Restored Shepherd Boats cruising Balsam Lake

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“No Guts No Glory”

The Balson family reunion was held at my cousins cottage this time around and we were treated to my cousin Gord’s  hobbie of restoring Shepherd boats. He has two. The first is a 1949 speed boat and the second is a 1954 cabin cruiser. Checking on the pictures you will hopefully be as impressed with the work as I was. These boats are truly works of art and should be treated as such.


They still move out on the water of Balsam Lake though Balsam Lake is at the top of the Kawartha Lakes chain and has been a great cottage spot for generations. I am not sure exactly how long my cousins family has been on the The 1949 speed boatspeed boat controlsOn the cruiserlake but somewhere around 70 years might be close.

In All it was a great day and I must give a shout out to my cousin Gord on the great job he did on restoring these vintage Shepherd Boats. What  beautiful work.

So now that these are complete, what might be the next restoration job to be undertaken. Part of the problem is finding the old Shepherd Boats to begin with before restoration can even begin. No Shepherd Boats have been made for quite a few years now but 50 years might not be far off the mark. But I am not sure. Maybe someone could correct me if I am wrong.

Sorry it took so long to put this together but my blog platform was giving me grief and not loading the pictures properly and without the pictures of the Shepherd Boats, why bother with writing the article. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words and looking at the pictures, I am sure you would agree.

” No Guts No Glory”

Walt WebbOn the cruise-Captain GordrThe cruiser cabin

Cruiser back

2 Responses to “Restored Shepherd Boats cruising Balsam Lake”

  1. Hey Walter, Shirley just forwarded this to me, great pictures well done. For the record the cottage was built by our Grandfather Alvin in 1953 that makes the cottage 63 years old. Thanks again for this best Gord H

  2. Thanks Gord, and thanks for the information on the cottage. Yes they are two beautiful Shepherd boat that you should be very proud of. The pictures were pretty good but they never do justice to the real thing. Then you can really see the workmanship and attention to detail.
    Take care Allsports

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