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by Rob

A peek into James Osler’s boat restoration shop in Port Carling, Ontario.

February 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

How James Osler and his staff managed to squeeze a mammoth 34 foot Minett launch into his shop, never mind flip it, remains somewhat of a mystery!  However,  they succeeded, and have been “operating” on the boat since then. The current power plant, a 6 cylinder Scripps engine, has been removed for refurbishment. Also on the “chopping block” is a major restoration of a 17 ft. 1950s Chris-Craft.  Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

Paul Brackley and staff perform major surgery on a monster Minett-Shields: Wimur II

February 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

Congratulations are in order for Paul and his staff members at Brackley Boats in Muskioka Ontario, all currently engaged in a “surgical renewal” of Wimur II, an enormous vintage Minett-Shields launch. Also on taop is a 22 foot Shepherd. Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

What’s cooking at Butson Boats?

January 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

There never seems to be a shortage of activity at the shop of Tim Butson, Boat Builder, in Bracebridge, Ontario. Tim, Jurgen and Andrew are nearing completion of a top-to-bottom restoration of a beautiful Grew Day Cruiser. A Butson Gentleman’s racer, a Chris-Craft Sportsman, A Century Resorter and a Duke Playmate are all benefitting from some tender loving care at Butson’s. Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

What’s new at Butson and Brackley Boats.

January 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

Duke Playmates are no longer just the “everyman” boat.Both the staff at Butson Boats in Bracebridge and Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst have exciting projects on the go. Of particular interest at Butson’s is a Grew Day cruiser, nearing completion after a top-to-bottom restoration. Meanwhile, Paul Brackley and his “cohorts” are tackling a mammoth Minett-Shields. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the video!.
Butson Boats photos

Grew Day Cruiser nearing completion.

This really was a top to bottom restoration.

The beautfiul sleek lines on this Grew really add to its character.

 

 

 

A fresh coat of varnish on a cureved deck works wonders.

The “lowly” Duke Paymate is becoming far less lowly as time passes.

Gypsy II is an orginal Butson Gentleman’s racer back for a refresh.

Bottom’s up.

This runabout should be shortly ready to go!

A Minett-Shields and Shepherd receive some T.L.C at Brakcley Boats (below)

This beamy Shepherd will enjoy some fresh varnish, new upholstery, rechroming and other enhancements.

This Minett-Shields takes extra care as her hull construction is complex and intricate.

Wimur II features a two step hull

Mahogany bottom work procedes on Wimur II

by Rob

Merry Chris-Craftmas to our clients, subscribers and website visitors!

December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Chris-Craft Sea Skiff: 38 ft., 1963: $20,000

Hope is on the way! The shortest day of the year is now behind us, winter boat restoration projects are underway, and the Toronto International Boat Show, (as well as the Tavares Florida show, are not all that far off.)
We greatly appreciate the business and support of our clients, subscribers and website visitors. Thank you very much for helping to keep Port Carling Boats vibrant and active. Best wishes during the holiday and in the year ahead.
We leave you with some tantalizing images of “Chris-Craftmas” boats for sale on our website.

Chris Craft Deluxe: 17 ft, 1938. $32,000. Ad number pb836

Chris-Craft Riviera: 18 ft., 1951: $65,000. Ad number pb844

Chris-Craft Custom Sedan: 22 ft., 1954: $25,000. Ad #pb803

 

Chris-Craft Constellation: 37 ft., 1963: $34,900. Ad number pb809

Chris-Craft Capri: 21 ft., 1956: $20,000 Ad number pb751

Chris-Craft Constellation: 28 ft., 1962. $23,500 obo. Ad number pb782

Chris-Craft Sportsman: 17 ft., 1953: $10,000 USD. Ad number pb698

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