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Summer Returns

March 31, 2022 in Uncategorized


Snow may still be on the ground and winter very much settled in, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start t thinking about summer. After two years of lock downs and isolation, I’m pretty sure there will be an explosion of interest in summer events this year. Muskoka just isn’t the same without the buzz of outdoor gatherings such as craft shows, farmers’ markets and of course boat shows.

The ACBS-Toronto boat show will be on the weekend following Canada Day; and the Minnesota Gull Lake Show organizers sent out their invitation to all their Canadian friends, since they will be featuring Canadian boats this year. Their show is to be held August 26th and 27th. The display of rare and finely restored boats at that show is always worth the trip. At home on the lakes of Muskoka, a humble utility knows its place as a fun family boat without much pretention. But show it off in wider circles and all the hand craftsmanship comes to life.

The boats of Muskoka were never built in production numbers that would rival similar craft in the US. It was only near the end of the general use of wood that plywood replaced planking. As a result, a Port Carling SeaBird or Duke utility stand out like an exotic flower when they attend boat shows outside of Muskoka.  Throw in a long deck launch and you have a show-stopper. There is a good chance that at least one Minett launch will be there along with a Greavette streamliner and a Barnes.

I know there will be a lot of excitement to see older friends with their boats again.

By Tim Du Vernet

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