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by Rob

A Philip Rhodes sloop will soon “rise again”!

March 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

The Restoration of “Aurora”

Congratulations to Doug McDonald, who is nearing the cosmetic restoration of his thirty-three foot, 1961  sloop Aurora.  Purchased about five years ago, in partially restored condition, this Philip Rhodes “Swiftsure” model is one of 150 built in the Devries Lentch shipyard in Holland. (More photos and information below).

The boat was shipped by freighter over to the USA some years ago and eventually made its way to Canada. The sloop is currently “on the hard” in Penetang Ontario. The boat hasn’t been in the water for ten years.

Aurora’s hull was originally fabricated with hand laid fibreglass and decks, employing teak or mahogany on the trim, companionway covers and the like

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Luckily, the hull is is excellent condition, so no major structural repairs have been required. Some minor electrical work remains. Doug has applied Imron navy blue paint to the hull and used Cetol to refresh the woodwork. He prefers Cetol (about ten coats)  to varnish as he has observed that varnish can peel when exposed to continual sunlight. The deck of Aurora has also been repainted.

Doug has been working on boats on Georgian Bay off and on since the age of four. He is no stranger to the water and the workings of watercraft. As Aurora is about 95% completed, Doug hopes to have her plying the whitecaps in Georgian Bay this summer.  We wish him a dry launch and smooth sailing for years to come!

 

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Grew Jolly Giant, 23′

March 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

Grew Jolly Giant: 23 ft. 1953

Notes from the owner below:
“This “barn find”  Grew is a true Georgian Bay boat.  I have a complete survey from May 2016 by David Buchanan. He went over every inch of this boat and found it to be in sound shape. Bottom and side planks are all rot free and ribs and frames the same. The Grew received a market evaluation of $45,000 to $55,000

The boat is in need of a total paint and varnish job and new upholstery too. I put the Jolly Giant into the water last summer and got the engine working like a top. I installed a new gas tank, filters and carburetor.

The motor is a Buchannan 283 v8 and looks like and runs like new. I did a compression test and all cylinders are perfect.  (The engine is a Chevrolet small block V8, marinized by Buchanan, and installed in the 1960s). Running time on the engine has been low since installation.

This boat would be easy to complete cosmetically.  The price compares very favourably with the two other Jolly Giants on your website.”

Price: $25,000     For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.    Ad number pb848
Additional photos below

by Rob

Our newest listing: a classic SeaBird, 18 ft. 1940. Also, a “just sold” Chris-Craft.

October 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: a Port Carling Boatworks Seabird, 18 ft., 1940

Notes from the owner and additional photos below:
“This SeaBird was completely refurbished in 1997 by Stan Hunter.  Receipts and photos are available, as is a full service history with manuals, a sales flyer and photo binder included.  The hull and keel of the boat are in sound condition. A 50 hp. Buchanan 4 cylinder Junior engine powers the SeaBird.  The engine has been recently serviced and is in good running condition. The SeaBird comes with a new stainless steel gas tank.”

Price: $15,000.   For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb841

 

Congratulations to both buyer and seller of this beautifully restored Chris-Craft (below). The asking price on this boat was $32,000. The owner stated that the boat sold through the Port Carling Boats website and that he received a fair price.

Chris-Craft Deluxe runabout: 17 ft., 1938
Notes from the owner below.

1938 Chris Craft 17 Ft, new stem/gripe, all bottom frames replaced or sistered, new transom framing, all new deck framing, all new mahogany planking, WEST SYSTEM bottom, new Stainless fuel tank, bilge blower, 8A bilge pump, all new chrome, all new upholstery (by Mike Sonny – last boat he did, original Upholsterer at Chris Craft),16 coats Interlux Schooner, fresh 302 Ford V8 with Interceptor conversion, new exhaust manifolds, rebuilt Velvet Drive transmission.

     

by Rob

Why not take your classic boat to a fall cottage getaway?

September 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

Autumn is a beautiful time in Muskoka, Ontario. The current warm weather, the absence of summer crowds and the emergence of beautiful fall colours make a week or weekend getaway in cottage country very enticing. Lower fall pricing is an added incentive!
Check out our newly updated and expanded cottage rental listings for information on cottage rental opportunities. (Click on the COTTAGES tab at the top of this page)
Photos of some of our listings are below.

by Rob

A Norse cruiser rises like a Phoenix from the ashes!

December 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Skipper before the fire.

Skipper” is a 32’ hard top launch that came to an untimely end at the end of the 2015 boating season.

Little remains after the fire.

Little remains after the devastating fire.

She was built by the craftsmen at Norse Boatworks of Penetanguishene in 1947 and used as  a family launch in the Georgian Bay area. Her heavy construction and smooth lines made her a safe, dry boat.   The boat has been in the family for years.  Skipper was always kept in immaculate condition, and had recently undergone a substantial restoration. But, after only eight seasons,  a fire and ensuing explosion, attributed to a carburetor leak in one of her twin V8 engines, resulted in a total loss.

The family has commissioned Andrew Lee, owner of SIRENS Boatworks to build a replica of her, exactly as she was.  SIREN’s boatwright Montie Masterson has the project lead.  “Traditional wood boat building is becoming a lost art”  states Montie.  “We’re excited about this opportunity.”

Steve Killing of Steve Killing Yacht Design drew her lines from the burnt out shell, which is at Andrew’s main shop in Merrickville, Ontario. Digital measurements were taken and lines were computer drawn. A smaller 25’ Norse of the same era was acquired to serve as a reference, and possibly for select hardware.

Lines drawn by Steve Killing

A CAD programme helps bring the dimensions to life.

The Skipper build started in  the fall of 2016. Skipper’s framework and keel are white oak and her planking is western red cedar, carvel from the keel to the splash rail, and lapstrake from the splash rail to the sheer.  Like the original, only silicone bronze fasteners are being  used; screws in the carvel and rivets in the lapstrake.

The mold template is prepared

Ribs and a new bottom emerge.

Over she goes!

“The owners have tremendous sentimental attachment to this boat.  They’re very passionate owners who’ve contracted us to deliver an exact replica,” states Andrew Lee. “This build involves all aspects of boat construction – from design and construction; to mechanical and electrical planning and installations, to sea trials and commissioning. We’re very excited about the opportunity to provide our committed and passionate owners exactly what they want,” claims Andrew.

When asked about the build timeline, Andrew responds that “The boat was flipped upright last week, and we’re getting prepared for the next phase of fitting her interior framework. The owners really want to launch her in 2018 and we’re moving in that direction.”

The “major lifting” of the rebuild is completed.

 

SIRENS Boatworks specializes in wooden boat repair and restoration.  The scope of their capabilities is extensive…..they have the facilities and expertise to handle smaller boats right up to 50’ motor yachts.

SIRENS Boatworks is located in historic Merrickville on the Rideau, about 45 minutes south west from Ottawa.

 

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