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by Rob

A visit to “Tim Butson Boat Builder.”

December 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

There never seems to be a shortage of work for Tim and his staff at Butson Boats in Bracebridge, Ontario. Current projects include several Chris-Crafts, a Grew day cruiser and a Skiff Craft day cruiser. Enjoy the photos and video below..

This Chris-Craft was shipped from the USA by train and likely horse and buggy to Muskoka decades ago.

A major restoration underway.

This Grew day cruiser is close to completion.

The Grew seen from the bow end. Beautiful woodwork on the windshields and cabin top.

Dashboard of the Skiff Craft.

Nautilex on the deck and running boards of the Skiff Craft provide lower maintenance.

This 22 foot, 1945 Chris Craft (below) has been in the same family since 1945.

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.

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