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by Rob

A visit to Curt Hillman’s boat shop, Spring 2020

May 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

“This too shall pass.” We look forward to the days ahead when we can stop worrying about our health and return to some form of normalcy.  In the meantime, re-activate your vintage boating adrenaline by checking in on Curtis Hillman’s latest projects.

Additional notes from the owner of the Greavette pictured above and in the video:
“The boat is a Greavette triple cockpit Roamer. It is a Dart designed boat (with a few minor changes) built on license by Greavette in 1934. The Dart Boat Co. began production during the mid 1920’s in Toledo, Ohio and went out of business in 1931, due to the Great Depression. About 10 years ago, Dart Boat began production again in Toledo, not far from the original sight. Also, the 4 cylinder Buchanan engine is not the original. It is a 1956.”
WARNING:: A number of fraud attempts have recently been made on Port Carling Boats clients. If you receive a full offer to purchase your boat, sight unseen, especially if additional funds are forwarded to cover transportation costs, a scammer is attempting to defraud you. Some of these attempts include the Port Carling Boats name in subject headings. Beware of fractured English and the name Anthony in these emails.

by Rob

Our newest listing: a charming Dispro: 18 ft., 1920s.

May 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

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Notes from the owner below

This is a 1920s Dippy with 1916 Waterman K2 5 hp twin cylinder engine
Manufactured in Tonawanda, New York
Details as follows:
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New tires including spare
Keel well supported with 13 rollers
Two launching walk boards with cleats
Winch and strap in Dippy for pulling on rather than stressing stem
Two boat guides are at rear of the trailer
Bearing Buddies
Spring leafs removed for softer ride –  added shock absorbers
——-Boat——
New stern post, all new white oak ribs, 2 new garbord planks, all seats are new., new engine box all with good cypress.
Original (impossible to find) running light with both lenses
Correct rear light and correct Wilcox Critden Muffler
Engine rebuilt with new rings and wrist pins. Much scraping of main bearings for good crankcase compression.
4 auto greasers ( not original)
Correct 4 blade prop,new universal, including a spare. Also includes expensive wire starting drum, spring, ratchet and cast bridge.
2 6 volt batteries with built in charger and selector switch
Fire extinguisher and bilge pump with switch
Two new spoon billed oars with oar locks made in Maine.
Correct device for 2 cylinder twin (drum brake)
Custom water temp indicator and water flow sight gauge
3 coats of Epiphanes varnish inside and out.
Custom canvas boat cover with great hold down ropes

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Price: $15,000  CAD. (about $10,400 USD at the current exchange rate,  as of May 4, 2020)

For further details, photo and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb899

Check out the video below to see the Dispro in action!

by Rob

Another sold boat and new prices on three other classics.

March 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to the seller and buyer of this 27 foot, 1998 Hacker Gentleman’s Racer (above). The boat has been completely restored. Power comes from a 496 HP Crusader engine. The asking price on the Hacker was $128,000.
New prices on three classics; (below)

“Wasan” (above) a beautiful, iconic 27 foot Ditchburn, built in 1927, was completely refurbished in 2017, including a new bottom. Originally priced at $295,000, the asking price is now $275,000. Please click on the link for additional photos and details.  Ad number pb854

Fibreglass Century “Ski-Fury: 16 ft. 1974

This boat (above) has had a new interior installed which is not original. The Boat presents well and is a true Muskoka Lakes classic. The engine is a Dodge 340 and is fresh with approximately 30 hours on it. There is a full cockpit cover and brand new custom designed trailer. The boat is an inboard and in good overall condition. A few nicks and scratches and all around cool looking boat.
There is a windscreen but a piece needs repair and or replacement.
Viewing available after April 15th for interested parties.

Note: Some photos are of the old trailer and a couple are of the new custom made trailer.

Original price: $8,000.  New price: (March, 2020)  $6,00.  For further details, please click on the link. Ad number pb851   

Esco cabin cruiser; 35 ft., 1949

Please see notes from the owner below.
Boat Description
“Pudgie (photo above) was built in Essex, Ontario, by James Whitson and his crew at the Esco Boat Co. I am the third owner of this well cared for boat. She turns heads every where we go. She is a custom boat, with her own Good looks. Something different!! Many interesting details in her construction. Simple and roomy, down below. This boat has seen many ACBS shows in the area and gets used regularly. I have owned and enjoyed “Pudgie” for 12 yrs, including a 2 week Honeymoon, among the Erie Islands of western Lake Erie, 2015.
The Chrysler Marine 383, engine was installed new in 1963. The heads were done in 2003, new exhaust manifolds, Petronix ignition, 2015. The engine has had meticulous care. She purrs like a kitten. The windshield was completely rebuilt and the bottom re-caulked ( with cotton, the old fashion way) and re-fastened in 2014-15. New toilet and flooring in the head, 2019.”

Original Price:  $34,000 CDN.
New Price: (March 2020) $29,999(about $22,500 USD at current exchange rates.)  For further details, please click on the link. Ad number pb885

View a brief video of Pudgie below,

by Rob

Two sold boats and a plea for help.

February 24, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Congratulations to the sellers and buyers of the two “woodies” above and below: a classic Greavette sedan and a Stan Hunter built reproduction Billy Johnson runabout. We hope that the new owners will enjoy years of great boating with their new acquisitions.
The 24 ft, 1949  Greavette Sheerliner, pictured above and below, was completedly restored with a 5200 bottom and a new 350 hp V8 engine. The Greavette was listed at $99,000

Stan Hunter, builder of the 16 foot, 2007 Billy Johnson designed runabout pictured below,  hand-crafted the runabout with a cedar hull and white oak frames. The “Gerry .D” is powered by a quiet 40 hp four stroke Yamaha engine. The boat was listed at $20,000.  (Photo below)

A plea for help from the individual who tried to contact the owner of the Whitehall skiff pictured below. Somehow your email inquiry disappeared into cyberspace.  Please contact the owner again. The link to his website is here.  Ad number pb865

by Rob

Chris-Craft boats, a history. (Part I)

February 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

Ernest Hemingway in an earlier duck boat. Note the duck decoys in the bow.

The Chris Craft dynasty really began in 1876 when Christopher Columbus Smith began helping his older brother Henry build duck boats and fishing skiffs for hunters and fishermen, and later for use as rentals in their boat livery at Algonac, Michigan. Time passed. In 1884, Chris  married Anna Rattray and went on to raise four sons and two daughters. When old enough, Chris employed the children in his workshop, helping to build rowing, sailing and small motor driven boats.

By 1906, Chris was building 26 foot boats that would reach speeds of eighteen miles per hour, fast for the time period.

In 1910, a wealthy theatre owner,  John Ryan,  engaged Chris to build a boat that would reach thirty miles per hour. Pleased with his new purchase,  Ryan soon offered to become Chris’ business partner, providing funds for the venture. Smith began building single-step hydroplanes, which promised speeds of up to fifty miles per hour. The $20,000 price tag for such a boat was an astronomical price in the early 20th century.

Boats built by Smith and his sons  won a number of races and the company’s fame grew accordingly.

After Ryan’s fortunes dwindled, Chris connected with a group of Detroit businessmen. They created the Miss Detroit Powerboat Association with the object of building a hyroplane that might win the 1915 Detroit Cup.
Their 25.5 foot Miss Detroit, with thrust from a 250 hp Sterling engine, bested the competition to become the Gold Cup Champion.

Following that episode, after which the Smiths were left with unpaid bills, Garfield Wood appeared on the scene. Already a factory owner, he inspected, then purchased Miss Detroit. Both Chris Smith and Gar Wood were creative achievers who loved fast boats. They both wanted to be the best in the world. W”Well’-heeled” Wood eventually bought the assets of the Smiths, relieving them of debt while allowing them to continue producing boats.

Miss Detroit II (and next year III)  designed by “Nap” Lisee,  was completed in time to enter the 1917 Gold Cup race, which she won with a record speed of fifty-six miles per hour. Success continued in the 1918 and 1919 Gold Cup races when they replaced the Sterling engine with a Curtis aircraft power-plant then a Packard built Liberty aircraft engine.


Note: Information for this article is condensed and  adapted from the book Chris-Craft Boats,  by Anthony Mollica Jr and Jack Savage. The book is available through MBI Publishing Company, Galtier Plaza, Suite 200, 380 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55101-3885 USA
Stay tuned for Part II!

 

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