A late January visit to Stan Hunter, Boat Builder, on Milford Bay, Lake Muskoka, uncovered some tantalizing restoration projects.
A 1930’s Swiss sailboat, a W.J. Johnson runabout and of course, Stan’s fleet of Duke Playmates for hire are receiving some tender loving care from this master boat builder. See what’s cooking at Stan’s in the video below.
This video (Part III) completes the series on the Antique and Classic Boat Society”s (Toronto Chapter) Spring Tour of Muskoka boat shops. This segment focuses on projects underway at Duke Boats, as well as Tom Adams and James Osler’s facilities. All three shops are located in the Port Carling, Ontario area. Enjoy!
Is wooden boat ownership really possible on a somewhat tight budget? In June, 2014, Rob A. brought back an 18 ft, 1963 Thompson runabout from Michigan to Muskoka, Ontario. The sale price of the boat was $1500. (USD) (It seemed too good a deal to pass up). Wouldn’t the trailer alone would be worth almost that much?????)
A close inspection under the glued and stapled, wall-to-wall carpeting (ugh!) revealed major problems. The restorative work required included fifteen new sistered ribs, three new bottom planks and an interior keel. The engine had to be removed, and later reinstalled with a somewhat newer outdrive with hydraulic lift. Fortunately, the engine itself required no major overhaul. Incidental costs included a new battery, and bilge pump.
The trailer itself required new tires,rims and bearings, an electric trailer winch and repairs to the frame and fenders, as well as new guide bars.
Initial purchase (boat and trailer): $1500 USD (not including 13% tax)
wood restoration costs: approx $2800 (with assistance from Rob)
engine removal, parts and outdrive update approx. $1800
Additional expenses: (paint, varnish incidentals) $ 400
Anticipated total trailer repair costs $ 750 Approximate total costs to date:$7250
For that investment, which also included over 150 hours of personal labour, Rob now has a “character” boat, (not a show boat), that is fully functional and will seat 6 or 7(in a pinch) passengers for cruising. Although the $1500 “deal” was no great bargain in the end, Rob has a serviceable vessel that should provide a number of years of reasonably trouble free boating. (More cosmetic upgrades will continue next year.)
Considering the cost of a new fibreglass boat, it doesn’t seem too horrendous a price to pay! Enjoy the video below.