One of the defining characteristics of Muskoka Built Boats is their shape, their curves. All boats have curves, but Muskoka’s boats have bold dramatic curves. This summer we will celebrate those curves at the MLA Antique Boat Show, August 13, 2016. The theme of the show will be “Curvaceous” and will feature 72 antique boats that illustrate the theme.
The golden age of boat building in Muskoka started at the beginning of the 1900’s when the gasoline engine became available and popular. The combination of wealthy customers, water, and abundant talented labour insured that boats would be built. The curvaceous component ironically came from the greatest Naval Architects that the United States had to offer; Burt Hawker, John Hacker and Douglas Van Patten to name a few.
Perhaps the ultimate in curvaceousness was achieved with Greavette’s line of ‘Steamliners’ and ‘Shearliners’. This year’s theme boat is Curlew: a 1937 double-ended Greavette Streamliner designed by John Hacker. Crusoe is currently owned by Murray Walker.
The MLA Boat Show brings together fine surviving examples of the wooden boats built and used in Muskoka by those who went before us. These wooden boats maintained and are cared for as never before. The current owners of these unique craft will be at the show and they love to tell the history and stories of their boats. With luck and love, these boats live on to tell their stories for many generations.
The MLA Antique Boat Show is a bi-annual event held in Port Carling. It was started by the late Bob Purves to honour boats that have been built in Muskoka, or have spent most of their life in Muskoka Waters.
This year also features demonstrations of Sea Fleas to stir youthful imaginations and a display of vintage outboard motors provided by the Maple Leaf Outboard Club. Mark Saturday, August 13 in your calendar, come out, and enjoy a day with these fine craft and their owners. The show runs from 10AM to 4 PM and admission is free.