Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association

The purpose of this Association is to promote and enjoy the preservation and usage of antique watercraft by including its members in social events and communication.

Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association
ACBS Toronto 35th Annual Vintage Boat Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario July 10 and 11, 2015

Videos provided by Ronny Haylock
Write up provided by Charlotte Hughes

Friday July 10, 2015

A beautiful setting, perfect weather and everything from Dippies to Ditchburns – you can’t beat that!

This year’s ACBS – Toronto Vintage Boat Show’s theme was the “Year of the Dispro,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the patent of the device, a unique Canadian invention that makes these little boats so special.

For a few of our members the weekend kicked off Friday morning with a Poker Run, organized by Chris Bullen. This year the participants (over 80 signed up) were treated to some close up views of boathouses and homes in the Muskokas. Winners of the run were Al & Margaret Herr.

On Saturday, over 120 boats were proudly displayed at the docks as well as those show-cased at the excellent land display. “Boats in Motion” provided visitors an opportunity to view the performance of these magnificent boats as they “putted” or “raced” around the bay. With a hotdog in one hand and a Muskoka Gingerale in the other, this writer enjoyed several hours of relaxed viewing from a shaded vantage point on land.

For those who enjoy browsing the shops, the Vendors Alley had many great deals. The Field of Dreams proved the perfect venue for our own Jim Watt where he proved his expertise in sales, selling two boats in one day. Some enjoyed a one-hour cruise on the Wenonah II at a special discounted price while others viewed the Cardboard Boat Building and Parade, always a popular event where the young and young at heart get into the act.

No weekend is complete without pot-luck dinners and social time. After show hours, some TSACBA veteran and new members alike, enjoyed a time to relax and enjoy one another’s company at a popular motel.

Many thanks to the Toronto ACBS for organizing and hosting another wonderful event at Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst.

Saturday July 11, 2015