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Boats of the ACBS Show July 9

May 31, 2022 in Uncategorized


It has been a while since we saw The Antique Classic Boat Show boats in person. This year it’s happening July 9, at the Gravenhurst wharf.  It is always a special experience to see these treasured antique boats arrive and take off.  The anticipation is especially high after the two-year COVID hiatus. It hardly seems possible that boats and people might gather again.

 I will review some of the boats you will hopefully be able to see at the show. Upwards of 100 or more boats in all their varieties arrive in different ways, so it won’t be a complete list.

The big names of Ditchburn and Minet are naturally big draws. Many of the boats will have special family significance as well. Alan Weisberg’s “On Behalf of Sam” is one of them: She is the family’s long deck launch named in honour of Allan’s father, who died about 50 years ago, before his children were born. Allan, who founded a successful meat purveyor business “The Butcher Shoppe”, finds joy in the daily care of the boat because it is “like a final hug, like personally connecting with him again.” Such is the passion of owning a wooden boat.

“On Behalf of Sam” is a 1929, 31’ Commodore model of Ditchburn. This model is the ideal family boat. Long enough to give lots of seating, but not difficult to maneuver, as the longest of the launches at 36’. With all the details and special features that make a Ditchburn a unique and distinctive craft, “On Behalf of Sam” will be one of many treasures to see.  The cup-shaped engine vents running along the side of the raised engine hatch is a particularly distinctive feature of Ditchburns of the period.

By Tim Du Vernet

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