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by Rob

Video highlights of the ACBS (Toronto) boat show: July, 2019

July 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

There was much to see and do at this year’s ACBs (Toronto Chapter) Vintage Boat Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario this year. It’s not every day that we can oogle this visual “eye candy” that appears at Steamship Bay in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Enjoy the video. (Click on the photo to engage the video)

by Rob

The ACBS Gravenhurst Boat Show rocks again!

July 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Mother Nature cooperated again this year for the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) International vintage boat show, held in Gravenhurst Ontario, this past Saturday.
Although temperatures bordered on scorching at 33 degrees Celsius, a steady breeze from Lake Muskoka provided enough relief to keep visitors engaged with the Show. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for the video(s) to come!

Sunny skies helped to draw several thousand visitors to the show rhis year.

“Traveller” well over 100 years in age, was the poster boat for this year’s show.

Historic vessels of 100 years or older were the featured boats of 2019.

This monster Shepherd graced the docks in Gravenhurst.

“Crusoe”, a hard top sedan.

A beautifully restored long deck launch.

A beautifully refurbished Duke ulitility.

Love that blue upholstery!

Escaping the sun in the back of this classic Shepherd.

An engine with a fibreglassic boat attached!

Monster engine!

This classic Shepherd is for sale at $35,000.

Very functional wraparound seating in this stunning Hacker.

A rare “mini” Greavette at only 15 ft. in length.

Army boat from the Second World War. The marine manufacturers were engaged to produce military vessels.

Lightweight, versatile cedar-strip boats are permanent fixtures at many events, and are still produced today.

Port Carling Boats maintains a booth at the annual Gravenhurst show to market our clients’ vintage boats.

This vintage lapstrake boat was listed at $13,500 in the Field of Dreams.

More Field of Dreams treasures.

The Peterborough cedarstrip oat in the middle, complete with a 30 hp Evinrude and trailer, was offered at $2,900.

The Maple Leaf outboard motor club had an excellent display this year, seen in part above.

The field of Dreams again

Beautiful Chrysler convertible

The unique French Citroen with hydraulic? suspension.


More to come. Stay tuned!

by Rob

It’s coming! It’s coming! The ACBS International Boat Show. July 6.

June 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

Once again, Gravenhurst in Muskoka, Ontario will host the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) International Vintage Boat Show.
The show offers fun for the whole family, and admission is FREE. Port Carling Boats will be there, along with many other vendors. The Show features a Field of Dreams for potential purchasers, vintage autos,, activities for children, and in-water boat rides for patient visitors. This event is one of the largest of its kind in North America, and well worth the experience. See you there!

by Rob

A last look at the Muskoka wooden boat shop tour.

May 28, 2019 in Uncategorized

This final video, above, of the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) Spring tour in Muskoka, Ontario, 2091, highlights some of the amazing reconstruction work done by local restorers to keep treasured classics on the water.

by Rob

ACBS Toronto Spring Boat Shop Tour, 2019. Part I

May 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Last week we we began our Spring Tour with a visit to Peter Breen’s boat shop in southern Ontario. We continue the tour today with a stop at James Osler’s shop near Port Carling Ontario, then on to Duke Boats, Curtis Hillman’s facilit and Stan Hunter’s shop in Milford Bay. Despite extreme flooding, on the Muskoka Lakes, the “show went on!”

This Chris-Craft Riviera has had some major work undertaken

It was really wonderful to catch a glimpse of this one-hundred-plus year old steam launch, currently operated from Lake Rosseau. What a beautiful piece of living marine history! James reports that the owner regularly uses the boat and takes it “all over the place!” The steamer is in for some new caulking and other refurbishments.  (Photos below)

 

I wonder if engineering papers are required to operate this steamboat!

Historic beauty and grace.

This SeaBird has had major woodwork and engine work undertaken. It is currently on the market. The owner will consider reasonable offers.

 

As you can see, flooding in Muskoka this spring has been extreme. Luckily, Duke’s workshop is on the upper level!

This SeaBird is certainly one of the company’s more “upscale” models.

The Greavette Streamliner seen here has had “major surgery, including a new bottom.

The Greavette has been re-powered with a beefier, new and (dare we say it?) reliable power plant!

Curtis Hillman’s recent projects include several smaller watercraft, soon to shine again under his care and skill. Photos below.

Stay tuned for more photos and videos of the 2019 ACBS Toronto Chapter Spring Tour!

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