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by Rob

Our newest listing: a charming Dispro: 18 ft., 1920s.

May 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

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Notes from the owner below

This is a 1920s Dippy with 1916 Waterman K2 5 hp twin cylinder engine
Manufactured in Tonawanda, New York
Details as follows:
——-Trailer——
New tires including spare
Keel well supported with 13 rollers
Two launching walk boards with cleats
Winch and strap in Dippy for pulling on rather than stressing stem
Two boat guides are at rear of the trailer
Bearing Buddies
Spring leafs removed for softer ride –  added shock absorbers
——-Boat——
New stern post, all new white oak ribs, 2 new garbord planks, all seats are new., new engine box all with good cypress.
Original (impossible to find) running light with both lenses
Correct rear light and correct Wilcox Critden Muffler
Engine rebuilt with new rings and wrist pins. Much scraping of main bearings for good crankcase compression.
4 auto greasers ( not original)
Correct 4 blade prop,new universal, including a spare. Also includes expensive wire starting drum, spring, ratchet and cast bridge.
2 6 volt batteries with built in charger and selector switch
Fire extinguisher and bilge pump with switch
Two new spoon billed oars with oar locks made in Maine.
Correct device for 2 cylinder twin (drum brake)
Custom water temp indicator and water flow sight gauge
3 coats of Epiphanes varnish inside and out.
Custom canvas boat cover with great hold down ropes

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Price: $15,000  CAD. (about $10,400 USD at the current exchange rate,  as of May 4, 2020)

For further details, photo and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb899

Check out the video below to see the Dispro in action!

by Rob

Drastic price reduction on a Disappearing Propeller Boat

February 3, 2020 in Uncategorized


We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this Lindsay-built “Dispro”. Originally priced at $20,000, the asking price is now $10,500 CDN.

1928 Lindsay built Dispro,  Uncle Sam model. Wanita is 18′-6″ in length and was rebuilt by Fred Forster (hull),  Paul Dodington (engine) and John Thomson (device) and re-launched Sept. 1996. (all well photographed).

Gently used since then.  She is in excellent running condition and comes complete with hunter-green seat cushions and boat cover, spare prop and original bow lights.  Her trailer is like new and in excellent condition. .  Located near Dorset, Ontario.

Original price: $20,000.  New price: January 2020 $10,500 WOW! WOW! WOW!
For additional details and contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb523

by Rob

A Visit To Dispro Heaven…the movie!

November 24, 2019 in Uncategorized

Further to our recent photo coverage of DIsappearing Propeller Boats from the collection of Ian and Barb Dickson, Muskoka cottagers, enjoy the the video of the “best little boats afloat” in the video below.

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

Twenty volunteers bring a badly damaged “Dippy” back to life.

June 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Most Wednesday mornings in Gravenhurst, Ontario, volunteers gather at the Muskoka Boat Works to hone their craftsmanship and restore wooden boats! One of the group’s current projects, a 1929 Lindsay built Disappearing Propeller Boat, has been under restoration for a three year period. Close to completion now, its launch will no doubt generate considerable excitement and satisfaction.
Many thanks to our roving reporter, Ray Richards (with one “s”), for covering this story. Enjoy the video below.

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