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by Rob

Video of the ACBS (Toronto) international boat show in Gravenhurst, Ontario

July 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

The 2018 Antique and Classic Boat Society (Toronto Chapter) boat show in Gravenhurst Ontario on July 7, 2018, featured huge crowds,scores of gleaming, varnished decks, vintage autos and wonderful weather. Enjoy the video below. (Part One).

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

A rare centre-steer Duke project boat available

June 8, 2018 in Uncategorized


Duke Playmate centre-steer lapstrake runabout: 18 ft, 1936

Notes from the owner below:

1936 Duke Playmate 18ft Long Beam 5ft
Original Buchanan Midget 4 Cyl included.
Very complete but missing rudder, driveshaft and fuel tank
Never been restored. Stored for decades indoors. Excellent bottom
Was a project that never got finished.
Includes trailer. (No ownership documentation)

Price  $4750.00  For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.  Ad number pb817     Addiitional photos below.

by Rob

Dramatic price reductions on four wooden beauties:

April 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on three vintage Muskoka-built wooden boats. The description and new prices are listed below.

Port Carling SeaBirD:, 21 ft, 1941
This beautiful twin cockpit SeaBird was completely restored – wood, motor and chrome – in 2010 by Curtis Hillman, a renowned Muskoka craftsman. The boat is in excellent condition.
Original Price: $37,000
New Price:  (April, 2018)  $25,000    WOW!    For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb612

Duke Playmate: 19 ft., 1930
This charming but very functional Playmate was refinished in 2009 by Stan Hunter. It features side steering, and custom cushions. The Playmate is in excellent condition.
Original Price:
$30,000.
New Price: (April, 2018)   $20,000.    For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb611


Duke Playmate: 17 ft, 1938
This charming Duke has been stored indoors year round. (The photos attest to the excellent condition of the finish). The “Playmate” was restored in the 1990’s. The sale includes custom cushions made a few years ago and custom paddles.
Own a piece of Muskoka history!
Original Price: $30,000
New Price: (April, 2018)  $20,000. For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb610

Shepherd Utility: 22 ft, 1953  (above)
Notes from the owner:
This beautiful 1953 Shepherd 22’ utility runabout African mahogany boat has won many boat show awards. She is powered with original 150 HP Gray Marine engine, Paragon hydrostatic transmission, and new 12 volt Dura test 84 mo. 1000 CCA battery. Boat was restored by Woodwind Yachts, Nestleton, Ontario, Canada, making this Shepherd a special eye-catcher in any boating event. Attention during restoration was made to original details.
Original Price: $120,000. New price. April 2018: $30,000
For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb708

by Rob

New price on Crackerbox Racer plus update at Breen Boats

March 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to adjust the price of this Cracker Box Gentleman’s Racer from $9,900 to $8,900

This mid 1930s Cracker Box Gentleman’s Racer offers a strong running 60 hp. V8 Ford flathead engine with period correct speed equipment, including California, mag-finned aluminum heads, etc. Included in the sale is a single axle trailer.  For contact information and further details,,  please click on the link. Ad number pb792
(Additional photos below)

What’s happening at Breen Boats this winter?

Well, for one thing, this rare Gentleman’s Racer Thunder, is in at Breen boat shop for a fresh coat of varnish after 17 years and lots of use;!

Stay tuned for more pictures and info to follow later this week!