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by Rob

Enjoying the Muskoka Lakes, plus a recently sold ‘woody.”

July 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

There is never a shortage of fascinating vintage watercraft on the Muskoka Lakes. N.H., our secret sleuth,  recently captured images of  three very different “woodies” and their owners enjoying time on the water.
(Photo above) You don’t have to own a wooden boat to enjoy a run on the Muskoka Lakes. Erica and Andrew are enjoying a romantic weekend in one of Stan Hunter’s Hunter’s Duke Playmates, available through his Muskoka Launch Livery rental service.

(Above) Enthusiasts enjoy a Poker Run, held several days before the annual ACBS Internaiton Boat Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario.

(Above) This Stancraft triple cockpit is one of two on the Lakes. Its high free-board certainly matches the big V8 engine. What a great day to be out on the water!

Our most recently sold boat

Congratulations to the vendor and buyer of this recently listed Chris-Craft Constellation ( sold through Port Carling Boats). No doubt the very reasonable asking price for this beautiful cruiser ($20,000 CDN) helped to attract potential purchasers. Happy cruising!

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

Our newest listing: a Giesler French River, 16′

May 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Giesler French River: 16 ft, 2016
Notes from the owner:
Giesler “French River” cedar strip 16 ft. 2015
This custom built Giesler French River features extended decks.
Fibre glassed bottom to splash rails. 6 coats of varnish. Mahogany cowling and all Italian brass fittings. Truly a beautiful boat that needs to be seen to be appreciated.
Only 70 hours on boat and motor. Easy Hauler trailer included in the sale.
The Giesler also comes with…
-dual Honda Fuel tanks
– A mahogany and brass boat hook
– Giesler paddle
– tachometer with hour meter, speedometer, engine water pressure gauge and trim gauge.
Winter storage in heated unit
Price $14,999. Contact Larry or Mark For further details and contact information, please click on the link: Ad number pb818 Additional photos below.

by Rob

The ACBS (Toronto) Spring Tour of Muskoka Boat Shops

May 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

In part II of this series, we visit the boat shops of  Curtis Hillman and Stan Hunter, both located around Milford Bay in Muskoka, Ontario.  Curt has a monster 27 foot Shepherd in his shop, ((It took a crane to flip the boat over), and Stan has been working his magic on a beautiful antique Minett.  Enjoy the photos and video below.

Tjhis mammoth Shepherd is in for a major rebuild

A century old Minett will be born again with a new bottom.

by Rob

The ACBS (Torotno Chapter) Muskoka Spring Tour continues.

May 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

Part One of our Spring Tour video focuses on the shops of Mike Windsor, Paul Brackley and Tim Butson. Enjoy!