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by Rob

Video highlights of the ACBS (Toronto) boat show: July, 2019

July 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

There was much to see and do at this year’s ACBs (Toronto Chapter) Vintage Boat Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario this year. It’s not every day that we can oogle this visual “eye candy” that appears at Steamship Bay in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Enjoy the video. (Click on the photo to engage the video)

by Rob

The ACBS Gravenhurst Boat Show rocks again!

July 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Mother Nature cooperated again this year for the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) International vintage boat show, held in Gravenhurst Ontario, this past Saturday.
Although temperatures bordered on scorching at 33 degrees Celsius, a steady breeze from Lake Muskoka provided enough relief to keep visitors engaged with the Show. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the video(s) to come!

Sunny skies helped to draw several thousand visitors to the show rhis year.

“Traveller” well over 100 years in age, was the poster boat for this year’s show.

Historic vessels of 100 years or older were the featured boats of 2019.

This monster Shepherd graced the docks in Gravenhurst.

“Crusoe”, a hard top sedan.

A beautifully restored long deck launch.

A beautifully refurbished Duke ulitility.

Love that blue upholstery!

Escaping the sun in the back of this classic Shepherd.

An engine with a fibreglassic boat attached!

Monster engine!

This classic Shepherd is for sale at $35,000.

Very functional wraparound seating in this stunning Hacker.

A rare “mini” Greavette at only 15 ft. in length.

Army boat from the Second World War. The marine manufacturers were engaged to produce military vessels.

Lightweight, versatile cedar-strip boats are permanent fixtures at many events, and are still produced today.

Port Carling Boats maintains a booth at the annual Gravenhurst show to market our clients’ vintage boats.

This vintage lapstrake boat was listed at $13,500 in the Field of Dreams.

More Field of Dreams treasures.

The Peterborough cedarstrip oat in the middle, complete with a 30 hp Evinrude and trailer, was offered at $2,900.

The Maple Leaf outboard motor club had an excellent display this year, seen in part above.

The field of Dreams again

Beautiful Chrysler convertible

The unique French Citroen with hydraulic? suspension.


More to come. Stay tuned!

by Rob

A visit to Tim Butson Boat Builder, June 2019

July 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

At Butson Boats in Bracebridge Ontario, a classic Duke awaits a rather sad fate, barring the arrival of a Sir Galahad.  Inside the shop, a number of vintage boats benefit from the expertise of Tim, Jurgen and Andrew.
Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

A beautiful new-build Gentleman’s Racer “Bugbite.”

July 2, 2019 in Uncategorized


Our congratulations to Kevin Fitzke. of the USA who has completed a two year creation of a classic-design Gentleman’s Racer.
To say that Kevin is a talented craftsman is an understatement . “Bugbite” is a masterpiece. Enjoy Kevin’s  photos and description below.

Designed by A.Apel of Ventnor Boat Works
-Ventnor’s factory boat is very similar to this printed plans version but has some difference according to the 1936 catalog i.e. bigger step, more dramatic sheerline, forward chine section, signature Ventnor trim tab etc.

Plans originally published in the 1935 Feb. issue of Motor Boating Magazine
– Plans were again published in the 1936 Motor Boating Ideal Series Book, vol. 17
– Unknown how many of the factory or replicas were ever built. I have some photos of a couple different factory and replicas.
– Sunflower Craft Boatworks made a version (Printed in The Real Runabouts book vol. 1) that is located in Michigan.
– However, there are four other known boats being built to these printed plans. In which only one of them is functional (Ike K. in Seattle Washington)
Bugbite –

– Been about two years so far in the build
– White oak framing, cold molded with bronze fasteners
– Lloyds Marine plywood planking, cold molded with bronze fasteners
– 1/4″ Philippine decking with chrome plated brass screws exposed
– Marine two-part hybrid varnish on the deck (11 coats)
– Marine two-part urethane paint and clear coat (5 coats)
– Gold leafed and hand lettered name, Bugbite and racing number
– Hand made aluminum windshield and air scoop (In progress)
– Aviation inspired dash
– 1965 GM 283 cu.in. motor with Borg/Warner hydraulic transmission (About 190 hp)
-Tuck-n-roll upholstery (In progress)
– Custom trailer

The name Bugbite is because once you get bit by the boat bug you are hooked. It is also a pretty small boat hence the ‘Bug”. The racing number, F-36 is for the 225cu.in race division (F Class) this boat was designed for and 36 is my age right while I complete the boat.

I’m not sure if this boat is technically a replica, reproduction, modern classic, contemporary etc. in terms of what to officially call it? I’ve been calling it a modern classic based on the Ventnor designed boat.

by Rob

Our newest listing: a new Whitehall sailing/rowing skiff:

June 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

Please see notes from the builder below:

  Whitehall sailing & rowing skiff: 16′  4″,  2019

This brand new Whitehall is the real thing. Her lines are from Howard Chapelle’s American Small Sailing Craft, she is built to the same standards that have made Whitehalls the durable high performance work boats that they have been known for since the age of sail.
The hull is eastern white cedar on steam bent white oak frames on 9 inch centers fastened with stainless steel, bronze and copper. The keel, stem, dead wood and floors are white oak, the knees are grown white oak crooks, thwarts are white pine. The single 80 sq.ft. sprit sail, made by the noteworthy Kingston sail maker Andy Soper, can be rigged or dropped in minutes and stowed in the boat off the center line to facilitate rowing. It comes with one set of ash oars and a brand new  customized, galvanized  trailer. (1500 lb capacity)
(Additional photos below)

Price: $9,200         For additional details and contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb865

Ce tout nouveau Whitehall est la vraie chose. Ses lignes sont issues du voilier américain Small Sailing Craft de Howard Chapelle. Il est construit selon les mêmes normes qui ont fait de Whitehalls les bateaux de travail durables et performants pour lesquels il est connu depuis l’âge de la voile. La coque est en cèdre blanc de l’Est sur des cadres en chêne blanc cintrés à la vapeur sur des centres de 9 pouces fixés en acier inoxydable, en bronze et en cuivre. La quille, la tige, le bois mort et les planchers sont en chêne blanc, les genoux sont des croûtes en chêne blanc, les thwarts en pin blanc. Le single 80 pieds carrés sprit sail, fabriqué par le remarquable fabricant de voiles de Kingston, Andy Soper, peut être monté ou largué en quelques minutes et rangé dans le bateau hors de la ligne médiane pour faciliter l’aviron. Il est livré avec un jeu de rames de frêne et une toute nouvelle remorque galvanisée sur mesure.

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