Friday June 27, 2014
June 27, 2014 in Uncategorized
Gravenhurst Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show Coming…and the value of hand lettering on your wooden boat.
If you haven’t yet made arrangements to be in Gravenhurst, Ontario this coming Saturday July 5th, plan now! This show promises to be just as satisfying and exciting as shows past, with oodles of beautiful wooden eye candy, music, food, antique autos, a wooden boat auction, field of dreams and vendor’s market. Many thanks to Antique and Classic Boat Society, Toronto chapter, for organizing this mammoth event.
Have you considered hand painted lettering for your “woody”?
Whether on the transom or free board of your vessel, it’s surprising the effect hand painted lettering can have on the appearance of your vessel. One of Port Carling Boat’s premier supporters comments on the application of paint to his race boat below.
For the past year I have been struggling with leaving my mahogany planked hull stained and varnished or wondering if I should add some distinctive graphics and lettering on the boat. I love the lettering on Miss Canada III and Miss Canada IV. Many outboards from the 1950’s and 1960’s featured all sorts of lettering. As my boat is a 1955 race boat I thought it was time. Since my boat is a 13 ft. single step outboard I followed the lead of the replica of the Century Cyclone show at Grace and Speed Museum, “Allez IV” and a similar boat to mine called Rustler. Both use a faux Gold Leaf paint look with black shading… Pat Doran, a Muskoka “letterer”, has a great eye for scale, proportion, font selection and colour. I gave him some sample pictures of what I had in mind and he designed and executed the work perfectly on time and on budget.
I was more then impressed with Pat Doran’s work. The master has been doing this kind of work for the past 25 years. If you are even thinking of doing this work, then give Pat a call at 705- 706-5809. He is conveniently located in Milford Bay in Muskoka and he has a wonderful shop to work in.
Thanks Pat for making my boat so much better.