The DOA, UUMMT on Lake Muskoka
August 31, 2021 in Uncategorized
What is the DOA and a UUMMT, you ask? The DOA is the Disappearing Propeller Association. A UUMMT is otherwise known as a Dispro boat cruise. There are words like misery, unauthorized and trip in there too. This was the first UUMMT for DOA members since 2019, due to COVID restrictions. Members were excited about the opportunity and 16 boats came out on Saturday, August 15th.
There is only so long that you can bounce around on hard wood seats, even with a cushion, so these cruises last about three hours with a break. This UUMMT toured the area near Bracebridge on Lake Muskoka. While the Muskoka river is a Dispro cruise in itself, we put in at the George St. launch ramp and headed into Lake Muskoka toward Browning Island. The idea was to lunch at Johnson’s Park on Eileen Gowan Island.
With the cruise starting at 10:00 am, boats began arriving before 9 and the whole flotilla started without a hitch and were underway by the appointed hour. This in itself is a remarkable feat considering many of the boats on the trip are approaching their centenary. The first Dispros were built around 1915, so the oldest of the oldest has past the century mark. The dory hull design though is timeless, with hints of Viking vigour.
For speed, the Dispro is unmatched, when it comes to going slow, but these little boats make the most of their little one and two cylinder engines. With wind whipping the tops of the waves, we rounded Strawberry Point and headed to the islands.
By Tim Du Vernet