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by Rob

Our newest listing: a beautifully restored Chestnut “Pal” canoe.

March 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 Chestnut “Pal” Canoe: 16 ft, 1972
Notes from the owner:
“Bought new from factory in Oromocto, NB in 1972. Has not been in the water since being completely restored by North Bay Adventure Company in 2014. Re-caned seats, and beautiful ash carrying yoke. Original Chestnut decals.”
Price: $3400. For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb731Ad number pb731

by Rob

Significant price reduction on a beautiful Chris-Craft Constellation: 37 ft, 1963

February 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

pb717-1Chris-Craft Constellation: 37 ft, 1963
Notes from the owner:
A comprehensive restoration was completed in 1998 including the finishes being stripped down to bare wood from top to bottom. The bottom was redone with Interlux antifouling paint and above the water line it was primed with epoxy primer and top coated with acrylic polyurethane. The teak decks where sanded down to fresh wood and recoated with Tuffshield for a virtually maintenance free finish. The swim platform and all other miscellaneous teak surfaces were also refinished.
In 2000 the engines were upgraded with twin 8L V10s (see The vessel continues to be stored inside during the off-season and looks and performs as best in class.
In addition to the engines and surface finishes the alcohol counter burners have been replaced with electric burners. All engine gauges were rebuilt in the 1980s and all of the wiring was upgraded or replaced to ABYC standards. All instrumentation is in A-1 working order.
Original price: $49,000. New price as of Jan. 2017 $39,500. WOW! For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb717pb717-8


by Rob

A look back at some of the beautiful wooden boats of 2016:

January 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

As an early January snowstorm, complete with strong winds and icy temperatures, rages around the town of Huntsville, in Muskoka Ontario, (our headquarters), we console ourselves with the knowledge that daylight hours are gradually lengthening and the summer of 2017 awaits!
In the meantime, we take heart in revisiting some of the beautiful antique, classic and fibre-glassic watercraft that continue to grace the lakes and rivers of North America and beyond, thanks to the loving care and commitment provided by their owners.
May the photos below help to reignite your passion and interest in the world of wooden boating.







Gravenhurst 2016-1






My Cup of Tea 1

Long deck launch

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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

Can you help identify a mystery dory?

November 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

Rick A., one of our viewers, recently purchased this motorized “dory” type lapstrake utility.
The vendor told him he thought it had been produced by Midland Boat Works, but he seemed uncertain. A local professional builder/restorer stated that he didn’t believe the boat was constructed by an Ontario builder, and thought that the boat might have come from the East Coast. See Rick’s comments and additional photos below.
If there is a woody enthusiast out there who can identify the manufacturer of this boat, would would be delighted to hear from you.
“Hi, I just bought this 18 ft. lapstrake boat but not sure of manufacturer or year of manufacture. It has a Kermath Sea Cub 4 cyl. Do you know anyone who could assist in identifying? I have done extensive research. Seller told me it was made by Midland Boat works.”