Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association

Our Mission is to promote the preservation and use of Antique and Classic Watercraft by providing our members with information & guidance through workshops, boating events, and social gatherings.

Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association
Member Boats - Carette
1961 Dowty Turbocraft

1961 Dowty Turbocraft
(Owned by Dan and Sherry Carette)

This boat has spent all of its life on Lake Simcoe. For the past 30 years it has been stored in a garage while the previous owner contemplated having it restored. The boat is a 1961 Dowty Turbocraft, Canada's first jet boat. Originally purchased in Orillia it started life with a Gray Marine 109 straight six as its engine. The six was later replaced with a Ford 302 V8 which made awesome power and produced a really sweet exhaust noise.

I was given the boat in December 2014 and stored it in my shop while I decided how I would attack the project. Now a year and a bit later I have a bare hull almost ready for refinishing. The engine is up in Orillia with Jeff at Perry's Automotive for a complete restoration. I have rebuilt and upholstered the seats and interior panels. Currently a new gas tank is being fabricated out of aluminum.

I will post more pictures as the restoration continues.