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by Rob

A visit to Breen Boats near Rockwood, Ontario.

April 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

Many thanks to our secret sleuth, N.H., and to Peter Breen and his son Jeff for providing photos and infromation on several of the extraordinary projects underway at Breen Boats. Peter’s shop is the first on the agenda for the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) spring tour of Ontario boat shops.

“I had the special opportunity to see probably one of the most significant boats built for use in Muskoka in the past 30 years;
The signature project being delivered this spring is a 31’ Bob Tail Torpedo Hull Gentleman’s Racer, based from a 1920s design, style, and hardware.
This is an extremely complex hull to construct because of the Torpedo hull;

 Margaret Shirley  (above) features exposed copper screw heads, custom sand-casted hardware, cable and pulley steering, vernier aircraft throttle, dual long-range gas tanks,  and a high performance Ilmor engineering power plant  producing 570 hp

Jeffrey Breen has just finished a 29ft Breen Gentlemans Racer in the Ditchburn style that is just spectacular in its. lines. The Ilmor engine will really get this boat up to some significant speeds. Features include dovetail hatches, elaborate inlay work in the cockpit, self-standing bucket seating, and period sand-casted hardware. 

I also saw a really interesting Century Arabian (above) that has been restored complete with wifi, built in cooler, a superb sound system and the finest blue upholstery you’re ever going to find.

In fact the boat is so luxurious  it has a living room feel;

It is actually a very elaborate bar that comes with a complete cover to protect the boat against the elements for use on an island on Georgian Bay.

The Grand Duke is owned by boat collecting pioneer Jim Grand, whose family has owned it since new. it is a rare mahogany planked boat with a lots of seating and a curved glass windshield…a spectacular boat in its time.

There was also a lesson in keeping your boat insurance up to date (above) as there was a 30ft Ditchburn boat that was restored last year; it was returned to Peter Breen three weeks ago after the wet snow on the storage building  roof buckled under the weight and crumpled the forward ten feet, as well as other areas of the boat;  I am sure Peter and his staff will have this looking perfect in due course.

Also in the shop is Hope II,  a 24 foot WJ Johnson triple cockpit with a 5.7 litre Mercruiser engine for power. This is a really spectacular boat.

The Ditchburn Viking 27 foot model was the first production built step hull in the world. Ponder is one of these boats; it features a 4 inch step, and is a wonderful boat recently refreshed. Also on site, is Lady Eaton’s Viking, Mint Julep.

There was also a Matheson lapstrake 16ft row boat (above) that was beautifully varnished and ready for the water.

Also in was a 28 foot Breen Gentleman’s racer  and a 28 foot Ditchburn triple cockpit for a refresh of the varnish finish.”

Enjoy the photos below.

by Rob

TenderCraft Boats and Breen Boats rock on!

April 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

TenderCraft Boats:
The elves at Tender Craft Boats in Mississauga, Ontario continue to ply their trade. saving tired woodies from an ignominious fate!
Thank goodness for skilled craftsman who can breathe new life into these vintage treasures.
The boat above, recently in Peter Code’s TenderCraft shop, is a late 1950’s Century Resorter. seen after the replacement of ll bottom frames, keel, engine stringers and transom. The restoration features all-new molded planking and 6 oz fibreglass cloth, set in West System epoxy and bright red two-part poly paint.(This should certainly provide a no-soak bottom.)

Out she goes!

Breen Boats in Rockwood Ontario

Thunder is built on the Rainbow hull 3 hull design; measuring at 27.5 ft.  This boat was built in 2001 and is used regularly on Lake Joseph, where all her 420 hp is deployed. Thunder is an award winning boat that has been brought in for new varnish and touch ups after 17 years on the water. It’s always a great day to see this boat; There are so many design details in this watercraft that it is truly a floating work of art.

by Rob

Beautiful Shepherd on the market: plus Breen project #3

March 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

Our newest listing: an eye-catching Shepherd runabout, 22 ft., 1952.
This beautiful classic Shepherd has been well maintained over the years. Restorative efforts include: some planking and bottom boards replaced in 2007. The transom and some bottom frames have also been replaced. The boat appears sound and reveals evidence of good workmanship undertaken during the restorative process.
The Shepherd is powered by an 8 cylinder Hemi engine, (331 cubic inch) in good running condition. (The engine was rebuilt in 1985 by Pal Engines of Orillia, Ontario).

The runabout comes complete with a full winter cover and a full top and back for summer use. Also included in the sale is a road-worthy tandem axle trailer..
Price: $29,000   For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb806     (Additional photos below.)
Project number three at Breen Boats:
Peter Breen reports that “This is the 20′  Greavette Shearliner with a  new bottom and  a “freshen up” coming along for summer delivery.” No doubt the owner will be delighted with this born-again Greavette.


by Rob

New price on Crackerbox Racer plus update at Breen Boats

March 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to adjust the price of this Cracker Box Gentleman’s Racer from $9,900 to $8,900

This mid 1930s Cracker Box Gentleman’s Racer offers a strong running 60 hp. V8 Ford flathead engine with period correct speed equipment, including California, mag-finned aluminum heads, etc. Included in the sale is a single axle trailer.  For contact information and further details,,  please click on the link. Ad number pb792
(Additional photos below)

What’s happening at Breen Boats this winter?

Well, for one thing, this rare Gentleman’s Racer Thunder, is in at Breen boat shop for a fresh coat of varnish after 17 years and lots of use;!

Stay tuned for more pictures and info to follow later this week!

 

 

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