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by Rob

A Philip Rhodes sloop will soon “rise again”!

March 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

The Restoration of “Aurora”

Congratulations to Doug McDonald, who is nearing the cosmetic restoration of his thirty-three foot, 1961  sloop Aurora.  Purchased about five years ago, in partially restored condition, this Philip Rhodes “Swiftsure” model is one of 150 built in the Devries Lentch shipyard in Holland. (More photos and information below).

The boat was shipped by freighter over to the USA some years ago and eventually made its way to Canada. The sloop is currently “on the hard” in Penetang Ontario. The boat hasn’t been in the water for ten years.

Aurora’s hull was originally fabricated with hand laid fibreglass and decks, employing teak or mahogany on the trim, companionway covers and the like

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Luckily, the hull is is excellent condition, so no major structural repairs have been required. Some minor electrical work remains. Doug has applied Imron navy blue paint to the hull and used Cetol to refresh the woodwork. He prefers Cetol (about ten coats)  to varnish as he has observed that varnish can peel when exposed to continual sunlight. The deck of Aurora has also been repainted.

Doug has been working on boats on Georgian Bay off and on since the age of four. He is no stranger to the water and the workings of watercraft. As Aurora is about 95% completed, Doug hopes to have her plying the whitecaps in Georgian Bay this summer.  We wish him a dry launch and smooth sailing for years to come!

 

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Braydon Boy runabout, 16′

March 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Braydon Boy runabout: 16 ft., 1957

Mahogany classic runabout with Johnson 40 hp outboard motor with electric starter.
Mahogany with red base and red and white seats and matching steering wheel.
Includes new galvanized trailer and red canvas custom cover and anchors.
Both the boat and motor were fully restored in 2017)
(Owner is selling due to a move from Canada)

Runabout classique en acajou avec moteur hors-bord Johnson 40cv avec démarreur électrique.
Acajou avec base rouge et sièges rouges et blancs et volant assorti.
Comprend une nouvelle remorque galvanisée et une couverture et des ancres personnalisées en toile rouge.
Le bateau et le moteur ont été entièrement restaurés en 2017

(Le propriétaire vend en raison d’un déménagement du Canada)

Price: $9,500 CDN  For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb847
Additional photos below.

by Rob

Remember the Mystic Boat Show in your vacation plans!

March 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

Why not mosey down to Mystic Seaport, Connecticut,  this coming June, for their annual boating event.  This classic wooden boat show is one of the largest on the east coast of the USA,, if not THE largest.

The 28th Annual Wooden Boat Show will be at Mystic Seaport Museum, June 28-30, 2019

Thanks to all for making the 27th Annual WoodenBoat Show such a success! This year we were fortunate to have a record number of beautiful wooden boats displayed at the show. Several boats were sold, awards were presented, boats were built, and memories were created. Such a fun weekend! Please mark your calendar for the 28th Annual WoodenBoat Show, June 28-30, 2019 with more in-water and on-land boat exhibits, reader-built boats, expert skills demonstrations, marine vendors, families building their very own boats, and so much more. We can’t wait to see you in Mystic, June 28-30!
Check out the Show’s website through this link. https://thewoodenboatshow.com/

Enjoy photos of past shows below.

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

A peek into James Osler’s boat restoration shop in Port Carling, Ontario.

February 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

How James Osler and his staff managed to squeeze a mammoth 34 foot Minett launch into his shop, never mind flip it, remains somewhat of a mystery!  However,  they succeeded, and have been “operating” on the boat since then. The current power plant, a 6 cylinder Scripps engine, has been removed for refurbishment. Also on the “chopping block” is a major restoration of a 17 ft. 1950s Chris-Craft.  Enjoy the video below.

Port Carling Boats – Antique & Classic Wooden Boats for Sale