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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.

by Rob

Paul Brackley and staff perform major surgery on a monster Minett-Shields: Wimur II

February 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

Congratulations are in order for Paul and his staff members at Brackley Boats in Muskioka Ontario, all currently engaged in a “surgical renewal” of Wimur II, an enormous vintage Minett-Shields launch. Also on taop is a 22 foot Shepherd. Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

What’s cooking at Butson Boats?

January 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

There never seems to be a shortage of activity at the shop of Tim Butson, Boat Builder, in Bracebridge, Ontario. Tim, Jurgen and Andrew are nearing completion of a top-to-bottom restoration of a beautiful Grew Day Cruiser. A Butson Gentleman’s racer, a Chris-Craft Sportsman, A Century Resorter and a Duke Playmate are all benefitting from some tender loving care at Butson’s. Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

What’s new at Butson and Brackley Boats.

January 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

Duke Playmates are no longer just the “everyman” boat.Both the staff at Butson Boats in Bracebridge and Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst have exciting projects on the go. Of particular interest at Butson’s is a Grew Day cruiser, nearing completion after a top-to-bottom restoration. Meanwhile, Paul Brackley and his “cohorts” are tackling a mammoth Minett-Shields. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the video!.
Butson Boats photos

Grew Day Cruiser nearing completion.

This really was a top to bottom restoration.

The beautfiul sleek lines on this Grew really add to its character.

 

 

 

A fresh coat of varnish on a cureved deck works wonders.

The “lowly” Duke Paymate is becoming far less lowly as time passes.

Gypsy II is an orginal Butson Gentleman’s racer back for a refresh.

Bottom’s up.

This runabout should be shortly ready to go!

A Minett-Shields and Shepherd receive some T.L.C at Brakcley Boats (below)

This beamy Shepherd will enjoy some fresh varnish, new upholstery, rechroming and other enhancements.

This Minett-Shields takes extra care as her hull construction is complex and intricate.

Wimur II features a two step hull

Mahogany bottom work procedes on Wimur II

by Rob

New Price on beautiful W.J. Johnson launch.

January 9, 2019 in Uncategorized


We have been advised by the owner to adjust the price on this stunning Johnson long deck launch.  Original price: $45,000 USD.  New price (Jan, 2019)  $35,000 USD. Please see the full description,, additional photos, a brief video and contact link below.

W.J. Johnson long deck launch: 20 ft, 1930
Billy Johnson , of Disappearing propeller boat fame, started to build boats again in 1929/30 in Port Carling after his Disappearing Propeller Boat Company went bankrupt in 1924.
His  new company , incorporated in 1930 or 1931 , was named Port Carling Boat Works and began building the famous lines of “Seabird” boats until the 1960’s.

This boat offered for sale pre-dates the Seabirds and is one of very few built under the Billy Johnson name. A very rare and historic Canadian boat, completely professionally restored by Clarion Boats in 2009/10.

This long deck launch offers a double cockpit configuration and a semi displacement hull. The weight of the boat is about 2400 pounds.
The hull is cedar plank construction on steam bent white oak frames. The deck is single plank mahogany over sawn mahogany beams.

All electrical systems were completely rewired during an extensive restoration in 2009/2010. The system was upgraded to 12 volts.
During the restoration, all the oak ribs were replaced, and a new aluminum stem, transom and oak keel were installed. The Johnson features all new bottom planking. The boat was completely re-decked, both frames and planking. All the mechanical systems were refurbished The launch is currently in excellent condition. The replacement cost of the Johnson is estimated at $95,000 CAD.
The launch comes complete with a low hours single axle trailer with folding tongue, surge brakes,  guide bars,  fenders and seps. Also included in the sale are four life jackets, bilge pump and anchor.

Original Price: $45,000 USD.    New Price:, $35,000 USD  (Jan. 2019)  For contact information, please click on the link.    Ad number pb798

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