This story just came in from our fellow Woody Boaters at Antique Boat America.We are breaking the news, so if you are on a mission to become the king of Hunter boats, you have about 3 hrs of lead time before it hits the airwaves. Just think, you can be the Hunter expert at all the shows, wear Hunter t shirts, have I Heart my hunter boat stickers on your hunter green truck.. Have little Hunter boat tchotchkes all over the house. Snow globes with hunter boats zipping through the waves… All because today you read Woody Boater.. Here is the official release and some nice pics of some very very cool Hunter Boats.
(Clayton, NY) – Today, Antique Boat America has announced that they have been appointed the exclusive agent for the deWolde collection of Canadian built wooden boats. Mr. deWolde restored boats, was a historian and took a specific interest in Hunter Boats built in Orillia, Ontario. He was the driving force behind the Hunter Boats web page (hunterboats.ca) The site outlined the history of Hunter Boats and tracked the location and identity of the few Hunters still in existence.
Sadly, Mr. deWolde passed away last year leaving behind a small, yet elegant collection of boats that are now being offered for sale. These boats are in the process of being transferred to Antique Boat America’s national headquarters in Clayton, NY. They will be available for inspection, survey, and review. Mr. deWolde’s passing has left a hole in the wooden boat community said Peter Mellon, President of Antique Boat America. These boats represent a strong history of fine Canadian craftsmanship and will be a welcome addition to any collection.
The story of this Canadian builder is one steeped in tradition. Hunter Boats ltd. was in the business of building boats for over 40 years and grew from the shadow of Ditchburn Boats in Orillia, Ontario. In 1932, the Ditchburn Boat manufacturing facility was sold to Alestair P. Hunter when Ditchburn went into receivership as a result of the depression.