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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.

 

by Rob

Our newest listing: an historic Gidley inboard dory, 16′, 1915

November 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Historic  Gidley inboard dory: 16 ft., 1915!

This VERY rare (likely the only one in existence) Gidley dory, built in Penetanguishene, Ontario in 1915, has spent most of its life on Sparrow Lake.  The current, second owner is downsizing his collection of wooden boats and would like to see the Gidley refurbished by a new owner. A new white-oak shaft log has been installed in the boat.  Apart from that, the vessel is structurally sound. The single cylinder Adams  “Make and Break” engine is not seized. Surprisingly, and fortunately, the original owner’s manual for the engine is included in the sale.
The purchaser of this Gidley will take possession of a really rare, historic vessel and have the satisfaction of bringing “her” back to life!

Price: $3,000   Ad number pb791

For a brief video of the Gidley,  please click on the photo below.  (Additional photos below.)

by Rob

Our newest listing: a “fibreglassic” Munro Torpedo: 15 ft, 1954?

August 2, 2017 in Uncategorized


Munro Torpedo: 15 ft: (1949-1954)
Munro claimed the Torpedo was the first fibreglass boat made in Canada.  (He
was wearing a red plaid suit at the time) The DOT sticker is lost.
This boat has been in my family since the early sixties. It was out back at
Munro Boats.  We originally skied with a 15 hp. engine  The Merc 350 was a 16th
birthday present. Restorative work has been undertaken on the Torpedo. The transom, transom knees, plywood floor, steering cables and hull deck joint are all new.
My old  “hot rod” lives currently on the big waters of Lake Huron, and
needs a new family of kids on a smaller lake
(Editor’s note: The sale includes the 35 hp Merc. engine, with low hours, which will push the Torpedo to 30 mph. Also included in the sale is a single axle trailer and two steel Mercury fuel tanks with original finish.)

Price: $3,900  For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb754
Additional photos below.

by Rob

Upcoming Antique and Classic Boat Society Events:

August 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

There are at least nineteen ACBS boating events happening this August in the USA and Canada.  We hope that you can find time in your calendar to attend a least one of them, (if not more!)  The first show in the list is one of the largest in North America, complete with a live auction, vendors and a stunning on-site Antique Boat Museum.

Clayton New York:   August 4-6
53rd Annual Antique Boat Show at the Antique Boat Museum. Annual boat auction.. Contact Michael Fulsom michaelfolsom@abm.org

Traverse City MI:  August 5
30th Annual Classic Boats on the Boardwalk on the Boardman River. Waterland ACBS Chapter: Contact Deb Parker 616-249-0529

Wolfeboro Falls NH  August 10
11th Annual Boathouse our. Visit beautiful boat houses on Lake Winnipesaukee.  Contact Lisa at 603-569-4554

Sturgeon Bay WI   August 12-13
27th Annual Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival at the Maritime Museum.  Dozens of classic boats on display. Sikaflex boat building contest and more.  Contact 920-743-5958

Homewood CA:  August 11-12

45th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance at Obexer’s Boat Company. Marque Class: Chris Craft Racing Runabouts. Contact Neil at neil@liquidblueevents.com

Port Sanilac MI:  August 11-12
Port Sanilac Antique Boat Show at the Port Sanilac Municipal Harbour. Registration forms available at www.michacbs.com or contact Jeanne at jeanneharper@bellsouth.net

Wallaceburg Ontario: August 11-13
29th Annual WAMBO Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing featuring antique boat, antique and specialty cars fire trucks, motorcycles. models and toys.  Contact www.kent.net/wambo/

Hessel MI August 12
40th Annual Le Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show and Festival of Arts.. Showcasing Hacker Craft boats.. Les Cheneaux Historical Association. See www.lciboatshow.org

Alton, NH August 12
41st Annual Alton Bay Boat Show.  An informal non judged vintage boat show at Alton Bay town docks on East Side Drive. Contact Lisa at 603-569-4554

Manotick, Ontario:  August 12
Ottawa International Antique and Classic Boat Show at the Rideau Ferry. Manotick Classic Boat Club. Visit www.manotickclassicboatclub.ca

Big Bear, CA:   August 18-20
34th Big Bear lake Boat Show:  Southern California ACBS Chapter. Contact Charlie at 909-844-5337

Pewaukeee WI   August 19
13th Annual Pewaukee Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show at Lakefront Park.. Glacier lakes ACBS Chapter. Visit www.glacbs.org

Frisco, CO:    August 19
Frisco Classic Boat Show at  Frisco Town Marina. Boats on display from 9-12:30. Free. Parade following, weather permitting. Rocky Mountain Classics ACBS Chapter. Contact Wayne at 970-409-0087

Kingston, New York:   August 19-20
33rd Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.. Hudson River Chapter ACBS. Contact Justin at jfasulo71@hotmail.com

Mooresville N.C:   August 25-26
Charlotte Antique and Classic Boat Show at Trump National Golf and Country Club, 120 Trump Square. Contact Ed or Judy at 704-871-7747

Gull Lake, MN:      August 26
9th Annual Gull Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show at Bar Harbour Supper Club, 8164 Interlachen Rd. Contact Jason at 612-834-5020

Holland, MI.        August 26
Holland Museum Vintage Boat Show, 11-4. Contact Connie at 616-796-3329

Pentwater, MI      August 26
21st Annual Wooden Boat Show and Parade, hosted by the Pentwater Yacht Club on the Village Green and the shores of Pentwater Lake.  Contact www.pentwateryachtclub.com

Lake Oswego, OR.    August 26-27
18th Annual Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car and Classic Boat Show.  Events at George Rogers Park, Sundeleaf Plaza and Foothills Park/Boat Dock Rides and tours aboard a PT boat.  Visit www.oswegoheritage.org/car-boat-show-1/

by Rob

Just sold: a Classic Lyman runabout; 21 ft. 1966

June 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Our most recent sale is this classic Lyman runabout.. The boat had been in the same family for 43 years!  The Lyman has undergone recent comprehensive restorative work with many new upgrades. This runabout is powered by a rebuilt 210 hp. Crusader engine. The sale included an upgraded trailer. No doubt the very reasonable asking price of $17,900 helped to interest the purchaser.  The vendor was pleased with the marketing provided by Port Carling Boats. Please see comments and additional photos below.
Hello Rob   You have a great website     I was able to sell my 1966  21 ft Lyman and it has been delivered so you may take down my adv .  Thanks for posting
Hank Why
Wolfeboro. NH