John Abell had Breen undertake this restoration project between
2003-04 consuming over 4000 hours of labour. Acquired in the
late 1990's, it was part of the last wave of original 'project' boats. The boat was fully intact, although it had been re-worked and re-purposed later in life. The cockpit had been relocated ahead and the mother-in-law cockpit removed to serve as a workboat.
Built as a standard 31' displacement launch, this particular boat was built with a flush deck engine compartment, self-standing bench seating as Ditchburn was known for, and solid bronze cast hardware, that was chrome-plated.
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Powered with a 'Straight 8' Chrysler Crown, 'Abigale' cruises beautifully in to the mid 25 mph range. Due to the displacement hull design, they do not plane on top of the water, but will cut through chop and remain efficient at lower speeds. She is regularly used by the Abell family from her Lake Joseph home in Muskoka.