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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!

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Grew Jolly Giant, 23′

March 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

Grew Jolly Giant: 23 ft. 1953

Notes from the owner below:
“This “barn find”  Grew is a true Georgian Bay boat.  I have a complete survey from May 2016 by David Buchanan. He went over every inch of this boat and found it to be in sound shape. Bottom and side planks are all rot free and ribs and frames the same. The Grew received a market evaluation of $45,000 to $55,000

The boat is in need of a total paint and varnish job and new upholstery too. I put the Jolly Giant into the water last summer and got the engine working like a top. I installed a new gas tank, filters and carburetor.

The motor is a Buchannan 283 v8 and looks like and runs like new. I did a compression test and all cylinders are perfect.  (The engine is a Chevrolet small block V8, marinized by Buchanan, and installed in the 1960s). Running time on the engine has been low since installation.

This boat would be easy to complete cosmetically.  The price compares very favourably with the two other Jolly Giants on your website.”

Price: $25,000     For further details and contact information,  please click on the link.    Ad number pb848
Additional photos below

by Rob

Remember the Mystic Boat Show in your vacation plans!

March 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

Why not mosey down to Mystic Seaport, Connecticut,  this coming June, for their annual boating event.  This classic wooden boat show is one of the largest on the east coast of the USA,, if not THE largest.

The 28th Annual Wooden Boat Show will be at Mystic Seaport Museum, June 28-30, 2019

Thanks to all for making the 27th Annual WoodenBoat Show such a success! This year we were fortunate to have a record number of beautiful wooden boats displayed at the show. Several boats were sold, awards were presented, boats were built, and memories were created. Such a fun weekend! Please mark your calendar for the 28th Annual WoodenBoat Show, June 28-30, 2019 with more in-water and on-land boat exhibits, reader-built boats, expert skills demonstrations, marine vendors, families building their very own boats, and so much more. We can’t wait to see you in Mystic, June 28-30!
Check out the Show’s website through this link. https://thewoodenboatshow.com/

Enjoy photos of past shows below.

by Rob

A peek into James Osler’s boat restoration shop in Port Carling, Ontario.

February 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

How James Osler and his staff managed to squeeze a mammoth 34 foot Minett launch into his shop, never mind flip it, remains somewhat of a mystery!  However,  they succeeded, and have been “operating” on the boat since then. The current power plant, a 6 cylinder Scripps engine, has been removed for refurbishment. Also on the “chopping block” is a major restoration of a 17 ft. 1950s Chris-Craft.  Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

Santa’s “woody” elves still at work after Christmas!

December 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

Ho-ho-hold the varnish! One of Santa’s favouriute elves, aka Peter Code of Tender Craft Boats,(and a junioor elf) are hard at work on this seventeen foot, late 1950s Century Resorter. The new bottom, frames, strringers, keel, transom and deck make the Resorter an almost new boat!  Peter hopes to have the work completed early in the new year. Meanwhile, the engine is out for restoration. With care and good luck, this Century will provide another fifty years of service.

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