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by Rob

Our newest listing: a Grew Cruiser; 14 ft, 1959

January 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

Grew Cruiser; 14 ft., 1959

1959 Grew Cruiser 14 foot. Nice little boat. Bottom redone last year with 200-e primer and racing bronze. Most bright-work done in the last two years. Engine runs well, has had carb-kit, new ignition, and bronze prop re balanced in past two years. The Grew has been in the ACBS Gravenhurst show the last two years. Trailer included with new tires, rims, and wiring.

Price: $5000. For further details and contact information, please click on the link     Ad number pb894

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by Rob

Our newest listing: a unique Breen Fast Limousine: 29′ 2009.

January 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

Breen Fast Limousine, 29 ft., 2009

Dolly Durkin Jr. is a 2009 29′ Breen Fast Limousine that took 5000 hours to complete. Based off a very successful Gold-Cup John Hacker-designed race boat hull of the 1920’s, and powered with a 496 cubic inch Mercruiser V-8 , this boat provides a stunning ride at all speeds. Hull is solid mahogany on white oak framework, sealed inside and out, to create a maintenance-free wooden boat experience. Decks are 5/8″ thick mahogany strips, book-matched out from the centre king plank. The cockpit is enclosed with a hard-top made of cove and bead strips incorporating two gull wing hatches for easy entry. Six model T roll-up windows provide shelter in unfavourable weather, and a cool, airy ride in nice weather. Main cockpit holds 4-5 comfortably and the forward “mother-in-law” cockpit holds an additional two passengers. All hardware is sand-casted bronze, chrome-plated. Mechanical drag-link steering with outboard rudder assembly provides sports car maneuverability and feel. This boat was built to be a sales tool for Peter Breen Antique & Classic Boat Co. Ltd, and attended shows across North America including Tavares – Florida, Houston – Texas, Bay Harbour – Michigan, and Brainerd – Minnesota where she won awards at each show. After a decade of showcasing our work, we are looking to find a new home for this unique and truly labour intensive creation. Construction details can be seen at www.breenboats.com.

Asking $195,000.00 CAD. ( or about $148,000 USD on Jan 10, 2020)
For further details and contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb893

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by Rob

Our newest listing: a Gentleman’s Racer, 22.5 ft., 1995

January 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

Hacker-Craft Gentleman’s Racer; (rebuilt) 22.5 ft., 1995
  RagTime- This is a 1995 Hack-Craft, that came to us in 2015, and over 18 months, underwent a forensic re-construction. The rotten west-system bottom was replaced with a solid and sealed Breen plank bottom. The entire boat was stripped, re-fastened, and refinished. Deck grout also replaced. New leather upholstery. Additional hardware and details such as the tear-drop engine ventilation scoops were added, to give the boat more sex appeal. Since delivery in 2016, the boat has only been used three times, as the owner had been busy with an expanding family. This is a tremendous value for a turn-key, perfect gentleman’s racer that will stand the test of time with minimal maintenance. Restoration details can be seen at www.breenboats.com

Price :$115,000 CDN. (about $87,400 USD ( on Jan.10, 2012)    For further details and contact information, please click on the link.  (Additional photos below)
Ad number pb892

by Rob

Three recently sold classic boats.

December 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to the sellers and buyers of the three classics listed below. We hope that the new owners will have many years of trouble-free boating ahead.
1941 Mac Craft: 18 ft. (above)
This handsome utility had been in the same Lake Muskoka family since new. The current owner had kept the boat very well maintained and had undertaken some major restoration work over the years.  Originally priced at $35,000, the asking price was reduced to $25,000 CDN  at the time of the sale. The Mac Craft company produced a small number of boats, but they were well constructed and durable.


1964 Shepherd: 22.3 ft. (above)
This beamy Shepherd was also owned by the same family for many years… thirty-five… According to the owner, it required new varnish and upholstery, but “runs well”. This Shepherd seemed very reasonably priced at .$12,000 CDN


1951 Chris-Craft Riviera, 18 ft. ((above)
The owner of this Chris-Craft had recently invested $80,000 into its restoration! She is essentially “a new boat”, powered by a 90 hp engine.in mint condition. Complete with trailer. The asking price at the time of sale was $65,000

 

by Rob

SeaBirD boats; a brief history.

December 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

Pictured is an 18 foot SeaBird, 1941. |(Ad number pb881). Price: $15,000.

Part One
The Port Carling Boat Works, a company which operated from 1925 to 1959, apparently produced more wooden runabouts and launches than any other company in Muskoka, and possibly Canada.
The boats squeezed out of the factory were known generally as SeaBirDs, a moniker created when a Muskoka visitor noticed a test model emerging from a fog, sleek and graceful. “Why, it’s just like a seabird sailing gracefully out of the fog,” he commented. The name stuck thereafter.
Port Carling Boat Works was founded in 1925, following the collapse of the Disappearing Propeller Boat Company in Port Carling. The founders included Billie Johnson Jr., who also later produced watercraft under his own name.

Powered by a four cylinder restored Buchanan engine, this SeaBIrd will plane at 20 knots.

Unlike other builders who produced mainly custom boats, Port Carling Boats built stock models, using a small production line. Purchasers could pick up a SeaBirD at the factory, at a showroom, or through dealers across the Country.
There are three fairly distinct periods in the life of the Port Carling Boat Works:
1925-1939…the expansion of the company
1939-1945…the war years
1945-1959…the C.J. McCulley years

The first production-line SeaBirDs sold for a reasonable $400. They were good quality boats with an inboard engine and reverse gear. From the beginning, SeaBirds were powered with engines from Fred Buchanan, who ran a machine shop in Orillia, Ontario

The first production line could not keep up with the demand. Letters of appreciation from new owners, (including McLaughlin of General Motors) gave encouragement to the owners and employees.

Unfortunately, the factory was completely destroyed by a fire in October, 1931. A larger and greatly improved building was constructed soon afterwards. Production increased to the point where the firm’s accountant noted that the Company had sold more inboard motor launches than any other company in Canada.

By 1935 Port Carling Boat Works had opened a branch at Honey Harbour in Georgian Bay. This offered access to the Great Lakes.

In 1938 the Ditchburn Boat Company folded. Port Cartling Boat Works bought all the hulls that had been partially finished as well as their stock of lumber and supplies. These boats were finished in Port Carling.  One of them, a twin engine, twenty-six foot model, was sold to Ewart McLaughlin of General Motors fame. Unfortunately, this boat burned in a fire in 1960.

By 1939 Port Carling Boat Works had “the finest outlet in the world for boats, with service and parts in sixty-odd countries”, according to the Company’s accountant.
Stay tuned for Part II: The War Years

Note: Information for this article is credited to Douglas Garfield McCulley, author of “SeaBird…Muskoka’s SeaBirds:’

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