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by Rob

A blast from the past!

December 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Although it’s only mid December, Ontario’s Muskoka region is buried in some forty centimetres of snow, and winter storms have pounded the Carolinas and even Texas. It’s enough to make woody enthusiasts beg for summer. Althnough we can’t produce warm weather, we hope that this video of an Antique and Classic Boat Society show in Gravenhurst, will provide cheer through these cold, short days. The “footage” in the video was shot by N.H., the former owner of Port Carling Boats. Enjoy.

by Rob

A wintery visit to the stunning “woodies” at the Discovery Centre.

December 2, 2018 in Uncategorized


As winter arrives in Muskoka, Ontario, the beautiful vintage wooden boats at Gravenhurst’s Discovery Centre have been hoisted from the soon-to-be solid ice, and laid on cross beams to hibernate until late spring. This provides the advantage of even better viewing.
Enjoy the photos below.

Enormous resources of funds, energy and exeprtise have been poured into Miss Canada IV to restore her to former glory.

Miss Canada IV won the Harmsworth Trophy in 1949, after attaining speeds of 138,9 mph. Later in Picton, Ontario, she suffered a gear box blow-out at speeds approaching 200 mph!

Miss Canada IV is poweered by a 3000 hp. Rolls Royce Griffon engine.

Chrome rails support the canvas top of this charming classic. Was this technique really all that inferior to current methods of protection from the elements?

A beautiful barrel -back with an external rudder.

Greavtte Streamliners, with their rounded sheer lines, are highly sought after by collectors.

A chunky Shepherd?

“Malolo”, an early gentleman’s racer with a very generous “rub-rail”.

A beautiful long deck launch, likely a Minette Shields or Ditchburn.

Patiently awaiting spring, 2019!

All eight feet of this tiny, 1930s “woody” are powered by a small two cylinder engine. What child wouldn’t delight in this model?

A beautifully restored “John Bull” model Disappearing Propeller Boat

Stay tuned for the upcoming video from the Muskoka Discovery Centre.

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.