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by Rob

A visit to Dispro heaven!

November 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

Luckily, both the Dicksons are Dispro enthusiasts!

Imagine owning not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE Disappearing Propeller Boats! Welcome to the world of Ian and Barb Dickson, Muskoka cottagers and enthusiasts,  who kindly opened their Muskoka based collection to Port Carling Boats.
The Dicksons have been involved with Dippies for over fifteen years. As you can see from Ian’s meticulous workshop, he really knows what he’s doing with these craft. They are all beautifully preserved. Ian does the engine work himself. Not only that, he is very generous with his time and expertise when consulted by other owners.

The beautiful deck stripping and collapsible brass bow light are features of many Dispros..

A two cylinder Conventry VIctor engine gets a make-over.

The engine box assembly on this Waterman copper jacket can be removed with one fell swoop!

For the uninitiated, Disappearing Propeller Boats, (aka Dispros or Dippies) surfaced about a century ago,  in Muskoka, Ontario. The beauty of these boats is in their simplicity, light weight and the distinctive disappearing propeller mechanism, which when required, will vanish into the housing just above the hull bottom. Very handy for shoals, weeds and beach landings.

A 1920s Dispro with “gull wing” engine hatch covers.

Note Ian’s beautifully organized shop, not to mention the charming Dippy in the foreground.

When asked about his engine preference, I was expecting Ian to nod in the direction of the “newer”, two cylinder Coventry Victor engines, featuring greater thrust with a more modern design.  Surprisingly, Ian expressed a preference for the earlier single cylinder models, such as the Waterman copper jacket, or Dispro engine. These simple engines, he noted, can often be repaired on the fly. Having said that, Ian also commented that if the magnetos on the Coventry Victors are in good shape, these engines will usually provide reliable propulsion.
As we have mentioned in previous blogs, Dispro owners, (like blondes?) have more fun. Off they go in convoys to some of the most unlikely and hair-raising waterways. Luckily, these “pregnant canoes” are seaworthy, and will even handle big swells on Georgian Bay. (Not for the faint hearted, however).
For anyone interested in further information about Disappearing Propeller Boats, The Dispro Owners’ Association is a good place to start. The Association produces a quarterly newsletter, and provides companionship and knowledge for  new-comers. The group can be reached at disproboats.ca
(Stay tuned for the video.)

 

by Rob

A classic cutter laps up some TLC!

October 15, 2019 in Uncategorized


Many thanks to Peter Code, a Toronto based restorer, for the story below..
“These three photos are of a rescue boat named Bittersweet, one of the last Ladies of the Lake Ontario Cruising fleet from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. I am sleeping down on her this weekend (earlier this fall) before mast is pulled in the morning, and the cutter hauled the following weekend.
She was designed by Phillip Rhodes in 1934 as Dog Star. Bittersweet was built in Nova Scotia in 1964 for Mac and Thelma Murdoch at the  RCYC and delivered by rail.She sails beautifully and also has a Volvo Diesel auxiliary engine. The accommodations sleep 4, and she comes with an ice fridge, head and stove.
Bittersweet may come on on the market for the right owners but for now a shipwright and his family are enjoying the  fun of restoring and sailing this beautiful yacht.

Bittersweet is currently lying in Port of Newcastle, Ontario and will be worked on over the winter by Peter Code and family under cover only  60 feet from the shores of Lake Ontario

For the wooden  boat warriors out there Bittersweet is planked with Alaskan yellow cedar on white oak frames.  This is about as long lasting a pairing as you could find .   The Mahogany on the cabin is where Peter has found rot and ripped that out immediately. The decks are ply but good and strong . The  mast is a 44 foot long Sitka Spruce.

I (Peter) admit that I am more of a Wooden Boat Magazine armchair sailor, as my father subscribed from issue 1, but this yacht is a treat to any wooden boat owner ,
Cheers, Peter and helpers Annie and Jessie”

by Rob

Drastic price reduction on a Century Raven, 22 ft.

September 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this classic Raven from 25,000 to $9,000 USD. Please see notes from the owner below.

Classic Century Raven: 22 ft, 1958

“This classic Century Raven has had only two owners,  the second having owned the boat for the last thirty-five years. This versatile  Raven is an excellent rough water family boat.  All the original accessories are included. The engine has only 60-80 hours running time.  The sale includes a tandem axle trailer with disc brakes in good condition. (The bottom of the Century needs work).”

Original price:  $25,000  New price: $9,000 USD  or best offer.  WOW!.  For further details and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb820

More photos below:

 

by Rob

New listing: a Shepherd runabout:, 22′, 1964

August 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Shepherd Gentleman’s runabout: 22 ft., 1964

Notes from the owner below:
“I have owned the boat for 35 years. It has been a “boat-house boat”, going out on the water on good days.”
The boat was fully restored and the interior was replaced in the eighties. It has been stored in a covered marina or boathouse ever since on Lake Simcoe. The engine has never required any work. The carburetor was replaced with an Edelbrock. This year the rudder was replaced with a stronger and larger one.
I am selling because it is not a practical cottage boat for Georgian Bay”

Price: $12,000     For further details and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb883
Additional photos below.

by Rob

A new Hunter listing and a major price reduction on a Mac Craft

August 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

Hunter Utility:   22 ft., 1947

The Hunter was running and seaworthy when it was put into storage fifteen years ago. The engine has recently been restarted and appears to be running well. The ignition system features a twelve volt system for starting the engine and a 6 volt system for the running lights and siren.  The sale includes a single axle bunk trailer with large tires as well as a traditional top with chromed supports The boat will be taken for an in-water “sea-trial” this summer.
(Editor’s note: Stay tuned for the video on this boat..)
Price: $10,000   For further details, photos and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb870
Additional photos below.

 

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Major Price reduction on a Mac Craft Utility;18 ft., 1941.


We have been instructed by the vendor to adjust the price on this beautifully maintained Mac Craft from $35,000 to $25,000. Please see the notes below.

Mac Craft Utility style launch: 20 ft., 1941

Description:
A 1941 Mac Craft 18’ utility mahogany launch lovingly maintained and fully restored in 2015/2016 to it’s original glory.
Owned by one family since built, now available for sale.
Currently located on Browning Island, Lake Muskoka.

Purchaser must collect from Lake Muskoka (i.e. no delivery, no trailer).
Original Price: $35,000    New price:  $25,000
Estimated value is $35,000 CDN. Will entertain reasonable offers only.”  For further details, photos and contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb871

Hull Description:

Length O.A. 20.0 ’ The hull had a full restoration in 2015/2016. New hull frames were made and new bottom planking and a new half transom were installed. Restoration work was done by James Osler, of James Osler Classic Boat Restorations.
Length W.L. 19.5 ’
Beam 7.0 ’
Draft 18 ”
Colour / Materials Decks and hull side dark brown red (mahogany), decking mahogany plywood, frames – white oak.

 

Machinery:

Engine Grey Marine, flat head 6, model 109, horsepower 110HP, max speed 30 mph, raw water cooling system, copper pipes with exhaust hose couplers
Batteries One 12 volt
Wiring Great condition with fuse holder

 

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