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by Rob

A classic cutter laps up some TLC!

October 15, 2019 in Uncategorized


Many thanks to Peter Code, a Toronto based restorer, for the story below..
“These three photos are of a rescue boat named Bittersweet, one of the last Ladies of the Lake Ontario Cruising fleet from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. I am sleeping down on her this weekend (earlier this fall) before mast is pulled in the morning, and the cutter hauled the following weekend.
She was designed by Phillip Rhodes in 1934 as Dog Star. Bittersweet was built in Nova Scotia in 1964 for Mac and Thelma Murdoch at the  RCYC and delivered by rail.She sails beautifully and also has a Volvo Diesel auxiliary engine. The accommodations sleep 4, and she comes with an ice fridge, head and stove.
Bittersweet may come on on the market for the right owners but for now a shipwright and his family are enjoying the  fun of restoring and sailing this beautiful yacht.

Bittersweet is currently lying in Port of Newcastle, Ontario and will be worked on over the winter by Peter Code and family under cover only  60 feet from the shores of Lake Ontario

For the wooden  boat warriors out there Bittersweet is planked with Alaskan yellow cedar on white oak frames.  This is about as long lasting a pairing as you could find .   The Mahogany on the cabin is where Peter has found rot and ripped that out immediately. The decks are ply but good and strong . The  mast is a 44 foot long Sitka Spruce.

I (Peter) admit that I am more of a Wooden Boat Magazine armchair sailor, as my father subscribed from issue 1, but this yacht is a treat to any wooden boat owner ,
Cheers, Peter and helpers Annie and Jessie”

by Rob

Gentleman’s Racer “Bug Bite” hits the water!

September 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to master builder Kevin Fitzke of Minnesota, USA,  on the creation of his Gentleman’s Racer “Bug Bite.” We have featured Kevin’s work in an earlier post when the boat was under construction in his shop. Since then, Kevin has launched Bug Bite successfully.  Enjoy the photos, his comments and the brief video  below.

Additional notes from Kevin:
“Bugbite is a little under 17′ in length and is 5′ on the beam. It’s has a pretty dramatic chamfer on the chines and step which create an illusion of a small free-board. As for speed, I’m not entirely sure how fast this boat will be. From what I’ve been able to find in the old Motor Boating magazines and such is I believe this boat broke the speed record at 69 mph in 1940. However, it’s a little confusing if it was this actual design or if it was a early Ventnor three-pointer design. Either way I’m not looking to try to break any speed records, I just think it’s got some great lines to the design and I’ll have plenty of fun at cruising speed.

For a very brief video of “Bug Bite” in action, please click on the link below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JRNUp2EmhlM4_rA0z7I_vzQh84uUGK0i/view

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

Eight recently sold boats!

September 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to the sellers and buyers of the eight boats listed below.  We hope that the new owners have many years of pleasure from their  “woody” purchases.

(above)      Peterborough cedar-strip: 13 ft., 1949   Excellent original condition; listed for $3,500  CDN. Sold August 2019  (Ad number pb877)

Seabird Swan: 22 ft., 1955 Excellent condition, listed for $19,000 CDN.   Sold August 2019.  Ad number pb858

Hacker-Craft: 24 ft., 2003.  Excellent condition. Listed at $79,000.    Sold August, 2019  (Ad number pb856)

Custom Mini Racer: Clean boat refurbished. 50 hp. Listed at $9,000.  Sold August 2019  (Ad number pb869)

Giesler “Georgian Bay” 18 ft., 2007.  Listed for $15,750      (Ad number pb834)

Hunter Utility. 22 ft., 1947 Listed for $15,000    Very good condition.   Sold August 2019.  (Ad number pb832)

Grew “Cruiser” 18 ft., 1968. Good condition. Price reduced to $4,000.  Sold July 2019  (Ad number pb721)

Greavette Utillity:  20 ft. 1949.  Solid condition. Price drastically reduced to $10,000.  Sold July, 2019.  (Ad number pb517)

 

 

 

by Rob

New listing: a Shepherd runabout:, 22′, 1964

August 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Shepherd Gentleman’s runabout: 22 ft., 1964

Notes from the owner below:
“I have owned the boat for 35 years. It has been a “boat-house boat”, going out on the water on good days.”
The boat was fully restored and the interior was replaced in the eighties. It has been stored in a covered marina or boathouse ever since on Lake Simcoe. The engine has never required any work. The carburetor was replaced with an Edelbrock. This year the rudder was replaced with a stronger and larger one.
I am selling because it is not a practical cottage boat for Georgian Bay”

Price: $12,000     For further details and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb883
Additional photos below.

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