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by Rob

Our newest listing: a Lakefield “Sioux”, 14′, 1955

June 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Lakefield Sioux:

This 1955 14 foot Lakefield Sioux molded mahogany wooden runabout is powered by a 1961 Merc. 400 45 horsepower outboard and trailer. The Lakefield has been completely restored to show quality in 2007 and is in perfect condition. All of the wood was completely stripped and refinished inside and out with 10 coats of Epifanes varnish. The motor has been completely restored and rebuilt as well. This boat won best outboard boat and motor at the Antique and Classic Boat Society Muskoka show in 2008 and is ready to show again. The boat is always garage stored and you will not find a nicer one for sale.

Price: $7,500. For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb738 (Additional photos below.)

by Rob

A visit to the historic Bigwin Inn.

June 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

A view toward the west showing Bigwin’s two dining rooms. Concrete construction saved this building from demolition.

The main entrance to the dining areas

Behind the dining halls are the Tea room and the hotel suites, now converted to condominiums. Fireplace remains shadow a demolished structure.

Begun in 1915 and opened in 1920, the famous Bigwin Inn was once the largest and most luxurious resort in North America. Located on Bigwin Island in the Lake of Bays,  Muskoka, Ontario, the Inn has played host to the rich and famous over the decades. Clark Gable, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, Prime Minister Diefenbaker, the Blacks, Westons,  Kennedys and Rockerfellers all found their way to the Inn.  Entertainers included Louis Armstrong and the big bands.

Guests would travel to Bigwin by steamer…the “Bigwin”….(now restored and fully operational) Wanda III or other watercraft. Golfing, swimming, boating, tennis, and horseback riding were some of the amentiies offered.

After a period of decline beginning in the 1950s the Resort fell into a period of dereliction,  until substantial restoration was undertaken in the 1980s. Some of the iconic structures, such as the Rotunda, had to be demolished.  The Inn’s remaining  hotel suites have been converted into condominiums (with more on the way) and it still offers fine dining and public use of the world class eighteen hole golf course in the shoulder summer seasons.
How fortunate that this iconic landmark has in large part  survived and been modified to meet the needs of the current generation(s).
Enjoy the video below.


The Tea Room provided refreshments for guests arriving at between meal times.

by Rob

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

June 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

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

by Rob

A visit to John’s Little Boat shop, Omemee, Ontario

May 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

A visit to John’s Little Boat Shop, Omemee, Ontario
John Hendren has been working with boats since he was a teenager. Over the years he has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience in boat restoration. His shop is currently home to a 1937 Morris (undergoing a massive “rebuild”) a Chris Craft in for a new bottom and other work, as well as an earlier 1900s Lakefield canoe. (Additional photos and video below).

This 1937 Morris is being built from the ground up, using a pattern boat.

The Morris’ Kermath Sea King engine, a 520 cubic inch, 6 cylinder “monster” weighing about 1700 pounds, will be reinstalled in the boat


Gull wing hatches were created for the Morris’s single engine to make engine access easier. Note the long deck, favoured with new mahogany planking.

This photo of the Morris was taken some years ago. The rear canopy is still available for re-installation..

John Hendren describes the Morris in the video below. Enjoy!

This hard chine Chris-Craft has been treated to a new, cold molded epoxied double layer 1/4 inch marine ply bottom.

This Lakefield canoe is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 100 years old! A stripping and revarnishing has done wonders for her.

John’s outdoor collection includes a sailboat belonging to the founder of Grew boats, as well as some other rare vessels.

by Rob

New prices on Cavalier Dory and Mays Craft Cabin Cruiser

May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owners to reduce the price on two classic boats:  a  1965  22 ft. Chris-Craft Cavalier Dory and a 34 ft. 1960 Mays Craft cabin cruiser.
See the notes on both vessels below.

The Cavalier went through a  thorough reconditioning in 2015, including an extensive refinish, which included  new cushioning,  gauges and flooring, The boat was stripped to bare wood inside and out. .All bright work received 12 new coats of varnish.

The Dory is powered by an 8 cylinder Chris-Craft 185 hp engine in  “very strong” running condition. The sale includes a tandem axle trailer with new tires…a good road trailer.

It would be very difficult   to find a Cavalier Dory in this nice and original a condition.  (hull #40 out of only 140 built, very rare.)
Original Price:$29,000.  New price (May, 2017)  $25,000  For contact information,  please click on.the link.  Ad number pb724

Mays Craft 34 ft family Cruiser, 34 ft., 1960
Built by famed Mayea Boat Works, Fair Haven, Michigan, “Soft Touch” exemplifies fine original workmanship, ongoing updates, and two dedicated owners that have always maintained this boat with the original builders care. Current owner of almost 20 years is ready for something new. The vintage appearance is deceptive as she feels like a much newer vessel as she has had continuous upgrades to the electrical system, appliances, air conditioning, and over all upkeep has been topnotch. To view a video of “Soft Touch”, see the you tube channel below.

Price: Original price $179,000. New price:(April 2017) $149,000 For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb656