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by Rob

What’s cooking at Butson’s boat shop?

October 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

After a six month absence,  it was time to get back to Tim Butson’s boat shop in Bracebridge, Ontario. Tim and his staff are nearing  completion of at least three classic watercraft, including two Greavette Executives and a Grew day cruiser.  As usual, the shop was humming.  Enjoy the photos below, and stay tuned for the video.

It’s hard to imagine how a virtually dust free finish could have been applied to the Greavette Executive, circa 1973.

“Brown Bear”, another Greavette Executive, awaits further completion.

This ‘big water’ Grew has been rebuilt from top to bottom.


Stern end of the Grew. This boat has been structurally reinforced. She’ll be stronger than when originally built.

Don’t be fooled by the photo. This Grew is a BIG boat.

This Grenell is a new arrival in the shop. She’ll be examined for an evaluation of required work.

It looks like the hull, forward of the dash, might need some work.

This is one of three major work areas at Butson Boats.

No salivating on the deck, please, speed lovers! This racer is a new custom build at Butson’s.

This Chris-Craft ski boat has had a new bottom installed. The owner is searching for a new ski pole.

.Simple lines, but a very functional design. One half transom coming up!

by Rob

Highlights from the Muskoka Lakes Association Classic Boat Show.

August 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

The bi-annual  Muskoka Lakes Association Classic Boat Show, held this past Saturday August 11, is an “invitation only” event. Consequently, the boats on the water in Port Carling represent the creme de la creme of vintage boating. The weather cooperated and the crowds came out in therir hundereds. Hats off to the MLA! Enjoy the photos below  and stay tuned for the video to follow.

Clever folding windscreen!

Heldena II, powered by a massive 12 cylinder Liberty converted air-craft engine.

Heldena II’s cockpit

A charming historic “double-ender”.

Perfect brightwork

A banjo streering wheel complements this handsome dashboard…with even a clock!

A twin engine beauty.

Miss Canada III was never beaten in a race she entered. She is capable of over 200 mph.

This sea-flea owner has a real sense of humour.

Naniwa II’s cockpit

CaptainRandy Potts was available to take passengers on Peerless II, a reconstitued gasoline transport boat.

A stunning Gentleman’s racer.

Talk about a clean engine!

Heather Belle, the electrically powered poster boat for the Show. Her home is normally on the Lake of Bays, Ontario

It’s diificult to imagine a more perfect varnish finish than the shine on this Gentleman’s Racer

Rare external rudder configuration.

A real torpedo stern on this beauty.

This year’s ML:A show was very well attended.

A wonderful wood-powered steamboat from the early 1900s.

Elegance defined!

by Rob

One of our newest listings: a rare Port Carling triple cockpit 24 ft. runabout: 1936

August 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

Port Carling Boat Works SeaBird triple cockpit: 24 ft, 1936
Notes from the owner:

“Stunningly beautiful 24′ classic mahogany Port Carling triple cockpit Seabird, built in 1936, named CYGNE. CYGNE is largely original and was fully restored in 1996-1997. CYGNE has the original, and rare, rear cockpit windscreen. It is still fitted with the original 6 cylinder Kermath Sea Queen engine. Comes complete with dual axle trailer and custom made heavy-duty boat cover. CYGNE has had minimal use by owner since restoration”

Price: $65,000 USD For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb709

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by Rob

Manotick Classic Boat Club Spring Boat Shop Tour

April 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Manotick Classic Boat Club will again this year host their Annual Shop Tour.
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Be sure to take this opportunity to see some interesting and often rare boats undergoing repair or restoration, get hints and advice on your project from the pros or maybe find that boat or part you’ve been searching for.

As always, your cost for the day is just your fuel and meals. For details on the shops, directions and a map see the Manotick Chapter website under the “Events” tab.

There will be six shops open for the Manotick Classic Boat Club 2016 Shop Tour. Then a gathering is planned at Marlborough Pub & Eatery.

by Rob

New Price on triple cockpit Gar Wood

February 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this 22 ft, 1935 Gar Wood. Originally priced at $129,000, the new price is $100,000

The Garwood below was delivered in 1935 to the Fitzgerald and Lee dealership. It came with a Chrysler Crown, but the owner modified it by installing a Scripps 152 engine and a rear wind screen. The Gar Wood was used in the Thousand Islands area for four years, then put into covered storage in 1939, where it sat for 35 or more years!
Following a period of outdoor storage, the boat restoration began in 1990 and continued for the better part of the decade. All fastenings were replaced with bronze. A new 5200 bottom was installed and the outer skin sealed with epoxy. Copper nails were installed New decks and transom were epoxies to a plywood base layer to reduce shrinkage.
The engine was fully restored. All hardware was re-chromed and the boat was rewired with period wiring. The sale of the Gar Wood includes a new galvanized trailer, Sunbrella tan cover, original engine manual and brochure. Original price $129,000.
New Price: $100,000, as of Feb. 2016
For contact information, please click on the link. pb571pb571-2