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by Rob

… Lots of projects on the go at Stan Hunter’s boat shop.

February 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

A late January visit to Stan Hunter, Boat Builder, on Milford Bay, Lake Muskoka, uncovered some tantalizing restoration projects.
A 1930’s Swiss sailboat, a W.J. Johnson runabout and of course, Stan’s fleet of Duke Playmates for hire are receiving some tender loving care from this master boat builder. See what’s cooking at Stan’s in the video below.

by Rob

Paul Brackley and staff perform major surgery on a monster Minett-Shields: Wimur II

February 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

Congratulations are in order for Paul and his staff members at Brackley Boats in Muskioka Ontario, all currently engaged in a “surgical renewal” of Wimur II, an enormous vintage Minett-Shields launch. Also on taop is a 22 foot Shepherd. Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

Classic 18′, 1955 Shepherd being restored for sale.

February 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

Before restoration

The 18 ft Shepherd, pictured above and below, (before and during restoration) is being professssionally restored for re-sale. Please ssee notes from the owner below.

Before restoration

Before restoration

Shepherd runabout: 18 ft. 1955
Notes from the owner:
“This boat has been in storage for approximately 30 years.  Powered by a 135 hp, six cylinder Chrysler Special Crown engine. Sale includes a custom tandem axle trailer. You have to see this boat to believe it! Have all original paper work and manuals.”
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Since this ad was first published, the Shepherd has undergone significant professional restorative work.. Once the boat has been completely refurbished, with new upholstery, etc, the asking price will be $28,000. Please see new notes from the owner below. (The purchaser will be able to select his/her choice of upholstery.)

“Just getting back to you on the 1955 Shepherd. We pulled the motor, inspected, cleaned and detailed motor: new fuel lines, tank sent out cleaned and new sending unit. Gauges, switches and electrical were pulled and repaired as needed. All floor boards and cover boards were removed, hull inside inspected clean-sanded and refinished. New floor boards made and covered in Nautolex. Cover boards were stripped, stained and varnished. The hull had all varnish removed, bleach, sanded, stained, and 6 coats of varnish so far.
Left to do: Six more coats of varnish, bottom stripped, sealed, and painted, upholstery, and re-chrome.”
Ed: note: Additional photos below show the boat in its current restoration process.
Price: $28,000  For further details and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb796

by Rob

Significant price change on 18 ft. Giesler “Georgian Bay”

January 31, 2019 in Uncategorized


We have been instructed by the owners to adjust the price on this pristine Giesler Georgian Bay. Original price: $18,500.  New price: $15, 750. Please see comments from the owner below.

Giesler “Georgian Bay”, 18 ft., 2007

2007 Giesler Georgian Bay 18 foot runabout, custom seat cushions, custom gauges and steering wheel, walk through seating, 2008 60 hp Mercury Big Foot 4 stroke, matching trailer – all in as-new condition. Stored indoors for 49 weeks each year and used on Muskoka lake for 3 weeks each summer.

For further details and contact information,  please click on the link. Ad number pb834. Additional photos below.

by Rob

What’s cooking at Butson Boats?

January 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

There never seems to be a shortage of activity at the shop of Tim Butson, Boat Builder, in Bracebridge, Ontario. Tim, Jurgen and Andrew are nearing completion of a top-to-bottom restoration of a beautiful Grew Day Cruiser. A Butson Gentleman’s racer, a Chris-Craft Sportsman, A Century Resorter and a Duke Playmate are all benefitting from some tender loving care at Butson’s. Enjoy the video below.

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