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by Rob

The ACBS (Toronto Chapter) International vintage Boat and Auto Show: July, 2017.

July 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

This year’s annual Antique and Classic Boat Society’s International Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario, was blessed with a beautiful, breezy sunny day. ¬†Ironically, a thunderstorm the night before knocked out the power to some boat house doors, a repeat of last year’s performance! Nevertheless, there was a multitude of beautiful vintage water-craft and Cours d’Elegance automobiles to delight the attendees. The event was free for visitors this year, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

The in-water boat displays were enhanced by opportunities for visitors to ride in a “woody”, ¬†experience the field of dreams, observe the children’s paddle making, and visit onshore displays and a vendors’ row. Port Carling Boats was there to highlight our clients’ boats for sale.
Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

Tuesday July 28, 2015

July 27, 2015 in Blog

Vintage boat show, Gravenhurst Ontario, sponsored by the Toronto Chapter, Antique and Classic Boat Society. (Part III)

The joy continues with highlights from this international celebration of antique and classic boats. Stock up on wooden boat memories to tide you through next January!

by Rob

Thursday July 16, 2015

July 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

Video highlights of the Gravenhurst ACBS International Boat Show
Enjoy part one of this year’s Gravenhurst show, held on Saturday July 11.
There’s lots of wooden eye candy to enjoy!

by Rob

Sunday June 7, 2015

June 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Year of the Dippy
If you haven’t already heard, 2015 has been declared “the Year Of The Dippy”. The Toronto Chapter, Antique and Classic Boat Society, is honouring the 100th anniversary of this unique water-craft. Dispros will be the featured boat at the International Gravenhurst, Ontario show this coming July 11th.


Ian Dickson (left) explains Dippy features to the media gang

In anticipation of the Show, ACBS held a Dippy media event recently at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre in Gravenhurst Ontario. (see photos). Invitees were reminded that the Dippy was created and patented by Billy Johnson and Edwin Rogers in 1915 in Port Sandfield/Port Carling.
The unique feature of the boat, of course, was its skeg protected, fully retracting propeller, which could be recessed manually into the hull of the boat. This was a wonderful feature for Muskoka’s rock laden waterways. The relatively light weight motor (and boat) made the D.P. a kind of sophisticated, spacious, powered canoe.

The Dippy’s simple steering system connects the external rudder by ropes to a small side wheel.

Over the years, in different locales and under different ownership, some 3100 of these iconic boats were built; generally, from 16.5 to 18.5 feet in length. Usually constructed of cypress or BC cedar, the Dispros’ one or two cylinder engines would propel them at a speed of five to seven miles per hour.

This single cylinder, Waterford copper jacket engine will propel a D.P at approximately 5 mph.

Today about 300 Disappearing Propeller Boats survive, much appreciated by their protective owners, who periodically set out with a Dippy armada on “misery tours” throughout Ontario’s numerous¬†lakes.


Some Dispros feature a sturdy “pop up” bow light

More than twenty Dispros are expected at the Gravenhurst show in July. Along with the Dippies, visitors to the show can expect to see a wide variety of other wooden water-craft, a Sea Flea exhibit, a vendor’s row, as well as antique and classic cars from the Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance.
For wooden boat enthusiasts, the Field Of Dreams will again offer numerous boats and boat parts for sale.

A dippy will carry five or six passengersin relative comfort.

If you needed an excuse to drive to Muskoka for a glorious weekend, the ACBS Boat Show provides the perfect rationale. See you there!

by Rob

Thursday September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

ACBS International Boat show in New York State:
Skaneateles, N.Y played host to the annual ACBS Boat show, the weekend of September 13/14, 2014. As usual, an abundance of gleaming mahogany decks and throbbing engines offered lots to admire. Congratulations to “Best of Show” winner Mike Green for his beautiful DreamBoat. (below)
ACBS Int. 2014-1

The Muskoka, Ontario area was also represented by Omega, a stunning gentleman’s racer.
ACBS Int-2

The torpedo stern “double ender” below reflects a timeless elegance and grace from early in the last century.
ACBS Int-3

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