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 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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Keeping Track of History Part 1

  Museums, on nearly any topic, create the expectation of keeping track of history, sorting artifacts, knowing their origins and stories and being able to pull this stuff out when needed. It is an important service that recognizes and honours heritage and innovations. The Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre is one such facility that strives […]

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Seasonal Care From an Expert (P1.)

  The thought of the season of warm evening cruises coming to an end always causes boaters to reflect on the special times enjoyed. But rushing into winter’s preparation can leave your wooden boat vulnerable to the elements of oxidation, frost and creepy crawlers. Rob Gerigs, The Boat Builder near Port Carling shared with me […]

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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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