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by Rob

New prices on three classics!

March 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owners to reduce the prices on the three classic/antique boats listed below.
SeaBird utility: 20 ft. 1940  (above)
“A well maintained antique woody in great working condition”.  Original price, $29,900.  New price (March 2020)
$12,000   WOW!  For further details, please click on the link. Ad number pb786

RIchardson Picnic Launch: 22 ft., 1939 (above)
$23,000 was spent in 2013 on professionally refurbishing this boat. She is ready for inspection. Powered by a 4 cylinder Volvo engine. 145 bhp. A tandem axle trailer is included in the sale. Original price: $20,000.  New price (March 2020).  $15,000. For further details, please click on the link. Ad number  pb638

Shepherd runabout: 16 ft, 1961 (above)
“Immaculately maintained 1961 Shepherd. It is in top condition. No mechanical or boat damage.” Powered by   a 115 hp V drive Mercury. A trailer is included in the sale. Original price: $12,500.
New price, (March, 2020) $9,500.  For further details, please click on the link Ad number pb843

 

by Rob

Drastic price reduction on a Disappearing Propeller Boat

February 3, 2020 in Uncategorized


We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this Lindsay-built “Dispro”. Originally priced at $20,000, the asking price is now $10,500 CDN.

1928 Lindsay built Dispro,  Uncle Sam model. Wanita is 18′-6″ in length and was rebuilt by Fred Forster (hull),  Paul Dodington (engine) and John Thomson (device) and re-launched Sept. 1996. (all well photographed).

Gently used since then.  She is in excellent running condition and comes complete with hunter-green seat cushions and boat cover, spare prop and original bow lights.  Her trailer is like new and in excellent condition. .  Located near Dorset, Ontario.

Original price: $20,000.  New price: January 2020 $10,500 WOW! WOW! WOW!
For additional details and contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb523

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

New listing: an Esco cabin cruiser; 35′

September 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

Please see notes on this beautiful vintage cruiser from the owner below

Esco cabin cruiser; 35 ft., 1949

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Boat Description
“Pudgie 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.”
View a brief video and more photos of “Pudgie” below,
Price:  $34,000 CDN. (about $25,500 USD at current exchange rates.)  For further details, photos  and contact information, please click on the link.    Ad number pb885

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