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by Rob

A Wenonah II experience and a new Muskoka arrival

June 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

No doubt passengers on the Wenonah II were surprised and delighted when a stranger attempted to board the vessel in the most unorthodox means imaginable!
Winona 2

Race boat arrives in Muskoka:
Look what has found its way to Muskoka this past winter…none other than the race boat Obsession,

Obsession is a 2i foot, 1946 Gar Wood, hull number 7115, a modified Speedster design, with a single single aft cockpit.
Her bottom has been modified to a shingled/stepped hydroplane.
She features a Honduras mahogany hull with Spanish cedar “steps”.

Obsession is powered by a Chevrolet 510 cubic inch marine stroker motor, boasting 630 HP!. WOW!

Her prop is a Menkens high rake 3-blade, 13×17 cupped.

Obsession has been tracked at 75 mph on GPS at the 2004 Detroit Gold Cup.
Let’s hope we see and hear her at the ACBS Boat Show in Gravenhurst this coming Sat July 9th, 2016.


by Rob

First Time Boat Builder Creates a Masterpiece

May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to David Harrison, of Orangeville Ontario, on the completion of his first boat. To see this 16 foot Gentleman’s Racer, you would think that David had been building boats for years…
Gentleman's racer-1
Dave has completed this wonderful John Hacker design Gentleman’s racer, complete with 90 hp Chrysler Ace engine with 6 volt power. He fabricated everything for the boat, including the steering
wheel that was incorporated into a Model T wheel frame.
Follow the sequence of photos below to appreciate the patience, skill and determination that went into this build.

Gentleman's Racer-2

We used oak door skins for templates to install the planks

Gentleman's Racer-3

16 ft. African mahogany planks arrived . We began milling them to the proper size.

Gentleman's Racer-4

…began to steam the transom planks

Gentleman's Racer-6

Decking complete!

Gentleman's Racer-7

Gentleman's Racer-8

The Chrysler Ace engine is installed

Gentleman's Racer-9

Grid flooring will allow for greater air circulaiton

Gentleman's Racer-10

Voila! Masterpiece completed!

by Rob

Delta: another mahogany racer par excellence

February 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

Delta side

Delta is an 18 ft. Class 225 cubic inch Class Ventor (Apel) designed racer built by Minett-Shields in 1936. She was originally created for a customer on Lake of Bays who won a World Championship with her at the Canadian National Exhibition in 1937. Delta was originally powered with a 175 h.p. Lycoming engine. Her hull design is still used today. Delta, fully restored and operational, is still an exciting boat to watch as she reaches into the 60 mph range.
Delta at Clayton
Delta stern

The design of Delta, patent #2, 126.304 could be purchased from Minett Shields in varying stages of completion at incremental price increases or as a finished boat.
A semi finished hull could be purchased for $790, a complete hull for $1,575 and a “ready-to-race” boat with the Lycoming engine could be yours for $2,450! It is a testament to Bert Minett’s craftsmanship that this boat is still with us in 2016, eighty years after her “birth”. Some would say that this very rare Delta type design is the most sought-after wooden boat ever built world-wide.
Delta 6

The early  photo below shows “Astrea” one of the three boats apparently built to the 18 ft. Ventnor (Apel) design by Minett-Shields.  It is conceivable  that Astrea might be Delta, in it’s earliest manifestation. There is one  noticeable difference however: canvas, rather than wood, is used as a stern cover,  presumably to reduce the weight of the boat.


by Rob

Monday September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Miss Canada IV coming to Picton Ontario. October 2nd and 3rd.
Lovers of Canada’s record breaking Miss Canada IV will be delighted to learn that the historic race-boat is coming to Picton Harbour, Ontario, this coming weekend. The event is a re-creation of the day the hydroplane unofficially broke the world water speed record, reaching some 200 mph. Please see the details below.

“Finally, it’s time to share some very BIG NEWS. On October 3, 1950, Harold & Lorna Wilson’s mighty Miss Canada IV became the first boat to eclipse the 200 mph speed barrier, even though a disintegrating gearbox left her 300 yds short of an undoubted new world speed record for the measured mile. See below what Bobby Genovese’s Vintage Racing Team and our good friends in Picton have created for the 65th anniversary of that startling run into the history books” (The event will be held at the Prince Edward Yacht Club.)

-a re-creation of the world’s first 200 mph run
-display of vintage hydroplanes including Miss Canada IV
-meet the drivers and crews along with notable celebrities of current and past hydroplane racing fame
-boat parade down Picton’s main street featuring vintage hydroplanes
-water parade of vintage hydroplanes, many of which ran in races held at Hayward Reach during the 70s, 80’s and early 90’s
Miss Canada IV

Miss Canada IV-2
miss canada iv poster

by Rob

Tuesday April 14, 2015

April 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s still available: 22 ft. Custom Gentleman’s Racer
Built in 2012 by Done-Rite Restorations in Lambton, Ontario, this racer features an epoxy coated double layer plywood “no soak” hull. Book matched deck planking and many customized features add to this beautiful boat’s lustre, as does vintage re-done chrome. Her 350 over-bored engine will push the boat to 47 mph. With a beam of 7 ft, she seats three in the main cockpit. “Slightly Altered” has been designed so that a forward cockpit (mother-in-law seat) can be added. Originally listed at $65,000, the new price is $45,000. In our view, this figure must be well below the production costs of this racer.
For contact information and additional photos please visit ad number pb526 on the Reproduction Wooden Boats page, or click on the link pb526





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