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A View from the Sky

We are thrilled to share a short video which has been provided to the Dispro Owners Association by Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corp.  The video showcases some footage in which you will see several Dippies surrounding the RMS Segwun and Wenonah II.

Boat Builders of Muskoka

Segwun honours some of the Boat Builders of Muskoka in a recent article featured on their website. The Disappearing Propeller Boat Company was featured as one of the builders noted in the article.  Read the article by clicking on the link below.

The Greatest Little Motor Boat Afloat

Woody Boater is a state of mind, a place to enjoy Classic boating when you are not out on your boat, or if you just want to enjoy the world that surrounds these fun Classic water craft.  Recently, Woody Boater published an article on the Greatest Little Motor Boat Afloat….The Dippy!  

100 Mile Cruise

We had the wonderful experience of following the trail of the RMS Segwun of Muskoka.  The Segwun left Gravenhurst in the morning from Lake Muskoka, traveled through the Port Carling locks to Lake Rosseau then through the Port Sandfield locks into Lake Joseph.

Enjoy a video by Susan McGarrell of our journey during our 100 Mile Cruise.

Peter Breen – Dippies-Disappearing Propeller Boat

Peter Breen presents an outstanding history lesson regarding this fantastic boat. The boat was built to take cottage owners through the shallow waters surrounding their island cottages. Breen explains how the propeller was pulled up into the hull to miss the rocks of shallow waters. The best part of this video is Peter’s explanation of the early 20th century engine, how it was started, ran and was operated. He also explains how the engine, although crude, was widely used in the early 1900’s. Peter is excellent as a wooden boat historian and this segment proves that fact. The boat is in Peter’s shop for restoration.

Following Peter’s presentation is a segment shot at Mt. Dora, Florida showing a Disappearing Propeller Boat in action. The owner is a retired airline pilot, Bill Joslyn, who enjoys leading a small group of Dippies through the shallow waters of the Florida “jungles.

What Some People Do For a Giggle (32nd Regatta 2010)

Like you, I know some people who feel passionate about the strangest thing…how about growing orchids in your basement, or collecting stamps, or throwing darts, or…old wooden boats that leak and won`t start. Oh, shucks, that would be us!!! Have you ever stopped to consider how others might see this crazy passion of ours? I did just that on the Sunday of the Huntsville regatta. It was the Poker Run. Robert and I were hanging out in our dippy, in the rain, in the middle of Penninsula Lake, waiting for other dippys to find us, pass by our boat, some at ramming speed…and pick up a playing card as part of a game. At one point I began to laugh uncontrollably. When I could finally get a grip enough to answer Robert`s obvious question, “What`s so funny?”, I blurted out. “Who in their right mind would sit in a cold, wet boat in the middle of a lake on a rainy day handing out playing cards? On top of that, I actually think this is fun! In fact, it`s my favourite part of the weekend! I think I should get a life! I`m nuts!” I guess that`s what passion is all about. Any sensible human would have been somewhere else.

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How Many Dispros Will Fit? (31’st Annual Regatta, 2009)

The annual regatta of the Dispro Owners Association was held last weekend with typical understated entertainment and frovility. With 41 boats in the water and nearly 100 members in attendance, it was a weekend full of Dispro action and adventure. This was the 31st edition of the regatta and a few members in attendance had participated in every one from the beginning.

Hidden Valley Resort played host and its great beaches were filled with the Dippies tied up to shore. The most important criteria for a dispro event such as the regatta is a beach big enough to hold the boats and to take the group photo.

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