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by Rob

International boat show a smashing success!

July 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

The three docks at the ACBS show were packed with visitors

Scores of vintage wooden and fibre-glassic boats (as well as vintage autos) lined the shores of Muskoka Bay in Gravenhurst, Ontario, this past Saturday July 7, 2018. The balmy weather brought thousands of visitors to the displays. Hosted by the Toronto Chapter, Antique and Classic Boat Society, this event is liable to go down in history as one of the best attended and most interesting shows on record. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the video to follow.

The Dippy” club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year

Believe it or not, it’s a paddle boat!

And now…for something completely different!

Boat show attendees signed up for a free ride on the magnificent woody “Rum Runner”.

Vessels available for sale at the Field of Dreams this year seemed to be of a higher quality.

A true “fibre-glassic”

Balmy weather and a light breeze made it a pleasure to walk the docks.

This looks suspiciously like a Duke Playmate.

A true original!

The perfect boat for “Gold Finger”!

The land displays included several “sea-flea” type watercraft.

A stunning twin engine fibre-glassic: every teenager’s dream in the 1950s-60s.

More “Field of Dreams” boats.

This Shepherd was available for less than $20,000

A beautifully restored Playmate.

by Rob

Beautiful weather, boats and autos crown the ACBS Gravenhurst Boat Show

July 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

This year’s July 8th, 2017 vintage boat and auto show, sponsored by the Toronto Chapter ACBS, was a well attended celebration of our automotive and marine history. Admission to the show was free this year, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Despite an overcast start to the day, (with some areas experiencing power outages) the sky cleared and the crowds arrived! Congratulations to all involved for a very successful show. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the upcoming video.

This mini tug was surely the cutest boat at the Show.

A beautifullly maintained/restored Duke Playmate

Very rare 1940s Chris-Craft with cuddy


“Hers” is a a very welcome repeat Chris-Craft visitor at the Show

“Slightly Altered” is a custom Gentleman’s Racer currently for sale on the Port Carling Boats website. Price: $45,000

This very attractrive electric boat bodes well for future more environmentally friendly boating.

The Canadian Electric Boat Co. strikes again!

Best to be wearing sunglasses when viewing this very striking “fibreglassic”.

Unusual and attriactive covering boards on this Gentleman’s Racer

No Gravenhurst Boat Show is complete without the steamship Segwun on the scene.

The vehicles at this year’s show were all “Concours D’Elegance” automobiles.

Several Amphicars made their way to to the Show this year.

The classic lines of these autos have a class, grace and beauty all their own.

This well maintained Chris-Craft Sea Skiff Cuddy is also for sale on the Port Carling Boats website..$15,900

A gorgeous Chris-Craft triple cockpit.

by Rob

Get set for the huge vintage boat/auto show in Gravenhurst, July 8.

July 3, 2017 in Blog

The Toronto Chapter,  ACBS,  is once again hosting one of the largest international antique and classic boat shows in North America.  Over 100 vintage vessels will on display at the wharves in Gravenhurst Ontario (about a 2.5 hour drive north of Toronto).  And that is only the beginning.  The show will include Concours D’Elegance vintage autos, children’s activities, a flea market,  “field of dreams” and over fifty vendors.  (Port Carling Boats will be one of them.  Be sure to stop by and say “hello”. )
There are also a number of pre and post show day activities, beginning on July 4th and ending the day after the show.
Best of all, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday bash,  admission to the show is FREE.  

For further details, visit https://www.acbs.ca/index.php

by Rob

Antique and Classic Boat Show: Gravenhurst Ontario. 2016

July 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

This year’s show, sponsored by the Toronto Chaptyer ACBS, featrured Greavette boats. Scores of beautiful woodies bobbed in the water while Vendor’s Row, the Field of Dreams, the childrens’ programme and the “boats in motion” offered much to see.
Enjoy the video below…the first of three parts.

by Rob

ACBS (Toronto) International Boat Show: Gravenhurst -July 9th, 2016

July 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Despite the threatening weather, this year’s show featured full docks glistening with wooden beauties, impressive displays on vendor’s row, the field of dreams with vintage boats and autos, an outboard motor club display, activities for children and the boats-in-motion features…which included free rides for attendees. Whew!
It was wonderful to see so many Greavette boats on display; Greavettes were this year’s featured water-craft.
It seems that a good time was had by all.(The rain held off until 3:30 pm) Kudos to the ACBS exective members and many volunteers who pull off this annual extravaganza. It’s a huge organizational effort. Well done!
(Photos below) Stay tuned for the videos!
Gravenhurst 2016-9

Boat show attendees were offered rides in two beautiful long deck launches. (above and below)

Gravenhurst 2016-10

Gravenhurst 2016-13

This stunning restored Shepherd (above) is for sale on the Port Carling Boats website…ad number pb693

Gravenhurst 2016-12

A gorgeous hard top sedan graces the docks.

Gravenhurst 2016-17

…A first class resoration of this barrel-back launch.

Gravenhurst 2016-16

A roomy and versatile Chris-Craft Sportsman.

Gravenhurst 2016-15

We’ expect to see more of these “fibre-glassic” Centuries in upcoming shows.

Gravenhurst 2016-14

The narrower beam of the launch above likely reflects the standard of the 1920s.

Stay tuned for more photos and video of the Show.

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