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by Rob

Looking for a winter getaway? “Serendipity Oaks” is available in Jan. 2017

December 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Serendipity Oaks: Wasi Lake, Powassan, Ontario
This large and bright cottage is the perfect spot for a family get together. The newly upgraded windows and patio doors fill the rooms with sunlight. The lovely blond wood flooring makes for a homey and comfortable feeling. On the main level there is an open concept kitchen/dining room area leading out to the deck, and with a fantastic view of Wasi Lake. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything needed for meal preparation and clean up. The dining table will seat six people and there are some extra chairs and a folding table to accommodate a few extras.
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In the living room there is comfortable seating for six people and more windows with a view to the front of the house and the veggie garden. There is a wood fireplace for cool fall evenings or a snowy day in the winter. Also on this main level there are three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king sized bed and a three-piece ensuite. In the second bedroom there is a queen sized bed and a playpen for if there was a younger child that needed to sleep here. In the third bedroom there is a good quality double sized bed. Along the hallway there is also a four-piece bathroom.
Downstairs on the lower level, there is a large open area with a wood stove, a sectional couch, a card table with seating for four and a treadmill, all strategically placed to offer a view of the lake through a 12′ patio door and the 32″ TV with an Apple TV for access to the Internet (no cable or satellite). Also provided, if Fido is travelling with you, is a large dog crate. There is another fridge on this level as well as a sink and cupboards. Down the hall is a laundry room, and another four-piece bathroom. Internet is supplied by a Roger’s hub that offer 15Mbps. There are two double sized beds and one single in the basement.
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The large deck can be accessed from both the dining/kitchen area and the master bedroom. The northern exposure provides sun for most of the day. For summer there will be an assortment of gravity chairs and loungers for relaxing. The large lawn slopes gently down to the waterfront where there is a small sandy beach (size depends on lake conditions). There is both a long boat dock and a swimming dock further out in the water. This is a small lake, and larger boats are not advisable. Fishing boats can be launched and docked right at the cottage, and there are 3 kayaks provided. There are two islands on the lake which are perfect destinations to kayak to. The larger island is crown land so can be explored. The fire pit is at the lake front where you can enjoy the beautiful sunsets with your roasted marshmallows.
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Inclusions:
2 Refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine, utensils, dishware, BBQ, washer and dryer, board games ,puzzles
Table Seating:
6-10
Bedrooms:
4, sleeps 10
Bed Sizes:
1 King, 1 Queen, 3 Doubles, 1 Single + playpen
Linens:
Vacationer supplies their own linens: Sheets and pillowcases + Inside towels and beach towels
Bathrooms:
2 four-piece, 1 three-piece ensuite
Electronics:
Television
Telephone & Internet:
Cell phone reception. Rodgers Internet @ 15Mbps
Outdoor Furnishings:
Deck and lounge chairs, patio set, fire pit
Waterfront:
200 ft frontage with level, grass approach. 30-40 ft of sandy beach
Water Toys:
3 kayaks
Exposure:
North
Dock Size:
12 ft x 12 ft swimming dock
Hospital:
North Bay
General Store:
Within 10-15 minutes
Fishing:
Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch and Catfish
Golfing:
Osprey Links Golf, Lookout Terrace Golf Course, Pinewood Park Golf Course, Clear Springs golf Course
Entertainment:
Galaxy Cinemas North Bay, Capital Centre, Matthews Maple Syrup, Chief Commana II
Museums:
Callander Bay Heritage Museum, Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence, Mattawa Museum, North Bay Museum
Parks:
Restoule Provincial Park, Northern Algonquin Park, Powassan Lions Park
Remarks:
Pricing:
$1,695 per week during high-season (High-Season includes the last full week of June to Labour Day Monday, as well as the week of Christmas and New Year’s ).
$1,110 per week during off-season.
$850 per holiday weekend ins off season(3 night min)
$550 per weekend during off season (3 night min)
$600 refundable security deposit required.
* Administration fee may be applicable.
For contact information and additional photos, please click on the link. Serendipity Oaks F378

by Rob

‘Dixie Baby’ honoured at Lake Tahoe Show

September 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Congratulations to Peter Breen and his staff at Breen Boats. The team recently walked away with a very prestigeous award at one of the most distinguished classic boating events in North America.
Dixie Baby is a 1921, 23’ Ventnor, recently exhibited at Lake Tahoe’s Concours D’Elegance. She won the title of “Best Race Boat“. Dixie Baby also won the “Porsche Cup”, a prestigeous trophy, for “The Most Outstanding Performance Boat.”
Peter Breen and his staff are known for their exquisite, meticulous restorations and new builds. Hats off to the gang at Breen Boats!

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July 10, 2016 in Blog


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by Rob

“Cash Injection”… a Peter Breen masterpiece.

February 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Some regard Peter Breen as “the Ditchburn Doctor,” while others might conclude that he is an artist with wood – or perhaps a mechanical Einstein. Cash Injection makes a very strong case that he is all three of the above.
Mr. Breen, who built and owns Cash Injection, is considered by many to be the finest boat builder in North America, if not the world. His vast experience in the restoration of Ditchburn boats has directly influenced the production of Cash Injection.

Peter started building this twenty-eight foot boat in 1997 and finished it in 2003 when he took the boat to Florida twice, taking three awards. Cash Injection showcased his craftsmanship as well as the Hacker hull design.
Peter’s production methods also replicated the process by which Ditchburn boats would individually customize a boat to an owner’s specifications.
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With a 500 hp. engine, Cash Injection is a very powerful boat. The John Hacker inspired hull design handles with ease and precision in turns and when wide open. The roar of the engine growls from the custom-cast exhaust ports. All the hardware on the boat is sand-cast with bronze, then polished and chromed in the same manner that the Ditchburn brothers employed.

From the bow lights to the chocks, the cleats to the horn and the folding windshield to the five gauge grape leaf dash cluster… the steering wheel, throttle, steering controls and outboard rudder; it is all hand cast from wood molds. The molds are placed in sand casts, then liquid bronze/brass is poured into the molds which are cooled and sanded, then polished and readied for chroming. There are no easy short cuts in this process and it is done beautifully.
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Every detail of Cash Injection is meticulously reviewed and executed with precision, in keeping with the Ditchburn boats of the 1930s. Hundreds of hours of painstaking detail work are apparent, from the varnished, mirror-like finish on both the exterior and the interior hull, to the bilge and the engine compartment. Even areas not open to inspection offer the same level of commitment to perfection.

Mr. Breen has shown Cash Injection at a number of events and has won many awards including Clayton NY, Gravenhurst ACBS shows, and MountDora, Florida, where she won the ” Master Craftsmanship Award”.

Although Cash Injection has seating similar to a triple cockpit, a sunshade cover and a mother in-laws seat, she runs like a missile. She is also very much a race boat.

The Ditchburn brothers would be very pleased to see both the work and the client-first focus of Peter Breen and his team.
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It should be noted that Peter Breen’s restoration work encompasses all of the original boat builders in Muskoka, including Minett Shields, Greavette, Garwood, JJ Taylor, Clive Brown, Duke, Sea Bird and numerous famous US builders.

by Rob

Even classic boat lovers need cottage accommodation

February 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

Our newest cottage listing: Cedar Grove Escape

Cedar Grove Escape is situated on Acton Island, (road access by bridge) on prestigious Lake Muskoka,  near the town of Bala.
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Available Conveniences:
In total the three bedrooms can accommodate up to 6 adults. There is also a pull out couch for up to two overnight guests; please ask about the availability and restrictions for entertaining overnight guests during your stay.
Sheets, pillow cases, comforters and hand towels are provided. Please bring your own bath towel.
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The cottage is equipped with kitchen stove, microwave, coffee maker, frying pan, kettle, fridge, cutlery and dishes.
To cool down on hot days, the lake is recommended. There is also a fan in the cottage to maintain a comfy breeze.
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The bathroom has a newly updated shower, in addition to indoor plumbing. (Sorry no bathtub)
A brand new modern kitchen with open concept to the dining and living room area
Upgraded flooring
Built-in dishwasher
Phone services is supplied which includes national long distance calling so you don’t have to worry about keeping in touch.
Note: While fresh linens are provided, cleaning or maid services are not.

Entertainment:

High speed Internet Service (New addition)
32″ Wall mounted LCD TV
Satellite TV
DVD Player
Radio/CD player
A convenient wrap-around balcony.
For quiet time, some board games are provided.

Safety Information:
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Emergency 911 Service and property numbering.
Fire extinguisher & smoke detectors are installed and available.
National phone service is provided
PRICING:
Peak season rate is $2000 (July-Aug) May, June, Sept and Oct have off season rates that vary.  The island is bridge accessed. has a dock and slip for boat, tie up for wave-runner. Large deck over boathouse. Fully equipped kitchen and all bedding, towels etc. supplied. All you need is your clothes, food and necessities. the cottage has wi-fi/sat and landline. utilities and barbeque also fire pit. has nice swimming area, sandy and clean. screened in porch for quiet evenings. For additional photos, details and contact information,  please click on the link. p0205

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