This very functional classic Shepherd is in excellent condition, having undergone a complete restoration in 2007; including new planking,rewiring,chrome,upholstery and safety wind shield glass. This graceful antique launch has been owned by the same family since its original purchase in 1934.
For the past 2 years members of 53 Division Toronto Police Service, Victim Services Toronto, as well as partners from Wai Nui O’Kanaka Canoes and Coach Peter Buday have come together, trained relentlessly, and with determination paddled Lake Ontario by outrigger canoe. Our new event is truly part of our Canadian culture and heritage; it will pit man, dog and sled against the frozen elements of the north with a goal of covering over 100km in 4 days, and 3 nights.
The idea is straight forward; first there will be several sled training days up at Chocpaw in the fall of 2013 and then again in January 2014 to hone my skills at mushing, reading trails and handling the dog team, and then on February 10, 11, 12 and 13th, the expedition leaves the Chocpaw kennel in South River Ontario and ventures deep into Algonquin Park’s pristine wilderness.
Snow, wind and ice permitting we plan to run the sleds over 30km per day ending each evening with the priority of… looking after the dogs of course. The event is designed to capture the imagination of the public to the rigours of a winter expedition and thus to appreciate the rigours faced by our city’s victims each day, and the crucial role VST plays in counselling and healing particularly with the children and youth of this city.
Last year VST assisted 6,400 children and youth through their Victim Crisis Response Program. This winters event could not be made possible without the help of outstanding partners including; Chocpaw Expeditions for their kindness and generosity in being our expedition sponsor, Jamie Sands my wilderness guide and stalwart mountain man for his training and guidance, 53 CPLC for their expedition donation and Matt Lappin-Fortin general manager of Yonge and Eglinton SportChek for their amazing and lifesaving gift of cold weather gear and clothing.
As my training continues this winter I will update this website with commentary and photos, so pleases visit us often. Following a rumour of a “barn find” wooden boat in Muskoka, Ontario, our intrepid detective sets out to check the story! For those of our viewers with a “bone yard” wooden boat, may we suggest the alternate use for your defunct vessel?
A vintage Riva boat, widely considered one of the most beautiful ever built by the Italian yard, is to be auctioned at the 2014 London Boat Show currently taking place in the UK capital. The Riva Ariston, which was first introduced in 1950, is much loved for its impeccable lines, perfect proportions, and glorious curves of its exquisite mahogany deck. Trimmed in the classic Riva aqua and white colour scheme, she is powered by a 283hp Chris Craft V8 engine.
In the 24 years that the Riva Ariston remained in production over 1,000 were built, making it one of Riva’s most popular boats of all time. The boat’s length was originally under 21ft, but grew to 23ft over the years in order to accommodate larger engines. In August, the couple took it on a University of Calgary Outdoor Centre two-week, 250-kilometre canoe expedition down Saskatchewan’s Churchill River.
While paddling down the water in his handmade creation and reminiscing about the boats he had worked on since creating a kayak with his father in England at age 11, Drabble decided he would start a program to teach Calgarians how to build boats. He believed a boat building group could be an opportunity for people, especially a younger generation, to learn a non-digital skill. He pitched the idea to staff at the U of C Outdoor Centre and a temporary boat-building space was soon secured. The volunteer-run academy has taken over the main floor of a large brick heritage building near river pathways on Memorial Drive and 10th Street. Doug McNeill signed up for the course with his wife and their three daughters, aged 11, 15 and 16.
The boat-building course has been an opportunity for the family to bond by partaking in a project that’s unfamiliar to both adult and child.
Three times a week, Drabble and four volunteer leaders help participants like McNeill build their boats, which take about 100 man hours to create. The Calgary Boat Building Academy is in its early stages, but Drabble said interest is growing rapidly. The five-metre-long canoes are made by assembling pre-cut planks of plywood around temporary frames and using wire stitches to hold the pieces together. Course participant Steven Wapple is looking forward to using the canoe he’s building with his fiancee on the Bow River.
Wapple believes the June flood has scared some Calgarians away from enjoying river activities, but said the disaster has also offered an educational opportunity for citizens to better understand the city’s water and safe water practices. Wapple guided Drabble on the two-week adventure down the Churchill River this summer and said he admired Drabble’s “beautiful” handmade boat on the trip. Drabble, who still vividly remembers launching the first boat he built into the English sea decades ago, said in Canada, a country with a rich canoeing history, there’s also a heritage aspect to boat building. Whether boating on rivers, lakes or the ocean, being on water is an enjoyable, and classic, outdoor experience that also serves as an opportunity to appreciate nature and water, Drabble said. And, Drabble believes it’s an experience that’s enhanced when adventurists hit the water in boats they’ve spent dozens of hours creating. Bill Buchholz from the Camden, Maine area, has built an ice racing sail boat that would be perfect for Muskoka, especially if we had a fast lake freeze without a snow load! Climb aboard Bill’s wooden racer as he dashes over the glassy surface of this frozen lake.
The photos below offer a brief glimpse into some of the events and boats that appeared in 2013.

Port Carling Boats BlogWelcome to the Port Carling Boats siteWelcome to the Port Carling Boats website! Enjoy Part One of this annual tour of wooden boat shops in Muskoka Ontario, sponsored by the Toronto Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. CLAYTON, New York (March 12, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that the Caravan Stage Company will dock and perform at the Museum this coming August.
Since its founding in 1970, the Caravan has provided invaluable opportunities for young people from all sectors of their multi-faceted society and has traveled the globe reaching audiences of all walks of life.
One of the most unique aspects to this theatre is that all of the performances are done aboard a 100-foot long, 90-foot tall ship, which serves as their stage.
The Clayton shows will be the only scheduled shows in Northern New York and on the United States side of the St.
The Caravan performance known as ‘Hacked: the Treasure of the Empire’ integrates text, poetry, video, humor, music, movement, masks, props and special effects into a magical theatrical experience that is both compelling and inspirational. Tickets for the show are only $20 and can be ordered online at or by calling the ABM at 315-686-4104. Also, if you aren’t inclined to take on ownership of a woody, but would love to get behind the wheel of a classic wooden boat, Stan Hunter has the answer!
Traditional putty (still wet) had been applied to the deck seams of Bella Vista III, just before our visit. Tom Adam’s Port Carling boat shop was abuzz this past Saturday as ACBS members gathered to hear words of wisdom from Tom and his staff, as well as superb mechanic Matt Fairbrass, the staff of United Propellers, and James Osler, who discussed marine adhesives. One of the morning’s highlights was the appearance of RITA a wondrous 50 foot Minett, dating from 1914. Built by Reets Boat Works, in Mayfield New York, this stunning racer comes equipped with a 350  hp Mercury Scorpion engine.
We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this completely restored 38 ft. We have just received some interesting, updated information on the Fairliner Torpedo we featured earlier this week. Fairliner was a division of Western Boat Building Co., founded by one of the South Slav immigrants, my grandfather. Dair is credited in high speed naval architecture classes as being the first to design the chine so that the lowest point of the chine was at the stern. Now I am not sure than any of the Torpedoes has the bottom correct after all these years of sanding and reworking. Many thanks to Kerry Price for forwarding the video of this year’s Antique and Classic Boat Show (Texas). In honour of the Dippy, we’ll feature this iconic vessel periodically over the next few months. Canadian Barrels & Drums Distributor (ship throughout Canada & USA) - Available new & used, 5 10 20 30 40 45 50 55 60 gallon 100 120 150 160 180 190 200 205 210 220 225 230 275 1000 litres open head, open top, closed head, close top compost drums, rain barrels, raindrums, water storage barrels, hdpe plastic barrels, rain drums, plastic drums, rainbarrels, fiber drums, fibre barrels, cardboard drums, cardboard barrels, canoe drums, camping drums, 1000 L IBC totes, industrial bulk containers, wooden crates, wooden bins, metal pails, plastic pails, buckets and all kinds of other containers suitable for storing or filling liquid and solid materials toronto brampton mississauga barrie london hamilton etc. Although we are no longer part of the farm market you can still find my trugs at the Brickworks Garden market.
Weighing in at around 60lbs, the wooden Adirondack style Guideboats from Dan Gallagher Carving and Woodwork has all the functionality and versatility of a canoe but also has the stability, efficiency and grace of a rowboat. Although the size is approximate to a canoe, the Guideboat employs significantly different building techniques, more in line with the East Coast ship building tradition.
Currently on the market in Perth Australia for a greatly reduced $1,200,000, this private charter steamer can accommoadate 230 passengers! For this first inaugural year the event will be fast, fluid and manageable, involving only 2 sleds, 2 dog teams of Alaskan huskies, expert guide Jamie Sands from Chocpaw Expeditions, …and me! They are the true heroes in this expedition, they will give their all, and only once the dogs are unlined, fed, watered and laid down on a bed of straw, will the guide and I prepare our own meals before crawling into our cavernous tent for the night! This program is where they work with victims on scene and provide crisis intervention, practical assistance, follow-up and referral services.
Program (Teens Ending Abusive Relationships) which is an educational program designed for youth aged 12-18 years of age. She has been in the same family all her life and was recently restored by Fine Wooden Boats of Huntingdon and has not been used since. This culminated with the 350hp Riva V8s fitted to later examples of the SuperAriston, which gave the boat a top speed of 50mph.
It would be a chance for participants to create something to help them appreciate Canada’s vast wilderness and rivers. The Calgary Boat Building Academy was born and, in November, a 12-week Build Your Own Boat course in partnership with the U of C Outdoor Centre began. Curious passersby peek in the windows and come inside to ask questions when people work on their boats. There’s talk of offering a build your own stand-up paddle board course in the future, and courses that teach more advanced methods of boat building.
Then the seams are glued, the stitches are removed and the boat is sanded and covered with glass fibre cloth and epoxy resin.

He was eager to help make the boat-building course a reality and spend hours creating a boat of his own.
This design, raced for years in isolation behind the Iron Curtain, finally comes to America in Bill’s exquisite craftsmanship. We hope the site will satisfy your love of wooden boats, cottaging and the holiday lifestyle. Consider, too, that some of these boats date back almost to the time of their first inauguration. Visit our Boat Parts For Sale page to inquire about this opportunity to build your very own Herreshoff skiff.
The Caravan embodies a long tradition of traveling theatrical productions with their combination of innovative stylistic staging, imaginative music and dance, and colorful entertaining themes. Lawrence River in upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts.
Stan recently completed a brand new long deck launch, which is featured in a newly released DVD, Boat Builder. This beautiful long deck, displacement hull launch will surely turn heads, when completed,  wherever she goes. Complete with a triple layer West System bottom, the racer features a forward rumble seat and a spacious rear cockpit.
The comments come from Allen Petrich Jr., whose father actually built these beautiful boats. My father did not feel competent to design a full pleasure boat line and had noticed the bottom of the hull of one of Dair’s air-sea rescue boats and contacted him for the job of designing the line, though, one naval architect told me, he is fairly sure that my father worked with Dair on construction techniques. My father had come to the same conclusion with the design of his first production boat, a 16′ tuna tender runabout.
Four teams, including a family, a father and his 18-year-old daughter, and a young couple signed up.
Designed in 1905 by the famous builder of wooden boats, the skiff is 11.5 ft in length, with a four foot beam.
The shows are all original productions expressing the issues and concerns of people inhabiting the environment of the 21st century. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 112-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat. Many companies attempted to do so but few became as successful, Fairliner became the largest builder of pleasure boats (up to 44′) on the Pacifc Coast of the US following the war until my father had a heart attack as Fairliner was converting to fiberglass.
He and Dair were both convinced that was the way to go while all the other designers, Crouch, etc., would bring the chine up. The academy is being incorporated as a not-for-profit and a meeting is scheduled in the current location for Jan.
The finished product will weigh just 60 pounds and will be self-buoyant and incredibly durable. In 2015, the ABM will host the 51st annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running such show in North America. Tony’s grandfather, as John knows, worked with the Skansie brothers, other South Slav immigrants. The versions used by the OSS were the fastest boats of the war and one 63′ was timed by the OSS as averaging over 50 knots for three hours in the open ocean of the South Pacific on a rescue mission.
Lots of things have changed (because of the flood) so it’s like getting to know a whole new river,” said Wapple, who co-ordinates the U of C Outdoor Centre’s rafting and paddling programs. Let’s hope that this Pettersson salon vessel will be afloat in Muskoka as soon as possible! They were all important in the development of the Puget Sound purse seine fishing boat design, which went on to conquer the world of fishing for pelagic schooling fish, such as the salmon, sardine and tuna, with the Martinac 240′ tuna seiners being one of the ultimate developments. In fact, one such Western Boat built seiner, the Western Explorer, was purchased by Newfoundland Fisheries about 1939.
Any slight radiusing of the chine or concavity of the bottom from sanding or other work will cause a problem.
The Century is powered by a 6 cylinder Hercules engine (6 volt) with new fuel lines – in reasonable condition. At the maneuver I mentioned at fast turn the bow should come down and plow a bit, the boat will slow a lot and you should quickly be facing 180 degrees in the opposite direction with the boat getting fast on plane.
It was commandeered by the British Admiralty within a year or so of purchase and taken to the UK for coastal patrol duties.

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