFlea organization was well represented at the Show
Sea Flea 2

This 1902 Lozier launch is for sale for about $32,000.
1902 Lozier launch

by Rob

Antique and Classic Boat Show: Gravenhurst Ontario. 2016

July 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

This year’s show, sponsored by the Toronto Chaptyer ACBS, featrured Greavette boats. Scores of beautiful woodies bobbed in the water while Vendor’s Row, the Field of Dreams, the childrens’ programme and the “boats in motion” offered much to see.
Enjoy the video below…the first of three parts.