One of the most elegant craft built by several builders in muskoka
during the early part of the twentieth century was the displacement
launch . Lengths ranging from twenty to thirty six feet were produced
by builders such as Ditchburn , and Minnet . Twenty six feet seems to
be the most desirable size . The thirty six foot versions are
certainly nice but few people have a boathouse that can accommodate
that length . Anything shorter than twenty six feet tends to be tender
, wetter and slower than the twenty six foot version . If I were to
build this boat I would opt for traditional construction with solid
mahogany planking riveted to steam bent white oak frames . The
technique lends itself to this type of a design and although a lot of
people are sold on the epoxy technique there are several launches
built seventy years ago still in use with their original bottoms .
Powered by an engine in the 120 horsepower range this design would
slice along at a comfortable 25 -30 mph .