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by Rob

Butson Boats goes gangbusters with multiple projects!

February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

THis Greavette Executive was once owned by Ted Turner

Tim Butson and his staff have their hands full this winter, with restoration projects flying out of their steam-box (so to speak)! The shop currently hosts two Greavette Executives, a custom ski/speed boat, a Shepherd prototype, a Grew Overnighter, a two masted ketch and a Duke Playmate.
Enjoy the photos and video below.

Tim estimates that this ski/speed boat will reach 70 mph.

The Grew Overnighter, seen in this photo, is undergoing a top to bottom restoration. (See the photo below.)

The Grew has been strengthened with thicker lap planks, a reinforced transom and beefier ribs. When installed, the superstructure will provide additional support.

This Shepherd prototype design later appeared as a ski boat in Florida

The second Greavette Executive, early 1970s. rests beside a very substantial ketch

This 34 ft. two masted East Coast ketch, also from the 1970s, is in for some major bottom work and other repairs..

Note the massive rudder.

“Pip Pip” a charming 1949 Duke Playmate (an “everyman” boat built by the hundreds) awaits major work before returning to Magnetewan, Ontario.

With their Buchan midget engines (see photo below) these Playmates sip gas so gently that a day long excursion on one tank is taken for granted.

Hundreds of these small, reliable engines were built by Buchanan Marine in Orilla, Ontario

by Rob

Stancraft Boats: building beautiful wooden masterpieces for decades.

January 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

Stancraft Boats has been constructing quality wooden watercraft for some 84 years in their North Idaho facility.  Enoy the video of this well-respected company below.

by Rob

Our newest listing: an Atkins designed ketch, 44′

January 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

Notes from the owner:
 Own a Piece of San Diego History!  ‘Comber‘, an historic Atkin Ingrid 38 ft Ketch, was built by Hollywood Boat Builders in 1937. Her adventurous past has all been meticulously documented for 80 yrs by her one previous owner. Letters from William Aktins, original receipts, trip logs and more are included in the sale.

Comber is a beauty with a sleek deck length of 38 ft. and overall length of 44 ft., a beam of 11 ft., 4 inches and a  6 ft., 6 inch draft. Her hull is a unique carvel planking over 2 ½ x 2 1/2 double sawn oak frames on 12 inch centers, Her floors are 3 1/2 on 12″  oak frames.

She has lived most all of her life in the water. Her nonskid coated weather deck and new stainless steel chain plates were installed in 2009. A recent survey and haul out was done in  Dec 2017, along with the hull prep and bottom paint.

While Comber has been pampered all her life, her current owner of 3 years understands that this rare antique needs more care than she can provide. For someone who has the time and finances to restore Comber to her original glory, the asking price of $7,999 is a fraction of her estimated replacement cost of $250.000. Serious inquires only, please.

Price: $7,900.       For further details and contact information, please click on the link.    Ad number pb797
Additional photos below:

Note the size of the ketch compared to the woman behind the rudder.

by Rob

A wooden Ferrari boat? Unbelievable!

December 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

No, you have indulged in too much holiday cheer to think clearly!  There really is a wooden Ferrari boat in Venice. This unique water-craft, the creation of a very fertile mind, turns heads wherever “she” goes. If you’re in a snowbound part of the planet, you can also enjoy the visions of the summer to come!

by Rob

A Norse cruiser rises like a Phoenix from the ashes!

December 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Skipper before the fire.

Skipper” is a 32’ hard top launch that came to an untimely end at the end of the 2015 boating season.

Little remains after the fire.

Little remains after the devastating fire.

She was built by the craftsmen at Norse Boatworks of Penetanguishene in 1947 and used as  a family launch in the Georgian Bay area. Her heavy construction and smooth lines made her a safe, dry boat.   The boat has been in the family for years.  Skipper was always kept in immaculate condition, and had recently undergone a substantial restoration. But, after only eight seasons,  a fire and ensuing explosion, attributed to a carburetor leak in one of her twin V8 engines, resulted in a total loss.

The family has commissioned Andrew Lee, owner of SIRENS Boatworks to build a replica of her, exactly as she was.  SIREN’s boatwright Montie Masterson has the project lead.  “Traditional wood boat building is becoming a lost art”  states Montie.  “We’re excited about this opportunity.”

Steve Killing of Steve Killing Yacht Design drew her lines from the burnt out shell, which is at Andrew’s main shop in Merrickville, Ontario. Digital measurements were taken and lines were computer drawn. A smaller 25’ Norse of the same era was acquired to serve as a reference, and possibly for select hardware.

Lines drawn by Steve Killing

A CAD programme helps bring the dimensions to life.

The Skipper build started in  the fall of 2016. Skipper’s framework and keel are white oak and her planking is western red cedar, carvel from the keel to the splash rail, and lapstrake from the splash rail to the sheer.  Like the original, only silicone bronze fasteners are being  used; screws in the carvel and rivets in the lapstrake.

The mold template is prepared

Ribs and a new bottom emerge.

Over she goes!

“The owners have tremendous sentimental attachment to this boat.  They’re very passionate owners who’ve contracted us to deliver an exact replica,” states Andrew Lee. “This build involves all aspects of boat construction – from design and construction; to mechanical and electrical planning and installations, to sea trials and commissioning. We’re very excited about the opportunity to provide our committed and passionate owners exactly what they want,” claims Andrew.

When asked about the build timeline, Andrew responds that “The boat was flipped upright last week, and we’re getting prepared for the next phase of fitting her interior framework. The owners really want to launch her in 2018 and we’re moving in that direction.”

The “major lifting” of the rebuild is completed.

 

SIRENS Boatworks specializes in wooden boat repair and restoration.  The scope of their capabilities is extensive…..they have the facilities and expertise to handle smaller boats right up to 50’ motor yachts.

SIRENS Boatworks is located in historic Merrickville on the Rideau, about 45 minutes south west from Ottawa.