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by Rob

What’s cooking at Butson’s boat shop?

October 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

After a six month absence,  it was time to get back to Tim Butson’s boat shop in Bracebridge, Ontario. Tim and his staff are nearing  completion of at least three classic watercraft, including two Greavette Executives and a Grew day cruiser.  As usual, the shop was humming.  Enjoy the photos below, and stay tuned for the video.

It’s hard to imagine how a virtually dust free finish could have been applied to the Greavette Executive, circa 1973.

“Brown Bear”, another Greavette Executive, awaits further completion.

This ‘big water’ Grew has been rebuilt from top to bottom.

 

Stern end of the Grew. This boat has been structurally reinforced. She’ll be stronger than when originally built.

Don’t be fooled by the photo. This Grew is a BIG boat.

This Grenell is a new arrival in the shop. She’ll be examined for an evaluation of required work.

It looks like the hull, forward of the dash, might need some work.

This is one of three major work areas at Butson Boats.

No salivating on the deck, please, speed lovers! This racer is a new custom build at Butson’s.

This Chris-Craft ski boat has had a new bottom installed. The owner is searching for a new ski pole.

.Simple lines, but a very functional design. One half transom coming up!

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

Arrghh, Maties! The big Boat Show is coming!

June 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

Listen up, classic antique and “fibre-glassic” boat lovers. The International Antique and Classic Boat Society (Toronto Chapter) is coming Saturday July 7th. to Muskoka Wharf in downtown Gravenhurst Ontario. This is one of the largest exhibitions of vintage boats and autos in North America. Port Carling Boats will have a booth and there a number of activities and wonderful sights to see. Mark the date on your calendar and be sure to make the trip to Muskoka for this annual event.

by Rob

Wooden Boating “Down Under”

March 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

The Australians are a sea-faring nation. Their nautical heritage inspires a celebration of wooden boating. Hobart, Tasmania, hosts the annual Mystate Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

Have you ever wanted to visit “OZ” and Tasmania?  Why not book a trip “down-under”?  Next year, the Hobart festival will take place in February,  (2019).  See the description below.

The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival will be back again in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, from Feb. 8-11 2019 (inclusive).
Held across Hobart’s vibrant and bustling waterfront, the four-day festival brings together the largest and most beautiful collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere.
Along with the exhibition of these beautiful boats, the festival delivers a lively combination of incredible local food, live entertainment, music, demonstrations and displays. From the state’s best seafood, to the children’s village, to our very own tavern, the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival has all the elements of a summer celebration by the sea.
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Meanwhile, not far from Hobart, at Franklin, ” the heart of the Huon Trail”, is the Wooden Boat Centre.

Many thanks to Alison Bosse, our Australian connection, for providing photos of the ongoing work at the Centre. Obviously, wooden boating is alive and well in OZ.

by Rob

A senior craftsman’s love of Hackers, plus Breen Boats project 4:

March 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to seventy-nine year old John Campbell of Texas, a fine craftsman who has been building boats for sixty years! John is a real Hacker enthusiast. He describes his latest project, ‘Rosita”, below.
“I must confess that I am hopelessly in love with this little boat and have lusted after ALL Hacker boats for at least 40 years. I have built radio controlled models of many of them….
I wanted to build Rosita full size (21′ X 5’2″all these years and life kept getting in the way and now I’ve found Slippery (John’s latest obsession, not pictured in this post) and MUST have her. I’m 79 years old and have been building wooden boat models and a few full size craft since I was 19…….I cannot imagine life without building a wooden boat and Mr. Hacker’s designs are simply the finest……I’ll keep you up to date with pics and progress on “Slippery”……..don’t be too surprised if you find that I’ll be powering her with a 31 hp liquid cooled V-twin Kawasaki or Kohler engine…….I build light and have it on good authority that 31 hp in this little boat will get me to 28 – 30 mph which is fast enough for an old man, no?…”
John Campbell

“PS: My Rosita is powered with 15,000 watt brushless water cooled electric motor running on 37 VDC…..she has not been wet yet….very recently finished….will be transported in a large spring-loaded wooden box mounted on my Castlecraft aluminum canoe trailer…..more pics to come when all is ready…”

Meanwhile, back in Ontario,
Peter Breen’s boat shop, located near Rockwood, Ontario. has been very active over the winter.
The water-craft below is a personal project for Peter, who has a fantastic collection of vintage canoes.  This is his latest acquisition. Built around 1900, this eighteen foot, “double-end” sailing canoe has all original wood. One section of planking has had a crack repaired and the entire boat is being hand-sanded –  to be followed by a few coats of varnish.