THis Greavette Executive was once owned by Ted Turner
Tim Butson and his staff have their hands full this winter, with restoration projects flying out of their steam-box (so to speak)! The shop currently hosts two Greavette Executives, a custom ski/speed boat, a Shepherd prototype, a Grew Overnighter, a two masted ketch and a Duke Playmate.
Enjoy the photos and video below.
Tim estimates that this ski/speed boat will reach 70 mph.
The Grew Overnighter, seen in this photo, is undergoing a top to bottom restoration. (See the photo below.)
The Grew has been strengthened with thicker lap planks, a reinforced transom and beefier ribs. When installed, the superstructure will provide additional support.
This Shepherd prototype design later appeared as a ski boat in Florida
The second Greavette Executive, early 1970s. rests beside a very substantial ketch
This 34 ft. two masted East Coast ketch, also from the 1970s, is in for some major bottom work and other repairs..
Note the massive rudder.
“Pip Pip” a charming 1949 Duke Playmate (an “everyman” boat built by the hundreds) awaits major work before returning to Magnetewan, Ontario.
With their Buchan midget engines (see photo below) these Playmates sip gas so gently that a day long excursion on one tank is taken for granted.
Hundreds of these small, reliable engines were built by Buchanan Marine in Orilla, Ontario
Greavette Sunflash: 17 ft., 1970 Notes from the owner below:
“I have a September 9th, 2015 “Condition Evaluation Survey” from True Heading Surveyor. (See Trueheading.com) . A PDF Copy of the Report with pictures is available. The replacement cost of the Greavette is listed at $42,000. The current value of the boat as inspected by the surveyor is $16,200. (The Greavette was listed in good condition by the surveyor)
The Sunflash is powered bi a 4 cyl, 120 h.p Mercruiser engine, which was rebuilt in 2004 at a cost of over $6,000. (An invoice is available on request) The engine has had less than 100 hours use since then. In 2016 a new battery was installed . I hauled the boat from Gordonsville, VA to Home in 6 hrs. Easy hauling. It spent one season in the Savannah River. The Greavette has never been never been in salt water.” The sale includes a bimini top, trailer and depth finder. Price: $16,000. For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb733 More photos below.
Our tour continues with additional photos from Breen Boats in Rockwood, Ontario.
1896 Dan Kidney 23ft Canoe Launch
This is a very rare find. Complete, intact and quite solid after 120 years, she has obviously been mostly stored inside away from the elements.
Dan Kidney was a substantial boat builder in northern Wisconsin. His boats were sold throughout the United States. Very few have survived, as they were powered with early rudimentary engines and mainly burned in the early years before gasoline motors started to become more reliable later in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Bill and Susan Ringo are rebuilding this piece of history to be used around their island on Lake Russeau, Muskoka for sunsets and family cruises. These launches are great family boats with wrap around seats.
Now totally ribbed, with a new bottom installed, Peter Breen’s staff are fairing it into the original sides and preparing to install the keel protection with the strut, shaft log and rudder assembly. Originally steam powered, very few of these survived as they were prone to fires and quite dangerous to run. Breen’s staff are converting her to a period gas engine – as was done when they realized that this was a safer, simpler and more user friendly way to go. Efforts are being made to identify the build date of this launch. With the power and propeller diameter it is known that she was built before the turn of the century.
This Duke playmate is in for some bottom planking, where attention to the wood grain selection for the bottom planks is critical.
The ultimate “wooden eye candy”…a garage crammed with Gentleman’s Racers!
The huge amount of labour and skill involved in creating this new 28 foot custom Gentleman’s Racer is a testament to the craftsmen and women who assemble her piece by piece!
The “Apprenticeship” , built by Peter Breen’s son Jeffrey, who has ‘learned the trade”, was featured at this year’s Sunnyland ACBS show in Florida show. A close look at the dash and forward end of the boat reveals the incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail lavished on the “Apprenticeship”
There’s lots of activity in Muskoka boat shops this winter…everything from a Dodge Water Car to a Stancraft “Beaver Tail”. The photos and video below tell the story
Mike is working on a 26 foot Chris-Craft Special: 27 ft. late 1920s (above
Also in Mike’s shop is a 22 ft Greavette, 1958…awaiting a new bottom.
Meanwhile, the historic Segwun and her much younger sister WInonah II, wait out the winter in Lake Muskoka ice
“Barracuda” above. is a 26 ft, 1929 Dodge Water Car
The Water Car’s engine is the original DOdge-Curtis 8 cylinder engine
Tim Butson’s shop includes a Duke runabout, (above) designed to Chris-Craft specs.
An elegant Butson long deck launch, begun late 2014, awaits some finishing touches.
(A bow-on view of the beautiful Butson long deck launch.)
Check out the progress being made on the above boats in this video visit to the shops of Mike Windsor, Paul Brackley and Tim Butson.