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by Rob

Highlights from the Muskoka Lakes Association Classic Boat Show.

August 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

The bi-annual  Muskoka Lakes Association Classic Boat Show, held this past Saturday August 11, is an “invitation only” event. Consequently, the boats on the water in Port Carling represent the creme de la creme of vintage boating. The weather cooperated and the crowds came out in therir hundereds. Hats off to the MLA! Enjoy the photos below  and stay tuned for the video to follow.

Clever folding windscreen!

Heldena II, powered by a massive 12 cylinder Liberty converted air-craft engine.

Heldena II’s cockpit

A charming historic “double-ender”.

Perfect brightwork

A banjo streering wheel complements this handsome dashboard…with even a clock!

A twin engine beauty.

Miss Canada III was never beaten in a race she entered. She is capable of over 200 mph.

This sea-flea owner has a real sense of humour.

Naniwa II’s cockpit

CaptainRandy Potts was available to take passengers on Peerless II, a reconstitued gasoline transport boat.

A stunning Gentleman’s racer.

Talk about a clean engine!

Heather Belle, the electrically powered poster boat for the Show. Her home is normally on the Lake of Bays, Ontario

It’s diificult to imagine a more perfect varnish finish than the shine on this Gentleman’s Racer

Rare external rudder configuration.

A real torpedo stern on this beauty.

This year’s ML:A show was very well attended.

A wonderful wood-powered steamboat from the early 1900s.

Elegance defined!

by Rob

ACBS (Toronto Chapter) Muskoka Spring Tour 2016 Part I

May 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

This year’s tour of Muskoka wooden boat restoration/construction shops proved once again that there is a continuing interest and love of “woodies”.  Enjoy the video highlights below.

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by Rob

“Dix:” a testament to progressive design in a gentleman’s racer

February 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

In 1927 Bert Hawker designed the twenty-one foot, torpedo-shaped hull that still defines the standard by which other boats are judged.
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There is something inherently perfect with the Dix’s lines; from her nearly straight side planks to the gentle camber of her deck, which uses both light coloured spruce and dark mahogany to highlight her distinctive design.

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“Dix” was a huge leap forward in boat design in 1927. Even today very few builders will attempt such a project, because of the difficulty in executing both the design and the construction. The Ditchburn brothers, Dix’s builders, were second to none in either design or execution.
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One of the most interesting features of “Dix” is her external, “dagger-board-like” rudder which extends from the pointed stern and is moved through a wire cable mounted in a circular, grooved mechanism. The high gloss metallic finish of the rudder acts as a mirror to almost reflect the beauty of this boat.
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Having an F-6 Scripps engine roar from its side mounted exhaust ports is a race-boat symphony. Owning that boat and engine in 1927 would be akin to owning a Bugatti Veyron today.
It is very gratifying to know that Dix has returned to Muskoka. We hope that she will be seen again this summer on the waters of Lake Muskoka.

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