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by Rob

Miss Supertest III returns to Muskoka this weekend

August 2, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

 

Final Showing in Muskoka

The most famous race boat in Canada returns to Port Sandfield

on Civic Holiday weekend

PORT SANDFIELD, Muskoka — When Miss Supertest III was shown in Port Sandfield in early July, it was supposed to be the last time this amazing boat was on display in Muskoka this summer. Instead, the boat’s owner has decided to add one more viewing, in response to public request.

“We had so many people ask us where they could get a glimpse of this amazing boat this summer that we just had to agree to show her one more time,” says Murray Walker.

A showing like this is no small undertaking. Miss Supertest is 30 feet long and more than 12 feet wide. She is mounted on her side on a custom-made trailer, so the highest point of the boat is nearly 15 feet from the ground. The boat and motor alone weight more than three tons. “Moving this boat is a bit more complex than driving your typical boat and trailer,” says Walker with a chuckle.

But Miss Supertest is no ordinary boat. At one time she was the most famous boat in Canada, featured on the cover of Macleans and major daily newspapers after winning the Harmsworth Cup, an international challenge race that pits nation against nation.

In fact, she won the Harmsworth three times, the only boat before or since to achieve that feat. She was paraded down Yonge Street, shown at the CNE, and eventually spent many years on exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of that first Harmsworth win, when Miss Supertest III defeated Maverick, considered the best boat in the United States.

To commemorate that win, the Miss Supertest team is showing the boat twice more this summer – on August 2 to 5 at Port Sandfield Marina in Muskoka, and on August 17-18 at the Vintage Boat Regatta in Rideau Ferry in Eastern Ontario.

That historic race win is also being marked with a remarkable twitter feed. On the anniversary of the Harmsworth race, August 24-27, @MSRaces1959 will feature a “live” feed of the three-heat race, capturing the drama and excitement of the event as if it were happening today.

While public showings are a lot of work, Walker says they’re also a lot of fun for him and the team. “Every time we show Miss Supertest, we have people come up and share their stories and their memories,” he says. People have sent photos, 8 mm films, and even the hand-written music for a fiddle tune that was written to commemorate that historic race victory.

“Miss Supertest wasn’t just a winning race boat. She was a point of Canadian pride, a reminder that we could build and run the finest boat in the world and beat any challenger,” says Walker. “We’re working to keep those memories alive.”

Facebook: @MissSupertestIII

Instagram: @MissSupertestIII

Twitter: @MSRaces1959  ‘Live’ twitter feed of the 1959 Harmsworth race will take place August 24-27.

by Rob

The Clayton, New York vintage boat show is fast approaching

July 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

Argggghhhh  then maties!   It’s time once again to cast off anchors and set sail for the annual Clayton Classic Boat Show, in Clayton. Thousand Islands,  New York
This show is one of the largest classic boating events in the USA, The event is housed at the Antique Boat Museum, a wonderful museum featuring some of the finest wooden watercraft in the world.
As well as magnificent woodies on display on land and in the water,  the Show offers an auction of antique and classic boats and vendors’ display with many marine related items for sale
This year, two iconic race boats are highlighted:;Baby Gars Snail and Cicada.  So press-gang the crew, and cast off for Clayton!

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by Rob

New Listing: an Owens Tahitian, 40′, 1964

July 29, 2019 in Uncategorized


Notes from the owner below:

Owens Tahitian; 40 ft., 1964

This 40 FT. Owens Tahitian is one of the last few solid mahogany double planked hulls sides and bottom. The decks are solid teak. The cabin roof is fiberglass with some unique hardware. The large cabin side engine air vents are trade mark of Owens. There has bean extensive work done to the hull and interior of the boat. The Owens is powered by twin G>M Flagship engines. The Owens comes equipped with a a 6.5 KW Koehler generator .The upholstery and canvas top and curtain are recently new and in nice condition.

Price: $7,950 CDN.  For further details and contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb874
For a video of the interior of the Owens, click on the video below.

Additional photos below.

by Rob

New listing: a Greavette Sheerliner; 22 ft., 1953

July 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

Greavette Sheerliner: 22 ft., 1953


Notes from the owner below
This classic Greavette was restored with a new bottom approximately eighteen years ago. It has been regularly maintained since then. The utility style layout accommodates up to eight persons.  The Sheerliner  is powered by a 200 hp. 6 cylinder engine. The boat is fully functional and ready for a new home. (More notes to follow).

Price:  $20,000          Ad number pb875
Please check out the video and additional photos  below for a closer look.

 

by Rob

Video highlights of the ACBS (Toronto) boat show: July, 2019

July 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

There was much to see and do at this year’s ACBs (Toronto Chapter) Vintage Boat Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario this year. It’s not every day that we can oogle this visual “eye candy” that appears at Steamship Bay in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Enjoy the video. (Click on the photo to engage the video)

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