Duke Playmates are no longer just the “everyman” boat.Both the staff at Butson Boats in Bracebridge and Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst have exciting projects on the go. Of particular interest at Butson’s is a Grew Day cruiser, nearing completion after a top-to-bottom restoration. Meanwhile, Paul Brackley and his “cohorts” are tackling a mammoth Minett-Shields. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the video!. Butson Boats photos
Grew Day Cruiser nearing completion.
This really was a top to bottom restoration.
The beautfiul sleek lines on this Grew really add to its character.
A fresh coat of varnish on a cureved deck works wonders.
The “lowly” Duke Paymate is becoming far less lowly as time passes.
Gypsy II is an orginal Butson Gentleman’s racer back for a refresh.
This runabout should be shortly ready to go!
A Minett-Shields and Shepherd receive some T.L.C at Brakcley Boats (below)
This beamy Shepherd will enjoy some fresh varnish, new upholstery, rechroming and other enhancements.
This Minett-Shields takes extra care as her hull construction is complex and intricate.
We have been advised by the owner to adjust the price on this stunning Johnson long deck launch. Original price: $45,000 USD. New price (Jan, 2019) $35,000 USD. Please see the full description,, additional photos, a brief video and contact link below.
W.J. Johnson long deck launch: 20 ft, 1930 Billy Johnson , of Disappearing propeller boat fame, started to build boats again in 1929/30 in Port Carling after his Disappearing Propeller Boat Company went bankrupt in 1924.
His new company , incorporated in 1930 or 1931 , was named Port Carling Boat Works and began building the famous lines of “Seabird” boats until the 1960’s.
This boat offered for sale pre-dates the Seabirds and is one of very few built under the Billy Johnson name. A very rare and historic Canadian boat, completely professionally restored by Clarion Boats in 2009/10.
This long deck launch offers a double cockpit configuration and a semi displacement hull. The weight of the boat is about 2400 pounds.
The hull is cedar plank construction on steam bent white oak frames. The deck is single plank mahogany over sawn mahogany beams.
All electrical systems were completely rewired during an extensive restoration in 2009/2010. The system was upgraded to 12 volts.
During the restoration, all the oak ribs were replaced, and a new aluminum stem, transom and oak keel were installed. The Johnson features all new bottom planking. The boat was completely re-decked, both frames and planking. All the mechanical systems were refurbished The launch is currently in excellent condition. The replacement cost of the Johnson is estimated at $95,000 CAD.
The launch comes complete with a low hours single axle trailer with folding tongue, surge brakes, guide bars, fenders and seps. Also included in the sale are four life jackets, bilge pump and anchor.
Original Price: $45,000 USD. New Price:, $35,000 USD (Jan. 2019) For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb798
Dan Van Gelder sources white cedar from Eastern Ontario and red cedar from British Columbia
Our congratulations to Dan and Becky Van Gelder on their thriving canoe restoration business in the Huntsville, Muskoka area. With some ten projects on the go, there is no shortage of work this winter and beyond. What began as a hobby and love of canoeing and canoe restoration for the couple has become a full time career for the Van Gelders, who set up shop in Muskoka about three years ago. They obviously have a passion for their work
Enjoy the photos and video below.
Becky’s skills with canoes began with a high school apprenticeship programme.
Imagine being married and business partners at the same time! That’s commitment!
Cherry and ash are frequently used for the Van Gelder’s canoe gunwales. This canoe is a “new build”.
This Walter Dean canoe (top of photo) has had a complete restoration.
Each new canoe is built from a template mold like the one in this photo.
Congratulations to the buyers and sellers of these four vintage boats, recently sold.
Surely this proves that there is a market for almost any kind of vintage water-craft out there!
Chris-Craft Sedan: 22 ft, 1954 (above)
“This attractive and very functional Chris-Craft sedan features a mahogany bottom, sliding side windows and hinged wind-shield. Powered by a six cylinder Model M Chris-Craft engine, (upgraded to a twelve volt system) the boat is estimated to reach speeds of 35 mph. The sedan is described as being in good condition. The owner has added a fuel filter, rebuilt the carburetor and recently repaired the bottom. “Athendune” is currently housed in Anola, Manitoba.”
The asking price on this boat was $25,000.
The list price on this Monro Torpedo was $3,900, including a 35 hp Merc engine and a trailer in roadworthy condition. (Below)
This sixteen foot, 1906 Herald Brothers sailing canoe was listed at $3,000 and sold in several months.(below)
This 16 ft. Chestnut square stern canoe has a carrying capacity of 900 pounds and came with a two wheeeld “side-kick” in new condition. The asking price was $900.