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by Rob

A visit to “Tim Butson Boat Builder.”

December 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

There never seems to be a shortage of work for Tim and his staff at Butson Boats in Bracebridge, Ontario. Current projects include several Chris-Crafts, a Grew day cruiser and a Skiff Craft day cruiser. Enjoy the photos and video below..

This Chris-Craft was shipped from the USA by train and likely horse and buggy to Muskoka decades ago.

A major restoration underway.

This Grew day cruiser is close to completion.

The Grew seen from the bow end. Beautiful woodwork on the windshields and cabin top.

Dashboard of the Skiff Craft.

Nautilex on the deck and running boards of the Skiff Craft provide lower maintenance.

This 22 foot, 1945 Chris Craft (below) has been in the same family since 1945.

by Rob

What’s Cooking at Brackley Boats?

December 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

A 24 ft Greavette (right) glistens with new stain while the Baby Gar sports new frames and stringers.

A recent visit to Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst, Ontario, unearthed two quite spectacular vintage watercraft; a very streamlined-looking, twenty-four foot winter damaged Greavette, and a “monster” thirty-three foot Baby Gar.
Enjoy the photos and video below.

This 24 foot Greavette sank and was damaged by winter ice. “She’s” certainly on the mend now!

The ultimate classic dashboard!

This 33 foot Baby Gar is powered by a Rolls Royce tank engine!

(Click on the arrow below to engage the video)

by Rob

The Niagara Frontier Classic Boat and Car Show is coming this weekend!

September 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

It’s not too late! Set sail this weekend for this great New York State show. It’s one of the larger boating events in the USA and one of the best. Lots of wooden eye candy, both marine and auto in a beautiful setting on the Niagara River..

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!

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