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by Rob

A blast from the past!

December 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Although it’s only mid December, Ontario’s Muskoka region is buried in some forty centimetres of snow, and winter storms have pounded the Carolinas and even Texas. It’s enough to make woody enthusiasts beg for summer. Althnough we can’t produce warm weather, we hope that this video of an Antique and Classic Boat Society show in Gravenhurst, will provide cheer through these cold, short days. The “footage” in the video was shot by N.H., the former owner of Port Carling Boats. Enjoy.

by Rob

New price on a handsome Hunter utility: 22.5 ft., 1947

December 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this classic Hunter utility. The new price,  including a tandem axle trailer, is $15,000 CDN.
Notes from the owner below:

1947,  22.5 ft.’ Hunter in very good condition.  New bottom and frame work in 2000 by Brechin Marine.  Engine rebuilt and new gauges in winter of 2016 by Giles Marine. Fresh varnish this spring. We have used the boat every summer since we bought it in 1996.

Hunter boats were built in Orillia in the old Ditchburn factory where Ditchburn built their larger cruisers.  Al Hunter worked for Ditchburn and started Hunter Boats after Ditchburn declared bankruptcy.

Price is for boat, modified Mastercraft trailer and mooring cover.

Original Price:  $18,000. New price:   (Dec 2018) , $15,000.  For contact information,  please click on the link.  Ad number pb832
Additional photos below:

by Rob

A wintery visit to the stunning “woodies” at the Discovery Centre.

December 2, 2018 in Uncategorized


As winter arrives in Muskoka, Ontario, the beautiful vintage wooden boats at Gravenhurst’s Discovery Centre have been hoisted from the soon-to-be solid ice, and laid on cross beams to hibernate until late spring. This provides the advantage of even better viewing.
Enjoy the photos below.

Enormous resources of funds, energy and exeprtise have been poured into Miss Canada IV to restore her to former glory.

Miss Canada IV won the Harmsworth Trophy in 1949, after attaining speeds of 138,9 mph. Later in Picton, Ontario, she suffered a gear box blow-out at speeds approaching 200 mph!

Miss Canada IV is poweered by a 3000 hp. Rolls Royce Griffon engine.

Chrome rails support the canvas top of this charming classic. Was this technique really all that inferior to current methods of protection from the elements?

A beautiful barrel -back with an external rudder.

Greavtte Streamliners, with their rounded sheer lines, are highly sought after by collectors.

A chunky Shepherd?

“Malolo”, an early gentleman’s racer with a very generous “rub-rail”.

A beautiful long deck launch, likely a Minette Shields or Ditchburn.

Patiently awaiting spring, 2019!

All eight feet of this tiny, 1930s “woody” are powered by a small two cylinder engine. What child wouldn’t delight in this model?

A beautifully restored “John Bull” model Disappearing Propeller Boat

Stay tuned for the upcoming video from the Muskoka Discovery Centre.

by Rob

Our newest listing: an historic Herald Brothers sailing canoe.

November 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

Herald Brothers sailing canoe: 16 ft, 1906

Notes from the owner:
“This is a very rare canoe. Basswood planking.  Restore or leave it original.”
(Editor’s note: This canoe would be a wonderful winter restoration project!)

Price: $3,000     For contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb839   (Additional photos below.)

by Rob

Our newest listing: a 16 ft. Shepherd, plus another recently sold Hacker-Craft

November 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Shepherd runabout: 16 ft, 1961

Notes from the owner below.
“Immaculately maintained 1961 Shepherd for sale. We’ve had this boat in our family for over 40 years. It is in top condition. No mechanical or boat damage.”
The Shepherd seats five comfortably.
(Ed note: Power comes from an oil injected 115 Mercury outboard engine. Maximum speed is close to 50 mph. The gas tank is a  built-in  stainless steel unit. The trailer, in very sound condition, offers newer tires and wiring.  The sale includes a full mooring cover, two paddles, a bilge pump, six life jackets and bumpers.)
Price: $12,500.  For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.  Ad number pb843   Additional photos below

Recently sold Hacker-Craft (below)

 


Congratulations to the buyer and seller of this modern-day Hacker-Craft. Contemporary technology combined with classic looks make this triple cockpit launch a real show-stopper. The asking price on the Hacker-Craft was $125,000. (The owner stated that he received a “good price” for the boat.)  Please see notes from the owner and additional photos below.

Hacker-Craft 26 ft, 1997
This beautiful boat is in lovely condition. (The varnish was refreshed this year by Mike Windsor, professional restorer.)
There is wood trim throughout: in all three cockpits as well as the engine compartment.
All three cockpits have windshields.
The Hacker-Craft received a new double-planked bottom in 2003-4 and comes with custom paint and exhausts. The 454 ci Crusader engine has only 131 hours on the clock. The Hacker has been boat-house kept since new.