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by Rob

A visit to Dispro heaven!

November 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

Luckily, both the Dicksons are Dispro enthusiasts!

Imagine owning not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE Disappearing Propeller Boats! Welcome to the world of Ian and Barb Dickson, Muskoka cottagers and enthusiasts,  who kindly opened their Muskoka based collection to Port Carling Boats.
The Dicksons have been involved with Dippies for over fifteen years. As you can see from Ian’s meticulous workshop, he really knows what he’s doing with these craft. They are all beautifully preserved. Ian does the engine work himself. Not only that, he is very generous with his time and expertise when consulted by other owners.

The beautiful deck stripping and collapsible brass bow light are features of many Dispros..

A two cylinder Conventry VIctor engine gets a make-over.

The engine box assembly on this Waterman copper jacket can be removed with one fell swoop!

For the uninitiated, Disappearing Propeller Boats, (aka Dispros or Dippies) surfaced about a century ago,  in Muskoka, Ontario. The beauty of these boats is in their simplicity, light weight and the distinctive disappearing propeller mechanism, which when required, will vanish into the housing just above the hull bottom. Very handy for shoals, weeds and beach landings.

A 1920s Dispro with “gull wing” engine hatch covers.

Note Ian’s beautifully organized shop, not to mention the charming Dippy in the foreground.

When asked about his engine preference, I was expecting Ian to nod in the direction of the “newer”, two cylinder Coventry Victor engines, featuring greater thrust with a more modern design.  Surprisingly, Ian expressed a preference for the earlier single cylinder models, such as the Waterman copper jacket, or Dispro engine. These simple engines, he noted, can often be repaired on the fly. Having said that, Ian also commented that if the magnetos on the Coventry Victors are in good shape, these engines will usually provide reliable propulsion.
As we have mentioned in previous blogs, Dispro owners, (like blondes?) have more fun. Off they go in convoys to some of the most unlikely and hair-raising waterways. Luckily, these “pregnant canoes” are seaworthy, and will even handle big swells on Georgian Bay. (Not for the faint hearted, however).
For anyone interested in further information about Disappearing Propeller Boats, The Dispro Owners’ Association is a good place to start. The Association produces a quarterly newsletter, and provides companionship and knowledge for  new-comers. The group can be reached at disproboats.ca
(Stay tuned for the video.)

 

by Rob

Two recently sold classics on Port Carling Boats!

November 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to the vendors and new owners of the two classics listed below.  The  sixteen foot,1959 Century Resorter above, powered by a 135 hp Gray Marine engine, was originally listed at  $9,995.and required some work.   The 1958 fourteen foot Peterborough Capella, below, powered by a 20 hp. Honda outboard,  had been completed refastened and refinished. The package included a trailer. It sold for the full asking price of $10,000.

 

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Greavette Sunflash; 18.5 ‘, 1963

November 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

Greavette Sunflash; 18.5 ft., 1963

Notes from the owner below:
“Original inboard motor and all original parts.  Will require extensive body and mechanical work, but it was recently put in the water and floated and the engine appears okay. All other parts may need replacement. The sale includes an older trailer.”

Price: $5,000            For additional photos,  details and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb888
Photos below.

by Rob

Dramatic price reduction on classic Chris-Craft cruiser!

October 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to adjust the price on this handsome Chris -Craft cabin cruiser from $19,900 to $15,000. (This is a lot of boat for that price! |Please see the owner’s notes below.)

Chris-Craft sedan Flybridge cabin cruiser: 27 ft., 1955

“This classic Chis-Craft cabin cruiser is in good condition, as are the refurbished twin 6 cylinder 105 hp. engines.
With a displacement of 5000 lbs, the Chris-Craft is very trailerable. The sale includes forward and aft bilge pumps, a Lowrance, LGC 3000 GPS system, VHF radio, two thirty gallon fuel tanks, a fifteen gallon fresh water tank, 2 batteries with automatic charger, twelve life jackets, a life ring, two certified fire extinguishers, a newer shore cable, anchor, multiple lies and fenders, a porta-potty and a swim ladder. (Wiring is twelve volt.)
For the last four years, the cruiser has not been used for more than four to six hours annually.
The owner will assist with transportation costs.”

Original price: $19,900 New price, (Oct. 2019) $15,000 USD  (negotiable)  WOW!   For further details and contact information, please click on the link.    Ad number pb864
Additional photos below.

by Rob

Three recently sold classics!

October 25, 2019 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to the vendors and buyers of the three vintage boats listed below. May the new owners enjoy many years of trouble-free boating!

The 1950 twenty foot Duke Special  below, was listed at $10,000 (after a huge price reduction). The lucky buyer of this classic likely purchased “the bargain of the century”!

With an asking price of $11,500, this 17 foot Shepherd (below) was sold in September, complete with trailer.

Finally, the Greavette Disappearing Propeller Boat, (18 ft., 1952 also complete with trailer, sold for close to the asking prices of $6,000
(very reasonably priced for a Dispro)

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