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.
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.
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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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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.