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by Rob

Classic Boating in the Thousand Islands

April 19, 2017 in Blog

The St. Lawrence River’s Thousand Islands area, marking the Canada US border, is a wonderful place for classic boating. “Exit World,” the company that produced the video below, has done a first rate job of highlighting the beauty of this region, not to mention the joys of ripping through the water in a Classic woody.  Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

The Passing of a Legend: Carlo Riva.

April 13, 2017 in Uncategorized


Our condolences to the family, friends and admirers of Carlo Riva,  the famed Italian founder of Riva Boats, who died recently at 95 years of age..
Riva set a magnificent standard for design and quality craftsmanship over the course of many decades. His ‘Aquarama” model was rated to be the most beautifully designed boat in the world. The rich and famous were frequent guests on,  or owners of, his magnificent wooden watercraft. He has left a lasting the boating community and will be greatly missed. (Enjoy the video of Riva boats below).

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Shepherd Ski Bee, 18 ft, 1957

April 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

Shepherd Ski Bee

Notes from the seller’s agent
“Lovely and rare Shepherd Ski Bee… small and fast. V driven rear engine. Restored by Dukes two years ago. Owner has to sell due to health issues. Newly rebuilt 4 cylinder, 65 h.p. engine rebuilt by Matt Fairbrass. I am selling the boat on behalf of the owner who is my customer. She has asked me to find the boat a new home. Over $30,000 spent on extensive restoration. Call for appointment. Ask for Matt Fairbrass.
Price $20,000  For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb732 (Additional photos below)

by Rob

Just sold on the Port Carling Boats website: Chris-Craft Riviera.

March 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to the seller and purchaser of this classic Chris-Craft Riviera; 20 ft., 1954

The boat and tandem axle trailer package was listed at $28,500.  The bottom was redone in 2016, after a full restoration in 2011. Powered by a Chevy/CC 283 V8, the boat will reach speeds of 40 mph. We hope that the new owner will enjoy years of boating with his new ‘Chris’.

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.