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Welcome to the Port Carling Boats site

 We hope the site will satisfy your love of wooden boats, cottaging and the holiday lifestyle. Check out our links at the bottom of this page, too! Your source for Cottage life in Muskoka Ontario and Antique and Classic Wooden Boats For information on our new boat listings, be sure to subscribe to our website […]

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Vintage Engine Sounds Part 2

  In a recent post, I referenced Buchannan motors. After a bit of searching I learned that Buchannan opened as a machine shop in 1919. Their first marine engine was a single cylinder, four cycle with hand crank or electrical starter, (optional), complete with a reverse gear. This unit developed up to four horse power. […]

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Vintage Engines – Part 1

  Once you have heard the sound of a Dispro one cylinder, you’ll never forget it or confuse it with something else, similarly the Coventry Victor two cylinder. These are two examples of period engines that have established a unique character and identity. The engine is connected with the boat as much as the boat […]

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LandOLakes Boat Show is Always Exciting

  While the rest of us in Canada are suffering through extraordinary heat and no boat shows, the LandOLakes Boat show on Gull Lake in Minnesota was full steam ahead. As one of the last hurrahs of summer, there is a special sweetness to the event. I have been to it a few times and […]

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Riding on Sunshine Part 2

  In a recent post, the Duke Playmate was introduced as an ideal candidate for electrification because of its size and configuration.  Stan Hunter has converted a number of Playmates and he took me out for a quick ride in his “demo”.  She rides much like a regular Playmate and instead of the gas tank, […]

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Riding on Sunshine, in an Electric Duke Playmate

  Boat builder Stan Hunter, of Milford Bay, has made it his quest to electrify the Duke Playmate. He has been acquiring hulls for a while and so far has electrified a fleet of nearly 40 boats with a dozen more to create, as need be.  Stan has spent considerable time and effort to determine […]

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