This unique runabout has been restored and modernized with a four cylinder Mercruiser engine and an external surface propulsion system. Hi Rob,thanks for the Amphicar story.back in the sixties,a women and two kids ran a red lighit at the intersection of Sherbourne and Shuter, (in Toronto, Ontario).
We have been instructed by the owner of this beautiful, historic,  42 ft.Swedish motor yacht, built in 1905, to reduce the price to $138,000 USD. Through these efforts a part of Muskoka’s heritage has now returned for residents and visitors to enjoy. This classic Grew is still in the same family boathouse since the time of it’s original purchase. This beautifully maintained Chris-Craft is a wonderful cruise boat, with lots of interior space for passengers. Enjoy Part II of last weekend’s spectacular Race Boat Show, held in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
Classic boats are not only an investment opportunity they are a declaration of personal style. If you have a passion for beautiful boats, you will appreciate sailing a wooden boat is one of the most pleasurable, satisfying feelings in the world. The most cost effective way to own an vintage boat is to buy a well cared for and restored craft where its history and craftmanship is fully documented throughout the years.
For the inexperienced vintage boat investor, however, the problem is knowing where to to find top quality boats. The significant difference between a classic wooden boat, and a modern day fiberglass (GRP) boat is the design shape of the hull, and the sailing or motoring characteristics. The deck area of a wooden boat typically has more bright work to be maintained than a fiberglass boat. In today’s boat market, it is still substantially less expensive to buy a classic wooden boat, than a fiberglass production boat. Most individuals have come to understand the desire to buy classic older homes that have been restored with modern amenities. Classic wooden gentleman’s yacht designed by Frederick Parker and constructed in the UK in 1961.
At a top speed of about 40 mph, this runabout turns heads wherever she goes, sending up a rooster tail 30 feet in the air.
For the uninitiated, an Amphicar is a road vehicle (70 mph on the highway) and a boat, complete with propellers and a bilge pump! Enjoy the video (below) of a cruise on the historic SS Bigwin, sailing from Dorset, Ontario, on the Lake of Bays! Well maintained and boat house stored, the Butson is powered by a Mercruiser 8 cylinder, 5 L engine.

It’s difficult to imagine the funds, patience and creativity to pull off a custom build like this! The boats of historical significance designed and built from the late 19th century through the mid 20th century were known for their sailing ability, ascetic beauty, craftsmanship, construction methods, and design innovation. Classic wooden boats, like all boats fall into one of three categories of condition: like new, needs work, and project. There is no difference with regard to the need for painting the bottom of a fiberglass or a wooden boat. The bright work maintenance schedule is based on the protection from UV rays, and the product used to finish the bright work. This includes buying a larger classic wooden boat to be able to obtain the interior space of a modern fiberglass production boat. If we are unable to satisfy ourselves about the history of a boat and guarantee that the work and restoration carried out has been done satisfactorily and to the highest standard, then we will not sell it. Their high price, limited capacities and increasing government regulations eventually sounded the death knell of the world’s only amphibious production car. In a time where so little of the past has survived, we treasure these opportunities to hold on to our heritage. Painting the hull of a wooden boat is not done any more often than the need to clean and wax a fiberglass hull to remove oxidation. The only added cost is the potential increased cost of moorage, which is a non-item when considering the difference in the purchase price. Both these homes, and these cars have dramatically increased in value, as the demand has increased. The West Coast of the United States, and European countries such as Italy, France, and the UK are now driving the market for classic wooden boats.
She is located in the Ballard area of Seattle in a transferable live-aboard slip, close to restaurants and bars, shopping, a farmers' market, and the public library. The owner wants to purchase a larger cruiser and is looking to find a new home for his Trojan. Originally used to guide large vessels into the port of Bristol, England, Simon discovered the sloop at a yacht club on the Toronto Islands in 2004. For the owners who love them, however, and the public who get a huge kick from watching them they will live for eternity.
Both Dwight and Paul spoke of the necessity of creating a very strong, rigid,  structure, that would resist bending and cracking. Resort owners please take note: this vessel would be a diamond in the crown of your tourist business.
She ferried guests to and from the famous Bigwin Island Resort – one of the most spectacular resorts in North America.

Bigwin was moved to a property in Dwight., then later, Dorset, where restoration began in earnest. A new bottom was installed about 20 years ago along with a re-chroming, new seats and a new bimini. We hope the site will satisfy your love of wooden boats, cottaging and the holiday lifestyle.
The vast majority of modern day fiberglass production boats are designed to maximize interior space, with little regard to sailing or motoring ability.
Some of the best boat restoration done world-wide is now taking place in these geographical regions.
The Argonaut II is powered by a Gardner 6L3 diesel and uses only 2.5 gph at a full speed of 9 knots. The SS Bigwin has seen the likes of Clark Gable, Louis Armstrong, Winston Churchill, Great Garbo and many others.
At the same time, the deck of a fiberglass boat will oxidize if left uncovered, and not protected from the effects of UV rays. At the same time, the demand to own restored classic wooden boats has increased substantially along with their value.
A classic yacht in all respects including the transverse teak ladder to receive guests on board for short or long cruises.
The answer for reducing the maintenance for the deck area for both types of boats is using a boat cover. Temporarily caulking her seams with silicone so she wouldn’t sink, Simon towed her to Oshawa, Ontario, where work began in earnest.
Covered moorage is also an option for protection from UV rays for power boats, where available. Cotton was re-applied to her hull seams and the vessel was saturated with CPES  penetrating epoxy, then varnished.
The teak decks contain so much natural oil that they must be periodically stripped and re-varnished., as the oil leaches up and causes bubbling at the surface.
Simon’s efforts have provided him  with a very sea worthy, seven ton vessel, on which he plies the Great Lakes.

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