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!
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.
Once again, Gravenhurst in Muskoka, Ontario will host the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) International Vintage Boat Show.
The show offers fun for the whole family, and admission is FREE. Port Carling Boats will be there, along with many other vendors. The Show features a Field of Dreams for potential purchasers, vintage autos,, activities for children, and in-water boat rides for patient visitors. This event is one of the largest of its kind in North America, and well worth the experience. See you there!
We have been instructed by the owners to adjust the price on the four vintage boats pictured below. All of the boats have been been refurbished and appear to offer excellent value.
Seabird runabout: 21 ft., 1941 This beautiful Seabird was completely restored by Curtis Hillman in 2010…wood, motor and chrome. Original price: $37,000. New price, May, 2019: $15,000 WOW. For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb612
Duke Playmate: 19 ft., 1930 ( photo above)
Excellent condition. Rebuilt by Stan Hunter in 2009. Side steering wheel. Custom cushions. Kermath engine. Original price: $30,000. New price: $15,000 For full details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb611
Duke Playmate: 17 ft., 1938 (photo above)
The Playmate is in excellent condition. (Restored in the 1990s) Buchanan Midget engine. Complete with custom cushions and paddles. Original price: $30,000. New price: $15,000 For full details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb610
Chris-Craft Constellation: 28 ft., 1962 (Photo above)
Beautifully refurbished.. Excellent condition. No rot. Twin GM 185 hp engines in excellent condition. (25 knots). Original price: $23,500. New price: (May 2019) $12,900
For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb782
This beautiful, rare Ditchburn was featured in the book “Grace and Speed”. “Wasan” underwent a complete refurbishment at Dukes in 2017, including a new bottom and 90% new ribs.. A new, (never before used) 1944 Chrysler Crown engine was also installed in the boat.
The sale includes all safety equipment.
“Wasan” is in better-than-new condition. She is currently located at Lake Rosseau.
This boat is a Muskoka icon and of particular interest to collectors.
(Mote photos to follow in May, 2019)
Price: $295,000 For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb854
We have been advised by the owner to adjust the price on this stunning Johnson long deck launch. Original price: $45,000 USD. New price (Jan, 2019) $35,000 USD. Please see the full description,, additional photos, a brief video and contact link below.
W.J. Johnson long deck launch: 20 ft, 1930 Billy Johnson , of Disappearing propeller boat fame, started to build boats again in 1929/30 in Port Carling after his Disappearing Propeller Boat Company went bankrupt in 1924.
His new company , incorporated in 1930 or 1931 , was named Port Carling Boat Works and began building the famous lines of “Seabird” boats until the 1960’s.
This boat offered for sale pre-dates the Seabirds and is one of very few built under the Billy Johnson name. A very rare and historic Canadian boat, completely professionally restored by Clarion Boats in 2009/10.
This long deck launch offers a double cockpit configuration and a semi displacement hull. The weight of the boat is about 2400 pounds.
The hull is cedar plank construction on steam bent white oak frames. The deck is single plank mahogany over sawn mahogany beams.
All electrical systems were completely rewired during an extensive restoration in 2009/2010. The system was upgraded to 12 volts.
During the restoration, all the oak ribs were replaced, and a new aluminum stem, transom and oak keel were installed. The Johnson features all new bottom planking. The boat was completely re-decked, both frames and planking. All the mechanical systems were refurbished The launch is currently in excellent condition. The replacement cost of the Johnson is estimated at $95,000 CAD.
The launch comes complete with a low hours single axle trailer with folding tongue, surge brakes, guide bars, fenders and seps. Also included in the sale are four life jackets, bilge pump and anchor.
Original Price: $45,000 USD. New Price:, $35,000 USD (Jan. 2019) For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb798