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by Rob

Remember the Mystic Boat Show in your vacation plans!

March 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

Why not mosey down to Mystic Seaport, Connecticut,  this coming June, for their annual boating event.  This classic wooden boat show is one of the largest on the east coast of the USA,, if not THE largest.

The 28th Annual Wooden Boat Show will be at Mystic Seaport Museum, June 28-30, 2019

Thanks to all for making the 27th Annual WoodenBoat Show such a success! This year we were fortunate to have a record number of beautiful wooden boats displayed at the show. Several boats were sold, awards were presented, boats were built, and memories were created. Such a fun weekend! Please mark your calendar for the 28th Annual WoodenBoat Show, June 28-30, 2019 with more in-water and on-land boat exhibits, reader-built boats, expert skills demonstrations, marine vendors, families building their very own boats, and so much more. We can’t wait to see you in Mystic, June 28-30!
Check out the Show’s website through this link. https://thewoodenboatshow.com/

Enjoy photos of past shows below.

by Rob

… Lots of projects on the go at Stan Hunter’s boat shop.

February 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

A late January visit to Stan Hunter, Boat Builder, on Milford Bay, Lake Muskoka, uncovered some tantalizing restoration projects.
A 1930’s Swiss sailboat, a W.J. Johnson runabout and of course, Stan’s fleet of Duke Playmates for hire are receiving some tender loving care from this master boat builder. See what’s cooking at Stan’s in the video below.

by Rob

Paul Brackley and staff perform major surgery on a monster Minett-Shields: Wimur II

February 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

Congratulations are in order for Paul and his staff members at Brackley Boats in Muskioka Ontario, all currently engaged in a “surgical renewal” of Wimur II, an enormous vintage Minett-Shields launch. Also on taop is a 22 foot Shepherd. Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

What’s new at Butson and Brackley Boats.

January 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

Duke Playmates are no longer just the “everyman” boat.Both the staff at Butson Boats in Bracebridge and Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst have exciting projects on the go. Of particular interest at Butson’s is a Grew Day cruiser, nearing completion after a top-to-bottom restoration. Meanwhile, Paul Brackley and his “cohorts” are tackling a mammoth Minett-Shields. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the video!.
Butson Boats photos

Grew Day Cruiser nearing completion.

This really was a top to bottom restoration.

The beautfiul sleek lines on this Grew really add to its character.

 

 

 

A fresh coat of varnish on a cureved deck works wonders.

The “lowly” Duke Paymate is becoming far less lowly as time passes.

Gypsy II is an orginal Butson Gentleman’s racer back for a refresh.

Bottom’s up.

This runabout should be shortly ready to go!

A Minett-Shields and Shepherd receive some T.L.C at Brakcley Boats (below)

This beamy Shepherd will enjoy some fresh varnish, new upholstery, rechroming and other enhancements.

This Minett-Shields takes extra care as her hull construction is complex and intricate.

Wimur II features a two step hull

Mahogany bottom work procedes on Wimur II

by Rob

New Price on beautiful W.J. Johnson launch.

January 9, 2019 in Uncategorized


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

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