Bimby is a 1916 Minet Launch that originally came from Harraby point on Lake Rosseau . Sometime in the 1940’s while being re-fueled the boat caught fire . She sank at the bow and the fire consumed much of the aft part of the hull and sides above the waterline from the front bulkhead aft . Norm Strip a boat builder from Windermere somehow acquired the remains and re-planked the sides and shortened the hull , converting her into a serviceable runabout with a seabird windshield and a flathead V8 for power . I bought Bimby in 2007 , not sure exactly what to do at the time . It took a few years between customer restorations that kept the lights on and paid the bills before the restoration was completed . During that time I had the opportunity to work on a couple of other 26 foot Minet launches and managed to get enough information to reconstruct the hull to the correct shape returning the boat to the configuration and shape that she had in 1916 when new. The restoration was completed in 2015 and Bimby now resides in Gravenhurst bay .
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