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by Rob

Toronto International Boat Show now open!

January 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

The Toronto Internaitonal Boat Show offers the largest land based exposition in North America.   There is a boat for every style, taste and budget imaginable.

For access to the Boat Show Guide,  please click on the link below.

http://www.nxtbook.com/kerrwil/canadianboatshows/torontoboatshowguide2019/index.php#/0

 

by Rob

What’s new at Butson and Brackley Boats.

January 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

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.

Bottom’s up.

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.

Wimur II features a two step hull

Mahogany bottom work procedes on Wimur II

by Rob

New Price on beautiful W.J. Johnson launch.

January 9, 2019 in Uncategorized


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

by Rob

New “Canoe kids” on the block in Muskoka!

January 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

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.

by Rob

“Boat The Blue” ACBS International boat show featured a Gentleman’s Racer on Port Carling Boats.

January 2, 2019 in Uncategorized

This year’s annual ACBS show in Michigan featured an aerial video of beautiful Gentleman’s Racer currently available on the Port Carling Boats website. Watch the beginning of the video to see this contemporary classic in action. A description of the boat is below.

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Custom Gentleman’s Racer: 23 ft, 2009.


Notes from the owner below:

This Gentleman’s Racer features an offshore fiberglass deep V-24o dead rise hull, .(Ray Hunt designed. These hulls finished 2nd place just behind the famous 30 Bertram Moppy raced from Miami to Nassau in the early 1960s.)

Jim Wynne, who drove this boat, was hired by Chris Craft to design the X-K, Lancer, and Commander runabouts built from the 60s thru the 70s.

The hull no. was the manufacture date.  “G” is the vintage race boat series for the boat’s length and HP.

In addition to the great ride this hull provided, its construction had fiberglass hat sections stringers – no wood to rot.

The hull was  completely gutted, cut down and tumble home provided. Deck and framing are West epoxy to hull with wood composite from 5/8” to 1 3/4” at the hull. Deck and covering boards are 3/8” book matched mahogany. Dashes are ribbon striped with curved grain to match the crown of the deck.The engine is mounted mid-ship to laminated Douglas Fir, epoxied to fiberglass stringers.

Power for the racer is provided by a 1988, 8 cylinder, 454 cubic inch, 330 hp Crusader engine.
The transmission is a Borg Warner Velvet Drive hydraulic one-to-one with a stainless steel shaft and an acme propeller.

This “G” boat comes with a custom aluminum tandem axle trailer with disc surge brakes and heavy duty standing pads foreword and aft of fenders.

Also included is a Full custom Sunbrella mooring cover with Velcro openings for mooring line access.

The seats are rolled and pleated marine vinyl . The racer seats six.

Hinged access to storage is provided  at the aft seat. The front seat bottom is removable to access water pick up valve for engine running on trailer and anti freeze pick up.

All hoses are marine grade, custom C.C. approved aluminum gas tank with vintage Stuart Warner gas, temperature, oil, volts and tachometer gauges

“Glass of 68” provides huge bow storage with hatch glove compartments. Front and 2 aft side compartment storage.

The boat is also equipped with a Bower ventilation system and bilge pump.

The racer features vintage hardware and a wooden steering wheel with a mahogany bow and stern pole with navigation lights and flag. An  under-the-dashboard mounted fire extinguisher, anchor and line, matching dock lines, paddle, and hook combo are also included.

Fused rocker switching., AM/FM CD radio, Center Console with vintage shift handle with neutral lock up holders, flip up panel for GPS access are also provided.
The racer is powered by am 8 cylinder, 454 ci 330 hp Crusader engine.

PRICE: $59,000 USD  For additional photos, details and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb829

 

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