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by Rob

Antique watercraft rescues disabled fibreglass runabout!

October 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

In a refreshing turn of events, an antique steamboat rescues a contemporary fibreglass runabout on one of the Muskoka lakes. So there, you inboard-outboards!   Incidentally, the exceptionally warm Ontario fall has extended the boating season significantly. Not only that, but the forested areas of Muskoka have been hanging on to their beautiful fall colours.  Although somewhat past peak viewing time, canopy beauty still abounds in the fresh autumn air and lakes of the region. It’s not too late to visit Muskoka.
Finally,  a word of warning to our clients. The Internet is a prime target for scammers. Please be aware of any messages received from a so-called Mr. Fischer Manuel. Enough said.

by Rob

Our newest listing: a young Billy Johnston reproduction: 16′, 2007

October 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

Billy Johnson Reproduction
16 ft. 2007

This Billy Johnson designed runabout was  built by master craftsman Stan Hunter in 2007. This sixteen foot beauty is hand crafted with a cedar hull, white oak frames and a mahogany deck. The “Gerry D”, one of five boats of this model built by  Stan over a decade, is powered by a quiet, 40 hp (2007) four stroke engine with low hours. The installed twelve gallon gas tank provides many hours of carefree boating. The runabout has recently been refurbished with new paint and varnish, along with minor woodwork repairs. Always stored under cover,  both boat and motor are in excellent condition. The original price of this boat was $24,000, without the engine. A trailer at additional cost may be available with the runabout.

Price: $20,000  For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number: pb787 (Additional photos below.)

by Rob

Our newest listing: Thompson runabout, 18′, 1963

September 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

Thompson lapstrake runabout; 18′, 1963

The Thompson underwent a major restoration in 2013-14, including a new keel, thirteen new ribs and three new planks. An upgraded out-drive was installed, the topsides were stripped of paint,  sanded and varnished (7 coats of varnish) and the bottom was repainted with racing bronze). The boat seats six comfortably. A new padded engine dog house was fabricated. The four cylinder Mercruiser I/O 110 hp engine runs well.  The included trailer offers an electric winch, guide bars, reinforced fenders  new tires (2014), new wiring and new bearings (2017). The included floating boat house, in very good condition, weighs about 240 pounds and measures 20′ x10′
Price – $8500 (with boat house) or $7,500 without boat house.

For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.  
Ad Number pb783
  
Video and additional photos below.

by Rob

The Elco boat company… a unique history and an electrifying, “shocking” story

September 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Enjoy this landmark video of an historic American boat company, well ahead of its time, even in the last century. For the sake of the environment, the Elco approach to power is a most welcome advancement.

by Rob

An incredible moment in the vintage boating world: “Rita” is re-launched!

September 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

It’s not every day that we’re privileged to behold the spectacle of a 103 year old, fifty foot cabin cruiser rise like a phoenix from a restorer’s shop. Yet that’s what happened today on Lake Muskoka, to “Rita”, an iconic 1914 Minett Day Cruiser. All 17,000 pounds of her were carried on a massive flat bed trailer, transported to Gravenhurst Bay, then hoisted skyward on a huge crane for a re-crhistening in Lake Muskoka. Rita has spent over two years in Tom Adam’s Port Carling Boat shop,  where she received a completely new bottom and transom.  This is no small feat in a fifty foot vessel. Rita’s massive 200 horse-power, 2500 pound, six cylinder Sterling engine was also completely rebuilt by Matt Fairbrass.  Matt, Tom Adams and his staff have every right to feel proud of the results of their hard work. They (and Rita’s owner) have saved this unique piece of nautical history for future generations to enjoy. Hats off to you all.! (Enjoy the photo and video below)