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by Rob

What’s Cooking at Brackley Boats?

December 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

A 24 ft Greavette (right) glistens with new stain while the Baby Gar sports new frames and stringers.

A recent visit to Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst, Ontario, unearthed two quite spectacular vintage watercraft; a very streamlined-looking, twenty-four foot winter damaged Greavette, and a “monster” thirty-three foot Baby Gar.
Enjoy the photos and video below.

This 24 foot Greavette sank and was damaged by winter ice. “She’s” certainly on the mend now!

The ultimate classic dashboard!

This 33 foot Baby Gar is powered by a Rolls Royce tank engine!

(Click on the arrow below to engage the video)

by Rob

Our newest listing: a Billie Johnson triple cockpit launch, 24.’

December 2, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Billie Johnson triple cockpit launch:  24 ft., 1937

This handsome Billie Johnson triple cockpit launch has undergone a recent restoration. The upholstery and chrome are in very good condition. A lattice floor (helpful for ventilation) and inside hull lining have been installed in the boat.
The launch is powered by a 95 horsepower Buchanan Rocket engine. The Johnson is a wonderful family boat with abundant seating.
Originally priced at $37,500, the launch is now listed at $32,000
For further details and contact information, please click on the link . Ad number pb889

by Rob

A Visit To Dispro Heaven…the movie!

November 24, 2019 in Uncategorized

Further to our recent photo coverage of DIsappearing Propeller Boats from the collection of Ian and Barb Dickson, Muskoka cottagers, enjoy the the video of the “best little boats afloat” in the video below.

by Rob

Shepherd runabout offers a 25% price reduction!

November 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

We have been instructed by the vendor to adjust the price on this classic 16 ft., 1961 Shepherd runabout from $12,500 to $9,500.
Please see notes from the owner below.

Shepherd runabout: 16 ft, 1961
“Immaculately maintained 1961 Shepherd for sale. We’ve had this boat in our family for over 40 years. It is in top condition. No mechanical or boat damage.”
The Shepherd seats five comfortably. Power comes from an oil injected 115 Mercury outboard engine. Maximum speed is close to 50 mph. The gas tank is a  built-in  stainless steel unit. The trailer, in very sound condition, offers newer tires and wiring.  The sale includes a full mooring cover, two paddles, a bilge pump, six life jackets and bumpers.)

Original Price: $12,500. New Price, Nov, 2019 $9,500      For further details and contact information, please click on the link below.
Ad number pb843

by Rob

A visit to Dispro heaven!

November 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

Luckily, both the Dicksons are Dispro enthusiasts!

Imagine owning not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE Disappearing Propeller Boats! Welcome to the world of Ian and Barb Dickson, Muskoka cottagers and enthusiasts,  who kindly opened their Muskoka based collection to Port Carling Boats.
The Dicksons have been involved with Dippies for over fifteen years. As you can see from Ian’s meticulous workshop, he really knows what he’s doing with these craft. They are all beautifully preserved. Ian does the engine work himself. Not only that, he is very generous with his time and expertise when consulted by other owners.

The beautiful deck stripping and collapsible brass bow light are features of many Dispros..

A two cylinder Conventry VIctor engine gets a make-over.

The engine box assembly on this Waterman copper jacket can be removed with one fell swoop!

For the uninitiated, Disappearing Propeller Boats, (aka Dispros or Dippies) surfaced about a century ago,  in Muskoka, Ontario. The beauty of these boats is in their simplicity, light weight and the distinctive disappearing propeller mechanism, which when required, will vanish into the housing just above the hull bottom. Very handy for shoals, weeds and beach landings.

A 1920s Dispro with “gull wing” engine hatch covers.

Note Ian’s beautifully organized shop, not to mention the charming Dippy in the foreground.

When asked about his engine preference, I was expecting Ian to nod in the direction of the “newer”, two cylinder Coventry Victor engines, featuring greater thrust with a more modern design.  Surprisingly, Ian expressed a preference for the earlier single cylinder models, such as the Waterman copper jacket, or Dispro engine. These simple engines, he noted, can often be repaired on the fly. Having said that, Ian also commented that if the magnetos on the Coventry Victors are in good shape, these engines will usually provide reliable propulsion.
As we have mentioned in previous blogs, Dispro owners, (like blondes?) have more fun. Off they go in convoys to some of the most unlikely and hair-raising waterways. Luckily, these “pregnant canoes” are seaworthy, and will even handle big swells on Georgian Bay. (Not for the faint hearted, however).
For anyone interested in further information about Disappearing Propeller Boats, The Dispro Owners’ Association is a good place to start. The Association produces a quarterly newsletter, and provides companionship and knowledge for  new-comers. The group can be reached at disproboats.ca
(Stay tuned for the video.)

 

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