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by Rob

New price on beautifully restored Shepherd utility

February 18, 2017 in Uncategorized


We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this professionally restored (17 ft. 1947) Shepherd utility from $35,000 to $30,000. See additional photos, text and contact information below.
Notes from the owner
“This beautiful boat has undergone a “top to bottom” restoration by Clarion Boats in Campbellford, Ontario including:
– New bottom
– New mahogany bow and stern decks
– New transom
– New gas tank and fuel line
– New wiring
– New windshield glass
– New mahogany ceilings
– New linoleum floor
– Rechromed hardware
New leather interior done by Linrich Upholstery Rebuilt engine converted to 12 volt. Period correct foot throttle. Custom mooring cover. Trailer customized to fit.”
Original Price: $35,000. New price: (Feb 2017) $30,000. For additional photos and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb647

by Rob

Looking for a winter getaway? “Serendipity Oaks” is available in Jan. 2017

December 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Serendipity Oaks: Wasi Lake, Powassan, Ontario
This large and bright cottage is the perfect spot for a family get together. The newly upgraded windows and patio doors fill the rooms with sunlight. The lovely blond wood flooring makes for a homey and comfortable feeling. On the main level there is an open concept kitchen/dining room area leading out to the deck, and with a fantastic view of Wasi Lake. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything needed for meal preparation and clean up. The dining table will seat six people and there are some extra chairs and a folding table to accommodate a few extras.
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In the living room there is comfortable seating for six people and more windows with a view to the front of the house and the veggie garden. There is a wood fireplace for cool fall evenings or a snowy day in the winter. Also on this main level there are three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king sized bed and a three-piece ensuite. In the second bedroom there is a queen sized bed and a playpen for if there was a younger child that needed to sleep here. In the third bedroom there is a good quality double sized bed. Along the hallway there is also a four-piece bathroom.
Downstairs on the lower level, there is a large open area with a wood stove, a sectional couch, a card table with seating for four and a treadmill, all strategically placed to offer a view of the lake through a 12′ patio door and the 32″ TV with an Apple TV for access to the Internet (no cable or satellite). Also provided, if Fido is travelling with you, is a large dog crate. There is another fridge on this level as well as a sink and cupboards. Down the hall is a laundry room, and another four-piece bathroom. Internet is supplied by a Roger’s hub that offer 15Mbps. There are two double sized beds and one single in the basement.
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The large deck can be accessed from both the dining/kitchen area and the master bedroom. The northern exposure provides sun for most of the day. For summer there will be an assortment of gravity chairs and loungers for relaxing. The large lawn slopes gently down to the waterfront where there is a small sandy beach (size depends on lake conditions). There is both a long boat dock and a swimming dock further out in the water. This is a small lake, and larger boats are not advisable. Fishing boats can be launched and docked right at the cottage, and there are 3 kayaks provided. There are two islands on the lake which are perfect destinations to kayak to. The larger island is crown land so can be explored. The fire pit is at the lake front where you can enjoy the beautiful sunsets with your roasted marshmallows.
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Inclusions:
2 Refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine, utensils, dishware, BBQ, washer and dryer, board games ,puzzles
Table Seating:
6-10
Bedrooms:
4, sleeps 10
Bed Sizes:
1 King, 1 Queen, 3 Doubles, 1 Single + playpen
Linens:
Vacationer supplies their own linens: Sheets and pillowcases + Inside towels and beach towels
Bathrooms:
2 four-piece, 1 three-piece ensuite
Electronics:
Television
Telephone & Internet:
Cell phone reception. Rodgers Internet @ 15Mbps
Outdoor Furnishings:
Deck and lounge chairs, patio set, fire pit
Waterfront:
200 ft frontage with level, grass approach. 30-40 ft of sandy beach
Water Toys:
3 kayaks
Exposure:
North
Dock Size:
12 ft x 12 ft swimming dock
Hospital:
North Bay
General Store:
Within 10-15 minutes
Fishing:
Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch and Catfish
Golfing:
Osprey Links Golf, Lookout Terrace Golf Course, Pinewood Park Golf Course, Clear Springs golf Course
Entertainment:
Galaxy Cinemas North Bay, Capital Centre, Matthews Maple Syrup, Chief Commana II
Museums:
Callander Bay Heritage Museum, Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence, Mattawa Museum, North Bay Museum
Parks:
Restoule Provincial Park, Northern Algonquin Park, Powassan Lions Park
Remarks:
Pricing:
$1,695 per week during high-season (High-Season includes the last full week of June to Labour Day Monday, as well as the week of Christmas and New Year’s ).
$1,110 per week during off-season.
$850 per holiday weekend ins off season(3 night min)
$550 per weekend during off season (3 night min)
$600 refundable security deposit required.
* Administration fee may be applicable.
For contact information and additional photos, please click on the link. Serendipity Oaks F378

by Rob

A beautiful cruiser excursion for Hillary and Donald?

November 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Many thanks to David Hughes, a Canadian citizen, who kindly responded to our suggestion of a wooden boat ride for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Elect Donald Trump.
We hoped that such a relaxing outing would help heal the wounds of a divisive American election campaign.
Should Hillary and Donald accept the invitation,  they would be welcomed aboard Mr. Hughes’ rare Martinique cruiser. As  David notes,  “They could ride in the open cockpit while we traversed the Detroit River, view the Windsor/Detroit skyline – reminisce…tell tale tales…and laugh, and laugh, and laugh!”

Notes, additional photos and a video on this beautiful boat are featured below.. Many thanks to Mr. Hughes for sharing and to Andy Breschuk for the photographs.
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Mainstay is one of 2 true Matthews Martinique “Express” stock cruisers in existence…she still has her original twin Chrysler marine 331 Hemi engines and Onan generator motor. She is a work in progress (much work was done on the frame(s) and rudders this season). Hopefully all needed work will be completed in about 5 years time when I retire and can then enjoy her cruising on the Great Lakes.
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by Rob

A beautiful time of year to book a cottage getaway

September 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

Why not bring your wooden boat (if you have one!) to Ontario and rent a cottage? The fall colours have begun to emerge, and the weather has been unseasonably warm.
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Lee’s Lakeside Lair, for example, offers a charming getaway for a very modest price.
Privacy, peacefulness, sunlight and beauty are words that come to mind at Lee’s Lakeside Lair on pretty McQuaby Lake, just south of North Bay, Ontario. Situated on five acres of land, the three-bedroom, chalet-style cottage has a good-sized deck that faces the water to catch the morning sun or relax in the shade during the afternoon. A second small deck off the upstairs bedroom gives the option of a private space to enjoy the lake, while a narrow deck at the western side of the cottage will satisfy the sun worshipers who are seeking the afternoon rays. If the weather is inclement or you require a screened-in option, there is a screened gazebo that also has a lake view. The large yard gives plenty of space for children to explore, and the woods around the cottage ensure privacy, wildlife sightings and natural beauty.
The cottage has one bedroom with a queen-sized bed on the main level. There is a four-piece bathroom across from the bedroom. Also on this level is the kitchen with dining table, near large windows that give a lake view. The living area opens off the kitchen and has comfortable seating, a lake view, and a large flat-screen television with DVD player. A door from the dining/living area accesses the twelve by twenty-four foot deck with its numerous chairs, barbeque, and table with umbrella.
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Stairs lead up to the second level of the cottage, where there are two additional bedrooms, and a second four-piece bathroom. Each of these have double beds. A door from the lake-side bedroom accesses a small deck. Leaving the screen door ajar at night will allow in both the fresh breezes and the sound of loon calls echoing across the water! Ceiling fans in both upstairs bedrooms will ensure comfort.
At the front of the cottage, the level lot gives way to a slope that approaches the lake. Wooden stairs and additional decking lead to the water’s edge. From the lower landing, three steps lead down to the dock. A thirty-two foot dock runs off the staircase and extends out to where the water is about four feet deep. Non-swimmers may enter the water at the lake’s edge where it is shallow and the sand bottom is firm. There are some weeds on the bottom of the lake, but they do not interfere with swimming.
A rowboat and canoe are provided for exploring the lake or for fishing. Along the lake there are areas of crown land and undeveloped areas that may be explored.
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A fire pit with wood provided is also available for guest use.
This cottage also makes the perfect winter getaway for snowmobile enthusiasts. The cottage is fully winterized.
Restoule Provincial Park with its hiking, boating, and sandy beaches makes a good day trip from the cottage. The village of Restoule has a variety store and ice cream cone stand, while the town of Powassan has a grocery store and interesting hiking trails. Lake Nipissing with its extensive boating and fishing can be accessed near the village of Nipissing. A visit to the nearby city of North Bay could include a boat trip on the Chief Commanda, live theatre, restaurants, and shopping.
For contact information, please click on the link. Cottage ad “F171
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by Rob

Our newest listing: a custom Duke Special: 22 ft, 1950

April 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

One of a Kind, 1950 22 ft. Duke Special custom built for a Muskoka Lakes client.
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Notes from the owner:
“This mahogany runabout was custom built in Port Carling in 1950 and is unlike other Duke runabouts, there is a pass through from the rear seat to the front, no crawling over decks. The boat is 95% original wood, with all new white oak engine stringers and pressure treated plywood floor replacing the original spruce dead wood . The engine, a 6 cylinder Gray marine of approximately 105 HP, rebuilt by PAL engines in 1987, comes with manuals.”
Price: $40,000 Ad #pb684 For contact information, please click on the link. pb684
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