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by Rob

Orville Wright’s “Kittyhawk” gets a facelift at Brackley Boats

October 9, 2018 in Uncategorized


A recent visit to Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst, Ontario, provided a very pleasant surprise. Nestled into Paul’s restoration bay sat “Kittyhawk”, the early 1930’s Gidley day cruiser purchased by aviator Orville Wright in 1931 for $3,075.00. The boat was used extensively on his island property in Georgian Bay. After Mr. Wright’s death, Kittyhawk was active until the 1960s when a storm event punctured a hole in her hull. She lay on slings, deteriorating for several years, until a massive restoration was undertaken in the 1970s. Kittyhawk was relaunched in 1975 and has been in active use ever since. Paul and his staff have re-varnished her, replaced several planks, had new upholstery installed and the seating configuration adjusted. Her new home will be on Lake Rosseau, in Muskoka, Ontario.
Let’s hope that this iconic boat continues her historic connection for years to come. Enjoy the video below.

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by Rob

What’s cooking at Butson’s boat shop?

October 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

After a six month absence,  it was time to get back to Tim Butson’s boat shop in Bracebridge, Ontario. Tim and his staff are nearing  completion of at least three classic watercraft, including two Greavette Executives and a Grew day cruiser.  As usual, the shop was humming.  Enjoy the photos below, and stay tuned for the video.

It’s hard to imagine how a virtually dust free finish could have been applied to the Greavette Executive, circa 1973.

“Brown Bear”, another Greavette Executive, awaits further completion.

This ‘big water’ Grew has been rebuilt from top to bottom.

 

Stern end of the Grew. This boat has been structurally reinforced. She’ll be stronger than when originally built.

Don’t be fooled by the photo. This Grew is a BIG boat.

This Grenell is a new arrival in the shop. She’ll be examined for an evaluation of required work.

It looks like the hull, forward of the dash, might need some work.

This is one of three major work areas at Butson Boats.

No salivating on the deck, please, speed lovers! This racer is a new custom build at Butson’s.

This Chris-Craft ski boat has had a new bottom installed. The owner is searching for a new ski pole.

.Simple lines, but a very functional design. One half transom coming up!

by Rob

Upcoming ACBS (Toronto Chapter) events and “wooden boating world” links:

September 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Haul Out Party – Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Canadian Canoe Museum – Peterborough, ON
Online registration is now open! Click here for more details.
2018 Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Toronto Botanical Gardens
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and by email.
2019 Winter Workshop – Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Location TBA
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and Classicboat Winter issue. Contact: Jeff Titshall at PArry Automotive in Peterborough, Ontario
2019 Spring Tour – Saturday, April 27, 2019
Details to follow in Wood Boat Wednesday and Classicboat Winter issue. Contact: Gerry Lodge lthrough te ACBS (Toronto) Directory)

Check out these websites for information from other organizations
ACBS-International Calendar of Events: http://acbs.org/events/
Wooden Boat Magazine: https://www.woodenboat.com/calendar-field-date/month
Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association: www.trentsevernantiqueboats.com
Manotick Classic Boat Club: http://www.manotickclassicboatclub.ca/
Maple Leaf Antique Outboard Club: www.mlaoc.ca/
Dispro Owners Association www.disproboats.ca
ACBS – Niagara Frontier Chapter: https://oldboatsbuffalo.org/
If you’re aware of other upcoming events of interest to ACBS-Toronto members, please contact Mike Gridley with details.

Share Your Story!

Do you have a short story you’d like to share with ACBS-Toronto members in an upcoming Wood Boat Wednesday message?

If so, please send it to Mike Gridley through the ACBS (Toronto) Directory. It could be about a recent boating adventure, an upcoming event, or just something you think other club members might be interested in. One or two images would also be appreciated.

Back Issues of Classicboat are now available online! Did you know that you can access all back issues of Classicboat electronically? Just click on the Member Login link at acbs.ca, click on Classicboat and then Library of Back Issues, and start reading! We have all issues from October 1983 to the current issue.

by Rob

Final video of Muskoka Lakes Association Antique Boat Show

August 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

What more can we say?  Dozens of classic and antique “dream boats” line the docks in Port Carling, Muskoka, Ontario, in the MLA’s tribute to the glory days of wooden boating, August 11, 2018. Enjoy the video below. (Part 2)

by Rob

Video of the Muskoka Lakes Association Antique Boat Show

August 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

The video below highlights some of the most spectacular vintage boats in the world. This  “by invitation only” event, held in Port Carling Ontario, draws hundreds of visitors to oogle Minetts, Ditchburns, Greavettes and other beautiful classics.
Enjoy the video below.  (Part One)