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by Rob

Our newest listing: a Greavette Disappearing Propeller Boat (Dippy)

October 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Greavette Disappearing Propeller Boat (Dippy): 1964 (#3)

“Hope” is in very good operating condition. Both the Dippy boat and Coventry Victor engine have been “top to bottom”  rebuilt/refurbished and both are running very well. (Sept 2020) Two new coats of exterior varnish were applied this past July. A new bilge pump and mini pump at the bow end were installed in Aug. 2020 (suggestion of Ian Dickson,(Dispro expert!) for all Dispros.
The trailer, with Bearing Buddies, is in very serviceable condition. Custom clips hold the cover in place during transport. The cover has been repaired/protected and is quite serviceable. “Hope” comes with two beautiful spoon-blade oars.
(Everything works!) In my opinion,this Greavette offers excellent value for the price. If it weren’t for a sudden, catastrophic illness,
there’s no way I would sell this beautiful Dippy  Rob A.

Ad number pb922
Price: $6000 CAD

 

Someone is going to get a great buy!
See the video below…

 

by Rob

Two questions for our subscribers and viewers!

July 5, 2020 in Uncategorized

First, many thanks to our viewers and subscribers for your loyalty in helping to keep the Port Carling Boats website active and vibrant.
We are considering replacing our “Cottages For Rent” pages, with “Antique and Classic Autos” pages, which seems a more natural fit with antique & classic boats. We would be very grateful for your opinion on the following two questions.

1) Would you be interested in viewing pages and ads devoted to antique and classic cars?  (yes or no)

2) (If you answered “yes” to the first question, what per-cent of our posts should be dedicated to antique and classic autos?  10%, 25%? 50%?  etc…

Again, we would greatly appreciate your input on these questions. Replies can be emailed to contact(at)portcarligboats.com. Many thanks in advance to those who respond!

by Rob

A visit to Curt Hillman’s boat shop, Spring 2020

May 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

“This too shall pass.” We look forward to the days ahead when we can stop worrying about our health and return to some form of normalcy.  In the meantime, re-activate your vintage boating adrenaline by checking in on Curtis Hillman’s latest projects.

Additional notes from the owner of the Greavette pictured above and in the video:
“The boat is a Greavette triple cockpit Roamer. It is a Dart designed boat (with a few minor changes) built on license by Greavette in 1934. The Dart Boat Co. began production during the mid 1920’s in Toledo, Ohio and went out of business in 1931, due to the Great Depression. About 10 years ago, Dart Boat began production again in Toledo, not far from the original sight. Also, the 4 cylinder Buchanan engine is not the original. It is a 1956.”
WARNING:: A number of fraud attempts have recently been made on Port Carling Boats clients. If you receive a full offer to purchase your boat, sight unseen, especially if additional funds are forwarded to cover transportation costs, a scammer is attempting to defraud you. Some of these attempts include the Port Carling Boats name in subject headings. Beware of fractured English and the name Anthony in these emails.

by Rob

Will someone please buy and restore this 35 ft. Longton Sport Cruiser (1968)?

March 27, 2020 in Uncategorized

This beautifully crafted, offshore racer has too much potential to lay languishing in a storage facility indefinitely.
Yes, it needs a new bottom and likely, new engines, but what a unique, eye-catching cruiser. The replacement costs for the Longton Sport Cruiser are estimated to be between $750,000 and $1,000,000. The asking price for the boat is now $25,000
Check out the two videos below. Further photos, details and contact information are available through this link.
Ad number pb780

(Updated video below: March, 2020)
Original asking price for the Racer: $50,000. New price: $25,000

by Rob

Chris-Craft boats, a history. (Part I)

February 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

Ernest Hemingway in an earlier duck boat. Note the duck decoys in the bow.

The Chris Craft dynasty really began in 1876 when Christopher Columbus Smith began helping his older brother Henry build duck boats and fishing skiffs for hunters and fishermen, and later for use as rentals in their boat livery at Algonac, Michigan. Time passed. In 1884, Chris  married Anna Rattray and went on to raise four sons and two daughters. When old enough, Chris employed the children in his workshop, helping to build rowing, sailing and small motor driven boats.

By 1906, Chris was building 26 foot boats that would reach speeds of eighteen miles per hour, fast for the time period.

In 1910, a wealthy theatre owner,  John Ryan,  engaged Chris to build a boat that would reach thirty miles per hour. Pleased with his new purchase,  Ryan soon offered to become Chris’ business partner, providing funds for the venture. Smith began building single-step hydroplanes, which promised speeds of up to fifty miles per hour. The $20,000 price tag for such a boat was an astronomical price in the early 20th century.

Boats built by Smith and his sons  won a number of races and the company’s fame grew accordingly.

After Ryan’s fortunes dwindled, Chris connected with a group of Detroit businessmen. They created the Miss Detroit Powerboat Association with the object of building a hyroplane that might win the 1915 Detroit Cup.
Their 25.5 foot Miss Detroit, with thrust from a 250 hp Sterling engine, bested the competition to become the Gold Cup Champion.

Following that episode, after which the Smiths were left with unpaid bills, Garfield Wood appeared on the scene. Already a factory owner, he inspected, then purchased Miss Detroit. Both Chris Smith and Gar Wood were creative achievers who loved fast boats. They both wanted to be the best in the world. W”Well’-heeled” Wood eventually bought the assets of the Smiths, relieving them of debt while allowing them to continue producing boats.

Miss Detroit II (and next year III)  designed by “Nap” Lisee,  was completed in time to enter the 1917 Gold Cup race, which she won with a record speed of fifty-six miles per hour. Success continued in the 1918 and 1919 Gold Cup races when they replaced the Sterling engine with a Curtis aircraft power-plant then a Packard built Liberty aircraft engine.


Note: Information for this article is condensed and  adapted from the book Chris-Craft Boats,  by Anthony Mollica Jr and Jack Savage. The book is available through MBI Publishing Company, Galtier Plaza, Suite 200, 380 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55101-3885 USA
Stay tuned for Part II!

 

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