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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!

by Rob

The ACBS (Toronto) Spring Tour of Muskoka boat shops.

May 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

This past Saturday April 28, 2018,  some 200 vintage boat enthusiasts were treated to a tour  of  eleven Muskoka boat shops, as well as the Gravenhurst Discovery Centre’s assortment of fine watercraft.
One of the stops on the tour was Tom Adam’s shop in Port Carling,  bustling with work on the go.  This huge Clive Brown launch, below,  from 1939, is in for a new stem and some forward side planks. With bench seating around the perimeter, this vessel will surely seat more than twelve passengers. We suspect she was originally built for a Muskoka resort.  (If only the ACBS could buy her for use by the members!!!)

Miss Canadiana, below, powered by a Ford engine, (currently out of the boat) is estimated to have reached speeds in the 150 mile per hour range. She’s in for some top side enhancements and rebuilt sponsons.

The very attractive Duke launch below has been beautifully restored and seems ready for action.

Meanwhile,  at Stan Hunter’s Milford Bay restored boat shop, Tuxedo, below, is a magnificent Minett resting in Stan’s varnish shop. The Hunters are well  respected for their beautiful varnish work.

The flat stern end bottom on Tuxedo appaears to imply a hybrid displacement/planing hull combination.

Stan and Crosley have produced several of these beautifully streamlined WJ. Johnson designed, centre-steer replicas. This model will  “fly,” without requiring a monster engine, reducing the boat’s environmental footprint. Currently, one of these boats is for sale on the Port Carling Boats website. (To view the boat, please click on the link.  Ad  number #787)


Stay tuned for more photos and videos of the 2018 Spring Tour to follow.

by Rob

Incredible price reduction on tri-cabin trawler

April 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this charming trawler from $23,000 to $8,500! WOW! See the description, additional photos and contact information below.
Wooden Down East Nova Scotia Tri Cabin Trawler: 29 ft. 1949
This wooden vessel is built with a raked stem and round bilge with a flat transom and swim platform. The keel is full length with an opening for propeller protection and rudder support. The deck is built with short bulwarks and safety lines, raised cabin runs from the stern towards the bow leaving a short for deck. On the after part of this raised cabin is a bridge deck for the open helm station.
(The owner’s medical issues necessitate a sale)
Additional notes from the owner below
1. We’ve owned the boat for 30 years
2. Length is 33′ (29 on the waterline) includes swim platform and bow sprit,
3. Weight: 15 tons
4. Storage History: shrink wrapped every winter and transported to Gord Smith Marine location for maintenance
5. Engine details: 1954, Chrysler, Straight 8
6. Maximum speed: 10-15 knots (guessing)
7. Trailer: use VanTuyl marine transport to and from winter storage.

Specifications below:
Located at Gord Smith Marine, Hwy # Flamborough (Dundas) Ont. (905) 628-4433

Built: Western Shore – Wilkins, Nova Scotia – 1949

Licence No. 36E 24338 Length: 33’ Beam: 9’ 8” Depth: 5’ 6”
Draft: 3’ 8” Freeboard Forward: 5’
Aft: 3’ 6”
Type of Drive: Single Motor Screw Trawler Yacht
Fuel: 189.27 liters (50 gals) Water: 189.27 (50 gals)
Holding Tank: 132.49 liters (35 gals)
Engine: Chrysler Marine, Straight 8, 160 h.p., gas fuelled
Cooling: Raw Water
Ventilation: 2 powered exhaust blowers
Gas detector in engine area
Controls: Morse two lever
GPS: New – Standard Horizon CP390i
Depth Sounder: Faria Marine Instruments Digital Depth Sounder
Construction: Carvel planked mahogany on steam bent oak frames of
1 ½” x 1 1/8” at”8” centres
Decks and superstructure – fiber glassed plywood
All trim above and below decks is mahogany
Bridge: A convertible cover as well as blue canvass Bimini and aft structure with new screened window sides and rear
Anchor: 22 lb. Danforth anchor, 10’ quarter in chain, ¾” nylon line
Compass: located on steering station (newer version replaced last 5 years)
Shore Power cord with numerous adaptors and extension cords
Depth Gauges: 1 working original, 1 additional new
VHF Radio, fuel gauge (new), Tach
Newly purchased Flare gun and extra flares
Fire extinguishers: 3 hand held Horn: 12 volt (deck mounted)
Fenders: 4 – 12” Mooring Lines: numerous
Life Jackets: 3 Mustang coats, 4 other
Life Ring: 24” with heaving line
8 ft Mast as if for a steadying sail
Rotating TV antenna

Compartments: Fore Peak: rope storage, extension cords, safety kit
Head: manual toilet with 35 gal. holding tank, sink unit & pump
Galley: microwave & 2 burner electric stove
4 cu ft. 12/110 volt refrigerator w/small upper freezer
Sink unit w/ 12 volt pump, hot water from engine
8’ counter top with cupboards and drawers
Main Cabin: Settee, 4’ teak coffee table, end tables, designer carpets.
Aft Cabin: designer carpets, one settee berth, one single berth
Hanging locker, vanity drawers and cupboard
**Head, galley and main salon have parquet flooring**
Professionally maintained since 1986
Original Price: $23,000
New Price: April 2018:  $8,500 For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb710

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