A visit to John’s Little Boat Shop, Omemee, Ontario
John Hendren has been working with boats since he was a teenager. Over the years he has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience in boat restoration. His shop is currently home to a 1937 Morris (undergoing a massive “rebuild”) a Chris Craft in for a new bottom and other work, as well as an earlier 1900s Lakefield canoe. (Additional photos and video below).
This 1937 Morris is being built from the ground up, using a pattern boat.
The Morris’ Kermath Sea King engine, a 520 cubic inch, 6 cylinder “monster” weighing about 1700 pounds, will be reinstalled in the boat
Gull wing hatches were created for the Morris’s single engine to make engine access easier. Note the long deck, favoured with new mahogany planking.
This photo of the Morris was taken some years ago. The rear canopy is still available for re-installation..
John Hendren describes the Morris in the video below. Enjoy!
This hard chine Chris-Craft has been treated to a new, cold molded epoxied double layer 1/4 inch marine ply bottom.
This Lakefield canoe is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 100 years old! A stripping and revarnishing has done wonders for her.
John’s outdoor collection includes a sailboat belonging to the founder of Grew boats, as well as some other rare vessels.
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Classic Century Raven: 22 ft, 1958 This classic Century Raven has had only two owners, the second having owned the boat for the last thirty-five years. This versatile Raven is an excellent rough water family boat. All the original accessories are included. The engine has only 60-80 hours running time. The sale includes a tandem […]
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