Muskoka Shop Tour Part 2 – Courtesy Of Mike Gridley at PowerBoat TV

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Mike Gridley starts the classic boat segments on PowerBoat TV with a visit to Duke’s in Port Carling. (Photo PowerBoat TV)

STAYING WITH YESTERDAY’S THEME from the Toronto ACBS Spring Shop Tour, we thought it would be fun to share a recent episode of PowerBoat Television here for your Sunday morning viewing pleasure. Grab a coffee and a some French toast, and enjoy the 20 minute episode.

Produced in Canada, PowerBoat Television has been North America’s premiere recreational boating television show for more than 25 years. Our friend and fellow woody boater Mike Gridley is the Producer of the weekly half hour show, and he currently owns a beautiful 1964 Greavette shown in today’s header shot – so he gets it.

Mike often features segments on classic boats on the television show and supports the hobby whenever he can with his informative contributions. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike last year during the annual Gravenhurst boat show to talk boats – it was great.

Starting with a Toronto ACBS Spring Shop Tour – the February 24, 2016 PowerBoat TV Episode uses the magic of TV, featuring three segments throughout the episode to highlight two special wooden boats in different stages of restoration by Gary Clark at Clark Wooden Boats in Gravenhurst. Mike begins with some footage from the early days of the boat restorations, then features the completed boats being water tested in October 2015.

One of those boats is a radical wooden hydroplane built in the 1930’s by Minett Shields – designed by Ventnor, that Chris Bullen noted in yesterday’s Spring Shop Tour report.

The other boat is a very cool, two owner 1931 Ditchburn Gentleman’s Racer named “L’AIGlON”.

The photos here today are a few screen grabs from the PowerBoat TV Episode.

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The 1930’s Ventnor designed Minett Shields built hydroplane well into the extensive restoration. (Photo from PowerBoat TV)

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Fast forward to October 2015 as Mike takes the helm of the race boat. (Photo from PowerBoat TV episode)

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This impressive and rare piece of race boat history looks and sounds great in the PowerBoat TV video.

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A screen grab from the PowerBoat TV episode featuring the restored, two owner 1931 Ditchburn Gentleman’s Racer named “L’AIGLON I”.

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You can CLICK HERE to watch the February 24, 2016 Episode on PowerBoat TV, just make sure you remember to watch the entire episode to see the three great classic boat segments.

PowerBoat Television – About The Show (from the PowerBoat TV Website)

PowerBoat TV is a weekly half-hour television show focusing on power boats and the boating lifestyle. From fish boats to luxury cruisers, great destinations and helpful DIY segments, we cover what’s of interest to boaters at large. PowerBoat Television is broadcast in HD across Canada on Global Television on Saturdays at 11:00 AM.

To catch the show at anytime from anywhere you can also watch our episodes right here in HD, one week after they have aired. If you are looking to catch our non-current episodes, you can see all the shows from 2013 to present online right here as well.

Mike Gridley is a Producer and Host of PowerBoat Television and contributor to Boats&Places Magazine, and A lifelong boater Mike started on the water with a 12-foot Peterborough cedar strip. Graduating to fibreglass, he has owned a series of boats from cuddy cabins to cruisers. He has come full circle back to wood with the purchase of a 1964 Greavette.


Special thanks to Mike Gridley and his crew for all you do for the antique & classic boat hobby.


3 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I have been listening to Great Loop Radio on my weekend mornings lately, now it looks like I will be watching some PowerBoat Television also.

    Thanks Texx!

  2. Rich
    Rich says:

    Great episode. Mike has done an excellent job on the show for blending the classic boating segments in with the new product reviews. Watching this show has been our Saturday morning tradition for quite a few years. Well done Mike!

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