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by Rob

A visit to Dispro heaven!

November 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

Luckily, both the Dicksons are Dispro enthusiasts!

Imagine owning not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE Disappearing Propeller Boats! Welcome to the world of Ian and Barb Dickson, Muskoka cottagers and enthusiasts,  who kindly opened their Muskoka based collection to Port Carling Boats.
The Dicksons have been involved with Dippies for over fifteen years. As you can see from Ian’s meticulous workshop, he really knows what he’s doing with these craft. They are all beautifully preserved. Ian does the engine work himself. Not only that, he is very generous with his time and expertise when consulted by other owners.

The beautiful deck stripping and collapsible brass bow light are features of many Dispros..

A two cylinder Conventry VIctor engine gets a make-over.

The engine box assembly on this Waterman copper jacket can be removed with one fell swoop!

For the uninitiated, Disappearing Propeller Boats, (aka Dispros or Dippies) surfaced about a century ago,  in Muskoka, Ontario. The beauty of these boats is in their simplicity, light weight and the distinctive disappearing propeller mechanism, which when required, will vanish into the housing just above the hull bottom. Very handy for shoals, weeds and beach landings.

A 1920s Dispro with “gull wing” engine hatch covers.

Note Ian’s beautifully organized shop, not to mention the charming Dippy in the foreground.

When asked about his engine preference, I was expecting Ian to nod in the direction of the “newer”, two cylinder Coventry Victor engines, featuring greater thrust with a more modern design.  Surprisingly, Ian expressed a preference for the earlier single cylinder models, such as the Waterman copper jacket, or Dispro engine. These simple engines, he noted, can often be repaired on the fly. Having said that, Ian also commented that if the magnetos on the Coventry Victors are in good shape, these engines will usually provide reliable propulsion.
As we have mentioned in previous blogs, Dispro owners, (like blondes?) have more fun. Off they go in convoys to some of the most unlikely and hair-raising waterways. Luckily, these “pregnant canoes” are seaworthy, and will even handle big swells on Georgian Bay. (Not for the faint hearted, however).
For anyone interested in further information about Disappearing Propeller Boats, The Dispro Owners’ Association is a good place to start. The Association produces a quarterly newsletter, and provides companionship and knowledge for  new-comers. The group can be reached at disproboats.ca
(Stay tuned for the video.)

 

by Rob

The Niagara Frontier Classic Boat and Car Show is coming this weekend!

September 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

It’s not too late! Set sail this weekend for this great New York State show. It’s one of the larger boating events in the USA and one of the best. Lots of wooden eye candy, both marine and auto in a beautiful setting on the Niagara River..

by Rob

New listing: a triple cockpit SeaBird; 18′, 1941

August 28, 2019 in Uncategorized


     Port Carling Boatworks SeaBird: 18 ft. 1941

Notes from the owner below:
This triple cockpit SeaBird has been under present ownership for thirty years. When purchased,  several hull planks were replaced, along with other refurbishments,  including an engine rebuild. The upholstery was also replaced and the hardware re-chromed. In 2015, the engine underwent a major tune-up at Parry Automotive.  The decking and sides of the SeaBird have been  re-varnished within the last two years.

 

Price: $15,000.  CDN.  For further details and contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb881

More photos below.

by Rob

The Clayton, New York vintage boat show is fast approaching

July 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

Argggghhhh  then maties!   It’s time once again to cast off anchors and set sail for the annual Clayton Classic Boat Show, in Clayton. Thousand Islands,  New York
This show is one of the largest classic boating events in the USA, The event is housed at the Antique Boat Museum, a wonderful museum featuring some of the finest wooden watercraft in the world.
As well as magnificent woodies on display on land and in the water,  the Show offers an auction of antique and classic boats and vendors’ display with many marine related items for sale
This year, two iconic race boats are highlighted:;Baby Gars Snail and Cicada.  So press-gang the crew, and cast off for Clayton!

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by Rob

Video highlights of the ACBS (Toronto) boat show: July, 2019

July 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

There was much to see and do at this year’s ACBs (Toronto Chapter) Vintage Boat Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario this year. It’s not every day that we can oogle this visual “eye candy” that appears at Steamship Bay in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Enjoy the video. (Click on the photo to engage the video)

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