From the Owner

Louie Cares purchased this boat from a Muskoka family in 2007, and Breen Boats restored it between 2008-09. This is a very rare boat due to its high level of originality. This was during Ditchburn’s second re-organizing, and the hopes were that models such as this would change the tides for the company. During the restoration process, ‘Elsie’ received a ‘Encapsulated Plank’ Breen Bottom, and was stripped to bare wood, and refinished throughout. Also re-wired and re-rigged as these systems become unsafe at a certain age. Powered with her original Gray Marine ‘150 HP Fireball’, she is a remarkably fast boat for her age. Such an impressive boat that Breen decided to build a slightly larger boat, Sandsu, based off her design. She now calls Reeds Lake, Michigan home, where she is the Queen of the Cares fleet.

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Specifications

Year:

1932

Make:

Ditchburn Boats

Model:

Runabout

Hull:

Wood

Length:

23'

Beam:

6.5'

Builder:

Ditchburn Boats

Builder Location:

Gravenhurst, Ont.
Engine

Year:

1932

Manufacturer:

Gray Marine

Model:

150 HP "Fireball"

Cylinders:

6

Speed:

46 mph
General Information

Boat Name:

Elsie

Home Port:

Reeds Lake, Michigan

Owner:

Louie Cares
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