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by Rob

Sunday July 19, 2015

July 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Cloud 9 is a Lloyd Hull launch, 24 ft, circa 1940

More images from the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) International boat show.
Even though it’s a very recent memory now, the photos below, taken by our secret sleuth, provide a partial recreation of this outstanding event.. ¬†(Stay tuned. More to come)

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Sea Fleas are wonderful boats for the beginning builder….relatively inexpensive with a simple design.

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Sewing machine? Steam engine? Volkswagen motor? No, it’s a Dispro motor!

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This magnificent 1937 Cord is an exclusive Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance automobile.

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Talk about eye catching….

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Luxuryin the 1930’s! Not everyone suffered during the Great Depression!

by Rob

Wednesday July 14, 2015

July 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

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The scope of the Gravenhurst show is huge.

ACBS International Boat Show in Gravenhurst a huge success
This past Saturday’s show, one of the largest in North America, featured some 166 boats in the water and 22 in land displays. Assisted by balmy weather and an enthusiast crowd, the Show was a knockout, much appreciated especially by the owners of Disappearing Propeller Boats, who saw their vessels celebrating the 100th anniversary of their birth. Enjoy a taste of the photographic highlights below.

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DIppies here, Dippies there, Dippies, Dippies everywhere!

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Check out our boat listings for Dippies for sale

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“Fibre-glassics are a relatively new addition to the vintage boating world, This is a particular beauty.

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This twin engine Merc racer is a frequent visitor to the show.

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Her’s is a beautifully restored, 22 ft, 1949 Chris-Craft

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CrackerJack is also a Chris-Craft of similar length and vintage (1947)


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“Classmate”…a 1973, 23 ft. Chris-Craft

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A beautifully restored 1964 gGeavette Sunflash

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“T-Rex” is a perfect name for this “monster” 1948, 22 ft. Shepherd

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Stunning triple cockpit runabout with upholstery fit for royalty!

by Rob

Sunday June 7, 2015

June 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Year of the Dippy
If you haven’t already heard, 2015 has been declared “the Year Of The Dippy”. The Toronto Chapter, Antique and Classic Boat Society, is honouring the 100th anniversary of this unique water-craft. Dispros will be the featured boat at the International Gravenhurst, Ontario show this coming July 11th.


Ian Dickson (left) explains Dippy features to the media gang

In anticipation of the Show, ACBS held a Dippy media event recently at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre in Gravenhurst Ontario. (see photos). Invitees were reminded that the Dippy was created and patented by Billy Johnson and Edwin Rogers in 1915 in Port Sandfield/Port Carling.
The unique feature of the boat, of course, was its skeg protected, fully retracting propeller, which could be recessed manually into the hull of the boat. This was a wonderful feature for Muskoka’s rock laden waterways. The relatively light weight motor (and boat) made the D.P. a kind of sophisticated, spacious, powered canoe.

The Dippy’s simple steering system connects the external rudder by ropes to a small side wheel.

Over the years, in different locales and under different ownership, some 3100 of these iconic boats were built; generally, from 16.5 to 18.5 feet in length. Usually constructed of cypress or BC cedar, the Dispros’ one or two cylinder engines would propel them at a speed of five to seven miles per hour.

This single cylinder, Waterford copper jacket engine will propel a D.P at approximately 5 mph.

Today about 300 Disappearing Propeller Boats survive, much appreciated by their protective owners, who periodically set out with a Dippy armada on “misery tours” throughout Ontario’s numerous¬†lakes.


Some Dispros feature a sturdy “pop up” bow light

More than twenty Dispros are expected at the Gravenhurst show in July. Along with the Dippies, visitors to the show can expect to see a wide variety of other wooden water-craft, a Sea Flea exhibit, a vendor’s row, as well as antique and classic cars from the Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance.
For wooden boat enthusiasts, the Field Of Dreams will again offer numerous boats and boat parts for sale.

A dippy will carry five or six passengersin relative comfort.

If you needed an excuse to drive to Muskoka for a glorious weekend, the ACBS Boat Show provides the perfect rationale. See you there!

by Rob

Friday June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Gravenhurst Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show Comingand 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.
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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.

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