For lovers of Gentleman’s Racers…more wooden “eye candy” from Whippet Whippet a 26 ft, 1925 Ditchburn racer, reflects the extraordinary skill of the Ditchburn brothers and their staff. Built around the same time as the Dix and BIV, with the same torpedo shaped hull, Whippet’s 300 hp. 8 cylinder Hispano Suiza engine powered this gentleman’s racer to astounding speeds, particularly given her early vintage. It is another testament to the Ditchburn brothers quality and craftsmanship that this racer is still “alive and well”!
A visit to Duke Boats and Tom Adams Boat Builder in Port Carling, Ontario.
Wooden boat restoration is alive and well in Muskoka, Ontario. Just ask the staff at Duke Boats, who are engaged in a major refit of a graceful 28 foot Ditchburn, or Tom Adams, who is well underway with a mammoth restoration of “Rita”, a forty-plus foot Minett. Both Rita and the Ditchburn should be on view at the July 9th 2016 ACBS Toronto Chapter boat show in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar. In the meantime, enjoy the video and think SUMMER BOATING!
Our newest listing: a stunning 20 ft. Ditchburn restoration.
It’s difficult to believe that the “before” photo of the Ditchburn is really the same boat that appears in the “after” shot. A complete top-to-bottom restoration was completed on this “creme de la creme” triple cockpit over a three year period. (See details below). For contact information on this boat please see ad number pb636 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link: pb636
Ditchburn runabout: 20 ft, 1934
This truly could be the last of it’s kind, a lapstrake built by Ditchburn. The boat has undergone a complete restoration over a period of three years to restore it to its original showroom condition. This triple cockpit runabout has had all of its mahogany hull and deck planking replaced using traditional brass clench nails. However, we have made two modern day additions by treating all bottom planking with CPES (clear penetrating epoxy sealer) and using 5200( a rubber-like bedding compound) on all laps.
Every single detail truly was addressed and well documented, from re-manufacturing missing parts, re-chroming all original hardware, custom upholstery, electrical, fuel systems.
This unique Ditchburn is powered by a rebuilt Buchanan Flathead 6 and offered with a custom single axle trailer.
No pictures or words can do her justice, truly must be seen to appreciated.
Boats Boats Boats! Satisfy your wooden boat cravings by tuning in to ACBS Toronto chapter Spring Tour in Muskoka. (The third of three parts). Enjoy a visit to the shops of Duke Boats, Tom Adams, Blackbird Boats and Harwood Water Craft.
Our newest listing: “High Tea”, a Ditchburn cabin cruiser, 58 ft, 1929.
1929 was not a good year for investors, but it is now… HIGH TEA, an immaculate displacement hull cruiser, is an absolutely stunning example of a “Gatsby” era yacht from a by-gone time. She has been beautifully maintained without regard to cost by her present owner. Represented in show condition, HIGH TEA will surely not disappoint upon inspection. She is a useable and practical well built classic in turn key condition. With two state rooms, High Tea will sleep four. She is powered by twin Volvo diesel engines, each 250 hp. She has a fuel capacity of 810 gallons, water capacity of 100 gallons, and a 40 gallon holding tank.
For the full story, please see ad number pb579 on the Classic/Antique Boats page, or click on the link. pb579