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CHIMO on Display

  The Muskoka Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst has confirmed three of the boats that will be on temporary display through the summer. They are all connected with Minett. Chimo is the long deck launch. She was built in 1929 by Minett-Shields. At nearly 36’ long, she is the epitome of the elegance of Minett-Shields. With […]

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Discovering So Much About Muskoka

I just received the latest copy of Muskoka Reflections, the magazine/newsletter put out by the Muskoka Steamships/Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst. It is truly a wonderful overview of exciting things happening at the Centre.  I have known Gary Getson, the Chair of the Board, for many years. The gathering vision for the Centre is to create […]

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Creating a Wake

  There is a long history of the race winning speed on the water in Muskoka. The sport boats and all-out race boats are among the most exciting vintage craft ever created in Muskoka. From ultra light canoes to hydroplanes featuring aircraft engines with more than 2000 hp, Muskoka boat builders have built them all. […]

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Memories of Skilled and Creative Men

  The glossy varnish finish of a wooden boat is the final statement of perfection and a lot of hard work. Beneath that reflection, many trades participated in the process of restoration or construction. The wood part is fairly straight-forward to understand. The hull and the deck are easy to see and imagine the parts […]

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Boating Friends Lost

  As boating events cycle from one season to the next, their starring attractions, the wooden boats, will come out again and again. Cycling through periods of decline and then restoration, they will survive through many generations, unlike their owners. I have had the good fortune to experience some especially memorable boat shows and summer […]

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