21 Aug

Inside Dukes Boatbuilders of Muskoka

I was lucky enough to get a tour of Dukes Marine Services in Port Carling, Ontario at the hub of the Muskoka Lakes. Dukes has been around for a very long time and used to build rowboats, launches and even produced minesweepers during the Second World War. Charles Duke moved his business to this particular site in 1924. Dukes beautifully crafted Playmate boats are still often spotted on the lakes in Muskoka. Today the shop refurbishes many of the classics from yesteryear including Greavettes, Minett-Shields and Ditchburns.

Dukes Boats Muskoka

In: boathouses of muskoka, historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario, on the water

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  1. Heather says:

    Great photo…that is quit the workshop the fellow has!!

  2. […] Dukes is a historic place in Muskoka with a long history of boat building. I had a chance to tour the facility last year and witnessed the restoration of some old Ditchburns and Minett-Shields classic woodies. They  […]

  3. leslie says:

    you should try and do repairs on that old building. I have and it is very challenging. I love the stairs there and how they have worn were thousand of feet have laid

  4. Hey time to revisit the shop. We have been working hard all winter ti fix it up! Jeremy

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