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by Rob

The ACBS Gravenhurst Boat Show rocks again!

July 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Mother Nature cooperated again this year for the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) International vintage boat show, held in Gravenhurst Ontario, this past Saturday.
Although temperatures bordered on scorching at 33 degrees Celsius, a steady breeze from Lake Muskoka provided enough relief to keep visitors engaged with the Show. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the video(s) to come!

Sunny skies helped to draw several thousand visitors to the show rhis year.

“Traveller” well over 100 years in age, was the poster boat for this year’s show.

Historic vessels of 100 years or older were the featured boats of 2019.

This monster Shepherd graced the docks in Gravenhurst.

“Crusoe”, a hard top sedan.

A beautifully restored long deck launch.

A beautifully refurbished Duke ulitility.

Love that blue upholstery!

Escaping the sun in the back of this classic Shepherd.

An engine with a fibreglassic boat attached!

Monster engine!

This classic Shepherd is for sale at $35,000.

Very functional wraparound seating in this stunning Hacker.

A rare “mini” Greavette at only 15 ft. in length.

Army boat from the Second World War. The marine manufacturers were engaged to produce military vessels.

Lightweight, versatile cedar-strip boats are permanent fixtures at many events, and are still produced today.

Port Carling Boats maintains a booth at the annual Gravenhurst show to market our clients’ vintage boats.

This vintage lapstrake boat was listed at $13,500 in the Field of Dreams.

More Field of Dreams treasures.

The Peterborough cedarstrip oat in the middle, complete with a 30 hp Evinrude and trailer, was offered at $2,900.

The Maple Leaf outboard motor club had an excellent display this year, seen in part above.

The field of Dreams again

Beautiful Chrysler convertible

The unique French Citroen with hydraulic? suspension.


More to come. Stay tuned!

by Rob

Final video of Muskoka Lakes Association Antique Boat Show

August 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

What more can we say?  Dozens of classic and antique “dream boats” line the docks in Port Carling, Muskoka, Ontario, in the MLA’s tribute to the glory days of wooden boating, August 11, 2018. Enjoy the video below. (Part 2)

by Rob

International boat show a smashing success!

July 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

The three docks at the ACBS show were packed with visitors

Scores of vintage wooden and fibre-glassic boats (as well as vintage autos) lined the shores of Muskoka Bay in Gravenhurst, Ontario, this past Saturday July 7, 2018. The balmy weather brought thousands of visitors to the displays. Hosted by the Toronto Chapter, Antique and Classic Boat Society, this event is liable to go down in history as one of the best attended and most interesting shows on record. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the video to follow.

The Dippy” club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year

Believe it or not, it’s a paddle boat!

And now…for something completely different!

Boat show attendees signed up for a free ride on the magnificent woody “Rum Runner”.

Vessels available for sale at the Field of Dreams this year seemed to be of a higher quality.

A true “fibre-glassic”

Balmy weather and a light breeze made it a pleasure to walk the docks.

This looks suspiciously like a Duke Playmate.

A true original!

The perfect boat for “Gold Finger”!

The land displays included several “sea-flea” type watercraft.

A stunning twin engine fibre-glassic: every teenager’s dream in the 1950s-60s.

More “Field of Dreams” boats.

This Shepherd was available for less than $20,000

A beautifully restored Playmate.

by Rob

The ACBS (Toronto Chapter) International vintage Boat and Auto Show: July, 2017.

July 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

This year’s annual Antique and Classic Boat Society’s International Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario, was blessed with a beautiful, breezy sunny day.  Ironically, a thunderstorm the night before knocked out the power to some boat house doors, a repeat of last year’s performance! Nevertheless, there was a multitude of beautiful vintage water-craft and Cours d’Elegance automobiles to delight the attendees. The event was free for visitors this year, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

The in-water boat displays were enhanced by opportunities for visitors to ride in a “woody”,  experience the field of dreams, observe the children’s paddle making, and visit onshore displays and a vendors’ row. Port Carling Boats was there to highlight our clients’ boats for sale.
Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

Get set for the huge vintage boat/auto show in Gravenhurst, July 8.

July 3, 2017 in Blog

The Toronto Chapter,  ACBS,  is once again hosting one of the largest international antique and classic boat shows in North America.  Over 100 vintage vessels will on display at the wharves in Gravenhurst Ontario (about a 2.5 hour drive north of Toronto).  And that is only the beginning.  The show will include Concours D’Elegance vintage autos, children’s activities, a flea market,  “field of dreams” and over fifty vendors.  (Port Carling Boats will be one of them.  Be sure to stop by and say “hello”. )
There are also a number of pre and post show day activities, beginning on July 4th and ending the day after the show.
Best of all, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday bash,  admission to the show is FREE.  

For further details, visit https://www.acbs.ca/index.php

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