Want to see your ad here? Ask us how.

You are browsing the archive for antique wooden boats for sale.

by Rob

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

May 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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:
——-Trailer——
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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


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

Our newest listings: two environmentally friendly human powered craft

April 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

What a great way to celebrate Earth Week! Enhance the Covid-19 quiet with even greater silence on the water with these two “human propelled” water-craft.

Vintage double-ender lapstrake rowing skiff: 16 ft.

Sixteen foot. wooden double-ender row boat, constructed using clinker (lapstrake) style planking. Similar to Matinicus Peapod but no provenance. Was obtained on Manitoulin Island in Ontario. Stripped by current owners and ready for refinishing. Some repair needed (possibly keel-strip) Four oars available, two original with oar locks and two without oar locks. Please inquire by email initially.

Price: $1,200    For further details and contact information, please click on the link.
Ad number pb897

Additional photos below:

Custom canoe (below)
Ed note:  Sorry, the canoe was sold on May 5, 2020

Custom canoe: 16 ft., 1972

Sixteen foot, cedar-strip canoe with caned seats in meticulous condition. Built in 1972 by a master carpenter in Goderich, Ontario  Always stored inside. One owner. The canoe was finished with a clear polyester or epoxy resin. (No paddles available).  Please contact the owner by email initially for further information.
Price $800.00    For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb898

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:’

Port Carling Boats – Antique & Classic Wooden Boats for Sale