Billy Johnson, the inventor of the Dippy device and boat, started to build boats again in 1929 in Port Carling Ontario after his Disappearing Propeller Boat Company went bankrupt in 1924. His Dippy boats continued however to be built by the Lindsay Boat Works and then by Greavette boats well into the 1960s.
Johnson was an inventive gentleman and a very good boatbuilder. His new company was incorporated in 1931 and was named Port Carling Boat Works. He then began building the famous lines of Seabird boats for the next 35 years.
This boat was built in 1930 and pre-dates the Seabirds. She is one of very few built under the Billy Johnson name. She is a very rare and historic Canadian boat and was completely and professionally restored by Dwight Boyd of Clarion Boats in 2009 and 2010. She is unique also due to the mother-in-law seat situated forward of the engine compartment. This long deck launch offers a double cockpit configuration and a semi displacement hull. The weight of the boat is about 2400 pounds.
The hull is cedar plank construction on steam bent white oak frames. The deck is single plank mahogany over sawn mahogany beams. All electrical systems were completely rewired during the extensive restoration and upgraded to 12 volts. All the oak ribs were replaced and a new aluminum stem, transom and oak keel were installed. She also boasts all new bottom planking and decking and frames. All mechanical systems were refurbished as well. The launch is currently in excellent condition and was run in 2018. Replacement cost is estimated by the restorer at $95,000
She comes complete with a low hours single axle aluminum bunk trailer with folding tongue, surge brakes, guide bars, fenders and four life jackets, bilge pump and anchor.
For further information or to make an appointment to view this vessel, please contact either Grant or Pat Bowlby at Harris & Ellis' Gananoque Office at 613-659-3344 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org