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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

Incredible price reduction on 27′ Chris-Craft Sportsman

September 27, 2018 in Uncategorized


We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this classic 27 ft. Chris Craft.  Original price: $9,800.  New price.  $3,500   WOW!
Please see details below

Chris-Craft Sportsman: 27 ft, 1962
Notes from the owner:
“I have up for sale my 1962, 27 ft, Twin Engine, plywood lapstrake hull , Chris-Craft Sportsman. This open launch hull is in excellent condition, having been kept in a barn most of the time since 1962. Has prime coat on outer hull. Varnish has been removed for staining and re-coating. The engines are (twin Gray 283’s. One was rebuilt only a few hours on it). The Nautolex decking is secure. Has cuddy cabin. Only requires cosmetic restoration. One of 240 built. Perfect boat to keep up in the boat house for that special evening or excellent guest conveyance for a 5 star resort. Boat is located north of Toronto, in Barrie Ontario.”
Note: A tandem axle trailer with new tires, rims and bearings is available for purchase. Also, The drive shafts and props come with the boat.

Original Price: $9,800.
New price (September, 2018), $3,500   WOW!   For further details and contact information, please click on the link  Ad number pb718

Editor’s note:  I have seen this boat and believe that the owner is a “straight shooter”.  Even though the Sportsman is not cosmetically appealing in it’s current condition, I believe that it offers significant potential, especially for “big water” boaters.  Surely the engines alone (one rebuilt) in this Chris-Craft are worth the asking price. (Additional photos below)
 

by Rob

Upcoming ACBS (Toronto Chapter) events and “wooden boating world” links:

September 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Haul Out Party – Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Canadian Canoe Museum – Peterborough, ON
Online registration is now open! Click here for more details.
2018 Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Toronto Botanical Gardens
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and by email.
2019 Winter Workshop – Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Location TBA
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and Classicboat Winter issue. Contact: Jeff Titshall at PArry Automotive in Peterborough, Ontario
2019 Spring Tour – Saturday, April 27, 2019
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and Classicboat Winter issue. Contact: Gerry Lodge lthrough te ACBS (Toronto) Directory)

Check out these websites for information from other organizations
ACBS-International Calendar of Events: http://acbs.org/events/
Wooden Boat Magazine: https://www.woodenboat.com/calendar-field-date/month
Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association: www.trentsevernantiqueboats.com
Manotick Classic Boat Club: http://www.manotickclassicboatclub.ca/
Maple Leaf Antique Outboard Club: www.mlaoc.ca/
Dispro Owners Association www.disproboats.ca
ACBS – Niagara Frontier Chapter: https://oldboatsbuffalo.org/
If you’re aware of other upcoming events of interest to ACBS-Toronto members, please contact Mike Gridley with details.

Share Your Story!

Do you have a short story you’d like to share with ACBS-Toronto members in an upcoming Wood Boat Wednesday message?

If so, please send it to Mike Gridley through the ACBS (Toronto) Directory. It could be about a recent boating adventure, an upcoming event, or just something you think other club members might be interested in. One or two images would also be appreciated.

Back Issues of Classicboat are now available online! Did you know that you can access all back issues of Classicboat electronically? Just click on the Member Login link at acbs.ca, click on Classicboat and then Library of Back Issues, and start reading! We have all issues from October 1983 to the current issue.

by Rob

Our newest listing: an Owens “Tahitian” cabin cruiser, 40′, 1964

September 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

Owens “Tahitian” cabin cruiser: 40 ft., 1964

Notes from the owner below:
“Vessel underwent major restoration in the mid 1990s. It needs finish restoration, as it has been out of the water for a few years, shrink wrapped.  Call me for all the details.  Best offer.  The boat must be moved prior to October, 2018.”

Price: $5,000   For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb837


by Rob

Beautiful 24 ft. triple cockpit “Cygne” needs a new home!

August 31, 2018 in Uncategorized


This rare Port Carling Boatworks SeaBird was fuully restored in 1996-7 and has had minimal use since.  Original Price:  $65,000 USD.  New price: $25,000 CDN
Please see notes from the owner below..

“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 Kermanth 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”
Original Price: $65,000 USD.    

New Price: August 2018; $25,000 CDN    Ad number pb709. For further details and contact information,  please click on the link below.    Ad #pb709

Additional photos below.