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by Rob

ACBS Toronto Spring Boat Shop Tour, 2019. Part I

May 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Last week we we began our Spring Tour with a visit to Peter Breen’s boat shop in southern Ontario. We continue the tour today with a stop at James Osler’s shop near Port Carling Ontario, then on to Duke Boats, Curtis Hillman’s facilit and Stan Hunter’s shop in Milford Bay. Despite extreme flooding, on the Muskoka Lakes, the “show went on!”

This Chris-Craft Riviera has had some major work undertaken

It was really wonderful to catch a glimpse of this one-hundred-plus year old steam launch, currently operated from Lake Rosseau. What a beautiful piece of living marine history! James reports that the owner regularly uses the boat and takes it “all over the place!” The steamer is in for some new caulking and other refurbishments.  (Photos below)

 

I wonder if engineering papers are required to operate this steamboat!

Historic beauty and grace.

This SeaBird has had major woodwork and engine work undertaken. It is currently on the market. The owner will consider reasonable offers.

 

As you can see, flooding in Muskoka this spring has been extreme. Luckily, Duke’s workshop is on the upper level!

This SeaBird is certainly one of the company’s more “upscale” models.

The Greavette Streamliner seen here has had “major surgery, including a new bottom.

The Greavette has been re-powered with a beefier, new and (dare we say it?) reliable power plant!

Curtis Hillman’s recent projects include several smaller watercraft, soon to shine again under his care and skill. Photos below.

Stay tuned for more photos and videos of the 2019 ACBS Toronto Chapter Spring Tour!

by Rob

A visit to Breen Boats near Rockwood, Ontario.

April 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

Many thanks to our secret sleuth, N.H., and to Peter Breen and his son Jeff for providing photos and infromation on several of the extraordinary projects underway at Breen Boats. Peter’s shop is the first on the agenda for the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) spring tour of Ontario boat shops.

“I had the special opportunity to see probably one of the most significant boats built for use in Muskoka in the past 30 years;
The signature project being delivered this spring is a 31’ Bob Tail Torpedo Hull Gentleman’s Racer, based from a 1920s design, style, and hardware.
This is an extremely complex hull to construct because of the Torpedo hull;

 Margaret Shirley  (above) features exposed copper screw heads, custom sand-casted hardware, cable and pulley steering, vernier aircraft throttle, dual long-range gas tanks,  and a high performance Ilmor engineering power plant  producing 570 hp

Jeffrey Breen has just finished a 29ft Breen Gentlemans Racer in the Ditchburn style that is just spectacular in its. lines. The Ilmor engine will really get this boat up to some significant speeds. Features include dovetail hatches, elaborate inlay work in the cockpit, self-standing bucket seating, and period sand-casted hardware. 

I also saw a really interesting Century Arabian (above) that has been restored complete with wifi, built in cooler, a superb sound system and the finest blue upholstery you’re ever going to find.

In fact the boat is so luxurious  it has a living room feel;

It is actually a very elaborate bar that comes with a complete cover to protect the boat against the elements for use on an island on Georgian Bay.

The Grand Duke is owned by boat collecting pioneer Jim Grand, whose family has owned it since new. it is a rare mahogany planked boat with a lots of seating and a curved glass windshield…a spectacular boat in its time.

There was also a lesson in keeping your boat insurance up to date (above) as there was a 30ft Ditchburn boat that was restored last year; it was returned to Peter Breen three weeks ago after the wet snow on the storage building  roof buckled under the weight and crumpled the forward ten feet, as well as other areas of the boat;  I am sure Peter and his staff will have this looking perfect in due course.

Also in the shop is Hope II,  a 24 foot WJ Johnson triple cockpit with a 5.7 litre Mercruiser engine for power. This is a really spectacular boat.

The Ditchburn Viking 27 foot model was the first production built step hull in the world. Ponder is one of these boats; it features a 4 inch step, and is a wonderful boat recently refreshed. Also on site, is Lady Eaton’s Viking, Mint Julep.

There was also a Matheson lapstrake 16ft row boat (above) that was beautifully varnished and ready for the water.

Also in was a 28 foot Breen Gentleman’s racer  and a 28 foot Ditchburn triple cockpit for a refresh of the varnish finish.”

Enjoy the photos below.

by Rob

Dramatic price reduction on rare triple cockpit SeaBird:. 24ft, 1936

April 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this rare, triple cockpit Port Carling Boat Works Seabird. PLease see thew owner’s notes below.

Port Carling Boat Works SeaBird triple cockpit: 24 ft, 1936

“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 Kermath 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”

Note:  The sale also includes a 25 foot portable shed to house the boat off-season.

Original Price: $65,000 USD.  

New Price: April, 2019; $19,999 CDN    WOW!!!!!!!                                 

For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.  Ad number pb709

Additional photos below

25 ft. portable storage shed.

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Duke utility: 21 ft.,1962

April 12, 2019 in Uncategorized


 

Duke utility 21 ft., 1962

Notes from the owner below:
 RARE 1962, 21 ft DUKE RUNABOUT spent its life cherished by one Lake Rosseau family. Built by Tim Butson’s father, now 93, who worked for many years with Charlie and Arthur Duke of Dukes, Port Carling. (Now with his son at Tim Butson Wooden Boat Builders)

The original 8 Cylinder BUCHANAN engine runs well with rebuilt carburetor, new distributor cap, rotors, throttle cable and battery. Regular maintenance always provided. All ownership documents available.

The original steering wheel, instrument panel and original upholstery are in excellent condition due to boathouse storage. No trailer, as the Duke was always moved by water on Lakes Rosseau and Muskoka.
Looking for a good home.”
(The sale includes  a paddle. ropes, fire extinguisher, emergency kit, 2 flags and life jackets)

Price: $20,000 or best offer. The seller is motivated.  For further details and contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb852 Additional photos below.

by Rob

Price reduction on “double-ended skiff and a correction to recent Grew “Jolly Giant” ad

April 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

To anyone who had tried to contact Mike M regarding this Grew “Jolly Giant” (photo above), please try again. The email link in Mike’s ad was not functioning. That problem has been resolved. A secondary phone number has also been inserted in the ad.

Grew Jolly Giant: 23 ft. 1953
Notes from the owner below:
“This “barn find”  Grew is a true Georgian Bay boat.  I have a complete survey from May 2016 by David Buchanan. He went over every inch of this boat and found it to be in sound shape. Bottom and side planks are all rot free and ribs and frames the same. The Grew received a market evaluation of $45,000 to $55,000

The boat is in need of a total paint and varnish job and new upholstery too. I put the Jolly Giant into the water last summer and got the engine working like a top. I installed a new gas tank, filters and carburetor.

The motor is a Buchannan 283 v8 and looks like and runs like new. I did a compression test and all cylinders are perfect.  (The engine is a Chevrolet small block V8, marinized by Buchanan, and installed in the 1960s). Running time on the engine has been low since installation.

This boat would be easy to complete cosmetically.  The price compares very favourably with the two other Jolly Giants on your website.”

Price: $25,000     For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.    Ad number pb848
Additional photos below

NEW PRICE on Double Ended Skiff

We have been advised by the owner of this “double ended” rowing skiff. Originally priced at $2,500, the new price is $2,000. For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb824 (additional photo below.)

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