The 1893, the Electric Launch Company incorporated and began building electric motor boats. Since having fun with cars is a big part of our mission in life, from the inception of the project we thought it would be fun to make the Boattail look like a vintage wood speedboat. Also included in the sale is a custom made trailer in very good condition, with new tires and rims. Until the advent of outboard motors, peapods were often the “entry level” fishing and lobstering boat in Maine, and were often rowed off shore in the morning with the expectation of returning under sail courtesy of the typical afternoon seabreeze.
While they are seldom used for work anymore, peapods represent the ultimate in a seaworthy open boat with their double-ended hull form, considerable beam, and tremendous buoyancy. To our way of thinking one of the best things about a peapod is that they are pretty much impossible to outfit with an outboard motor.
A peapod would represent an excellent day-sailer or beach cruiser and would tow on a very light trailer. Joel White’s peapod, like many of his small boat designs, seems to take everything good about the type and combine it in one, very beautiful design that represents the ultimate evolution of the type to date.
The Dippy is powered by a single cylinder St.Lawrence engine, with a maximum cruising speed of about 7 mph. Peter started building this twenty-eight foot boat in 1997 and finished it in 2003 when he took the boat to Florida twice, taking three awards. Every detail of Cash Injection is meticulously reviewed and executed with precision, in keeping with the Ditchburn boats of the 1930s. Although Cash Injection has seating similar to a triple cockpit, a sunshade cover and a mother in-laws seat, she runs like a missile. The Ditchburn brothers would be very pleased to see both the work and the client-first focus of Peter Breen and his team.
It should be noted that Peter Breen’s restoration work encompasses all of the original boat builders in Muskoka, including Minett Shields, Greavette, Garwood, JJ Taylor, Clive Brown, Duke, Sea Bird and numerous famous US builders. CLAYTON, New York (February 22, 2016) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, announced today the details of the 2016 Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and ABM jointly hosted Symposium, a weekend full of in-depth and hands-on workshops, to be held May 13-15 at the Museum.
In response to member demand, this year’s Symposium will offer workshops on repair techniques for vintage fiberglass boats, as well as basic restoration techniques in wood repair and finishing. Registration is only $199 ($225 after April 25) for adults and $100 ($110 after April 25) for youth under 18 years of age.
Online registration will open on Tuesday, March 1 at abm.org or contact ABM Educator Debra Rantanen at 315-686-4104 ext.
During World War II the Company converted production to warships…large rescue boats and sub chasers.
After the war years, Ventnor built many kinds and sizes of boats, enjoying a solid reputation as a builder of fine vessels. The photos, below,  kindly submitted by Tom Sweeney,  show a complete restoration of a 1947 Ventnor.
The boats below are a few of those previously advertised on the Port Carling Boats website that have now found new homes.


It’s difficult to imagine the funds, patience and creativity to pull off a custom build like this! Zephyr III has twin screws with gas engines.  The picture above was taken during the Sunday parade.
It’s difficult to imagine the funds, patience and creativity to pull off a custom build like this! We hope the site will satisfy your love of wooden boats, cottaging and the holiday lifestyle. They were developed by Native Americans before the arrival of Europeans, for use on salt water, and could be described as a canoe adapted for rough water and heavy carrying capacity, rather than light weight and portability.
They will live, on the end of a towline, when many dinghies would swamp, and this is a good thing because they are too large to bring aboard the typical cruising yacht. In August thousands of vessels, from small sailboats to large replicas of caravels arrived at the IJ bay north of the city all together and then passed to the capital of the Netherlands in 2015 involving 8,000 vessels are given! The warm, sunny weather, a usual feature of the show, is a big draw for winter weary enthusiasts from the Northern States and Canada. Breen, who built and owns Cash Injection, is considered by many to be the finest boat builder in North America, if not the world.
Hundreds of hours of painstaking detail work are apparent, from the varnished, mirror-like finish on both the exterior and the interior hull, to the bilge and the engine compartment.
Additionally, there will be sessions on getting the best performance from both inboard and outboard motors, marine castings and pattern making, and researching your boat. Fees cover all lesson materials and select meals – Friday (dinner), Saturday (breakfast and lunch), and Sunday (breakfast). One of the innovations from the war was the use of lighter weight plywood for construction. During World War I, the company built sub chasers.  After the war they began building pleasure crafts such as the Cruisette, Veedetts and Flattops. But because that would have required taking the car out of the FL shop and transporting it to MI for a month, then transporting in back to FL, and because we wanted to have the car done for the Detroit AUTORAMA … we chose another artisan.
Originally constructed in the traditional manner using birch bark as a hull sheathing material, Europeans soon adapted them to plank-on-frame construction and for propulsion by oar and sail. Despite their size, they tow with minimal resistance, and are thus one of the few yacht tenders that are usually capable of carrying a yacht’s entire crew, plus a lot of gear, in complete safety. As a rowboat, peapods are easily propelled by one person, but they have the advantage of accommodating two pairs of oars and two oarsmen, when desired. His vast experience in the restoration of Ditchburn boats has directly influenced the production of Cash Injection. The John Hacker inspired hull design handles with ease and precision in turns and when wide open. The weekend will also feature a presentation by Tony Mollica on the history of a local boat manufacturer, Fitzgerald & Lee, and its association with Gar Wood. The original identification plate on the dash bears the model as #26 and the serial number as #1.


During World War II, Elco manufactured the famous PT boats building 399 of those famous 80′ torpedo boats.
Normally we retain close control on construction of our projects, but other than design direction, we had so much faith in Superior that we let them have almost free reign on most of the construction.
Strictly by coincidence, and as an incredible stroke of luck, we found out that Melissa Brandl, wife of Rich Jr.
For decades they were the typical tender for Maine cruising boats whose owners could afford something more than a minimal dinghy.
You can cover a lot of ground quickly and with surprisingly little effort, with two people rowing. The Century is powered by a 6 cylinder Hercules engine (6 volt) with new fuel lines – in reasonable condition.
This boat is truly a one of a kind and the only fully enclosed sedan of its kind ever built by Greavette in Gravenhurst Ontario.
Peapods are typically absolutely symmetrical, fore and aft, and traditionally require a “peapod rock” consisting of a round beach stone, to weigh down the end designated as the stern, thus making the boat track straight. All the hardware on the boat is sand-cast with bronze, then polished and chromed in the same manner that the Ditchburn brothers employed.
As a sailboat, peapods are traditionally built with neither a rudder nor a centerboard, depending on a long, shallow keel for lateral plane, and being steered by shifting crew weight forward and aft. Rumored to have been asked to shuttle Queen Elizabeth II around the Muskoka Lakes in the 1960’s, the owner of the Jay W II at the time declined the invitation.
A new Elco company was started in 1987 and is still in existence today making electric launches. A rudder introduces a fair amount of drag in any boat, so its absence contributes to speed. A rudder serves as much to prevent a boat from turning as to cause it to turn, and many people have been surprised to find how easy it is to make a rudderless peapod turn, tack, and jibe, and how easy it is to hold them on course with only subtle movements of the helmsman. The long, shallow keel makes this easier by tending to track straight and by causing strong shifts in balance, for steering, when weight is shifted in the boat.
This is a once in a generation opportunity to own a true one of a kind piece of history built by a legendary Muskoka boat builder. You could call it Down East windsurfing, good for less athletic sailors and for cold water. The spritsail rig has no boom, so one can easily row out of a tight spot without taking the sail down and without being hit in the head by the boom.
Also the sail can be tightly furled against the mast by winding the halyard around it, a great convenience when tying the boat up at a dinghy dock or when she lies astern of a larger boat, ready to use.



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