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by Rob

Our newest listing: a Cracker-Box Gentleman’s Racer.

December 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

     Mid 1930’s Crackerbox Gentleman’s Racer: 14 ft.
This mid 1930s (precise year unknown)  Cracker-Box Gentleman’s Racer offers a strong running 60 hp. V8 Ford flathead engine with period correct speed equipment,  including a  California mag., finned aluminum heads, etc. The boat is in generally good condition and the engine runs well. The sale includes a single axle trailer, which would benefit from new tires.

Price: $9,900                For further details please click on the link.     Ad number pb792    Additional photos below.

by Rob

A 42′ Elco cabin cruiser is reborn.

November 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

The rather tired Elco cruiser awaits surgery at Sirens Boat Works.

The folks at Sirens Boat Works in Manotick, Ontario have kindly forwarded a report on their recently completed restoration of a very substantial Elco cabin cruiser.  This was obviously a mammoth, two year project. Hats off to Sirens for preserving a significant piece of nautical history. Their description is below.

TENANGO is a 1930 42′ ELCO Flat Top.  She has been a major focus of SIRENs Boatworks since August 2015.  “She came to us needing significant below waterline work to make her seaworthy. We were contracted to restore her hull”  states Andrew Lee, owner of SIRENS Boatworks.

An external “exo-skeleton” is installed to support the boat while bottom replacement commences.

“Our work was extensive”. To begin, an external skeleton that supported her weight while under repair was fabricated and installed.  This structure allowed workers unrestricted access to her 42’ hull to replace all her framework and keel. “ It was a major effort….TENANGO is a large boat and is built very strong. Even though much of her keel and framework was in poor condition, it was amazing how much effort was needed to dismantle her” reflects Andrew.

We replaced the entire keel with mahogany; and all the framework with white oak;  and installed new western red cedar planking from her waterline down. She’s fastened with traditional bronze fasteners.

While the boat was in the shop the talented owners completed considerable restoration work to her beautiful mahogany interior and significant brass hardware.

“TENANGO has significant pedigree with a colorful history. We are proud to have had the opportunity to have been a significant part of preserving her legacy” claims Andrew.

“Tenango” approaches the finish line.

Voila! The beautiful results of thousands of hours of labour over a two+ year period.

“Tenango” will no doubt provide many more years of service and enjoyment for her proud owners.

SIRENS Boatworks specializes in wooden boat repair and restoration. Owner Andrew Lee and his team work on all types of wooden boats using traditional woods and fasteners combined with modern adhesives.  The scope of their capabilities is extensive.  “We’ve worked on everything from a varnish job on a 10’ hydroplane to replacing complete transoms on cruisers, and today, we’re into a custom new build of a 32’ launch.” states Andrew.

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

 

 

by Rob

Our newest listing: an historic Gidley inboard dory, 16′, 1915

November 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Historic  Gidley inboard dory: 16 ft., 1915!

This VERY rare (likely the only one in existence) Gidley dory, built in Penetanguishene, Ontario in 1915, has spent most of its life on Sparrow Lake.  The current, second owner is downsizing his collection of wooden boats and would like to see the Gidley refurbished by a new owner. A new white-oak shaft log has been installed in the boat.  Apart from that, the vessel is structurally sound. The single cylinder Adams  “Make and Break” engine is not seized. Surprisingly, and fortunately, the original owner’s manual for the engine is included in the sale.
The purchaser of this Gidley will take possession of a really rare, historic vessel and have the satisfaction of bringing “her” back to life!

Price: $3,000   Ad number pb791

For a brief video of the Gidley,  please click on the photo below.  (Additional photos below.)

by Rob

Our newest listing: A Waterford Dispro replica, 16.5 ft, 1980s

November 23, 2017 in Uncategorized


Waterford Disappearing Propeller Boat reproduction: 16.5 ft. 1980s

This replica Waterford “Dispro” was a project undertaken by Hugh Thompson of Orillia, Ontario, who passed away before the boat could be completed. The current second owner is downsizing his boat collection, and is looking for a new home and an enthusiast to complete the project.. The lines for the Waterford were taken from a deteriorated 1913-1914 model.  The planking is cypress.  Included in the sale is the dispro mechanism and materials to complete the boat, including rudder, ribbing supplies, etc. This  Dippy will make a wonderful winter project.  Add an engine of your choice  (even electric!) and go!.

Please click on the video below for a brief view of the Dippy. (Additional photos below)

Price:  $1,500.  For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.  Ad number pb790

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by Rob

Our Newest listing: a reproduction Greavette Dispro

November 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

Greavette Reproduction Disappearing Propeller Boat: 18.5 ft, 1980s

This Greavette reproduction Dispro, built but not completed by the Coldwater Canoe Company in Coldwater, Ontario, awaits completion by a wooden boat enthusiast.  It comes complete with the disappearing propeller mechanism and a number of “extras”,  including rudder, fitted cover,  etc.  The Georgian Bay model features enclosed perimeter decking for heavier water and weather conditions. Power with the engine of your choice.  Even an electric engine would be viable for this project boat. What a wonderful winter project!

To view a brief video of the Greavette Dispro, click on the video below.

Price: $1,800 For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb789
Additional photos below.