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.
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.
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.
This 28 ft Chris-Craft from 1929 is one of only four remaining world-wide. The side planking is largely original.
Paul, Jeremy and staff ar currently hard at work restoring two massive launches: a 28 ft. Chris-Craft hard-top sedan (1929) and the largest-ever-built 34 ft. Greavette Streamliner (1947). The Chris-Craft is one of only four remaining of the 15 of these boats ever built. Poweredd by a Chris-Craft A 120 engine, it will return to Qeuebec afte a year long restoration.
The Chris-Craft will be powered with a C.C. A 120 engine.. (Note the beautiful work done on the deck joinery.)
This 34 ft Streamliner, (1947) is the largest ever built by Greavette Boat Works.
The Streamliner will be repowered with a 502 cubic inch, 400 hp. engine. With its planing hull, this power-plant should push it along at a very respectable speed. Enjoy the video of both boats below.
A wonderful Christmas gift for a wooden boat lover: this beautiful 1950, torpedo stern Western Fairliner, beautifully restored by Paul Brackley and his staff at Brackley Boats.
Wooden boating doesn’t any better than this! Powered by a period and wiring correct Chris Craft six cylinder engine, this Fairliner is a real knockout!
Paul Brackley and his staff perform major surgery on a a 1950’s Chris-Craft cruiser and give a face-lift to a knockout Minett-Shields triple cockpit.
Our March 2014 visit to Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst, Ontario, uncovered a beamy Chris-Craft semi-enclosed cabin cruiser undergoing a complete restoration. A special treat was a a glimpse of a 1920’s Minett-Shield in for a revarnishing.