Stan Hunter Boatbuilder is a small shop with a big commitment to personalized service and quality throughout.
We service, restore, repair and build small craft wood boats and runabouts up to 35′ and have been actively following our passion for restoration and boatbuilding for three decades. We’re also proud our shop has helped launch apprentices toward successful boatbuilding careers of their own.
We build-to-order new small craft; double-paddle canoes, double-ended rowboats, traditional rowing skiffs, and the grandest of Muskoka launches (see the wonderful 16′ outboard boat as pictured below based on a W.J. Johnston outboard from 1953 as a sample of historic reproduction done right).
Restoration, Repairs and Refinishing
We are a traditional boatbuilder. We use proven handcrafted boatbuilding methods and hand tools that resemble the way your boat was built in the first place to try and keep your boat resembling its original authentic state. Some owners approach us with a concern about their boat that may not be outwardly apparent. But even the most carefully maintained antique beauties need to be restored at times. View samples of our Restoration, Repair and Refinishing work.
Personalized Progress Views: We offer a special service to our clients: the ability to see work happening on your boat as it progresses. Talk to us about having your own private page on our site where we can post ongoing pictures of your build or restoration — that only you can see.
Parting is such a bittersweet boater’s sorrow, but sometimes it has to happen. We can help you sell your antique boat or find the right one for you. Give us a call or browse our Sales page for boats we presently have available for sale – from award-winning Disappearing Propellor Boats to a rare Chris-Craft Cobra.
Don’t own a vintage boat but would like to take one for a spin? Muskoka Launch Livery is at your rental service.
We believe everyone should have the chance to captain an antique Muskoka launch. With the help of like-minded owners, our sister company, Muskoka Launch Livery, can put you behind the wheel of a safe and easy-to-drive vintage Duke Playmate. People love the experience so much they often come back again — we call it our Frequent Floater Plan. Couple use them for weddings, then take boats out again on their anniversaries. Corporate groups rent our entire ‘flotilla’. Meet Heather, Patience, 54-40, Desmoiselle for yourself by clicking here for our Rentals page.