As we all drool over the amazing Tarp Find Cobra, other stuff is happening in Canada.. Like wet other stuff with huge water issues. A huge thanks to fellow Woody Boater Chris Bullen for sending in this wonderful report from their spring tour. And yes, we are gonna keep going on the Cobra. But this is all kinda happening in real time, and things are getting interesting. Take it away Chris, WoodyBoater is all yours today.
ACBS Toronto Spring Tour 2019
It’s the end of April and the May flowers are coming out…… Not this year, our trip north found us in the winter wonderland, oh it looks so pretty, the snow on the trees and Nooo, it’s not pretty at the end of April. To top this off we have record flooding in the area. The shops were not affected so the show went on.
As with every year the shops were full of wooden and varnish goodness. We had over 250 participants brave the winter April weather and 13 shops to view, it’s just impossible to get to all of them.
We saw a rare site in Brackley’s shop, “Herring Gull” a 1926 Gelyce class Camper and Nicholson built in Gosport England. Used originally as a yacht tender. She is 50’ long so Paul put a temporary addition on the door to his shop to accommodate her length.
South of the border it would not be unusual to see but up here 4 Chris Crafts under restoration at the same time is. New Bottoms everywhere you look.
Garys shop seems to be the place to see a little Italian style every year and again he did not disappoint, with that he had a Hard top Ditchburn with a hacker design bottom that was pretty rare.
A Big Thanks to all the shops, Peter Breen Antique and Classic Boat Company, Brackley Boats, Muskoka Steam ships and Discovery Centre, Gary Clark Wooden Boats, Tim Butson Wooden Boat Builder, Tom Adams Boat Builder, James Osler Classic Boat Restoration, Whiteside Mechanical services, Duke Boats Ltd, Stan Hunter Boat Builder, Curtis Hillman Boat Builder, Harwood Water Craft, Parry Automotive. – THOSE NOT LINKED have no website!
Our next event is the Boat Show on July 6 2019 “Age to Perfection” A celebration of 100 year old boats check it out at HERE at the Toronto ACBS website
After the tour I started to get emails that a state of emergency has been declared on the Muskoka lakes and towns, the flooding has passed record levels and continues to rise, another foot is expected before it peaks. I rushed out between sheets of ice as this is the first chance the ice was gone enough to find Riots boathouse starting to rise as it is coming off is cribbing. The water today is 4’ above the normal level. So we are going to have a few sleepless nights and tireless days trying to keep everything where it should be.