ACBS Toronto, Gravenhurst - DippyThe theme for the ACBS Toronto Chapter, Summer Boat Show that will be held in Gravenhurst, Ontario on July 11, 2015 is The Disappearing Propeller Boat, commonly called a “Dippy”. These double-ended skiffs were among the earliest gasoline powered boats. The name Disappearing Propeller Boat is because the propeller is on a jointed shaft so the helmsman can pull a lever and lift it into a housing, allowing the boat to glide over logs and rocks – the propeller disappears when danger looms.

Typically, this is a wonderful show with up to 100 of the very finest boats tied up at the docks in the water, doing demonstration ‘fly-bys’ to delight the crowds. A public address system keeps the visitors informed about the boats that are passing by and other activities. There are far more boats on the land, art and gift kiosks, snacks and children’s activities too.

Canadian Canoe Museum - EntranceThe Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario is an engaging, family-friendly place that offers a fascinating look at Canadian history as seen from a canoe. The museum’s mission is to help you Discover the Heart of Canada.

 

 

Great Lakes Marine Museum - Confederation Basin MarinaThis summer, make a point of visiting the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.

This interesting facility is the original Kingston drydock and Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. McDonald laid the cornerstone as his last official act, 200 years ago this year.

George Cuthbertson, one of the founders of C&C Yachts recently donated his personal collection of drawings and information to the museum. In the 1980s C&C Yachts was the world's foremost sailboat builder.

Pumphouse Steam Museum - Osborne-Killey steam engineWhile the Osborne-Killey steam engine is a wonderful thing to see, we especially wanted to let you know that the steam launch Phoebe is on display there too. Built in 1914, the Phoebe is located under a timber frame structure built in 2008 by high school students and their teacher. 

The Phoebe is a 48-foot historic steam launch built in Kingston in 1914 by the Davis Dry Dock Company for the world renowned astronomer, inventor and instrument maker, Dr. John Brashear. John named the boat after his wife Phoebe Stewart.

 

Boldt Castle Yacht HouseWhen we stayed at the Gananoque Inn & Spa in Gananoque, Ontario, we could easily walk to the Thousand Islands Cruise Line docks to take the trip through the islands, stopping at Boldt Castle and then taking the side trip to the amazing Boldt Castle Yacht House.

The Yacht House is spectacular and in excellent shape too. It was designed to take a large sailboat right inside, mast and sails up!

 

Antique Boat Museum - Clayton SignThe Antique Boat Museum bills itself as North America's premier freshwater nautical museum. It enjoys a spectacular location in the Thousand Islands on the St Lawrence River and the museum has a 4.5 acre campus with 1500 feet of shoreline for their enormous collection of boats. More than 100 boats are on display every day of the year and through the summer, you can go out for a speedboat ride on the St. Lawrence, row a wooden St. Lawrence, skiff, take boatbuilding classes or sailing lessons.

 

 

Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival - Boats on DisplayMore than just a show, the 2015 Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival on Granville Island, Vancouver will feature a floating exhibition of wooden boats, displays, hands-on boatbuilding and demonstrations, including knot tying and marlinspike seamanship.

Hear some sea shanties (and sing along) or join in the workshops, listen to First Nations maritime storytellers, explore a replica of an 18th century Spanish long boat and far more including on-site wooden boatbuilding. 

 

Victoria Classic Boat Festival - Express HotelThe Pacific Northwest on both sides of the border is blessed with an enormous number of traditional boats of all descriptions. Then, there are some amazing maritime non-profit organizations including the Maritime Museum of BC, Port Townsend Wooden Boat Foundation, SALTS, Seattle Centre for Wooden Boats, Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre, Victoria Tall Ships Society, Silva Bay Shipyard School and the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding to name a few, who support these traditional craft. 

 

 

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 By Catherine Dook

“So you’re going offshore to Genoa Bay,” said an old salt at coffee that morning. Genoa Bay was 15 minutes away from our homeport of Cowichan Bay and hardly counted as offshore, but it was our first destination that fall. The fog had socked us in all that morning, so John and I drank coffee and gossiped with the neighbours while waiting for the weather to lift. We’d provisioned with cans of chilli, a sack of apples, and tanks full of water. We’d tested the engine and the anchor winch. We were ready.

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 By: Katherine Stone

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