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by Rob

Orville Wright’s “Kittyhawk” gets a facelift at Brackley Boats

October 9, 2018 in Uncategorized


A recent visit to Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst, Ontario, provided a very pleasant surprise. Nestled into Paul’s restoration bay sat “Kittyhawk”, the early 1930’s Gidley day cruiser purchased by aviator Orville Wright in 1931 for $3,075.00. The boat was used extensively on his island property in Georgian Bay. After Mr. Wright’s death, Kittyhawk was active until the 1960s when a storm event punctured a hole in her hull. She lay on slings, deteriorating for several years, until a massive restoration was undertaken in the 1970s. Kittyhawk was relaunched in 1975 and has been in active use ever since. Paul and his staff have re-varnished her, replaced several planks, had new upholstery installed and the seating configuration adjusted. Her new home will be on Lake Rosseau, in Muskoka, Ontario.
Let’s hope that this iconic boat continues her historic connection for years to come. Enjoy the video below.

Additional photos below:

by Rob

A recent visit to Tim Butson Boat Builder, in Bracebridge, Ontario

October 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

We’re following up our photos of recent work at Butson Boats with the video below. Enjoy.

 

by Rob

What’s cooking at Butson’s boat shop?

October 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

After a six month absence,  it was time to get back to Tim Butson’s boat shop in Bracebridge, Ontario. Tim and his staff are nearing  completion of at least three classic watercraft, including two Greavette Executives and a Grew day cruiser.  As usual, the shop was humming.  Enjoy the photos below, and stay tuned for the video.

It’s hard to imagine how a virtually dust free finish could have been applied to the Greavette Executive, circa 1973.

“Brown Bear”, another Greavette Executive, awaits further completion.

This ‘big water’ Grew has been rebuilt from top to bottom.

 

Stern end of the Grew. This boat has been structurally reinforced. She’ll be stronger than when originally built.

Don’t be fooled by the photo. This Grew is a BIG boat.

This Grenell is a new arrival in the shop. She’ll be examined for an evaluation of required work.

It looks like the hull, forward of the dash, might need some work.

This is one of three major work areas at Butson Boats.

No salivating on the deck, please, speed lovers! This racer is a new custom build at Butson’s.

This Chris-Craft ski boat has had a new bottom installed. The owner is searching for a new ski pole.

.Simple lines, but a very functional design. One half transom coming up!

by Rob

Incredible price reduction on 27′ Chris-Craft Sportsman

September 27, 2018 in Uncategorized


We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this classic 27 ft. Chris Craft.  Original price: $9,800.  New price.  $3,500   WOW!
Please see details below

Chris-Craft Sportsman: 27 ft, 1962
Notes from the owner:
“I have up for sale my 1962, 27 ft, Twin Engine, plywood lapstrake hull , Chris-Craft Sportsman. This open launch hull is in excellent condition, having been kept in a barn most of the time since 1962. Has prime coat on outer hull. Varnish has been removed for staining and re-coating. The engines are (twin Gray 283’s. One was rebuilt only a few hours on it). The Nautolex decking is secure. Has cuddy cabin. Only requires cosmetic restoration. One of 240 built. Perfect boat to keep up in the boat house for that special evening or excellent guest conveyance for a 5 star resort. Boat is located north of Toronto, in Barrie Ontario.”
Note: A tandem axle trailer with new tires, rims and bearings is available for purchase. Also, The drive shafts and props come with the boat.

Original Price: $9,800.
New price (September, 2018), $3,500   WOW!   For further details and contact information, please click on the link  Ad number pb718

Editor’s note:  I have seen this boat and believe that the owner is a “straight shooter”.  Even though the Sportsman is not cosmetically appealing in it’s current condition, I believe that it offers significant potential, especially for “big water” boaters.  Surely the engines alone (one rebuilt) in this Chris-Craft are worth the asking price. (Additional photos below)
 

by Rob

Upcoming ACBS (Toronto Chapter) events and “wooden boating world” links:

September 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Haul Out Party – Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Canadian Canoe Museum – Peterborough, ON
Online registration is now open! Click here for more details.
2018 Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Toronto Botanical Gardens
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and by email.
2019 Winter Workshop – Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Location TBA
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and Classicboat Winter issue. Contact: Jeff Titshall at PArry Automotive in Peterborough, Ontario
2019 Spring Tour – Saturday, April 27, 2019
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and Classicboat Winter issue. Contact: Gerry Lodge lthrough te ACBS (Toronto) Directory)

Check out these websites for information from other organizations
ACBS-International Calendar of Events: http://acbs.org/events/
Wooden Boat Magazine: https://www.woodenboat.com/calendar-field-date/month
Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association: www.trentsevernantiqueboats.com
Manotick Classic Boat Club: http://www.manotickclassicboatclub.ca/
Maple Leaf Antique Outboard Club: www.mlaoc.ca/
Dispro Owners Association www.disproboats.ca
ACBS – Niagara Frontier Chapter: https://oldboatsbuffalo.org/
If you’re aware of other upcoming events of interest to ACBS-Toronto members, please contact Mike Gridley with details.

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If so, please send it to Mike Gridley through the ACBS (Toronto) Directory. It could be about a recent boating adventure, an upcoming event, or just something you think other club members might be interested in. One or two images would also be appreciated.

Back Issues of Classicboat are now available online! Did you know that you can access all back issues of Classicboat electronically? Just click on the Member Login link at acbs.ca, click on Classicboat and then Library of Back Issues, and start reading! We have all issues from October 1983 to the current issue.