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by Rob

Our newest listing: a Gentleman’s Racer, 22.5 ft., 1995

January 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

Hacker-Craft Gentleman’s Racer; (rebuilt) 22.5 ft., 1995
  RagTime- This is a 1995 Hack-Craft, that came to us in 2015, and over 18 months, underwent a forensic re-construction. The rotten west-system bottom was replaced with a solid and sealed Breen plank bottom. The entire boat was stripped, re-fastened, and refinished. Deck grout also replaced. New leather upholstery. Additional hardware and details such as the tear-drop engine ventilation scoops were added, to give the boat more sex appeal. Since delivery in 2016, the boat has only been used three times, as the owner had been busy with an expanding family. This is a tremendous value for a turn-key, perfect gentleman’s racer that will stand the test of time with minimal maintenance. Restoration details can be seen at www.breenboats.com

Price :$115,000 CDN. (about $87,400 USD ( on Jan.10, 2012)    For further details and contact information, please click on the link.  (Additional photos below)
Ad number pb892

by Rob

SeaBirD boats; a brief history.

December 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

Pictured is an 18 foot SeaBird, 1941. |(Ad number pb881). Price: $15,000.

Part One
The Port Carling Boat Works, a company which operated from 1925 to 1959, apparently produced more wooden runabouts and launches than any other company in Muskoka, and possibly Canada.
The boats squeezed out of the factory were known generally as SeaBirDs, a moniker created when a Muskoka visitor noticed a test model emerging from a fog, sleek and graceful. “Why, it’s just like a seabird sailing gracefully out of the fog,” he commented. The name stuck thereafter.
Port Carling Boat Works was founded in 1925, following the collapse of the Disappearing Propeller Boat Company in Port Carling. The founders included Billie Johnson Jr., who also later produced watercraft under his own name.

Powered by a four cylinder restored Buchanan engine, this SeaBIrd will plane at 20 knots.

Unlike other builders who produced mainly custom boats, Port Carling Boats built stock models, using a small production line. Purchasers could pick up a SeaBirD at the factory, at a showroom, or through dealers across the Country.
There are three fairly distinct periods in the life of the Port Carling Boat Works:
1925-1939…the expansion of the company
1939-1945…the war years
1945-1959…the C.J. McCulley years

The first production-line SeaBirDs sold for a reasonable $400. They were good quality boats with an inboard engine and reverse gear. From the beginning, SeaBirds were powered with engines from Fred Buchanan, who ran a machine shop in Orillia, Ontario

The first production line could not keep up with the demand. Letters of appreciation from new owners, (including McLaughlin of General Motors) gave encouragement to the owners and employees.

Unfortunately, the factory was completely destroyed by a fire in October, 1931. A larger and greatly improved building was constructed soon afterwards. Production increased to the point where the firm’s accountant noted that the Company had sold more inboard motor launches than any other company in Canada.

By 1935 Port Carling Boat Works had opened a branch at Honey Harbour in Georgian Bay. This offered access to the Great Lakes.

In 1938 the Ditchburn Boat Company folded. Port Cartling Boat Works bought all the hulls that had been partially finished as well as their stock of lumber and supplies. These boats were finished in Port Carling.  One of them, a twin engine, twenty-six foot model, was sold to Ewart McLaughlin of General Motors fame. Unfortunately, this boat burned in a fire in 1960.

By 1939 Port Carling Boat Works had “the finest outlet in the world for boats, with service and parts in sixty-odd countries”, according to the Company’s accountant.
Stay tuned for Part II: The War Years

Note: Information for this article is credited to Douglas Garfield McCulley, author of “SeaBird…Muskoka’s SeaBirds:’

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Billie Johnson triple cockpit launch, 24.’

December 2, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Billie Johnson triple cockpit launch:  24 ft., 1937

This handsome Billie Johnson triple cockpit launch has undergone a recent restoration. The upholstery and chrome are in very good condition. A lattice floor (helpful for ventilation) and inside hull lining have been installed in the boat.
The launch is powered by a 95 horsepower Buchanan Rocket engine. The Johnson is a wonderful family boat with abundant seating.
Originally priced at $37,500, the launch is now listed at $32,000
For further details and contact information, please click on the link . Ad number pb889

by Rob

Drastic price reduction on a Century Raven, 22 ft.

September 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this classic Raven from 25,000 to $9,000 USD. Please see notes from the owner below.

Classic Century Raven: 22 ft, 1958

“This classic Century Raven has had only two owners,  the second having owned the boat for the last thirty-five years. This versatile  Raven is an excellent rough water family boat.  All the original accessories are included. The engine has only 60-80 hours running time.  The sale includes a tandem axle trailer with disc brakes in good condition. (The bottom of the Century needs work).”

Original price:  $25,000  New price: $9,000 USD  or best offer.  WOW!.  For further details and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb820

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by Rob

Eight recently sold boats!

September 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to the sellers and buyers of the eight boats listed below.  We hope that the new owners have many years of pleasure from their  “woody” purchases.

(above)      Peterborough cedar-strip: 13 ft., 1949   Excellent original condition; listed for $3,500  CDN. Sold August 2019  (Ad number pb877)

Seabird Swan: 22 ft., 1955 Excellent condition, listed for $19,000 CDN.   Sold August 2019.  Ad number pb858

Hacker-Craft: 24 ft., 2003.  Excellent condition. Listed at $79,000.    Sold August, 2019  (Ad number pb856)

Custom Mini Racer: Clean boat refurbished. 50 hp. Listed at $9,000.  Sold August 2019  (Ad number pb869)

Giesler “Georgian Bay” 18 ft., 2007.  Listed for $15,750      (Ad number pb834)

Hunter Utility. 22 ft., 1947 Listed for $15,000    Very good condition.   Sold August 2019.  (Ad number pb832)

Grew “Cruiser” 18 ft., 1968. Good condition. Price reduced to $4,000.  Sold July 2019  (Ad number pb721)

Greavette Utillity:  20 ft. 1949.  Solid condition. Price drastically reduced to $10,000.  Sold July, 2019.  (Ad number pb517)

 

 

 

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