A late January visit to Stan Hunter, Boat Builder, on Milford Bay, Lake Muskoka, uncovered some tantalizing restoration projects.
A 1930’s Swiss sailboat, a W.J. Johnson runabout and of course, Stan’s fleet of Duke Playmates for hire are receiving some tender loving care from this master boat builder. See what’s cooking at Stan’s in the video below.
How James Osler and his staff managed to squeeze a mammoth 34 foot Minett launch into his shop, never mind flip it, remains somewhat of a mystery! However, they succeeded, and have been “operating” on the boat since then. The current power plant, a 6 cylinder Scripps engine, has been removed for refurbishment. Also on the “chopping block” is a major restoration of a 17 ft. 1950s Chris-Craft. Enjoy the video below.
This video (Part III) completes the series on the Antique and Classic Boat Society”s (Toronto Chapter) Spring Tour of Muskoka boat shops. This segment focuses on projects underway at Duke Boats, as well as Tom Adams and James Osler’s facilities. All three shops are located in the Port Carling, Ontario area. Enjoy!
ACBS Wooden Boat shop tour, Muskoka, Ontario (Part II).
Enjoy the cascade of classic/antique wooden boats under restoration (as well as new builds) at this April 25th, 2015 event. You can almost smell the drying varnish! Minetts, Greavettes, Dukes and even Sea Fleas strut their stuff.