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by Rob

ACBS Toronto Winter Workshop was a “roaring” success.

March 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Some sixty enthusiasts attended the session at Parry Automotive.

Carburetor basics were explored. Most point gaps, for example, are 16 to 18 thousands of an inch!

Hats off to Jeff Titshall and the other staff at Parry Automotive in Orillia, Ontario,  who graciously hosted a well attended workshop on marine engines.
Included in the session was information on distributors (hands on), carburetors, oils, transmissions, pistons, blocks and the effects of ethanol in gasoline.
Rony Haylock, of Ronny’s Marine, was also on hand with a beautifully restored “fibre-glassic”. The morning’s acitivites were much appreciated by attendees, as was the generous gift package handed out to all.  Many thanks to Parry Automotive and Toronto Chapter ACBS for hosting this very successful event.
Enjoy the photos and video below.

Cylinder compression should not vary more than 5 pounds per sqaure inch through all cylinders.

Ronny Haylock uses a high lustre paint topsides on his “fibreglassics” ( rather than a gelcoat, which will fade.)

Removing the top plate allows viewers to see how the forward and reverse gear works in an marine transmission.

by Rob

Further restorative work undertaken on 20′ Greavette sedan

March 13, 2017 in Uncategorized


We have been informed by the owner that the rare Shepherd hardtop offered for sale on our website, has had a new bottom installed in 2016. This will certainly give the Shepherd a “new lease on life” and will no doubt add years of seaworthiness to the vessel. Please see details and photos below.
Notes from the owner:
“Rare 1951 Greavette Sedan Canadian made. Mahogany plank on oak frame. Powered by 6cyl Buchanan inboard. Many upgrades, stainless steel fuel tank, electric fuel pump, electronic ignition. Bilge refinished in 2012, bottom paint 2013. Professionally refinished by Miller Potter’s in Manotick. Always stored indoors. Complete with custom bunk trailer (2008).”
Note: A new bottom was installed on the Greavette at Miller Potters in the fall of 2015 at the end of the boating season.
Price $18,500 For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb594

by Rob

Significant price reduction on a beautiful Chris-Craft Constellation: 37 ft, 1963

February 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

pb717-1Chris-Craft Constellation: 37 ft, 1963
Notes from the owner:
A comprehensive restoration was completed in 1998 including the finishes being stripped down to bare wood from top to bottom. The bottom was redone with Interlux antifouling paint and above the water line it was primed with epoxy primer and top coated with acrylic polyurethane. The teak decks where sanded down to fresh wood and recoated with Tuffshield for a virtually maintenance free finish. The swim platform and all other miscellaneous teak surfaces were also refinished.
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In 2000 the engines were upgraded with twin 8L V10s (see advancedmarinepropulsion.com). The vessel continues to be stored inside during the off-season and looks and performs as best in class.
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In addition to the engines and surface finishes the alcohol counter burners have been replaced with electric burners. All engine gauges were rebuilt in the 1980s and all of the wiring was upgraded or replaced to ABYC standards. All instrumentation is in A-1 working order.
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Original price: $49,000. New price as of Jan. 2017 $39,500. WOW! For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb717pb717-8
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by Rob

A new hydroplane is underway in Honey Harbour, Georgian Bay.

January 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

McCullough hydroplane

Congratulations  to Bill and Mike McCullough, who  are building this race boat in  their Honey Harbour shop this winter. Bill is the builder with Mike as side-kick.  Bill worked with Vic Carpenter, (Superior Sailboats) for many years in the 80s and also worked for Gary Clarke for a few projects where he gained the knowledge of fine boat building.
This hydro is a new build and a copy of a 1936 Bruce Crandall design 135 CU Inch Stepped Hydroplane Race Craft. Originally these craft were 15′. The McCulloughs  “jumbo-ized” the plans and made a 19′ version, using white oak frames and western red planking for looks and lightness. In between each frame are two steamed oak ribs. Planking will be West System affixed and copper riveted for extra strength and amazing looks. Bill and Mike are choosing a modern Chev. 350 magnum EFI for a power plant, which certainly will make it fly! It is a proven hull and will be a joy to run. The McCulloughs will have the the boat completed for Spring of 2018. The hydro will be tested and up for sale. For further information, please contact Mike at at islandmike2(at)hotmail.com to set up a viewing.

by Rob

Significant price reduction on restored Greavette Sunflash

January 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Greavette Sunflash: 17 ft, 1966
Notes from the owner:
The Sunflash has been in the same family since it was new. A fully documented restoration was undertaken in 2011 with new varnish being applied after the 2015 boating season. A new fuel tank was installed in 2013. The original interior is in excellent condition. A new Bimini top was installed in 2015.
The Sunflash is powered by a 110 hp, Mercruiser four cylinder engine that is reliable and runs well.

Original price : $11,500.  New price, as of Jan, 2017 –  $9,500.

For contact information,  please click on the link. Ad number pb707  (Additional photos below)
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