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by Rob

TenderCraft Boats and Breen Boats rock on!

April 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

TenderCraft Boats:
The elves at Tender Craft Boats in Mississauga, Ontario continue to ply their trade. saving tired woodies from an ignominious fate!
Thank goodness for skilled craftsman who can breathe new life into these vintage treasures.
The boat above, recently in Peter Code’s TenderCraft shop, is a late 1950’s Century Resorter. seen after the replacement of ll bottom frames, keel, engine stringers and transom. The restoration features all-new molded planking and 6 oz fibreglass cloth, set in West System epoxy and bright red two-part poly paint.(This should certainly provide a no-soak bottom.)

Out she goes!

Breen Boats in Rockwood Ontario

Thunder is built on the Rainbow hull 3 hull design; measuring at 27.5 ft.  This boat was built in 2001 and is used regularly on Lake Joseph, where all her 420 hp is deployed. Thunder is an award winning boat that has been brought in for new varnish and touch ups after 17 years on the water. It’s always a great day to see this boat; There are so many design details in this watercraft that it is truly a floating work of art.

by Rob

Our newest listing: an Avro/Richardson cabin cruiser!

April 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Avro/Richardson modified Phantom Express cabin cruiser: 36 ft., 1961
This attractive cruiser, built by the Avro Canada Company, (builders of the Avro Arrow jet aircraft) and Richardson boat builders, features a low maintenance, lighter weight aluminum planked hull!  The boat is in excellent condition, with the superstructure rebuilt by the owner over a twenty year period. The Phantom Express features mahogany cabins, and teak decks by Richardson. Restoration includes the following: a complete rewiring to 110/12 volts, a new inverter. all AGM heavy duty batteries, new 12 volt lighting, a new twin exhaust system, a new head and tank, new upholstery. a new on demand hot water system and electronic charts of the Rideau Canal, from Kingston to Montreal (w. computer). The Phantom is powered by twin Chrysler Plymouth Fury V8 engines (230 hp x 2). Both engines (and carbs) have been rebuilt. Included in the sale are  dinghy davits and an assortment of mahogany and teak parts as well as. some extra original hardware.
Available at additional cost are a Walker Bay dinghy with oars ($650) plus carpentry tools, table saw, drill press, etc. (price negotiable).
A survey will be undertaken this spring (2018). The last survey was done in 2012, when a value of $69,000 was established by the surveyor
Available at additional cost are a Walker Bay dinghy with oars ($650) plus carpentry tools, table saw, drill press, etc. (price negotiable). A survey will be undertaken this spring (2018). The last survey was done in 2012, when a value of $69,000 was established by the surveyor
Price: $48,900  For further details, photos and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb808    (Additional photos below.)

Screws filled (1st pass)

by Rob

Wooden Boating “Down Under”

March 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

The Australians are a sea-faring nation. Their nautical heritage inspires a celebration of wooden boating. Hobart, Tasmania, hosts the annual Mystate Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

Have you ever wanted to visit “OZ” and Tasmania?  Why not book a trip “down-under”?  Next year, the Hobart festival will take place in February,  (2019).  See the description below.

The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival will be back again in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, from Feb. 8-11 2019 (inclusive).
Held across Hobart’s vibrant and bustling waterfront, the four-day festival brings together the largest and most beautiful collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere.
Along with the exhibition of these beautiful boats, the festival delivers a lively combination of incredible local food, live entertainment, music, demonstrations and displays. From the state’s best seafood, to the children’s village, to our very own tavern, the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival has all the elements of a summer celebration by the sea.
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Meanwhile, not far from Hobart, at Franklin, ” the heart of the Huon Trail”, is the Wooden Boat Centre.

Many thanks to Alison Bosse, our Australian connection, for providing photos of the ongoing work at the Centre. Obviously, wooden boating is alive and well in OZ.

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

Beautiful Shepherd on the market: plus Breen project #3

March 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: an eye-catching Shepherd runabout, 22 ft., 1952.
This beautiful classic Shepherd has been well maintained over the years. Restorative efforts include: some planking and bottom boards replaced in 2007. The transom and some bottom frames have also been replaced. The boat appears sound and reveals evidence of good workmanship undertaken during the restorative process.
The Shepherd is powered by an 8 cylinder Hemi engine, (331 cubic inch) in good running condition. (The engine was rebuilt in 1985 by Pal Engines of Orillia, Ontario).

The runabout comes complete with a full winter cover and a full top and back for summer use. Also included in the sale is a road-worthy tandem axle trailer..
Price: $29,000   For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb806     (Additional photos below.)
Project number three at Breen Boats:
Peter Breen reports that “This is the 20′  Greavette Shearliner with a  new bottom and  a “freshen up” coming along for summer delivery.” No doubt the owner will be delighted with this born-again Greavette.