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by Rob

ACBS (Toronto Chapter) Muskoka Spring Tour 2016 Part I

May 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

This year’s tour of Muskoka wooden boat restoration/construction shops proved once again that there is a continuing interest and love of “woodies”.  Enjoy the video highlights below.

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Antique and Classic Boat Society (Toronto Chapter) Spring Tour; April 30, 2016

May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

Wonderful weather and the gracious hospitality of Muskoka, Ontario’s boat builders and restorers made for a wonderful day to enjoy wooden “eye candy” of all shapes, sizes and periods. Enjoy the photos below. (Stay tuned for the video)

The first stop on the tour was Peter Breen’s shop, north west of Toronto. Peter’s notes on the first three photos are below.

The first boat is a 1917 Gilbert Launch ready for a rebuilt Sterling Motor installation.  Second is “The Aprenticeship”...my son’s boat that he built in his spare time over the past 4 years . This boat is now ready for lake testing . The third photo is a 1890 Dan Kidney launch with her original hull, rebuilt interior, rebuilt and ready for decks  (with a new Peter Breen 32′ Limousine Displacement Launch ready for lake testing. )

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The four photos below were taken at Tom Adam’s shop in Port Carling. Tom and his staff have been working on “Rita”, a 50 foot, 1914 Minett Cruiser, for some twenty months. She is scheduled to be in the water this summer. The hull planking has been replaced and “buttoned down”.



A beautiful antique long deck launch awaits further coats of varnish.


The two photos below represent work ongoing at Duke Boat Works in Port Carling and those woodies in storage eager to hit the waves for some summer fun.

Curtis Hillman’s shop in Milford Bay is temporary home to one of the most beautifully designed Shepherd boats ever to see the light of day. There is scarcely a straight board anywhere on this boat.

This Gentleman’s Racer (below) is in for some cosmetic work.
The boat below is a “kit boat, purchased in the 1950s apparently from a department stored, and assembled in the original owner’s living room. It’s almost ready to go back to its current owner!
Stay tuned…more photos and video of the Spring Tour to come…

by Rob

Monday May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014 in Blog

Boats Boats Boats! Satisfy your wooden boat cravings by tuning in to ACBS Toronto chapter Spring Tour in Muskoka. (The third of three parts). Enjoy a visit to the shops of Duke Boats, Tom Adams, Blackbird Boats and Harwood Water Craft.

by Rob

Wednesday April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

We have lots of beautiful wooden boats to share with you over the next few days, both still photos and videos. The ACBS Toronto Chapter Spring Tour (April 26th), was a great success, with numerous boat shops represented.
We’ll begin with two elegant “hunks of wood” in Peter Breen’s southern Ontario facility. As usual, Peter’s work is first class. The vessels represented here are a Greavette Flash and A Breen racer…”Cash Call”. (Many thanks to our anonymous super sleuth for catching the action during the Spring Tour.)

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