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19’6” Feet 1964 Chris-Craft Sea Skiff
Fresh water only. 2023 Refit, topside paint, bottom paint. Very original, all around. Runs strong. Looks sharp. Fresh battery, impellers, log cleaning. Fresh fuel system with carb rebuild, fuel pump, filters, lines, fittings. Ready for Parade, Show, Lake.
20' 6" Feet 1910 Chestnut Canoe Launch
THE LAUNCH • 1910 Chestnut Canoe Launch • St. Lawrence 2 hp, one cylinder engine, Brockville, Ontario • Purchased by Roy Simpson, Carols grandfather, from Mr. Stevens, an executive of the Dennis Canadian Lumber Company in Whitney, Ontario in about 1919. • The launch carried three generations of the Simpson family across the waters of her home, Long Lake, near Whitney, Ontario first generation from 1919 to 1942. • During World War II, Simpson family vacations in Whitney were put on hold. • Second generation of the Simpson family, Geary Simpson, Carols father started camping in Whitney, Ontario and using the launch in 1952, Carol Simpson was 6 years old. • The Launch was stored in a boat house on the river with a hoist to take her up out of the water at the end of the summer. After the war, a higher dam was built across the river, and this raised the level of the water so much that it covered The Launch. Carols’ father and grandfather rescued The Launch from the bottom of the Madawaska River in Whitney, Ontario. With a lot of time and love for The Launch she was brought back to life. Luckily, the ca. 1910 engine was still in production at the St. Lawrence Engine Company in Brockville, Ontario. In 1955 The Launch was back on the lake for the first time since its submersion in the boathouse. • Due to the difficulty of moving The Launch from the basement of the Simpsons cabin The Launch was put in storage in 1961 while Carols’ father, Geary Simpson pondered alternative ways to launch her. In 1968, Carol’s grandfather died. Her father was making plans to bring The Launch out of storage just shortly before her father passed away in 1982. • Third generation of the life of The Launch started in 1983 with Carol Simpson and her husband Doug Williams traveling to Whitney. They discovered dry rot in the hull and was determined to move the boat out of the damp basement and to look for a knowledgeable restorer. Two years later, after many long hours of repairing and rebuilding and some remanufacturing pieces The Launch was transformed and ready to begin her third life in July of 1985. • “The Launch” fell into the hands of Rick Gardner after the death of Carol Simpson in August 2016.
21 Feet 2002 Custom Built William Hand Motor Launch
Designed by Harry Bryan and me. Custom built by the Pacific Northwest School of wooden boat building. Harry's version appeared in 3 issues of Woodenboat Magazine. My design has the boat built with lap streak cedar siding and coaming and deck in mahogany and contrasting douglas fir. It is powered by a 4 stroke Honda outboard housed in cabinetry on an interior transom. It has been garaged kept, and recently repainted hull and varnished deck. Boat is in great condition. Must see to appreciate.
19' Feet 1962 Chris Craft Continental
Purchased from a friend a year ago who had spent 6 or 8 years restoring boat and engine. There was a photo album that was created to document the process but the USPS lost it in shipping. Gorgeous looking and sounding. Moving south and cannot keep.
25 Feet 1934 Ditchburn Gentleman's Launch
Like many boatbuilders continuing to operate through the 1930's, Ditchburn faced financial strain and looked to more modern designs to stay afloat. "Kemah II" was designed by Earl Barnes and built by Ditchburn. She features a semi-displacement hull, 3-piece raked windshield, an attractive sloped rear deck, and the moulded mother in law seat; a Ditchburn signature. She was comprehensively restored in the mid-1990's and has been nicely maintained since. Award winner in Gravenhurst, Lake Tahoe, Clayton, and Manotick. Former Antique Boat of the Year winner in Muskoka.
17 Feet 1930 Herreshoff Launch
Original owned by Edsel Ford and used as a tender on his 125' yacht "Onika". Construction is cedar bottom and top sides, oak ribs and frames, and mahogany decks, hatches, combings, sheer plank and transom. Pearl is a wonderful example of of the design and craftsmanship of Herreshoff.
14 Feet 1972 Marlin Fiberglass Co. Nantucket Launch
Hull #9. Freshly overhauled Atomic 4 engine by master marine mechanic. Fiberglass lapstrake style hull with all new highly varnished woodwork.
25 Feet 1906 Elco Open Launch
"Willow" was built by the Electric Launch Company in Bayonne, NJ in 1906 and bears Hull Number 283. She was purchased by her current owners in 2019 and had just gone through a full, comprehensive restoration. During the restoration process, she was repowered with a modern Elco 3HP, 24V electric drive and controls. Silent and comfortable cruising, running between 6-8mph. A traditional canvas awning, or "surrey top", has been added and her brightwork has been recoated and maintained as needed. "Willow" is an outstanding piece of early motor boating history and is easy to operate with her modern electric drivetrain.
17 feet Feet 2003 Reardon Canopy Launch
I purchased this classic reproduction of a 19th century launch from the builder Bill Reardon who is the famed owner of Reardon Boat Works in Texas. He built it and I purchased it from him at an antique and classic boat show in Apalachicola, Fl in 2005.
26' Feet 1916 Couch Long Deck Launch
This boat was built in Clayton, NY, and belonged to Jim & Tony Lewis, founders of the Antique Boat Museum. She was in their family for many years.The boat does need some bottom work, but otherwise is in good shape. The boat is completely varnished, top sides and deck. She is located in Murphy, NC.
20' Feet 1910 E M White Motor Canoe
We purchased this boat from the family who bought her new. She was in good shape but we did a full restoration, including an engine rebuild, all new canvas, varnish, etc. An interesting feature of this boat is that she has hidden sponsons for flotation and stability. When you first see the boat you should never realize this. She is in perfect condition and ready for a boat show or museum.
26 Feet 1936 Custom Commuter
1936 26’ Custom Commuter found in a boat house on a canal between Ashland St and Gray Haven Island in Detroit bordering Gross Pointe. It was across the canal from DYC Commodore Gar Wood’s mansion. Both properties are across the Detroit River from the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle. Plenty of boating history in this location. We have the Coast Guard Hull card and the builder’s Coast Guard picture ID. The hull was laid in 1936. Gar Wood made a 1936 26’ Hull in 1935-1936. The hull is very similar to a Gar Wood Hull but the definitive plans were lost. All the bottom, sides and roof structure are original wood including the original the beautiful transom. It is all old growth mahogany. It swells perfectly in 24 hours yearly. The motor is original to the boat and the flat head 8 cylinder runs and powers the boat through the water perfectly. All the inside mahogany is new, the upholstery is new, the cabin top and Headliner is new, all the trim is custom stainless and period fittings are re chromed. 2 new automatic bilge pumps and blower are new for safety. Depth finder and inverter have also been added. All the dash gauges and switches are new and the shifter for the drive is attached to a Velvet Drive for smooth linkage fee operation. A hidden depth finder, stereo and power inverter were added for convenience and enjoyment. The canopy is new sunbrella. This is a one off boat and totally custom. The history of finding the boat and launching it are must reads from articles in the Brass Bell. They will detail the story completely. Under my ownership the boat was always in the water in a covered boathouse on Torch Lake , Michigan and stored on the custom bunk trailer fabricated for maximum hull support in the winters in a new insulated Pole Barn with no supplemental heat. It has been stripped of hardware and varnished every 3 years and professionally winterized with spring service on tune up, fluids and water test trial each year. I own multiple collectible rare boats and this one is the show stopper. Contact with the experienced restorer is available.
22' Feet 1914 Fay & Bowen Launch
Manufactured in Geneva, N. Y., by the Fay & Bowen Engine Co. “Faye” is 22. Ft long and her hull number - 516 – dates her to about 1914. A company catalogue of the period states: “Although we still build the old ‘Fantail’ model to order, the popular type of smart boat is the ‘Torpedo’ hull.” The original Fay & Bowen engine (probably 2-cylinder 10 H.P.) went astray and eventually “Faye” was brought to Canada to be converted to steam. Nothing came of this, and in 1987 she was restored by Clarion Boat Works and fitted with a 60 H.P. Chris Craft engine. She still sports her “noiseless” underwater exhaust, a standard feature of Fay & Bowens of that time. "Faye" belonged to Graeme Ferguson (1929-2021) filmmaker, inventor, and one of the founders of IMAX Corporation. "Faye" is in excellent condition, lovingly maintained and stored in a boathouse at Graeme's home at Lake of Bays, Ontario.
22.5 Feet 1918 St Lawrence Motor Skiff
This St Lawrence Motor Skiff, Guide Boat was built in the 1000 Islands but her exact builder is unknown. Traditional design suitable for guide fishing and ferrying passengers. She has been nicely restored and is in excellent condition, ready to enjoy. Powered with a 4 cylinder Brennan engine that pushes the boat along comfortable. Side-steer configuration, cushions and convertible top added.
19 Feet 1903 Lozier Motor Co. Launch
"Rosie" is an award-winning example of a rare Lozier launch. She has a wine glass stern and steering tackle mounted atop the aft deck. She is in terrific overall condition and comes with a interesting history. Her white oak carvel planking and ribbing were preserved in the distant past by storing the hull submerged under the winter ice on Lake George each winter. Along the way, one owner sold her for a shotgun and a quart of whiskey. More recently, her Universal Model D engine was rebuilt, including new valves, bearings, crank and cam shafts, pistons and rings. "Rosie" is in beautiful shape and ready to take her new owner for a leisurely cruise.
27 Feet 1922 Fay & Bowen Long Deck Launch
This beautiful Fay & Bowen launch was a grey wreck in a field when she was rescued and restored in the early 2010s. Thought to be Hull #696, she had 54 ribs and most of her side planks replaced and coated in 3M 5200, giving her a "no soak" bottom. Engine recently received valve work and runs well. Boat used every season and was last in the water in 2022. In summer, she lives under a covered boat lift, and in winter in a covered lumber shed. Sale includes two wicker launch chairs (pictured), the trailer, mooring cover, Floe canopied boat lift and float & roll, numerous engine parts. A beauty in and out of the water, she's ready for her next century of enjoyment!
30' Feet 1920 Fay & Bowen
This is a 1920 30’ Fay & Bowen Long-Deck Launch, an elegant older boat and one of the few remaining historic launches in operation. With varnished mahogany decks and interior and a white painted hull, it has a generous rear cockpit with green button-pleated leather upholstery and a pair of wicker chairs. It is powered by a 135 hp, 6-cylinder Graymarine engine and runs well. First restored in the 1970’s, the boat was recently taken to Berkshire Wooden Boat, where she received a new bottom, ribs, frames and decks. This boat has always been on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, kept in a boathouse.
24 Feet 1926 Fay & Bowen Launch
1926 24' Fay Bowen purchased by the Shipman Family in 1926 and boathouse kept on Lake Hopatcong N.J. Original Launch with Fay Bowen LN42 engine that is out of the boat and now powered by a Chrysler PC that moves the Launch along nicely. Solid straight Launch with great patina. 2 Owner boat since new and last run in 2018. No trailer but possible local transport. Herself is one of few Fay Bowen's with Mahogany topsides and was known throughout the Northeast at many shows over the years.
23.25 Feet 1902 Lozier/Matthews
Makalika, at 120 years old, is a very special piece of history. Built in 1902, she was bought in 1903 and moved to a Muskoka boat house in 1904 and the original family loved her for 115 years. In 2017, she was bought by the current owner and moved to Bala for restoration. Makalika's hull was built by the Matthews Boat Company of Port Clinton Ohio in 1902. She then went to the Lozier Engine Company in Plattsburgh NY for completion. The 23’4” hull is “carvel construction using 5/8” red cedar on oak ribs capped by a red oak combing and deck.” The original power was likely a one cylinder 3 HP Lozier inboard engine. It was replaced by a 1938 Kermath Sea Cub 25 hp, which is still providing very reliable service. In 2020, she received a new bottom, ribs, wiring, fuel system, tiller, throttle control, top and upholstery.
16 Feet 1911 Kauffman Launch
This boat was built in Presque Isle, Michigan and constructed by by Kauffman Boat Works. She has spent her entire life on one lake in Michigan since 1911. It has been professionally restored. Everything is original to this boat. It comes with original shipping cradle as well as a trailer. It has a one cylinder Kermath engine, 6 volt electrical system. This is a very rare boat and runs great!
28 Feet 2004 Richard Speas Launch
28' Classic Rum Runner built for a museum by the late Richard Speas. Built of slid Butternut,Oak, Mahogany and Walnut. Has to be seen in person for a true appreciation.
26 Feet 1901 Lozier Launch
Originally built in Plattsburgh, NY. Completely restored by Cutts & Case of Oxford, MD around 2006, then sat in storage until donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Current owner purchased in 2011. Stored in climate-controlled storage in the winter and kept in boathouse during the summer when in use. New Universal diesel LT engine installed in 2006 has less than 100 hours of use. Brightwork is in very good condition. Comes with a custom-fitted 2010 trailer. [PRICE REDUCED to $27,500 - August 2022 - owner will welcome any reasonable offer!]
28 Feet 1905 New York Boat Works Launch
Multiple award winner this 1905 New York Boat Works Launch is one of the last known torpedo stern launches in this premium condition known to exist today. The boat has always been kept in a climate controlled storage on a custom built trailer. Powered by a fully restored Red Wing 2 Cyl engine 8 HP engine. The boat is 90% original except fir the upholstery which is a marine grade vinyl rather than the original 1905 leather. A full pictorial and written account of the restoration and history of the boat by request.
26 Feet 1916 Consolidated Speedway
This fabulous Consolidated Speedway was purchased by me in 2005 and has resided on Lake George since that time. The boat remains in inside storage all of the time when not in direct use and is in excellent condition. The Four Cylinder Gray Marine engine took the place of the original engine in the late 1950's and runs very well. During my ownership, the boat has received a new gas tank, new cushions, new bilge pump and continuous paint and varnish to keep the boat looking great. The boat is now ready for a new Captain and while we do not have a trailer for her, transportation to it's new home can be arranged.
30 Feet 2008 Peter Freebody Victorian Launch
This piece of elegance is a Victorian Launch made by Peter Freebody of England. The boat is a one of a kind launch with bronze hardware made from casting ties from the 1800's. It is not a replica but influenced by 3 other launches incorporating the best from each boat. The boat was custom built and shipped to the original and current owner. The boat has twin helm steering stations and wired with a sound system. It is powered by 8 gel cell batteries which will provide 6 hours of use on a single charge. The boat features an enclosed area as well as fringed canopy over the bow area.The boat has been extremely well cared for and all aspects of the boat were handcrafted from teak and powered by twin Electric Motors. The boat features hand wood carvings throughout the boat and is in excellent condition.
26 Feet 1927 Clive Brown Long Deck Launch
One of Muskoka's premier builders, Clive Brown built a number of the area's finest custom boats over a 30 year period. This 26 foot launch is a fairly early example of his work and demonstrates is astute attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship. The boat has been maintained to a high degree with much work completed between 2013 and 2015 - more detail available. A traditional Muskoka-style launch perfect for entertaining or rounding out a discerning collection. A 4 cylinder Chris Craft model B engine was installed in 2017, drives smoothly through the water at about 20 mph. The cockpit has seating for 6 and a navy top and boat also includes a custom fitted aluminum trailer. Motivated seller - this boat would be perfect to round out a serious collection!
26 Feet 1924 Ventnor Launch
This 26 Foot Ventnor Launch was built for a prominent Philadlphia financier, George H. Earle Jr. Ownership later passed to his son George H. Earle III, who was elected Governor of Philadelphia in 1932. She was designed and built by Adolph Apel, owner of the Ventnor Boat Company of Ventnor, NJ. Being 26 feet in length, the boat is made with cedar hull sides and mahogany decks. She is powered by her original Model 4-50 HP Kermath engine. This boat was only one of seven early Ventnors commissioned by Mr. Earle. This rare launch is one of a very few Launches still in existence. The launch has been restored and is very original except for the transom which has been replaced.
16 Feet 1920 Port Carling Waterford Dispro
This 1920 Disappearing Propeller boat is a beautiful survivor that maintains nearly all original wood. She has been nicely restored and is a very rare "Waterford" model that is 16 feet overall. These early examples are very rare and this boat is a true time capsule. Would be a great boat for exploring uncharted areas or putting around at cocktail hour.
21 Feet 1921 Ditchburn Launch
Featured in the book, "Ditchburn Boats, A Muskoka Legacy"; this Ditchburn launch has been beautifully restored and lovingly maintained. People's Choice award winner in NH ACBS. 80% original wood above the waterline, all original cast aluminum and nickel plated hardware. Bottom, keel, and stringers have been replaced. The Buchanan Junior-4 engine has been rebuilt, starter and generator recently redone. She is a great runner and ready to enjoy!
18'6 Feet 1952 Greavette Dispro
An iconic Canadian design, developed in Muskoka, ON. Disappearing Propeller (Dispro) boats are unique in their ability to navigate shallow waters with ease and confidence. Fully restored over a 2-year period. Engine was nicely restored in 2017 by Hewitt Marine. The boat has a new keel and stem, a few 1/2 ribs and both garboards. It has the original seat cushions, and non-original spoon oars. Sold with a small custom trailer.
26 Feet 1912 Fay & Bowen Launch
This 26 Foot Special Wide Launch is one of the finest examples of a restored Fay & Bowen. All of the hardware is triple, plated brass including the shaft, strut, rudder, prop and exhaust. The original engine was removed long ago and replaced with a 45 HP Gray Marine 4 cylinder phaeton engine, which was totally rebuilt. Because of the weight reduction the boat now rides a little higher and dryer. The original gas tank was replaced with a new aluminum tank. The boat has 17 coats of varnish which completes the look.
25 Feet 1915 Speedway Speedabout Launch
One of only 22 ever built; this boat is a remarkable piece of history. In their day, Speedways were well known for being keen, comfortable and luxurious. With max speeds of 18 mph and seating for six, Speedways were also known for having exceptionally low operating costs and being easy to handle. 'Miami" has been in the hands of the same owner for the past 25 years and has won many awards at various boat shows, the most recent being in 2015, at the annual Antique Boat Show in Clayton, NY where she won the Walter J. Kincaid Memorial Award for 'Outstanding Preserved Historic Launch.” A rebuilt Chris Craft Model B engine was installed in boat approximately 5 years ago.
22 Feet 1972 Greavette Executive
Boat re-powered as above in 2000 including 2 new gas tanks. Hull restored by Classic Restoration in Orillia Ont 2012.Kept in boathouse since new. This Executive is a head turner and show worthy and has great performance I have owned this boat for 32 years and it is fast reliable rough water transportation in great style. Health reasons are forcing me to sell the Greavette.
21 Feet 1905 Fay & Bowen Launch
This Fay & Bowen has had the same owner since 1980 repowerd in 1994 very few hours. alway maintained stored in doors.
36 Feet 1926 Ditchburn Voyageur Launch
This 36 foot Ditchburn long deck launch is elegant and exemplary of Canadian craftsmanship. Beautiful mahogany construction, egg crate "Muskoka" floors, supple leather upholstery, and strict attention to detail. She has been repowered with a reliable Chrysler Royal engine, upgraded to a 12V system. At 36 feet in length, she stable, roomy, and absolustely elegant as she cuts through the calm water. The Chrysler Royal straight 8 engine is regarded as one of the smoothest running engines of its era and should provide years of reliable service.
40 Feet 1921 Fay & Bowen Launch "Seneca"
At 40 feet in length, this is the largest Fay & Bowen launch that we have ever seen! Built by the Fay & Bowen Boat and Engine company in 1921, her originality has been well preserved and she is an impressive craft. Powered by an original Hall Scott LM6 engine with exposed valvetrain. These engines are extremely rare and this example is a museum-quality piece.
21 Feet 1895 Gas Engine & Power Company Launch
"Cathedral" was built in 1895 and was originally a naphtha launch powered by a steam type-engine, boiling a low grade gasoline called naphtha. The vapor would run through the engine similar to a steam engine. Her first home was in the San Francisco Bay area where she remained until 1924, at which time she was transported to Lake Tahoe. The original engine was removed after this point, and replaced with her current Union Marine engine. The boat was sold and moved to Fallen Leaf Lake in 1939. Subsequently, the owners sank her in 1951. She laid on the bottom in 60 feet of water until raised in 1972. The current owner restored the boat entirely over a 2 year period and she is quite a piece of history! Comes with a full album documenting her restoration and a custom-made trailer with a cradle to hold her.
70 Feet 1903 Polson Iron Works
This Polson Iron Works Launch was built in 1903 for Mr. Alexander McKenzie. Since then it has been a well recognized feature on the Muskoka Lakes. The boat has been well maintained for many years by Paul Brackley of Brackley Boats and is supported by a recent survey. The boat is powered by a 170 HP Diesel engine which cam propel the boat up to 12MPH. The boat unquestionably is one of the most stately boats today in the Classic boat world and recently was equipped with bow thrusters to make docking a breeze for a boat of this size.
52 Feet 1907 Davis Dry Dock Glass Cabin Launch
The Davis Dry Company was a boat builder based in Kingston, Ontario. Only a very few examples of these boast remain to this day. She made her way to the Muskoka Lakes region where she has remained to this day. During that time the boat has remained under good care, being stored indoors at all times and seen regular work to keep her in very good overall condition. This outstanding piece is now available for sale and would survey out well by an interested buyer.
18'6 Feet 1919 Disappearing Propeller Boat (Dispro)
Florence, a turn-key 1919 Disappearing Propeller Motor Boat (dippy). A rare, flip start, copper jacket, 18.5’ Uncle Sam dippy (#1984), 1919 Kingfisher A2, 2.5 HP motor (#19254) . Florence is one of the few oldest running dippys known. A full hull/motor restoration was completed in 2002. This dippy is a user boat, kept in show condition since restoration. Awards include: Best Disappearing Propeller Boat (2003 ACBS AGM & Boat Show - Ottawa), Best Canadian Built (2009 Ottawa International Antique Boat Show), Antique Boat of the show (2011 Ottawa International Antique Boat Show), Oldest Boat of the show (2011 Ottawa International Antique Boat Show), Best Disappearing Propeller (2011 Montreal Classic Boat Festival), Oldest Boat of the show (2012 Ottawa International Antique Boat Show), Included: a rare Dippy folding light, trailer, cover, tools, Shaw & Tenney reproduction dippy oars and an 8X10 print of Florence on the Summer 2015 Lee Valley Tools Catalog.
26 Feet 1913 Matthews Launch
This is a beautiful launch that has been fully restored and has a very rich history. This boat is the oldest Matthews know to exist according to Matthews records. Seller is the 3rd owner who has all the history on the boat since new. It was used to shuttle 4 to 5 different president's of the USA back and forth to a private island. The windshield is not on the boat but comes with it. The engine and top frame are original to the boat. The boat is professionally restored, always boat house kept, and comes with a tandem trailer. Very original boat and a great addition to any collection.
24 Feet 1920 Fay & Bowen Launch
Purchased from Lake George in 1994 and brought to the fresh water lakes of Muskoka where it has been lovingly cared for the last 25 years. Multiple Boat Show award winner and in overall very good condition.
17 Feet 1924 Disappearing Propeller Company (Dispro)
Found in Toronto without engine and in a partly stripped down condition in 1986. The owner had collected the correct engine, device and all other parts for a re-build. Bad health forced a sale. I stripped boat completely ready to start a restoration. Business and a farm prevented this until in 1999, I had it then restored completely, then rebuilt the engine, controls, and installed the device. Launched in 2002 and was at many Dispro regattas and finally on Georgian Bay at mouth of 12-mile Bay. Many happy hours on the Bay until about 2009, when she (Penelope) was brought home for some minor repairs. Has been is a shed on the property since 2010.
25 Feet 1916 Fay & Bowen Special Launch
Very nice original Launch. It went through a full restoration in 1989 and has been exceptional taken care of since. Comes with 2 Wicker chairs. Engine went through full rebuild in 2009. This is a solid boat and a great piece of history.
24 Feet 1905 Lozier Launch
This very rare Lozier Launch was acquired from a Family in Saranac Lake, New York who owned the boat for many years. It is a very original example of a Lozier Launch with few examples remaining ion this length. All hardware is with the boat but it will require a well deserved restoration.
30 Feet Gilbert Long Deck Launch
Gilbert Boats were built in Brockville, Ontario along the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Because of a warehouse fire at the factory, many of these boats are no longer around. This 30 footer is in good overall condition. It does have the original bottom, which will need attention.
19 Feet circa 1901 Lozier Launch
Boat was purchased in Burkhaven Harbor, Lake Sunapee, NH in 1952-53. Completely restored at that time, as shown in photos 5 and 6. Currently in Lake George, NY - This boat requires a full restoration but is a worthy candidate given that it is a very rare 100+ year old Lozier Launch.
26 Feet 1925 Ditchburn Long Deck Launch
The name Ditchburn is synonymous with some of the finest pleasure craft ever made. This family had boatbuilding in their blood and have earned their pace in marine boatbuilding. The company was a prolific builder and known for their excellent craftsmanship but the company suffered during the depression and never returned to their former selves. This 1925 Long Deck Launch has the original 75 HP Kermath engine and maintains all of it's original. The hardware and upholstery are in great shape as are the gauges. The hull, bottom, sides, ribs, frames and decks are also solid and sound with very good integrity. The boat has always been in the fresh waters of the Muskoka Lakes and is ready for a new owner to continue her stewardship.
17'9 Feet 1910 Shipyard Launch
The Amelia was built in the Bay of Quinte area in 1910. Cedar launch with beautiful lines. Side steer. Water-cooled, 1 cylinder Fairbanks Morse Marine engine. Restored in the 1970's. Seats 5. Includes a custom trailer and canopy roof frame. Gas tank is a reproduction and wiring and water hoses are from the restoration. [PRICE REDUCED to $7,000 in August 2021.]
25 Feet 1907 Fay & Bowen Launch
AIDA II, one of the most photographed and documented launches of the pre-1920 era, was built by the Fay & Bowen Engine Company in Geneva, New York in 1907 and originally shipped to nearby Tupper Lake. AIDA II is a 25-foot “torpedo stern family launch” boat, one of a few hundred the company built between 1905 and 1920. In 2005, it under went a total restoration. Well over 1000 man hours have gone into bringing it to “as new” condition. While the hull and most of the seating is original, many of the ribs have been replaced and the decks replanked with a combination of white oak and mahogany, as originally had been done in 1907. The majority of the hardware is original to the boat. Custom built trailer and canopy are included.
24 Feet 1907 Joe Walters Launch
Being offered for sale is a 24 foot 1907 Launch built by John Walters, known as the "Edmonton Boat Builder" who built large steam boats used in the northern rivers. He became prominent in the Edmonton business community, eventually having a museum named after him. "Otter" was built for the Bow River Boat House at the world famous Banff Springs Hotel. "Otter" is a classic displacement laucnh with carvel planked cypress on oak faming. She has an attractive and now rare drake tail stern and very closely resembles some of the early Fay & Bowen launches as well as designs used by Gidley and Ditchburn. She is powered by a 4 cylinder Kermath engine, complete with the original operators manual. Complete with all original hardware, Otter is now ready for restoration.
28 Feet 1928 Morris Long Deck Launch
This classic 1928 Morris Long Deck Launch has its original 6 cylinder Scripps engine which has been adjusted with a dual ignition. The boat has an epoxy bottom and was completely restored such that it needs nothing. It offers a new leather interior, wicker chairs, tandem trailer and a new cover. This boat is a great part of pre-war history and a great addition into your boat house or collection.
18'6 Feet Lindsay Sport Special Dispro
Disappearing Propeller Boats are widely known for their collectability and utilitarian nature. This Lindsay Sport Special model is a fairly luxurious model with laminated decks on both the bow and stern along with a mother-in-law seat up front. Hatch covers hide a single cylinder Caron engine, a fairly uncommon engine option. The dashboard, fittings etc appear to be all original. Decks on this boat are bright and rot free which is remarkable for its age. The ribs are in nice shape, even in the bottom of the boat. There is one small hole in the planking above the waterline that should be fixed. I'm told by a member of the Dippy Club that the keel will need to be refastened but otherwise the boat is solid and would be a great boat for the right owner.
20 Feet 1940's Canadian Built Launch
This would be an easy restoration or preservation project. Could be used as is or brought back to show condition! Needs upholstery.
24 Feet 1924 Peterborough AutoCraft Long Deck Launch
The Peterborough Canoe Company was one of Canada's largest and best known boat builders. During their production, the company produced outboard boats, sailboats, racing hulls, and a small number of inboards. This is a fine example of the AutoCraft Launch produced by Peterborough in the 1920's. The current owner located this boat in an Illinois warehouse. She was completely restored in 2003. She is powered by her original Kermath model 20. Only 3 of these boats are known to exist today. She is graceful and a beautiful survivor!
36 Feet 1922 McNeil & Norris Long Deck Launch
McNeil Norris boats were built in the Bala region of Muskoka during the 1920's. These boats were built to order, and this 36' model is a very fine example of their craftsmanship. She is a very large launch with sleek lines and a roomy cockpit arrangement. She receives frequent use on Lake Muskoka by her present owners.
27 Feet 1953 R.A. Newman & Sons. Ltd
Original 27 ft Jolly Boat, from the Royal Yacht 'Britannia'. Finished in royal blue and carrying the royal crest, she has her original Perkins p4m diesel inboard and all her original chrome fittings. Built in 1953 by the famous R. A Newman and Sons. She is made of double diagonal mahogany on oak and elm, she will take 26 persons. Her engine has completely been re-built and her original Identity no. is 5340 which is stamped throughout the boat. We have all the original plans and paperwork on her and rare photographs of the Royal family on her. This boat is very rare and beautifully built.
20 Feet 1915 E. M White Motor Launch
This gorgeous E. M White canoe pre dates the purchase of the company by the Old Town Canoe Company. This boat has been restored and re-canvassed. The hardware is original and freshly nickel plated. The acorn gas cap is polished brass and the boat is offered with 4 original chairs. The Dubrie is the correct engine for the boat and is in a crate. It runs well and strong and has the original copper gas tank in place.
20 Feet 1926-28 Custom Brodhead/Fairchild Launch
This is a very interesting boat to the Finger Lakes folks. Built by a couple of Cornell grads in the late twenties and originally powered by a huge Hall-Scott this is a wonderful example of custom craftsmanship. Only 20 feet in length and easy to handle and trailer to shows and destinations. In excellent condition, restored by John Ford, and ready to provide pleasure to everyone on the wine trail of the Finger Lakes. Able to be seen by appointment.
21 Feet 2008 Glen-L Skiff
21' skiff. Delicately hand made over 4 years. All marine wood encapsulated with west system epoxy. Outside painted white. Inside all mahogany and ash with 5 coats of varnish. Great boat for yacht tender or shallow water cruising. One of a kind. Way more $ into this boat than selling for. I need room for a new project. Boat was recently retrofitted to accept an outboard engine and is now powered by a 2005, 50 HP Mercury with a 20" shaft. Controls were moved to middle seat and set backs were added.
25 Feet 1960 Thames Whippet Launch
This Thames slipper stern launch is in wonderful shape and has fresh paint and varnish. Hull #064. She is currently disassembled and need to have hardware and engine reinstalled. These boats have very nice lines and glide through the water effortlessly. Excellent for canals and other smaller bodies of water. Driving a long deck, slipper stern launch is an experience like no other!
26 Feet 1906 Charles H Wilbur Launch
Built by Charles H Wilbur he was part of the shop known as Wilbur and Wheelock of Clayton, NY. There is no nameplate other than the engine plate which is on a 1916 Ford Model "T". The serial no on the engine is 21 which may refer to the year converted by the St Lawrence marine Co. The engine was rebuilt by a restorer in Iowa who has rebuilt hundreds of model A's, B's and T's. The hull has been faired using cedar strips and epoxies with West System. The area along the keel however has not and it takes several days to soak up. The launch has been adapted to 8V power for the bilge and period lighting. The fuel tank has been cleaned and lined. The seating was non-existent when I purchased the boat, so the layout was adapted from observing other launches and built to fit the hull.
30 Feet 1924 Fay & Bowen Golden Arrow
One of the finest examples of the Finger Lakes builder. This is the very rare and sought after "Golden Arrow" with only 6 ever produced. This boat is in Concours Condition with virtually no flaws and has been featured in magazines and books before marvelling at her stylish lines. It is most remembered in the book Wood Through water being shown in all of her glory on page 45 and 51. The boat was for many years owned by the Lewis Family in the Thousand Islands area who were generous benefactors to the Antique Boat Museum. The boat is also being offered with a Fay & Bowen LN43 which is a 50 HP motor which was the correct motor for the boat when it was first delivered along with the 1949 Chris Craft Model K gas engine offering 95HP. . The boat has been carefully restored and well cared for during the current owners stewardship. This Golden Arrow has a lovely Interlux Blue Hull which was repainted in 2012. It is built of Cypress planks on oak frames. The decking is Mahogany and is varnished each season.
29'6 Feet 1916 Louis Esteses Launch
This boat was completed in 1916 for the current owner's grandfather [Edeson J Weeks]. Restored in 1993. All original brass hardware, cypress wood construction. Louis was a well known restorer in the 1000 Islands area living in Alexandria Bay and was known for fine work and craftsmanship but made only a very small number of boats. This enhances the rarity of boat of this kind still surviving to this day and in such nice original condition. The boat has been restored by a well known and highly regarded Canadian restorer and is currently in Show Condition. Photos are available of the work done to the boat for those who are seriously interested in purchasing this boat.
30 Feet 1929 Claus Engelbrecht Launch
In the glorious prewar phase of boating this vessel was the choice of only the most wealthy individuals in the country. One of the finest designs by the Claus Engelbrecht Werft / shipyard in Berlin it´s now fresh out of a 5,000 hour + complete restoration to highest concour standards. Engelbrecht, renown for his power boat for Ferdinand Porsche, build this classic power launch, motorised with a 90 PS, 5000ccm 8 cylinder Mercedes Nürburg engine. This boat is the only one remaining of its type, because the cream white hull was already zink-galvanized and steel riveted when being build. Highly original down to the last detail, elegant instruments from Daimler Benz Marienfelde. New mahagony decks with 600 year old Alaska yellow cedar, cabin windows with honed cystal glas. Absolutely stunning quality varnish and upholstery. A historically significant sublime prewar boat, that would be a great addition to every serious MB 540 K collector. Located in Berlin/Germany.
18 Feet 1993 D. F Wilmes Replica Launch
This was built by D. F Wilmes, father and son boat craftsmen. This boat was built for a violinist of The Metropolitan Opera Company. The boat is in excellent condition and has 'class'. [Price reduced to $19,000 in May 2021!]
26 Feet 1905 Fay & Bowen Torpedo-Stern Launch
A gorgeous and very rare Fay & Bowen Launch with a a torpedo stern. This boat is pristine condition, circa 1905. Rare and collectible Fay & Bowen 26' family launch. Recently restored in Muskoka to her original glory. Has won awards at virtually every show she has attended since restoration.
18 Feet 1930-40 Knapp Motor Skiff
Boat restored mid-90's in Gananoque. Epoxy bottom. Original 2 Cyl St Lawrence engine fitted with belt driven electric starter.
25 Feet 1912 Fay & Bowen Special
Excellent example of a classic Fay & Bowen launch. New decks and coamings in '05. Hull and ceilings original. Partial bulkhead aft of engine box with helm station Hull #476.
24 Feet 1917 Mullins Launch
This is a rare Launch produced by the Mullins manufacturing Corp of Salem Ohio. Mullins originally produced decorative pressed steel items and got into boat manufacturing in the 1890's. At one time they were one of the largest producers of boats. Very few of these boats are known to exist and this launch is one of only two known of this size. The more familiar Sea Eagle was the last of the line produced in the early 1930's. This boat has been in the same family since nearly new and is very original with the exception of the unusual Ford Flat head V-8 conversion which was done in the 60's. The decks are Oak and the hull is riveted and solderewd galvanized steel. The hull has built in flotation tanks as Mullins were advertised as "unsinkable".
23 Feet 1916 James Basset Motor Skiff
This launch has been completely restored and is powered by a 4-cylinder Sterling engine. The keel, some bottom planks, and the ribs were replaced in the late 1980's.
18 Feet 1905 Chestnut Canoe Co. Inboard
This is a rare multiple award winning, antique cedar strip, double planked, canvas covered, skiff. Custom built by the Chestnut Canoe Company in Fredericton, New Brunswick. This piece of St. Lawrence River history has been beautifully restored. The boat runs on the original motor, and the owners have installed an optional electric start. It has the original cedar strip.
18 Feet 1910 Mullins Leader Launch
This 1910 Mullins Leader launch was originally used in Northern Indiana as a rental boat from Mock's Marina. It was completely restored in 1966 and the current owner has original letters from the owner to the Mullins factory during the restoration. It is powered by the original Detroit Single cylinder 1.5 hp engine that was rebuilt during the time of restoration. The engine has a reverse gear, which was an odd convenience at the time. This is a tin hulled boat with oak decks and trim.
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