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by Rob

Two questions for our subscribers and viewers!

July 5, 2020 in Uncategorized

First, many thanks to our viewers and subscribers for your loyalty in helping to keep the Port Carling Boats website active and vibrant.
We are considering replacing our “Cottages For Rent” pages, with “Antique and Classic Autos” pages, which seems a more natural fit with antique & classic boats. We would be very grateful for your opinion on the following two questions.

1) Would you be interested in viewing pages and ads devoted to antique and classic cars?  (yes or no)

2) (If you answered “yes” to the first question, what per-cent of our posts should be dedicated to antique and classic autos?  10%, 25%? 50%?  etc…

Again, we would greatly appreciate your input on these questions. Replies can be emailed to contact(at)portcarligboats.com. Many thanks in advance to those who respond!

by Rob

Two sold boats and a notice to our clients

May 24, 2020 in Uncategorized

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.

Martin Hinchliffe
Email: martinhinchliffe7@gmail.com
Phone: 4774646464

 

Contact name: Paul Prebois
Email: preboisp482@gmail.com
Phone: 4774646464

Send me the picture and the asking price
preboisp482@gmail.com

by Rob

A visit to Curt Hillman’s boat shop, Spring 2020

May 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

“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.

by Rob

Please forget Covid-19 for two minutes and check out the new prices on two handsome classics!

April 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

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.
Current survey.
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

 

by Rob

SeaBirD boats: a brief history (III)

January 22, 2020 in Uncategorized

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.

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