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by Rob

It’s coming! It’s coming! The ACBS International Boat Show. July 6.

June 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

Once again, Gravenhurst in Muskoka, Ontario will host the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) International Vintage Boat Show.
The show offers fun for the whole family, and admission is FREE. Port Carling Boats will be there, along with many other vendors. The Show features a Field of Dreams for potential purchasers, vintage autos,, activities for children, and in-water boat rides for patient visitors. This event is one of the largest of its kind in North America, and well worth the experience. See you there!

by Rob

Our newest listing: a rare Ditchburn, 27 ft., 1927

April 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

Rare Ditchburn launch: 27 ft., 1927

This beautiful, rare Ditchburn was featured in the book “Grace and Speed”.  “Wasan” underwent a complete refurbishment at Dukes in 2017, including a new bottom and 90% new ribs.. A new, (never before used) 1944 Chrysler Crown engine was also installed in the boat.
The sale includes all safety equipment.
“Wasan” is in better-than-new condition. She is currently located at Lake Rosseau.
This boat is a Muskoka icon and of particular interest to collectors.

(Mote photos to follow in May, 2019)

Price: $295,000    For further details and contact information, please click on the link.     Ad number pb854

by Rob

Dramatic price reduction on rare triple cockpit SeaBird:. 24ft, 1936

April 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this rare, triple cockpit Port Carling Boat Works Seabird. PLease see thew owner’s notes below.

Port Carling Boat Works SeaBird triple cockpit: 24 ft, 1936

“Stunningly beautiful 24′ classic mahogany Port Carling triple cockpit Seabird, built in 1936, named CYGNE. CYGNE is largely original and was fully restored in 1996-1997. CYGNE has the original, and rare, rear cockpit windscreen. It is still fitted with the original 6 cylinder Kermath Sea Queen engine. Comes complete with dual axle trailer and  custom made heavy-duty boat cover. CYGNE has had minimal use by owner since restoration”

Note:  The sale also includes a 25 foot portable shed to house the boat off-season.

Original Price: $65,000 USD.  

New Price: April, 2019; $19,999 CDN    WOW!!!!!!!                                 

For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.  Ad number pb709

Additional photos below

25 ft. portable storage shed.

by Rob

Stan and Crossley Hunter bring back a Duke Playmate from the dead!

May 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

The final clip from the ACBS Toronto Chapter Spring Tour, April, 2016, uncovers a charming centre-steer Duke Playmate from the 1930s, brought back to “better than new”, by Stan and Crossley Hunter of Milford Bay, Lake Muskoka. It’s truly amazing what a highly skilled restoration team can do to a very tired wooden boat

by Rob

“Cash Injection”… a Peter Breen masterpiece.

February 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Some regard Peter Breen as “the Ditchburn Doctor,” while others might conclude that he is an artist with wood – or perhaps a mechanical Einstein. Cash Injection makes a very strong case that he is all three of the above.
Mr. Breen, who built and owns Cash Injection, is considered by many to be the finest boat builder in North America, if not the world. His vast experience in the restoration of Ditchburn boats has directly influenced the production of Cash Injection.

Peter started building this twenty-eight foot boat in 1997 and finished it in 2003 when he took the boat to Florida twice, taking three awards. Cash Injection showcased his craftsmanship as well as the Hacker hull design.
Peter’s production methods also replicated the process by which Ditchburn boats would individually customize a boat to an owner’s specifications.
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With a 500 hp. engine, Cash Injection is a very powerful boat. The John Hacker inspired hull design handles with ease and precision in turns and when wide open. The roar of the engine growls from the custom-cast exhaust ports. All the hardware on the boat is sand-cast with bronze, then polished and chromed in the same manner that the Ditchburn brothers employed.

From the bow lights to the chocks, the cleats to the horn and the folding windshield to the five gauge grape leaf dash cluster… the steering wheel, throttle, steering controls and outboard rudder; it is all hand cast from wood molds. The molds are placed in sand casts, then liquid bronze/brass is poured into the molds which are cooled and sanded, then polished and readied for chroming. There are no easy short cuts in this process and it is done beautifully.
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Every detail of Cash Injection is meticulously reviewed and executed with precision, in keeping with the Ditchburn boats of the 1930s. Hundreds of hours of painstaking detail work are apparent, from the varnished, mirror-like finish on both the exterior and the interior hull, to the bilge and the engine compartment. Even areas not open to inspection offer the same level of commitment to perfection.

Mr. Breen has shown Cash Injection at a number of events and has won many awards including Clayton NY, Gravenhurst ACBS shows, and MountDora, Florida, where she won the ” Master Craftsmanship Award”.

Although Cash Injection has seating similar to a triple cockpit, a sunshade cover and a mother in-laws seat, she runs like a missile. She is also very much a race boat.

The Ditchburn brothers would be very pleased to see both the work and the client-first focus of Peter Breen and his team.
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It should be noted that Peter Breen’s restoration work encompasses all of the original boat builders in Muskoka, including Minett Shields, Greavette, Garwood, JJ Taylor, Clive Brown, Duke, Sea Bird and numerous famous US builders.