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by Rob

A visit to Curt Hillman’s boat shop, Spring 2020

May 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

“This too shall pass.” We look forward to the days ahead when we can stop worrying about our health and return to some form of normalcy.  In the meantime, re-activate your vintage boating adrenaline by checking in on Curtis Hillman’s latest projects.

Additional notes from the owner of the Greavette pictured above and in the video:
“The boat is a Greavette triple cockpit Roamer. It is a Dart designed boat (with a few minor changes) built on license by Greavette in 1934. The Dart Boat Co. began production during the mid 1920’s in Toledo, Ohio and went out of business in 1931, due to the Great Depression. About 10 years ago, Dart Boat began production again in Toledo, not far from the original sight. Also, the 4 cylinder Buchanan engine is not the original. It is a 1956.”
WARNING:: A number of fraud attempts have recently been made on Port Carling Boats clients. If you receive a full offer to purchase your boat, sight unseen, especially if additional funds are forwarded to cover transportation costs, a scammer is attempting to defraud you. Some of these attempts include the Port Carling Boats name in subject headings. Beware of fractured English and the name Anthony in these emails.

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

A visit to Tim Butson Boat Builder, June 2019

July 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

At Butson Boats in Bracebridge Ontario, a classic Duke awaits a rather sad fate, barring the arrival of a Sir Galahad.  Inside the shop, a number of vintage boats benefit from the expertise of Tim, Jurgen and Andrew.
Enjoy the video below.

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.

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