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by Rob

New price on beautifully restored Shepherd utility

February 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this professionally restored (17 ft. 1947) Shepherd utility from $35,000 to $30,000. See additional photos, text and contact information below.
Notes from the owner
“This beautiful boat has undergone a “top to bottom” restoration by Clarion Boats in Campbellford, Ontario including:
– New bottom
– New mahogany bow and stern decks
– New transom
– New gas tank and fuel line
– New wiring
– New windshield glass
– New mahogany ceilings
– New linoleum floor
– Rechromed hardware
New leather interior done by Linrich Upholstery Rebuilt engine converted to 12 volt. Period correct foot throttle. Custom mooring cover. Trailer customized to fit.”
Original Price: $35,000. New price: (Feb 2017) $30,000. For additional photos and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb647

by Rob

Heldena III brought back from the dead: a wonderful New Year celebration!

December 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

heldena-iii-4Although we’re on the cusp of 2017, blanketed by snow storms, there is always something going on in the boating world, even in our own backyard in Barrie, Ontario. This month, local wooden boat enthusiast Peter Moore, owner of Heritage Boat Shop, unveiled his latest addition, Heldena III, a 1921 J.J. Taylor race boat.
Heldena had disappeared for 75 years and was located in North Bay, Ontario and listed for sale online. Having been converted to a work boat, for a logging company in Algonquin Park she was unrecognizable and in poor shape. She had most of her deck removed and a cabin installed. However, her lines and small area of remaining deck had Peter convinced the boat was a J.J. Taylor. Metal lining the engine compartment also indicated she had been a race boat. The brass Taylor plaque found under a new dash confirmed her origins.
Peter bought the wreck and had it shipped to Curtis Hillman’s shop in Muskoka for restoration. In restoring Heldena III some changes were made, the most noticeable being the larger cockpit for comfort and entertaining and modern power. The results of Curt’s talents and 14 month’s work was shown for the first time recently. Hats off to Peter for saving a rare historic vessel and to Curtis Hillman for a magnificent restoration!


by Rob

A beautiful cruiser excursion for Hillary and Donald?

November 14, 2016 in Uncategorized


Many thanks to David Hughes, a Canadian citizen, who kindly responded to our suggestion of a wooden boat ride for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Elect Donald Trump.
We hoped that such a relaxing outing would help heal the wounds of a divisive American election campaign.
Should Hillary and Donald accept the invitation,  they would be welcomed aboard Mr. Hughes’ rare Martinique cruiser. As  David notes,  “They could ride in the open cockpit while we traversed the Detroit River, view the Windsor/Detroit skyline – reminisce…tell tale tales…and laugh, and laugh, and laugh!”

Notes, additional photos and a video on this beautiful boat are featured below.. Many thanks to Mr. Hughes for sharing and to Andy Breschuk for the photographs.

Mainstay is one of 2 true Matthews Martinique “Express” stock cruisers in existence…she still has her original twin Chrysler marine 331 Hemi engines and Onan generator motor. She is a work in progress (much work was done on the frame(s) and rudders this season). Hopefully all needed work will be completed in about 5 years time when I retire and can then enjoy her cruising on the Great Lakes.

by Rob

Giesler cedar-strip boats: see how it’s done

November 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

In this video, Gerry Giesler discusses some basics in the business of cedar-strip boat construction, and techniques used by his company. Enjoy. (Part One)

by Rob

Giesler Boats: A family enterprise since 1927!

November 1, 2016 in Uncategorized


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.


Transoms on Giesler Boats are solid mahogany


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.


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.


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).


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