Ad Description: Billy Johnston , inventor of the “Dippy” device and boat, started to build boats again in 1929/30 in Port Carling after his Disappearing Propeller Boat Company went bankrupt in 1924. He had overextended. His Dippy boats continued however to be built by the Lindsay Boat Works and then by Greavette boats well into the 60’s. Johnson was an inventive guy and a very good boatbuilder if not then a great businessman.

This boat , built in 1930, pre-dates the Seabirds and is one of very few built under the Billy Johnson name. A very rare and historic Canadian boat, completely professionally restored by Dwight Boyd of Clarion Boats in 2009/10. 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. All new bottom planking and decking, and frames . All mechanical systems refurbished . The launch is currently in excellent condition
$45000 usd


Bryson, Gary
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