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by Rob

Our newest listing: a Grew Cruiser; 14 ft, 1959

January 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

Grew Cruiser; 14 ft., 1959

1959 Grew Cruiser 14 foot. Nice little boat. Bottom redone last year with 2000e primer and racing bronze. Most bright-work done in the last two years. Engine runs well, has had carb-kit, new ignition, and bronze prop re balanced in past two years. The Grew has been in the ACBS Gravenhurst show the last two years. Trailer included with new tires, rims, and wiring.

Price: $5000. For further details and contact information, please click on the link     Ad number pb894

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by Rob

SeaBirD boats: a brief history (III)

January 22, 2020 in Uncategorized

SeaBirD triple cockpit.. 18 ft. 1941. $15,000 Ad #pb881

The C.J McCulley Years – 1945 to 1959
Immediately after World War II the building of boats for private use resumed. Many inboards were built by the Port Carling Boat Works in Honey Harbour. Outboards and row boats were built in Port Carling.

SeaBirD utility: 20 ft., 1940 $29,900. Ad #pb786

In 1946-47 the Company was reorganized. The Honey Harbour plant was sold and eventually taken over by C. J. McCulley. “C.J” was not only an accomplished builder but a good business man. He had been involved with the Company since 1920!  IN many ways, he was the most successful of the Muskoka boat builders.
The SeaBirD line is largely credited to C.J., who was ably assisted by several family members.

The Company’s boats were sold to department stores such as Eatons and Simpsons, as well as other distributors.
From 1945-to 1959 Port Carling Boats works employed about 25 staff membrs, and produced approximately one thousand boats.

SeBirD triple cockpit: 20 ft., 1937

By the late 1950s, fibreglass boats appeared on the scene. During its last few years, the Company sold a number of fibreglass vessels. BY 1959, many of the older workers had retired and it was difficult recruiting skilled wood workers. That, and the emergence of fibreglass sounded the death knell to the Company , which was sold in 1960 to a marine sales and service company. Fortunately, a significant number of SeaBirD boats still ply the waters of the Muskoka Lakes and elsewhere.

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by Rob

Our newest listing: a unique Breen Fast Limousine: 29′ 2009.

January 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

Breen Fast Limousine, 29 ft., 2009

Dolly Durkin Jr. is a 2009 29′ Breen Fast Limousine that took 5000 hours to complete. Based off a very successful Gold-Cup John Hacker-designed race boat hull of the 1920’s, and powered with a 496 cubic inch Mercruiser V-8 , this boat provides a stunning ride at all speeds. Hull is solid mahogany on white oak framework, sealed inside and out, to create a maintenance-free wooden boat experience. Decks are 5/8″ thick mahogany strips, book-matched out from the centre king plank. The cockpit is enclosed with a hard-top made of cove and bead strips incorporating two gull wing hatches for easy entry. Six model T roll-up windows provide shelter in unfavourable weather, and a cool, airy ride in nice weather. Main cockpit holds 4-5 comfortably and the forward “mother-in-law” cockpit holds an additional two passengers. All hardware is sand-casted bronze, chrome-plated. Mechanical drag-link steering with outboard rudder assembly provides sports car maneuverability and feel. This boat was built to be a sales tool for Peter Breen Antique & Classic Boat Co. Ltd, and attended shows across North America including Tavares – Florida, Houston – Texas, Bay Harbour – Michigan, and Brainerd – Minnesota where she won awards at each show. After a decade of showcasing our work, we are looking to find a new home for this unique and truly labour intensive creation. Construction details can be seen at www.breenboats.com.

Asking $195,000.00 CAD. ( or about $148,000 USD on Jan 10, 2020)
For further details and contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb893

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by Rob

Our newest listing: a Gentleman’s Racer, 22.5 ft., 1995

January 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

Hacker-Craft Gentleman’s Racer; (rebuilt) 22.5 ft., 1995
  RagTime- This is a 1995 Hack-Craft, that came to us in 2015, and over 18 months, underwent a forensic re-construction. The rotten west-system bottom was replaced with a solid and sealed Breen plank bottom. The entire boat was stripped, re-fastened, and refinished. Deck grout also replaced. New leather upholstery. Additional hardware and details such as the tear-drop engine ventilation scoops were added, to give the boat more sex appeal. Since delivery in 2016, the boat has only been used three times, as the owner had been busy with an expanding family. This is a tremendous value for a turn-key, perfect gentleman’s racer that will stand the test of time with minimal maintenance. Restoration details can be seen at www.breenboats.com

Price :$115,000 CDN. (about $87,400 USD ( on Jan.10, 2012)    For further details and contact information, please click on the link.  (Additional photos below)
Ad number pb892

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Ditchburn launch, 27 ft. 1927

January 2, 2020 in Uncategorized

“Wasan”  an iconic Ditchburn launch; 27 ft., 1927

Wasan is truly a Muskoka treasure. This rare launch has been featured in Grace and Speed, as well as The Boat Builders of Muskoka. She is truly a collector’s item.
Wasan
was totally refurbished by Duke Marine in 2016/2017. and comes with a new 1944 Chrysler Crown engine.
This beautiful vintage launch, one of a kind, is in like new, “show” condition.
Please contact the owner for further details and pricing.

DItchburn Boats
(Editor’s note): Ditchburn boats are considered be the creme de la creme of the classic boating world. The Ditchburn company produced a wide variety of watercraft from the early 1870s until 1938, in their facilities in Gravenhurst and Orillia, Ontario. Their boats ranged in size from ten to one hundred and twenty feet. Henry Ditchburn built the first gasoline powered launch in Gravenhurst in 1893. Purchasers of Ditchburn boats included the Eaton family of department store fame..

By the time “Wasan was constructed in 1927, the Ditchburn company employed some 130 men in their 1.5 acre manufacturing facility..
It is safe to say that Ditchburn built boats are of “Concours D’Elegance” quality.

For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb890

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