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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.

by Rob

International Boat Show Calendar continued…

February 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

Below the photo of a beautiful Gentleman’s Racer is a calendar of upcoming vintage boating events in The USA and Canada for the months of July and August, 2016. It promises to be another very active year for antique and classic boat lovers. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to attend all the shows?
Again, it’s best to confirm with the event’s contact person that here have been no changes in the schedule, before you head off to a show.

Arnold’s Park, IA July 30 Antique & Classic Boat Show at Arnold’s Park Amusement Park, 37 Lake Street. Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes ACBS Chapter. Rain date is Sunday, July 31. Contact Dean Alexander at 712-898-8708 or gather@okobojiclassicboats.com, or Royce Humphrey at 515-890-1570

PORT ORCHARD, WA July 7-10 27th Annual Chris-Craft Rendezvous of the Pacific Northwest at the Port Orchard City Marina. More than 80 boats are expected to attend. Focus on fun and camaraderie. Theme: Red, White & Blue. Contact: www.chriscraftrendezvous.com

OLD FORGE, NY July 8-9 26th Annual Fulton Chain Rendezvous at the Old Forge town docks. Adirondack ACBS Chapter. Contact: Old Forge Visitor Center at (315) 369-6983 or visit www.old forgeny.com

ALEXANDRIA BAY, NY July 8-10 39th Annual “User” Boat Show. Friday Kick-off party; Saturday show, 8-4, at the James Street Village docks. Awards brunch Sunday. 1000 Islands ACBS Chapter. Contact: Randy Fletcher or Heidi Szonn at AbayBoatShow@live.com or call (585) 698-7292. www.1000islandsacbs.org

ALEXANDRIA, MN July 9 Minnesota Lakes Classic Boat & Car Show at Arrowwood Resort on Lake Darling. 10-3. Contact: Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum boat@mnlakesmaritime.org or (320) 759-1114

ESSEX, CT July 9 32nd Annual Mahogany Memories Antique & Classic Boat Show at the Connecticut River Museum. Southern New England ACBS Chapter. Contact: Lynn McFarlin at lynn.mcfarlin2@gmail.com or (860) 966-7189

CELORON, NY July 9 19th Annual Chatauqua Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show at Holiday Harbor Marina, 19 Avon Avenue. 9am-4pm. Chatauqua Lake Twin Tier ACBS Chapter. Contact: Rick Couchenour at (716) 640-6382 or rcoke13@gmail.com; visit www.cltt-acbs.org

EAST JORDAN, MI July 9 11th Annual South Arm Classics on Lake Charlevoix. 10-4. Classic boats and cars, antique collectibles, microbrew tent. Organized by the East Jordan Lions Club. Contact: Darrin Podskalny at (231) 536-0630 or (231) 350-8520 or darrinpod@ charter.net

GRAVENHURST, ON July 9 36th Annual Vintage Boat Show at the Muskoka Wharf. The theme is “Greavette: 85 Years—Heading Home to Gravenhurst.” Greavette owners across North America are invited to “head home.” Contact: Kathy Rhodes at kathy.rhodes@i-zoom.net

ALEXANDRIA, MN July 9 Chain of Lakes Classic Boat & Car Show at Arrowwood Resort on Lake Darling, 10-3. Contact: Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum at (320) 759-1114 or boat@mnlakesmaritime.org

FOX LAKE, IL July 16 32nd Annual Antique & Classic In-water Boat Show at Famous Freddie’s on Pistakee Lake, 510 Park Avenue. Blackhawk ACBS Chapter. Contact: Ron at (708) 347-8951 or Ted at (847) 395-8902.

INDIAN LAKE, OH July 16 18th Annual Wooden Keels & Vintage Wheels show at Russells Point Harbor. Indian Lake ACBS Chapter. Contact: Jim Foeller, (614) 325-0840 or j.foeller@me.com

BELLE RIVER, ON July 16 6th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show at Sarnia Bay Marina. Bluewater ACBS Chapter. Contact: Gerrit Dykhouse at gerrit@wbmbindery.com

CLEAR LAKE, IA July 16 18th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous at the downtown City Park and Seawall. Contact: Scott Martin at (515) 681-6812 or 47garwood@gmail.com

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, UK July 16-17 37th Thames Traditional Boat Rally at Fawley Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, England. The UK’s most spectacular historical boating event. Contact: Peter Harris at admin @tradboatfestival.com or visit www.tradboatrally.com

HAMMONDSPORT, NY July 16-17 34th Annual Antique Boat Show & Regatta on Keuka Lake. Featuring boats of the Finger Lakes. Wine Country Classic Boats ACBS Chapter. Contact: www.winecountry classic boats.com

LAKESIDE, OH July 17 13th Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show, 12-5. In conjunction with the Plein Air Art Festival. Contact: Mame Drackett at 239) 776-6205 or mame@drackett.cc

GRAND LAKE, CO July 23 Grand Lake Classic Boat Show. Boats on display at the town docks from 9-12:30. Parade following, weather permitting. Rocky Mountain Classics ACBS Chapter. Contact: Jeff Dwight at jdwight48@q.com or (303) 651-0925 MYSTIC, CT July 23-24

MYSTIC SEAPORT: 41st Annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport. Features high-quality vessels built prior to 1965. Contact: shannon McKenzie at (860) 572-5341 or shannon.mckenzie@mysticseaport.org

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA July 25-26 9th Annual South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic at Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club. Northern California/Lake Tahoe ACBS Chapter. Contact: Liquid Blue Events at (775) 851-4444 or neil@liquidblueevents.com or visit www.tahoewoodenboats.com

ARNOLDS PARK, IA July 29-30 36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show on West Lake Okoboji. Skippers reception Fri; show Sat; rain date Sun. Iowa Great Lakes ACBS Chapter. Contact: Alex Kent at (712) 898-8708 or dakpropool@gmail.com

BURLINGTON, VT July 29-30 Lake Champlain Vintage Boat Show at the Burlington Community Boathouse. Lake Champlain ACBS Chapter. Contact: Steve Pond at (802) 363-3063 or besianna@ msn.com or Mike O’Brien at (802) 355-1781 or mmob1@comcast.net

SKANEATELES, NY July 29-31 38th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show at Clift Park. Finger Lakes ACBS Chapter. Contact: Erin Sammut at (315) 569-0955 or eksammut@gmail.com

MINOCQUA, WI July 29-31 24th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show at The Boathouse. Benefiting multiple sclerosis. Contact: Al Hanley at (715) 453-4511 office or (715) 614-4511 cell or alh@5starupnorth.com McCALL, ID July 29-31 Annual Classic and Wooden Boat Show at docks of Shore Lodge. Payette Lakes ACBS Chapter. Contact: visit www. payetteclassicboats.com

ANGOLA, IN July 30 Lake James Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show at the former Boat House location, 120 Lane 447 Lake James. Indiana ACBS Chapter. Contact: Mike McBride at lakejamesmike@gmail.com or (260) 249-7464.

MADISON, WI August 5-6 11th Annual Madison Area Antique & Classic Boat Show. Three-lake boat cruise on Friday. Public show on Saturday on Lake Waubesa. Glacier Lakes ACBS Chapter. Contact: Mark Walters at (608) 770-4439 or waltswoody@charter.net; Andy McCormick at (608) 235-7142 or andy@ mccormicklumber.com; Rich Lepping at (608) 235-1707 or rich@borderpatrolwi.com

SICAMOUS, BC August 5-7 6th Annual Sicamous Antique & Classic Boat Festival. Okanagan ACBS Chapter, Contact Karen Harrison at (403) 815-3837 or karen.harrison@shaw.ca; or Paul Harrison at paulfharrison1@shaw.ca or (403) 620-9713

CLAYTON, NY August 5-7
52nd Annual Antique Boat Show at The Antique Boat Museum. 9-5 Fri. & Sat.; 9-1 Sun. Annual boat auction, Sat. at 1pm. Contact: Michael Folsom at michaelfolsom@abm.org or (315) 686-4104

TRAVERSE CITY, MI August 6 29th Annual Classic Boats on the Boardwalk on the Boardman River. Registration from 7:30-10, show from 10-4, awards ceremony at 3. Water Wonderland ACBS Chapter. Contact: Deb Parker at (616) 249-0529 or dlparker2@comcast.net

WOLFEBORO FALLS, NH August 11 10th Annual Boathouse Tour. Visit beautiful boathouses on Lake Winnipesaukee. Tour by land in your car or by water in a classic driven by a NHBM volunteer. Contact: Lisa Simpson Lutts at (603) 569-4554 or museum @nhbm.org

STURGEON BAY, WI August 12-13 26th Annual Door County Maritime Museum Classic & Wooden Boat Festival. Dozens of classic boats on display, Sikaflex boat building contest, demonstrations. Contact: (920) 743-5958 or info@dcmm.org Visit www.DCMM.org

HOMEWOOD, CA August 12-13 44th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance at Obexer’s Boat Company. Marque class: Chris-Craft Racing Runabouts. Contact: Liquid Blue Events at (775) 851-4444 or neil@liquidblueevents.com

PORT SANILAC, MI August 12-13 Port Sanilac Antique Boat Show at the Port Sanilac Municipal Harbor, in water and on land. Registration forms available in Spring at www.michacbs.com. Contact: Jeanne Harper at jeanneharper@bellsouth.net or Alan Brenner at ab_10ring@yahoo.com

WALLACEBURG, ON August 12-14 28th Annual WAMBO, Wallaceburg Antique Motor & Boat Outing, one of Canada’s largest transportation shows featuring antique boats, antique and specialty cars, fire trucks, and motorcycles. Boats along Sydenham River. Contact: www.kent.net/wambo/

NAPLES, ME August 13 23rd Annual Antique & Classic Car & Boat Show at the Causeway and Public Docks. Boating events planned Tuesday through Friday. Contact: Rick Filiau at (603) 485-7355 or mountainviewwoodies@gmail.com or visit http://mountainviewwoodies.org/

HESSEL, MI August 13 39th Annual Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show and Festival of Arts. Showcasing Century boats. Les Cheneaux Historical Association. Contact: Barb Smith at (906) 484-4081 or lciboatshow@ gmail.com or visit www.lciboatshow.com

ALTON, NH August 13 40th Annual Alton Bay Boat Show. An informal non-judged vintage boat show at Alton Bay Town Docks. Contact: (603) 569-4554 or museum@nhbm.org

MANOTICK, ON August 13 Ottawa International Antique & Classic Boat Show at the Rideau Ferry in conjunction with the area’s 75th anniversary of the townships. Manotick Classic Boat Club ACBS Chapter. Contact: visit manotickclassic-boatclub.ca

BIG BEAR, CA August 18-20 32nd Annual Classic & Wooden Boat Show at Pine Knot Landing. Southern California ACBS Chapter. Contact: Charlie Brewster at (909) 844-5337
PEWAUKEE, WI August 20 12th Annual Pewaukee Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show at Lakefront Park. Glacier Lakes ACBS Chapter. Contact: Wil Vidal at (262) 695-2994 or wvidaljr@wi.rr.com or visit www.glacbs.org

FRISCO, CO August 20 Frisco Classic Boat Show at Frisco Town Marina. Boats on display from 9-12:30. Parade following, weather permitting. Rocky Mountain Classics ACBS Chapter. Contact: Jim Bull at jmbul@aol.com or (303) 598-6153

HARVEYS LAKE, PA August 20 26th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show at the Grotto Marina on Route 415, 9-4:00, dinner at 5 at the Grotto Restaurant. N.E. Pennsylvania/Harveys Lake ACBS Chapter. Contact: Josh Bryant at (570) 592-7634 or JBPlanB@aol.com

KINGSTON, NY August 20-21 32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Rondout Creek. Hudson River ACBS Chapter. Contact: David Price (347) 581-4231 or hudsonriveracbs@gmail.com or visit www.acbs-hrc.org

CHETEK, WI August 21 Chetek Fly-In and Classic Boat Show at the municipal airport from 9-3. Free admission with donations to local charities. All classic watercraft welcome. Contact: John Baas at jpbaas@att.net or (414) 218-4655

PENTWATER, MI August 27 20th Annual Wooden Boat Show & Parade hosted by the Pentwater Yacht Club on the Village Green and the shores of Pentwater Lake. Contact: Dave Peterhans at (248) 217-3974 or 1peterhans@sbcglobal.net or www. pentwateryachtclub.com

GULL LAKE, MN August 27 8th Annual Gull Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show at Bar Harbor Supper Club, 8164 Interlachen Road. Contact: Jason at (612) 834-5020

TOLEDO, OH August 27-28 10th Annual Toledo Antique & Classic Boat Show at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Contact: Ramsey Brothers Restorations at (419) 255-2628 or info@toledoboatshow. com or visit www.toledoboatshow.com

BUFFALO, NY August 27 & 28 Antique Boat Show at Canalside, downtown, a part of the Buffalo Maritime Festival. Niagara Frontier ACBS Chapter. Contact: Rich DeGlopper at (716) 946-7246 or rich_deglopper@me.com

COEUR D’ALENE, ID August 27-28 Coeur d’Alene Classic Boat Festival on the boardwalk at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Inland Empire ACBS Chapter. Contact: Jan or John Keener at Keener@my180.net or (208) 664-6984.

LAKE OSWEGO, OR August 28 17th Annual Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car & Classic Boat Show. Over 300 cars and 40 boats in three parks in downton Lake Oswego. Columbia/Willamette ACBS Chapter. Contact: visit www.oswego heritage.org/car-boat-show-1/