Congratulations to the buyers and seller of the two classic boats in this post. (photo of Greavette above).
This 1963 Greavette Sunflash (18.5 ft), had been out of the water for many years. The engine “appeared okay” and the sale included an older trailer. The boat requires substantial body work. The asking price was $5,000 CAD.
Peterborough Meander: 14 ft., 1958
This charming cedar-strip boat, in very good condition, is powered by a 35 hp Evinrude Big Twin electric start outboard. The sale included a trailer,upholstery and cover. The “Meander” sold for the asking price of $4,500
Notice to Port Carling Boats Clients:
Please delete any emails you receive from either of the individuals below. They are both scammers.
“This too shall pass.” We look forward to the days ahead when we can stop worrying about our health and return to some form of normalcy. In the meantime, re-activate your vintage boating adrenaline by checking in on Curtis Hillman’s latest projects.
Additional notes from the owner of the Greavette pictured above and in the video: “The boat is a Greavette triple cockpit Roamer. It is a Dart designed boat (with a few minor changes) built on license by Greavette in 1934. The Dart Boat Co. began production during the mid 1920’s in Toledo, Ohio and went out of business in 1931, due to the Great Depression. About 10 years ago, Dart Boat began production again in Toledo, not far from the original sight. Also, the 4 cylinder Buchanan engine is not the original. It is a 1956.” WARNING:: A number of fraud attempts have recently been made on Port Carling Boats clients. If you receive a full offer to purchase your boat, sight unseen, especially if additional funds are forwarded to cover transportation costs, a scammer is attempting to defraud you. Some of these attempts include the Port Carling Boats name in subject headings. Beware of fractured English and the name Anthony in these emails.
We have been instructed by the owners to reduce the prices on the two handsome classics below.
Century Resorter: 16 ft, 1956 (above) Recently restored 16 ft. 1956 Century Resorter. Complete with trailer and premium canvas cover, 135 hp. original engine. Restored in 2016, sanded, stained and varnished topside decks, new windshield, bottom caulking cleaned out and resealed with Davis slick seam.
Original price: $12,000.00
New price: (March, 2020) $9,999
For further photos, details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad Number pb799
Chris-Craft Constellation: 28 ft, 1962 (above)
(Notes from the owner below)
Beautifully refurbished 1962 Chris-Craft Constellation in excellent condition.
View this boat out of water and see there is absolutely no rot in this mahogany hull.
Engines and pumps etc. were rebuilt and run in at a shop.
New holding tank and fuel tanks.
Call for additional info and pics. Original Price: $23,500 or best offer.
Adjusted PRICE: $12,500 WOW! For further photos, details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb782
SeaBirD triple cockpit.. 18 ft. 1941. $15,000 Ad #pb881
The C.J McCulley Years – 1945 to 1959 Immediately after World War II the building of boats for private use resumed. Many inboards were built by the Port Carling Boat Works in Honey Harbour. Outboards and row boats were built in Port Carling.
SeaBirD utility: 20 ft., 1940 $29,900. Ad #pb786
In 1946-47 the Company was reorganized. The Honey Harbour plant was sold and eventually taken over by C. J. McCulley. “C.J” was not only an accomplished builder but a good business man. He had been involved with the Company since 1920! IN many ways, he was the most successful of the Muskoka boat builders.
The SeaBirD line is largely credited to C.J., who was ably assisted by several family members.
The Company’s boats were sold to department stores such as Eatons and Simpsons, as well as other distributors.
From 1945-to 1959 Port Carling Boats works employed about 25 staff membrs, and produced approximately one thousand boats.
SeBirD triple cockpit: 20 ft., 1937
By the late 1950s, fibreglass boats appeared on the scene. During its last few years, the Company sold a number of fibreglass vessels. BY 1959, many of the older workers had retired and it was difficult recruiting skilled wood workers. That, and the emergence of fibreglass sounded the death knell to the Company , which was sold in 1960 to a marine sales and service company. Fortunately, a significant number of SeaBirD boats still ply the waters of the Muskoka Lakes and elsewhere.
Many thanks to Neil T. Kuopas, for submitting his recollections of Gar Wood of boat racing and building fame. Unfortunately, Neil lost his home and personal artifacts in the Nov. 8, 2018 Camp 🔥 Fire, lived in Butte Creek Canyon one mile north of Paradise, California. However, now in his eighties, Neil still has very vivid recall.
“My young dreams were centered around boats and engines. Had many boats and engines until college. After college I came across a 1931, 28-ft Garwood double-plank mahogany runabout Garwood ( Ed. reportedly) lent to his mistress to watch the Detroit Garwood Gold Cup Trophy Unlimited hydroplane races in the infield of the river course. The Black River Marina owner, in Marysville, MI, had stripped down the finish and painted the boat black with gold waterline so Garwood’s wife would not recognizing it. It was ‘old man’ Baker’s first job as an 18-year old apprentice and he taught me the same methods at 85-years old to me in 1973. The Chris Craft straight-six (in the Garwood) had been replaced by a Packard straight-8, 356 cu.in., crowned pistons, separate sea and fresh water cooling systems, etc.
No one else knows what I am talking about! However, at the North Shore of Lake Tahoe there is a classic wooden boat shop which sponsors an annual gathering and parade of the classics. They don’t believe my story! Canadians get it and thought you might enjoy this. (A Garwood similar to mine is seen near the beginning of the video)
My own Garwood
I bought my Gar Wood 28-ft. runabout after it was taken out of storage and the transom was weathered to Bare Wood.
Also, the previous owner had docked it on two slings and the Chine-board and adjacent structure was dry-rotted!! If Old Man Baker hadn’t offered to show me how to fix it I would never have bought the boat.
Needless to say, three-months of hard and sometimes meticulous labor was required to make the repairs and start the process of staining and varnishing, and Baker still had enough of the original stain and varnish!!! What are those odds?
One more tidbit…the boat had a false deck below the inside deck – just the right amount of space for fifths of liquor, as the boat was used as a “RUM-RUNNER” during the Prohibition Era!!
I have many more stories and should write an article to preserve the history.
Garwood was quite the character. He raced Dick Bertram of the deep-V hull-concept from Long Beach California to Catalina Island and back for a large amount of money in the mid-60’s with his Garwood Express Cruiser vs. Bertram’s deep-V race boat. The bet and time/day were finalized.
Garwood modified his Cruiser with hydrofoils and twin-Supercharged 440 V-8 engines, as I was told. Needless to say he won the race going away. Ha!! These are the stories you don’t read about. There are more to share with anyone who appreciates the classics.
I wrote to you last week hoping to contact Alan Empringham or his sons before I pass away, love Canada and many fine people across the Dominion.”
Neal T. Kuopus
In one of Garfield Wood’s races, he broke the World speed record at 102 m.p.h